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* ANGELS: Third baseman Kelly Gruber, who comes off the disabled list today, completed a rehabilitation assignment with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate at Vancouver, hitting .458 with one homer and five RBI in eight games. Gruber underwent shoulder surgery Feb. 16.

* BREWERS: Mike Boddicker is 6-2 as an opposing pitcher at Royals Stadium.

* INDIANS: Matt Young has lost 14 straight decisions. He has gone 24 straight starts since his last major-league victory on May 20, 1991, against Milwaukee. Young has made 47 appearances, including 23 in relief, since his last win. . . . Albert Belle will miss his first game of the season tonight when he begins serving a three-day suspension for charging Royals pitcher Hipolito Pichardo on May 13.

* MARINERS: American League president Bobby Brown has decided not to discipline center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. for his obscene actions during a game against the Tigers. After homering off Detroit on Sunday night in the Kingdome, Griffey grabbed his crotch a few times as he reached home plate, then yelled a two-word obscenity at Tigers manager Sparky Anderson. The league office said Brown reviewed a tape of the incident and decided against disciplinary action, the Detroit Free Press reported in today's editions. Brown did write a letter to Griffey about the incident, the league office said. Griffey telephoned Anderson to apologize for the incident.

* RANGERS: Texas has lost six of its past seven games and slipped below .500 for the first time since the end of last season. . . . Doug Dascenzo broke an 0-for-22 slump with a bases-empty homer Wednesday night against Minnesota.

* RED SOX: Boston is 23-14 when second baseman Scott Fletcher starts and 4-11 when he is not in the lineup. Fletcher, who suffered a bruise below his left knee on Brent Mayne's hard slide at second in the third inning Wednesday night against Kansas City, is questionable for tonight's game in Chicago.

* ROYALS: George Brett's home run was the first time he had hit a ball over the fence in Royals Stadium since July 21, 1991. His only homer last year there was an inside-the-parker. Brett has an RBI in six straight games. . . . The Royals have played a major-league high 25 one-run games, winning 17.

* TIGERS: Mike Moore is 0-7 in his past eight starts against the White Sox. . . . Lou Whitaker's homer was his 213th, all with Detroit. It moved him past Lance Parrish into sixth place on the Tigers' career list. . . . Anderson was ejected in the third inning for arguing with plate umpire Dale Ford. Anderson argued that Ford never raised his arm to indicate a strike while Mickey Tettleton batted. Kirk Gibson, attempting to steal on the play, slowed up, thinking the pitch was a ball. He was tagged out easily.

* TWINS: Chuck Knoblauch has scored nine runs and is hitting .424 (15-for-37) in his past nine games.

* WHITE SOX: Tim Raines' homer yesterday was the 16th this season by a White Sox outfielder. White Sox outfielders hit only 19 home runs all last season.

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