?The Cubs' Ryne Sandberg set a major league record for second basemen by playing his 92nd straight errorless game last Thursday. But an even more impressive stat is the 21 homers he had hit at week's end since his last error, on June 20,1989.
?According to Marty Noble of Newsday, 24.2% of the players on Opening Day rosters have been Yankee pitcher Dave LaPoint's teammates. More ominously, 29.7% of the players on the DL share that distinction.
? San Diego's Bruce Hurst allowed three runs in the eighth inning of his first game this season. Last year, he gave up a total of one run in the eighth or later in all the games he pitched.
?Last Friday, the Baltimore infield committed three errors—matching its total for May 1989.
?Met Dwight Gooden's loss to the Pirates on Opening Day marked the first time in his nine pro seasons that he has had a losing record. And at week's end it had sunk to 0-2.
?In '89, Blue Jay Fred McGriff hit 13 homers in Mike Flanagan's 30 starts for Toronto. When McGriff connected again in Flanagan's first outing, last Thursday, the pitcher quipped, "Like Fred said, I'm not pitching enough."