Stopper: Roger Clemens, with his 11-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, stopped a three-game Boston Red Sox losing streak and has a 36-6 record in starts that follow a Boston loss.
Heat: They will have to re-charge the speed gun after today’s duel between Clemens and Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers at Arlington Stadium. Ryan has yet to win in his new home, allowing 14 hits and six earned runs in 10 innings of two starts in Arlington. He has also started twice on the road, throwing a one-hitter in each, allowing one earned run and striking out 27 in 17 innings.
Catalyst: Returning after sitting out with a dislocated finger that sidelined him for the first two weeks of the season, Paul Molitor had hit in 12 of 13 games and 10 in a row before going 0 for 4 Saturday. What does Molitor mean to the Milwaukee Brewers? Since the start of the 1986 season they have a .572 winning percentage with him in the lineup and .379 without him.
More Brew: Ted Higuera, returning from back surgery, makes his first start of 1989 for the Brewers against the White Sox Monday night. Chris Bosio, 7-15 last year with 11 consecutive losses at one point, has filled the breach, restricting opposing hitters to a .182 batting average while going 4-0 with a 1.37 earned-run average.
Inactive: The Toronto Blue Jays have not made a trade affecting the major league roster since Aug. 31, 1987, and the Canadian press is referring to general manager Pat Gillick as Stand Pat.
Phollies: The Philadelphia Phillies have encountered anticipated pitching problems. A chronic elbow condition has put Steve Ontiveros on the disabled list for the seventh time since 1984, and Mike Maddux became the club’s ninth starting pitcher Saturday.
Bronx Bombers?: The New York Yankees have hit eight home runs. Bo Jackson alone has that many.
Still a menace: Dennis Eckersley, the Oakland Athletics’ relief ace, was obviously not affected by Kirk Gibson’s pinch-home run in the World Series last year. In his first 11 appearances of the new season, Eckersley has allowed no runs and one walk in 11 1/3 innings. He has struck out 13 while recording eight saves, a 1-0 record and restricting opposing hitters to a .167 batting average.