September 16, 2013
• The American League opened their July 26th lineup of games with an evening battle at Tiger Stadium, where Orioles ace Scott McGregor improved to 15-4 as the O’s coasted to a 5-1 win over the Tigers. Outfielder Pat Kelly led the Baltimore offense with a double and home run, good for three RBI, and Eddie Murray rapped three singles to help make a loser of Dave Rozema (12-5), who’d had a spectacular July before tonight’s game, going 3-0 with three shutouts. O’s reliever Earl Stephenson, whose last major league game came on July 26th of the actual 1978 season, pitched 1/3 of an inning to bail McGregor out of a jam and earn his third save on the year.
• Detroit outfielder Dave Stegman made his major league debut in the O’s-Tigers game, appearing as a pinch-hitter for Detroit in the ninth inning and connecting for a single in his first major league at-bat. Stegman was called up from the Evansville Triplets after pitcher Dave Tobik was sent down by the parent club.
• The first-card Z-play chart has been updated, beginning with the AL slate of games for the 26th: first-card rainout possibilities have been reduced from four to two, and two rain delay options have been added; if a delay lasts more than 28 minutes, both starting pitchers’ PB numbers will decrease by one. For six-sided dice rolls, three rainout situations have now been combined with three obscure weather condition options, while the six pre-game injury choices have remained the same.
• Cubs catcher Dave Rader was injured in a collision with third baseman Steve Ontiveros in the July 26th game between Chicago and Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. The Cubs will more than likely put Rader on the disabled list on the 27th, and with catchers Tim Blackwell and Mike Gordon available at their AAA franchise in Iowa, the question now is, who will be called up to serve as backup to Larry Cox? Manager Herman Franks will make a decision soon.
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