? Atlanta's second basemen, Ron Gant and Damaso Garcia, are a combined 22 for 138 this season. In the 591 games since Bob Horner was injured on May 30, 1984, Atlanta hot-corner men (including Horner, who played 41 games there in 1985) have hit a total of 20 homers.
?The three pitchers traded away by the White Sox after last season—Richard Dotson (Yankees), Jose DeLeon (Cardinals) and Floyd Bannister ( Royals)—have a combined 13-5 record.
?Can Bo Jackson adjust? In his first at bat in each of 30 games, the Royals outfielder averaged .100 with 15 strikeouts. In his 85 subsequent at bats, he hit .341 with 23 whiffs.
? Houston righthander Mike Scott allowed 31 hits and 9 earned runs in 53? innings before May 6. On that day umpire John Kibler made him remove a suspicious-looking bandage from the ring finger of his pitching hand. In the next 8? innings, Scott was tagged for 14 hits and 9 earned runs.
?Last year Montreal's Tim Raines drew a club-record 26 intentional walks. Through last weekend the Expos' leadoff hitter had come to the plate 20 times in 1988 with a runner in scoring position and first base open. He has had 12 walks (9 intentional) and 4 hits.