Athletics: In eight games since the All-Star break, Oakland starters have pitched at least seven innings in all but one -- when Kenny Rogers left Tuesday's win against Anaheim after six scoreless innings with a sore left hamstring.

Royals: Kansas City has just seven homers in its past 14 games.

Angels: Pitcher Steve Sparks has a sense of humor. In his media biography, he claims he likes to whistle show tunes, is a devoted fan of "The Andy Griffith Show" and was once so inspired by watching a motivational speaker tear a telephone book in half that he tried it himself -- and landed on the disabled list with a separated shoulder.

White Sox: Albert Belle, who leads the AL for July with 10 homers and 22 RBIs went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts yesterday against Toronto. Frank Thomas was caught in an embarrassing double play in the White Sox sixth. With one out and Thomas at first after a walk, Belle flied out to the warning track in left. Thomas had nearly reached third when left fielder Jose Canseco caught the ball. He was easily thrown out for a double play.

Yankees: Chad Curtis made his 30th straight start in center field for the Yankees since Bernie Williams went on the disabled list June 11.

Pub Date: 7/17/98

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