Angels: In the season's first six games, opponents have been successful in all seven stolen base attempts against catchers Jorge Fabregas and Don Slaught. . . . The Angels, who entered the game 3 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West, haven't been that far out of first since the final day of the 1994 season.

Blue Jays: Charlie O'Brien tied team record last night by getting hit twice.

Mariners: Three of second baseman Joey Cora's nine career homers have been come against Detroit. . . . Seattle has lost nine straight games at Tiger Stadium over the past three seasons.. . . . Darren Bragg, the left fielder on opening night, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for reliever Rafael Carmona. Manager Lou Piniella needed more pitching help after using four pitchers in a 10-9 loss Tuesday in Detroit.

Rangers: Infielder Spike Owen, who signed a minor-league contract with Texas only 2 1/2 weeks ago, announced his retirement. A career .246 hitter in 13 major-league seasons with Seattle, Boston, Montreal, the New York Yankees and California, Owen called it quits after going 0-4 in two games with the Oklahoma City 89ers, Texas' Triple-A affiliate. Owen, who will turn 35 later this month, played in 1,544 major-league games, two playoffs and the 1986 World Series, where he went 6-for-20 (.300) in the Red Sox's loss to the Mets.

Tigers: Before yesterday's 7-3 win over Seattle, 45 percent of Detroit's hits were for extra bases.

Yankees: Kenny Rogers, who has bounced between the rotation and bullpen this spring, will make two starts in extended spring training in Florida before he makes his season debut, April 23 in Kansas City. Rogers, who signed a four-year $20 million contract in the off-season with the Yankees, has had his first start with his new team delayed twice by rain.

Pub Date: 4/11/96

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