?In his first 13 starts, Ron Guidry allowed 17 first-inning runs. In the other 67? innings in those starts, he allowed 18 runs.
?In the Aug. 11 game between the Orioles and Indians—the two worst teams in the AL East—the two eighth-place hitters, Cory Snyder and Larry Sheets, combined for three home runs and a double. At the time, they had 50 homers between them.
? Houston shortstop Craig Reynolds has four homers—three of them off San Francisco's Mike LaCoss.
? Oakland has made 17 disabled-list transactions with 11 different players, and Joaquin Andujar has been on the DL four times. The Twins have had to use the disabled list only three times.
?When the Pirates shut out St. Louis 11-0 on Aug. 12, it was the Cardinals' first shutout loss in 113 games. Last year they were shut out 12 times in their first 113 games.
?The next night the Cardinal outfielders stood idle for 13 innings, not making a single putout in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies. The last time that happened was in 1909.
?How desperate are teams for pitching? When the Mariners released journeyman Roy Thomas, his agent was contacted by 12 clubs; when the Phillies released Tom Hume, he got seven serious offers.
? Bob Boone, the 39-year-old Angel catcher, has thrown out 26 of the last 40 runners who have tried to steal against him.
?Despite their mediocre season, the Red Sox have played to 86.2% capacity in Fenway Park this season, 96.7% since the All-Star break.
? Toronto's Dave Stieb often used to suffer from weak offensive support, but in his 12 wins this season, his teammates have scored in double figures six times, outscoring the opposition 114-36 overall.