Angels: The bullpen got its first blown save in nine chances. Garret Anderson dropped a fly ball for his first error in 109 games. Anderson, the regular left fielder, made his second career start in right for the injured Tim Salmon.
Athletics: Rookie outfielder Ben Grieve has started all 30 games this season.
Blue Jays: Alex Gonzalez and Jose Canseco are the only team members to start every game this season.
Devil Rays: Tampa Bay is 8-9 against the Central Division. Tampa Bay has lost twice in 17 games when leading after eight innings.
Indians: Jim Thome is batting .434 (23-for-53) at home. Thome has hit safely in seven straight games and has gone 10-for-18 on the current homestand. Cleveland is 9-11 in its past 20 after starting the season 8-1. Cleveland is 17-4 when scoring four or more runs but 0-8 when scoring three or fewer. Brian Giles' homer in the fourth inning Sunday was the 400th by Cleveland at Jacobs Field since the park opened in 1994. Cleveland has out-homered its opponents 402-292 at Jacobs Field.
Mariners: Jamie Moyer has entered the team's top 10 for lowest career ERA. Moyer's ERA with Seattle is 3.58, ranking him fourth behind Mike Jackson (3.38), Randy Johnson (3.38) and Jerry Reed (3.49). Moyer started 235 major-league games before throwing consecutive complete games in his past two starts.
Royals: Third baseman Dean Palmer and right-hander Scott Service were named the team's player and pitcher of the month for April. Palmer set club records with nine homers and 26 RBIs in April and Service was 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA.
Rangers: Rick Helling (6-0) is one win shy of tying the team record for most wins at the start of a season. Jim Kern (1979), Jeff Russell (1988) and Bobby Witt (1997) started 7-0. Russell and Witt each earned one victory in relief.
Pub Date: 5/05/98