NOT OFTEN: Yankees shortstop Alvaro Espinoza hit his first home run in 746 career at-bats Tuesday. . . . Philadelphia's John Kruk has not been hit with a pitch in 1,608 at-bats. . . . Paul Assenmacher made his first start Tuesday after 264 relief appearances.

TOUGH TIMES: After 50 games this year, Cubs' Shawon Dunston was batting .324 with eight home runs. After 50 games last season, he was at .183 with one homer. . . . Mark Langston has gone 12 starts without a complete game, his longest such stretch. . . . Tom O'Malley is two for 19 as a pinch hitter for the Mets this season.

BACK IN ACTION: SS Dick Schofield, who hasn't played this season because of a strained right hamstring, was activated by California. . . . Toronto pitcher Jimmy Key, out since May 23 with an injured right hamstring, will report to Dunedin of the Florida State League for rehabilitation work.

SQUEEZE PLAY: Boston is four for four on suicide squeezes this season: Jody Reed three times, Luis Rivera once. . . . A's Mark McGwire hit two home runs Tuesday for fourth multi-homer game this season, 14th lifetime.

CHANGES MIND: Boston Manager Joe Morgan has changed course and decided to appeal his three-game suspension, leaving him in the dugout at least until a hearing next week. Morgan managed last night at home against the Yankees. He can stay with the team until he meets Tuesday in New York with AL President Bobby Brown, who suspended Morgan Tuesday for supporting a brushback pitch that led to a bench-clearing brawl Sunday in Cleveland. At the time of the suspension, Morgan said he would not contest the penalty.

MINOR EXCHANGE: Milwaukee and Seattle swapped minor-leaguers, the Brewers sending IF Frank Bolick to the Mariners for OF Mickey Brantley. Brantley, 28, who has played all or part of four seasons with the Mariners, was assigned to AAA Denver.

DRAFTED BY CUBS: Sean Cheetham, a two-time All-Met pitcher from Woodbridge High School, was selected Monday by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round of the amateur draft. He also has been offered a full scholarship to North Carolina.