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* ANGELS: Gary Gaetti, whom California signed as a free agent before the 1991 season, was released. Gaetti, 34, had been on the bench most of this season, going just 9-for-50, a .180 average. He has four RBI in 20 games. He signed an $11.4 million, four-year contract, but the two-time All-Star third baseman was a disappointment, batting .234, with 30 homers and 118 RBI in 302 games with the Angels. The Angels still owe him $2,027,472 for this year and $3 million for next year. Gaetti was placed on waivers to make room for Kelly Gruber, who will join the team today after completing a rehabilitation assignment at the Angels' farm team in Vancouver, British Columbia. Gruber has been on the disabled list since spring training with a torn left rotator cuff. "I regret it had to come to this, but while there's disappointment, there are many pleasant memories," Gaetti said a statement issued by the team.

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.

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 Wednesdaynight 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 but clean slide at second in the third inning of a 7-2 loss to the Royals Wednesday night, 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. . . . 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. . . . Manager Sparky 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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