Not a word was spoken about Darryl Strawberry on Saturday.
The New York Yankees didn’t have to talk about or think about the impending arrival of their newest lefthanded slugger, not after getting 11 hits, including four run-scoring doubles, in a 10-2 victory over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees matched their longest winning streak of the season - three games - and handed the Blue Jays their season-high fifth loss in a row. New York hadn’t had a three-game winning streak since May 10-12.
The victory came about through a perfect combination of hitting and pitching. But manager Buck Showalter wasn’t ready to say that the Yankees are on the verge of turning around their season before Strawberry arrives Friday.
“Trends happen because of what happens on the field, not because of how they are perceived inside the clubhouse or manager’s office,” Showalter said.
Tigers 7, Brewers 2
Juan Samuel hit a threerun homer following an intentional walk to Cecil Fielder, and Detroit beat Milwaukee for its third straight victory.
White Sox 8, Indians 3
Alex Fernandez won for the first time in nearly five weeks and Chicago beat Cleveland, the Indians’ first three-game losing streak of 1995.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 5
Jose Canseco reached second base on a botched rundown and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Troy O’Leary in the ninth as Boston beat Baltimore.
Twins 6, Royals 5
Kansas City, Mo.
Pinch-hitter Chip Hale singled home two runs in the eighth to send Minnesota over Kansas City. Hale, 4 for 8 with six RBIs as a pinchhitter since being recalled from Salt Lake on June 8, put the Twins ahead 6-4 by hitting the first pitch from reliever Rusty Meacham.
Rangers 6, Athletics 5
Mickey Tettleton snapped a 1-for-26 slump with a three-run double in the third, then led off the eighth with a homer to lift Texas over Oakland.
The Chicago Slackers
How bad are the Chicago White Sox? In the highest form of insult, California’s Chuck Finley accused the White Sox of quitting last weekend.
“After the first inning, I felt like those guys were ready to roll over and die,” Finley said. “I’ve been on the other end of that, and it’s not pretty. You can almost tell by their body language. They were just trying to get through the day.”
The allegation irritated White Sox general manager Ron Schueler. He promised to spend more time around his team to find the cause of the lethargy.
“Maybe we’re to the point now where we’ve got guys who are making big money and there’s jealousy,” Schueler said. “I think guys here are getting too comfortable.”
The White Sox have shown little desire to get up when knocked down. They are 1-20 when trailing after seven innings.
But the White Sox may be coming back. They beat Central Division-leading Cleveland two consecutive nights.
Clearing the bases
Toronto’s next win will be its 500th with Cito Gaston as manager… . Detroit’s Chad Curtis extended his hitting streak to 10 games… . Cleveland’s Eddie Murray went 1 for 4, leaving him eight hits short of becoming the 20th major league player to reach 3,000 hits… . The White Sox signed outfielder Ryan Topham, their fourthround pick in this month’s free agent draft. Topham, a left-handed hitter, is from Portage, Mich., and played at Notre Dame.
The Baltimore/Boston game drew 47,262, the largest crowd of the season at Camden Yards. The crowd of 40,204 at the Oakland/Texas game also was the largest of the season at The Ballpark.
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