The young Cleveland Indians knew what they needed to gain respectability. They needed to get older, so they acquired Eddie Murray, Jack Morris and Tony Pena, who have more than 46 years of major league experience combined.
Saturday in Oakland, Cleveland won its seventh in a row, 8-2, over the Athletics when Murray hit his 450th home run and drove in four runs, Morris (5-4) pitched seven strong innings in his fourth victory in a row and Pena, on his 37th birthday, walked and scored twice while giving regular catcher Sandy Alomar the day off.
"We should all have a party tonight. We're not even supposed to be here," Morris, 39, said. "I think we're all thankful to have a uniform. We do have a lot of pride and we understand what it takes to put a major league uniform on."
The Indians are 15-4 since May 13.
Seattle 2, Toronto 0--Randy Johnson became the first Mariner pitcher to throw three consecutive shutouts as he struck out a season-high 15 in Seattle.
Johnson (7-3) won his fifth game in a row, allowing six hits and increasing his scoreless-inning streak to 27. The club record for consecutive scoreless innings is 34 1/3 by Mark Langston in 1988.
Kansas City 4, New York 3--Terry Shumpert hit two home runs and drove in three runs in the Royals' victory at New York.
Shumpert began the season with six major league homers in 564 at-bats. He has six this season in 65 at-bats.
Dave Henderson also homered for Kansas City. Jim Leyritz hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning for the Yankees, who have lost five of six games.
Texas 10, Boston 4--Jose Canseco, Will Clark and Rusty Greer had four hits apiece as the Rangers won at Boston. Canseco and Greer hit two-run homers and Clark had four singles as Texas had 19 hits.
Canseco has reached base safely 10 times in a row with three homers, two doubles, two singles, two walks and a hit by pitch.
Kenny Rogers (7-3) won for the fifth consecutive time, though he gave up two home runs to Boston's Mo Vaughn.
Chicago 7, Baltimore 1--Jack McDowell (3-7) allowed five hits in seven innings and rookie Norberto Martin hit his first homer--a grand slam--to lift the White Sox at Baltimore.