OUCH: That's using your head, Kevin Brown. The Rangers' right-hander was hit on the head by Luis Polonia's liner in the third inning vs. the Angels Sunday, but stayed in the game and threw a five-hitter.
Polonia singled off the left side of Brown's head and into right. Brown wasn't hurt. "Not when you're dealing with a hard head like I've got," he said.
MORE OUCH: Umpire Bill Hohn suffered a bruise when struck on the left arm by a pitch from the Cubs' Greg Maddux in the second inning last night. He was hit near the elbow when Joe Girardi failed to catch the ball. Hohn doubled over, then remained on his back holding his arm. He was assisted off the field and did not return.
SURE THING: Saturday is Guaranteed No-Hitter Night in Seattle. If there isn't a no-hitter in the Mariners-Rangers game, fans can attend another Kingdome game free. Saturday Seattle's Russ Swan had a no-hitter for eight innings in Detroit; the previous Saturday the Mariners' Randy Johnson no-hit Detroit in Seattle.
NOPE: Indians' Keith Hernandez refused a rehabilitation assignment to the minors. Hernandez, 36, is on DL with a strained left calf muscle.
"Since he doesn't want to go, he'll stay with us and work out in simulated games," team president Hank Peters said.
Hernandez, eligible to be activated Wednesday, is at .200 with one homer, eight RBI.