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Tiger manager Sparky Anderson approached the mound to remove rookie pitcher Brian DuBois in the seventh inning of a game with the Yankees on Aug. 17. DuBois, who was trailing 2-0 in his major league debut, saw Anderson reach out to him. Not realizing that the manager was asking for the ball, DuBois ripped the glove off his right hand and shook Anderson's hand.
CURVES UP AHEAD
Boston pitchers recently found out why they were giving up so many hits on breaking balls this season. "A lot of teams had our signs," says pitcher Roger Clemens. It seems right-fielder Dwight Evans likes to know what the pitchers are about to throw, so he has second basemen Marty Barrett and Jody Reed relay the catcher's signs by flashing them behind their backs. "In some parks where the bullpens are in centerfield, opposing players were picking up the signs and flashing them to their own hitters," says Clemens. And how did the Red Sox finally figure out that their code had been broken? "One of the Texas players sent me a note telling me that they were getting them that way," says Clemens, who refused to reveal his benefactor's name.
Phillie manager Nick Leyva, who celebrated his 36th birthday last week, says, "Once a man begins managing, his age should be calculated like a dog's—one year equals seven human years."
When former White Sox outfielder Harold Baines returned to Comiskey Park with the Texas Rangers on Aug. 17, the family of Chicago shortstop Ozzie Guillen held up a banner that read, WELCOME BACK, HAROLD. In similarly fond fashion, the White Sox retired Baines's number 3 last Sunday.
THE STEPHEN KING DOME
Rangers pitcher Charlie Hough allowed just one hit in nine innings of a game with the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 15. Meanwhile, Texas got 13 off Seattle pitching. Seattle won 2-0. The Rangers, who had the most hits by a scoreless team since 1928, were 13 for 31 with either no one on base or a runner on first, and 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. The two Seattle runs came this way: 1) on a Harold Reynolds single, followed by a balk, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly; and 2) on a walk, a stolen base and a three-base error by Steve Buechele.
? Toronto has won 15 straight games at Fenway Park, out-scoring the Red Sox 126-52.
? Milwaukee pitcher Ted Higuera's lifetime record after the All-Star break is 46-15.
?The A's and Angels together have as many 10-game winners (eight) as the entire seven-team AL East.
?Jamie McAndrew, the son of former Met Jim McAndrew, is 10-0 for the Dodgers' Great Falls club in the Pioneer League.
?Dodger first baseman Eddie Murray has hit four of his 15 home runs at night this season. He insists he doesn't need glasses, however.