At first, Thomas may return Hitless Pasqua could force move 1993 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES


CHICAGO -- Gene Lamont would rather not risk Frank Thomas' health by playing him at first base, but the White Sox manager might not have a choice.

Dan Pasqua is hitless in two games and has not played well defensively as a replacement for Thomas, who has been restricted to use as AL notebook

a designated hitter. The White Sox's ineffective offense (they've left 23 runners on base) needs a boost.

If Thomas can play first base in Game 3 tomorrow, either Bo Jackson or George Bell would go into the lineup as the DH. "I'll see how he [Thomas] feels after the workout tomorrow [today] and make a decision then," said Lamont.

Thomas has been bothered by tendinitis in his left forearm and missed five games during the last week of the season. If Lamont determines Thomas can't go into the field, he might consider using Robin Ventura at first and Craig Grebeck at third, the positions they were playing at the end of yesterday's game.

Borders closes in

A scoring change in the fourth inning yesterday kept alive Toronto catcher Pat Borders' chance of breaking a postseason record.

When he was credited with an infield hit on his slow roller up the middle yesterday, Borders extended his postseason-game hitting streak to 16. That is one short of the 17-game streak ex-Orioles manager Hank Bauer compiled with the Yankees in the 1950s.

There is one significant difference. Bauer's record was compiled only in World Series games. Borders has hit in 10 straight American League Championship Series and six straight World Series games.

Molitor stopped

Paul Molitor's string of six hits was stopped when the Blue Jays designated hitter grounded out in the sixth inning yesterday. After flying out in his first at-bat in Game 1, Molitor had four straight hits and then added a single and double in his first two at-bats yesterday.

The six straight hits by Molitor constitute a league championship series record.

Pitches are wild

When Dave Stewart threw a wild pitch in the first inning yesterday, it was the fourth in two games for the Blue Jays, tying a league championship series record.

The Blue Jays are doing nicely without any help from Rickey Henderson and Roberto Alomar. The first and third hitters in the lineup, Henderson and Alomar have gone a combined 0-for-17.

After losing seven of their previous eight AL Championship Series games, the Blue Jays have won six of their last seven. The White Sox AL Championship Series losing streak, dating back to their 1983 loss to the Orioles, is five.

Joey Cora was another AL Championship Series record-setter yesterday, his nine assists the most recorded by a second baseman.

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