The Tigers are 10-3 in games started by Jack Morris this season and 22-24 in games started by their other pitchers. Since the beginning of the 1985 season, the Tigers have been 54-29 (.651) in games Morris started and 149-150 (.498) in all others. Yet the Yankees, Phillies, Twins and Angels didn't need him when he was available as a free agent this winter.
Padres outfielder Marvel Wynne got hurt taking a walk. He routinely pulled away from a fourth ball from Houston's Danny Darwin on June 9, felt pain in his back, walked gingerly off the field and was taken to the hospital on a stretcher. That's typical of San Diego's season. Wynne became the ninth Padre player to be put on the disabled list this season. In contrast, San Diego made only nine DL transactions in the 1984, '85 and '86 seasons combined.
SHAKEN, RATTLED AND ROLLED
An earthquake registering a five on the Richter scale in Detroit occurred during Len Barker's five-batter, five-hit first inning against the Tigers on June 10. Barker's inning went double, single, quake, triple, single, single, exit.
Two days later he was placed on the disabled list with a sore forearm.
Six years ago, the Mariners' Lenny Randle was immortalized in highlight films by getting on his knees and blowing a slow-rolling ball into foul territory in the Kingdome. Last week, Royals third baseman Kevin Seitzer tried to do the same to Dan Gladden's bunt in Minnesota's Metrodome. "It almost worked," Seitzer said. "It started rolling, but then the umpire told me I couldn't do that. I didn't know. So when he told me that, I said, 'You mean I look like an idiot for nothing.' He said, 'Yep.' "
Texas slugger Pete Incaviglia leads the American League in strikeouts and recently whiffed in 23 of 25 games. Last week, manager Bobby Valentine said, "The road to the Hall of Fame is lined with guys who led the league in strikeouts." If one counts Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt—certain inductees to Cooperstown—13 Hall of Famers have led a league in strikeouts 40 times since 1910: Jimmie Foxx (7), Reggie Jackson (5), Mickey Mantle (5), Babe Ruth (5), Mike Schmidt (5), Hack Wilson (5), Duke Snider (3), Hank Greenberg (1), Gabby Hartnett (1), George Kelly (1), Harmon Killebrew (1), Ralph Kiner (1) and Eddie Mathews (1).
? Cardinals reserve Tito Landrum struck out 10 times in succession over a two-month period. He ended the streak by bunting into a double play.
? Boston's Al Nipper has made 91 major league starts without pitching a shutout. Only five other pitchers since 1900 have started more games without ever throwing one.