* Milford Mill graduate Brian Jordan, the St. Louis Cardinals' answer to Neion Deion Sanders, tried to put his first
major-league home run into a football perspective on Wednesday. "It was like scoring a touchdown or making your first interception," said the sometime Atlanta Falcons free safety. The only trouble is, he never has scored a touchdown in the NFL.
* During the past 18 months, the Chicago Cubs have spent approximately $29 million to add free agents Danny Jackson, Dave Smith and Mike Morgan to their pitching staff, but the three of them have combined to win one game for the club. Jackson and Smith were a combined 1-11 last year and have yet to win this year. Morgan has yet to record a victory in his first season with the team. The three entered the weekend a combined 1-17 with the Cubs.
* Right-hander Joe Grahe became the first California Angels pitcher to record his second victory of the year, on Thursday. To rTC that point, 10 pitchers accounted for the club's 10 victories. Grahe has a 7.14 ERA, but the club has scored 31 runs in his five starts. By comparison, teammate Jim Abbott has a 1.80 ERA, but is 1-3 because the Angels have scored 13 runs in his five starts.
* Detroit Tigers OF Rob Deer should be piling up the home runs at cozy Tiger Stadium, but he had two hits in 21 at-bats at home in April. On the road, he was 10-for-44 with five home runs and nine RBI.
* Chicago White Sox C Carlton Fisk is expected to be on the disabled list at least another two weeks, which would leave him fewer than 130 games to catch the 79 necessary to break Bob Boone's all-time record for games caught. It is no lock, because Ron Karkovice still figures to get a share of the playing time behind the plate.
* Eddie Zosky, who was expected to start at shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, isn't even having success at Triple-A. In his first 13 games with the Syracuse Chiefs, he made nine errors and batted .136.
* Hats off to Cleveland Indians P Dave Otto, who will go down in history as the only opposing pitcher to win a game at Camden Yards during its first month in operation.