* ATHLETICS: Before Tuesday night's game, Bob Welch ha a 10.13 ERA in the first innings of his first eight starts. Welch held the Royals scoreless in the first Tuesday night but was knocked out in the sixth after giving up six runs. . . . Felix Jose, hampered by a sore shoulder, has six hits in his past 41 at-bats.

* ANGELS: Rene Gonzales hit his first home run since last June 19 -- a span of 268 at-bats -- in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game against the White Sox.

* BREWERS: Starter Cal Eldred, who pitched eight innings of a 5-1 loss to the Tigers Tuesday night, has a losing record (4-5) for the first time since joining the Brewers last July.

* INDIANS: Cleveland outfielder Albert Belle, given a three-game suspension for charging the mound last week, will remain in the lineup through the end of May. Belle was suspended for the third time in his career on Tuesday by American League president Bobby Brown. Belle immediately appealed, and can continue to play until his hearing, scheduled for May 31 in New York.

* RANGERS: Tom Henke pitched two scoreless innings of relief Tuesday night against the Mariners to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 0.93.

* ROYALS: Team owner Ewing M. Kauffman, 76, confirmed yesterday that he has cancer of the vertebrae. "I do have cancer of the bone," Kauffman said. "But it hasn't been completely diagnosed, and we don't know how serious it is." Because his back pain has hampered his mobility, he said, he is unsure whether he will be attend his induction into the Royals Hall of Fame at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, before the baseball game. Kauffman founded the Royals in 1968 when the city was without a major-league franchise.

* TWINS: Minnesota's first batter of the game has had hits in each of the past two contests after failing to reach base in 30 of the team's first 37 games. . . . Twins starter Willie Banks has been scratched from his next start because of bronchitis. . . . Dave Winfield's fourth-inning double yesterday against the Yankees was the 501st of his career, moving him past Goose Goslin into 28th place on the all-time list. He also has 4,886 total bases, moving him past Ted Williams into 14th. . . . The Twins are 8-12 at the Metrodome, tying their worst start since moving into the facility in 1982. Only the Mets and National League expansion teams Florida and Colorado have fewer home victories. Minnesota pitchers have a 6.33 home ERA and have allowed 26 homers at the Metrodome.

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