Jimmy Key underwent successful surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff Wednesday, and the New York Yankees team doctor said it was too early to tell how long the left-hander’s recovery would take.
“There were no surprises. … The process went well,” Yankees team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon said. “We have to wait and see now how rehab goes.”
Key was 35-10 in 1993 and 1994 with the Yankees and 1-2 this season before the injury sidelined him.
Eddie Murray, who became the 20th player in major-league history to get 3,000 hits, was picked as A.L. player of the week.
Murray singled for Cleveland against Minnesota’s Mike Trombley last Friday to become only the second switch-hitter with 3,000 hits. Pete Rose is the other.
Kansas City’s Kevin Appier was the league’s pitcher of the month.
Clearing the bases
The Yankees called up right-hander Brian Boehringer from their Triple-A Columbus, Ohio, farm club and placed Melido Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff right shoulder. … The Red Sox placed outfielder Mike Greenwell on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Willie McGee from Class AAA Pawtucket. Greenwell was put on the disabled list retroactive to June 30 with a bruised left rib cage. … Darryl Strawberry hit a 400-foot, two-run homer to lead the Tampa Yankees to a 7-2 Florida State League victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays. … Dave Winfield, on Cleveland’s disabled list because of a partially torn rotator cuff, has taken batting practice the last two days. … Cleveland pitcher Orel Hershiser, on the DL with a stiff back, pitched a simulated game and is likely to be activated by this weekend.
Royals 3, Red Sox 2
Edgar Caceres’ sacrifice fly after three walks in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Kansas City the victory before one of the smallest crowds ever at Kauffman Stadium as fans ignored a special promotion.
Fans were offered reduced prices and the opportunity to sit anywhere they liked, but only 7,511 showed. It was the smallest crowd since a make-up game against Milwaukee drew 2,527 in 1985.
Kansas City reduced general admission prices from $5 to $3 and priced all reserved seats, which normally range in price from $9 to $14, at $6. Fans snapped up seats around the dugouts which are normally held by season-ticket holders, but the upper deck and general admission seats were virtually empty.
Twins 8, Orioles 2
Mike Trombley pitched six solid innings to earn his first victory in more than a year, and Minnesota won its second series of the season.
Indians 2, Rangers 0
Dennis Martinez kept his record perfect, yielding only an infield single over six innings as Cleveland beat Texas in a game twice delayed by rain.
The Rangers, losers of four of five, finished with two infield hits - Rusty Greer in the first and Otis Nixon in the ninth - and sent 29 batters to the plate.
Martinez (8-0) walked none, struck out two and retired 18 of the 19 batters he faced before the game’s second rain delay ended his night.
White Sox 11, Yankees 5
John Kruk hit a first-inning grand slam after rookie Brian Boehringer walked the first four batters and Chicago coasted.
Brewers 8, A’s 2
Darryl Hamilton tripled twice and doubled and B.J. Surhoff homered as Milwaukee ripped All-Star pitcher Steve Ontiveros.
Blue Jays 6, Angels 5
Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter broke open a tie game with back-to-back homers and Shawn Green added a two-run shot as Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak.
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