CHICAGO, JULY 7 -- Another 20 questions, or thereabout:
What are some former Orioles up to? Well, last Sunday alone: Pitcher Jay Tibbs, now with the Pirates, earned a victory in relief. Outfielder Fred Lynn, now with the Padres, had a run-scoring pinch hit. Catcher Rick Dempsey, now with the Dodgers, went three for four with a run scored and a run batted in. Outfielder John Shelby of the Tigers went two for five with two RBI.
Infielder Rex Hudler, now with the Cardinals, scored a run after appearing as a pinch hitter. Reliever Tom Niedenfuer, also with the Cardinals, was perfect in 1 1/3 innings of setup work for Lee Smith. Pitcher Dave Schmidt, now with the Expos, threw two innings of hitless relief to get a good start on July (he was the club's pitcher of the month for June). The Indians won (their front office leadership includes Hank Peters, Tom Giordano and Dan O'Dowd; their coaching staff includes Rich Dauer, Mark Wiley and Jose Morales).
First baseman Eddie Murray, now with the Dodgers, scored a run despite going hitless in four at-bats. And Mark Thurmond, now with the Giants, pitched a one-hit, no-run ninth inning in San Francisco's 8-5 loss to the Pirates.
Alas, infielder Rick Schu, now with the Angels, went hitless in three at-bats. Catcher Terry Kennedy, now with the Giants, went hitless in one at-bat. And pitcher Mike Morgan, now with the Dodgers, allowed three runs on nine hits in five innnings.
Pitcher Mike Boddicker, now with the Red Sox, had to wait until Monday afternoon to earn his 10th consecutive victory.
How Hot Are the Mets?
So hot that pitcher Frank Viola retired Astros outfielder Eric Yelding not once, not twice, but three consecutive times after Yelding led off Tuesday night's game with a single that made him seven for seven against Viola.
Is there room for hitting specialists in baseball? Of course. Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro went five for five Saturday against the Red Sox but scored no runs and drove in none as the Rangers won, 6-5.
How bad does it get for Royals pitcher Bret Saberhagen in even-numbered years? Wednesday against the Yankees, he failed to strike out a batter for the first time in 128 starts.
Does Blue Jays utilityman Tom Lawless have a hit yet? Yes! Finally! It was a run-scoring single Wednesday night in Toronto's 4-2 victory over the Angels.
Among those position players in the majors all season, he was the last to get his first hit, but that was nothing new; he's been last the last three seasons.
Do you need to be tough to play baseball, or what? Reds infielder Mariano Duncan became the latest non-baseball injury victim Wednesday night in Montreal, when the taxi carrying him to Olympic Stadium was rear-ended by another vehicle. He sustained a minor neck injury that probably will keep him out until after the all-star break. Still, he's better off than Phillies outfielder Von Hayes, who is on the 15-day disabled list because he cut his left pinky assembling a piece of home exercise equipment.
But Kevin Wickander of the Indians, who fell and broke his pitching arm while walking in a stadium ramp, is mending so quickly he hopes to pitch before season's end.
This Guy Is an All-Star?
Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell made a career-worst three errors in a 13-7 victory Tuesday over the White Sox. "It should have been a tossup between me and Carlton Fisk as to who should have been player of the game," he joked.
Fisk, who had four hits, said: "I once saw Brooks Robinson make three errors. Now I can tell my grandchildren that I also saw Trammell make three errors."
Can Phillies outfielder Len Dykstra put up gaudy numbers other than .400? Going into Friday's games, he had reached base by hit or walk in 66 of the 71 games he has played this season.
How bad are things going for the Cardinals? After his club got five hits off Trevor Wilson in a 4-0 loss to the Giants on Tuesday, then-manager Whitey Herzog said: "I hate to take anything away from Trevor, but . . . we see this every night lately. We can't score at all and we can't get a streak going. We're even swinging and missing in batting practice."
Is there a team in baseball that can get less from more than the Orioles? The Angels tied a season-best with 15 hits Tuesday but lost to the Blue Jays, 5-2.
"You've got to work hard to do that," Angels first baseman Wally Joyner said. The other time the Angels had 15 hits, they beat the Brewers, 10-3. Bert Blyleven started both games.
Would you like to become the Official Moving Company of Tracy Jones? He is playing for his fifth team in less than two years. The Reds traded him in July 1988 to the Expos, who traded him in December 1988 to the Giants, who traded him in June 1989 to the Tigers, who traded him in June 1990 to the Mariners.
Is Braves outfielder Tommy Gregg related to Indians infielder Carlos Baerga? Gregg entered the weekend eight for 28 as a pinch hitter, three for 49 otherwise.
Anyone need tickets to the preview of Arachnophobia? The Blue Jays' Glenallen Hill missed Saturday's game because he had a nightmare about spiders Friday night. He will be out awhile with cut toes and elbows, plus carpet burns on his knees.
"I have a phobia about spiders," he said. "In the nightmare, I was trying to get away from spiders." He said he bounced off a wall and climbed up the 10 stairs in his apartment. Realizing that this story seems improbable, he offered to take reporters to his home to see the bloodstains. Hill, who arrived at Skydome on crutches, was treated by the trainer and went home.
Worms in the Apple
Negative New York Note of the Week Not Involving Andy Hawkins (Mets File): After pitcher Ron Darling struck out the Reds' Eric Davis to begin the fourth inning of last Sunday's game, catcher Orlando Mercado forgot it was strike three, forgot the catcher is supposed to start the ball around the horn after a strikeout with none on and less than two out, or forgot you don't throw a baseball to someone who isn't looking. In any case, with the right-handed Darling having turned his back to the plate, Mercado threw the ball back toward mound -- where it hit Darling's right elbow. Darling stayed in the game.
Negative New York Note of the Week Not Involving Andy Hawkins (Yankees File): Those nutty pinstripers got 18 hits Wednesday night against the Royals and lost, 13-6. Jim Leyritz, the only Yankee not to reach base by hit or walk at least twice, went zero for five and grounded into three double plays, tying the club record set by Eddie Robinson on May 30, 1955.