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BETWEEN THE LINES
Tim Kurkjian
June 07, 1993
Fool on the Hill. It was quite a week for Ranger outfielder Jose Canseco. On May 26 in Cleveland a fly ball hit by Carlos Martinez bounced off Canseco's head and over the rightfield fence for a homer (top). "The World Cup is coming to Dallas in 1994," said Texas infielder Jeff Huson. "Jose was just practicing." Then last Saturday in Fenway Park, with the Rangers trailing the Red Sox 12-1, Canseco made his major league pitching debut (bottom). He pitched the bottom of the eighth, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks. Of his 33 pitches, 21 were balls—including a knuckleball that went behind hitter Andre Dawson. In the Boston dugout Roger Clemens, who had pitched the night before, spied an opportunity and went to the bat rack in an attempt to coax manager Butch Hobson into letting him pinch-hit against Canseco. Hobson somehow resisted.
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June 07, 1993

Between The Lines

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Fool on the Hill. It was quite a week for Ranger outfielder Jose Canseco. On May 26 in Cleveland a fly ball hit by Carlos Martinez bounced off Canseco's head and over the rightfield fence for a homer (top). "The World Cup is coming to Dallas in 1994," said Texas infielder Jeff Huson. "Jose was just practicing." Then last Saturday in Fenway Park, with the Rangers trailing the Red Sox 12-1, Canseco made his major league pitching debut (bottom). He pitched the bottom of the eighth, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks. Of his 33 pitches, 21 were balls—including a knuckleball that went behind hitter Andre Dawson. In the Boston dugout Roger Clemens, who had pitched the night before, spied an opportunity and went to the bat rack in an attempt to coax manager Butch Hobson into letting him pinch-hit against Canseco. Hobson somehow resisted.

The Buc Stops Here. In consecutive games, on May 26 and 27 at Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates scored on an inside-the-park home run; the first was hit by swift centerfielder Andy Van Slyke and the second by slow-moving catcher Tom Prince. After his fly ball bounced past Marlin rightfielder Junior Felix and rolled to the wall, Prince lumbered around the bases and beat the throw to the plate by inches. "Halfway home he got caught in quicksand," said Pittsburgh third base coach Rich Donnelly. "I thought he'd be on the DL today. A lot of our coaches would have scored on that play. Prince the singer would have scored on that play."

By the Numbers. On May 24 the Mariners defeated the Angels 4-3 in 14 innings, despite leaving 19 men on base—13 of them between the eighth and 12th innings. In the eighth and ninth innings the two teams made a total of 22 lineup changes. In the course of the game California's Luis Polonia tied an American League record when he was caught stealing three times (twice on pitchouts).

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