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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 4, 2000

Lofton ties record for scoring runs

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland's Kenny Lofton scored in the first inning Sunday, tying a major-league record by scoring for the 18th consecutive game.

Lofton led off the inning with a single against Baltimore starter Jay Spurgeon, who was making his second career start.

Lofton then stole second and moved to third on Omar Vizquel's flyout. With two out, Jim Thome drove in Lofton with a single to rightfield.

Lofton tied the record set by the Yankees' Red Rolfe in 1939. Ted Kluszewski holds the NL record, scoring in 17 consecutive games for the 1954 Reds.

ANGELS: It's almost as if the baseball gods conspired against Troy Glaus during the weekend, robbing the third baseman of satisfaction from tying and breaking Reggie Jackson's franchise record for home runs. Glaus tied Jackson's mark, set in 1982, with his 39th home run Friday, but the Angels blew an 8-2 seventh-inning lead and lost to Chicago 9-8. He hit home run No. 40 in the sixth inning Sunday but also committed a throwing error that helped Chicago score an unearned run in the seventh, and the Angels lost 13-12.

ATHLETICS: Miguel Tejada hit his 23rd homer, a team record for shortstops.

CARDINALS: Manager Tony La Russa said it might be at least a few more days before the team activates Mark McGwire, who has been on the DL since July 7. McGwire did light jogging before Sunday's game.

CUBS: Left-hander Ozwaldo Mairena's contract was purchased from Triple-A Iowa before the game against San Francisco.

INDIANS: Sandy Alomar left the game after the seventh inning with leg cramps. He said he's fine, although the team listed him as day-to-day.

MARLINS: Third baseman Mike Lowell extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games with a run-scoring single in the first inning against Arizona.

METS: Bobby Valentine has managed 1,840 games without finishing in first place. Only Jimmy Dykes (2,962) has managed more games without coming in first. Valentine passed Paul Richards on Friday night for No. 2 on the list. ... Mike Piazza has been playing with several nagging injuries lately. He hit a foul tip off his left big toe on Tuesday and hyperextended his left knee running to first on an infield hit Wednesday.

ORIOLES: Cal Ripken played in two games against Cleveland this weekend, on Friday and Sunday, and finished 3-of-7. He had been on the disabled list June 28 with back problems. "I feel pretty good," he said. "I felt like I hadn't missed two months."

PADRES: The team purchased the contract of infielder Ed Sprague from single-A Rancho Cucamonga and moved right-hander Stan Spencer from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.

RED SOX: Brian Daubach missed his fourth consecutive game since injuring his elbow during Tuesday's brawl with the Rays.

ROYALS: Manager Tony Muser said outfielder Carlos Beltran (right knee bone bruise) and left-hander Paul Spoljaric (strained lower back), who have been rehabbing with Triple-A Omaha, should rejoin the team Tuesday.

TIGERS: Deivi Cruz's double in the fourth inning was his 41st of the season. He's the first Tiger to top 40 doubles since Lance Parrish had 42 in 1983.

YANKEES: David Justice needs to drive in one run for his third 100-RBI season. He had chances Sunday, grounding out with the bases loaded to end the third inning and striking out with two on to finish the eighth.

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