Just Happy to Be Here. Among players who have been on a major league active roster since the start of the season, Angel catcher Ron Tingley is the only one who, through Sunday, was still without an at bat. He had appeared in four games but only as a late-inning defensive replacement. "I made it to the on-deck circle once this year, and that's a milestone in itself," says Tingley. "Even my wife rags on me about not playing." Nevertheless, his sense of humor remains intact. On May 14, before pregame warmups, Tingley ran out of the dugout, threw his hands in the air and yelled, "I'm the champ! [Blue Jay] Alfredo Griffin got an at bat last night."
Not-So-Fine Lines. On May 19, Blue Jay starter Dave Stewart had this pitching line against the Red Sox: 1?IP, 7H, 10R, 10ER, 5BB, 0SO. Stewart saved the Rangers' Kenny Rogers from having the worst statistical outing of last week. Three days earlier, against the White Sox, Rogers did this: 1?IP, 9H, 10R, 10ER, 1BB, 2SO. Stewart and Rogers joined Blue Jay Jack Morris and Twin Pat Mahomes as pitchers charged with 10 earned runs in a game this year.
The Last Shall Be First. Mark Grant, traded from the Astros to the Rockies last Thursday, now has a great chance to move past Greg Harris of the Red Sox as the active player who has pitched on the most last-place teams in his career. Entering this season, both had pitched for four.
By the Numbers. Twice this season, A's relief ace Dennis Eckersley has allowed three runs in an appearance, including the three he gave up in Oakland's 13-8 loss to the Royals on May 19. From Aug. 24, 1988, through the end of last season, he had allowed three runs in an outing only six times in 265 games.... When the Braves and the Expos played back-to-back 1-0 games at Atlanta- Fulton County Stadium last week, it marked the first time since July 21 and 22,1971, that consecutive 1-0 games had been played in that park—a span of 1,700 games.