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Tim Kurkjian
August 20, 1990
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August 20, 1990

Baseball

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The Blue Jays continue to find ways to beat themselves, whether it's with dumb base-running, missed cutoff men or an inability to execute some other fundamental part of the game. They ran themselves out of a five-game series with the Rangers (Aug. 2-6), losing four out of five. Rangers centerfielder Gary Pettis had three assists in the series; he had one assist all last year....

It's going to be quite a race for the American League's Cy Young Award, with Oakland's Dave Stewart and Bob Welch, Boston's Roger Clemens and California's Chuck Finley the leading candidates. If Stewart wins 20 games again and fails to win the award, he will become the fourth pitcher in history to win 20 games four years in a row but not win a Cy Young Award. The others are Juan Marichal, Wilbur Wood and Dave McNally....

On Aug. 5, Mariner pitcher Billy Swift was hit in the head by a screaming line drive off the bat of Minnesota's Gary Gaetti. The ball caromed all the way over to the third base stands on one bounce. Swift never lost consciousness and did have a headache later, but he didn't miss a turn and allowed only one earned run in 7? innings in his next start on Aug. 11. Two nights after Swift was conked, Seattle catcher Dave Valle was hit in the head by Yankee pitcher Mike Witt. Valle was not seriously hurt and started a game three nights later. Then there's Seattle outfielder Tracy Jones, who is probably out for the season with a left knee injury. He believes he hurt the knee in a game on Aug. 8, but said he isn't sure how it happened....

It wasn't the most colorful chapter in the long history of Chicago's Comiskey Park (page 66), but Sunday's marathon rain delay surely was the soggiest. The start of the Rangers-White Sox game, scheduled for 1:35 p.m., was held up for 7� hours before the game was finally canceled at 9:05 p.m. More than 30,000 tickets were sold for the game, but only about 200 fans stayed to the end of what is believed to be the longest rain delay in history. Why the stubborn wait? It was the Rangers' last trip to Chicago this year, and the Sox's Himes didn't want his contending team to have to make up the game as a part of a doubleheader in Texas—which is now what's going to happen anyway. After Himes finally called the game, Rangers outfielder Jack Daugherty said, not so drily, "Whoever is responsible for this should be slapped."

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