Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Clemens rises to 3rd in career strikeouts

MLB Notebook

The Associated Press

Roger Clemens reacts to fans' applause in the fourth inning after recording career strikeout number 3,702.
(AP photo/Mark Lennihan)
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        NEW YORK — Roger Clemens moved into third place on baseball's career strikeout list Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

        The New York Yankees' ace passed Bert Blyleven when he struck out Toby Hall leading off the fourth inning for No.3,702.

        Clemens trails only Steve Carlton (4,136) and Nolan Ryan (5,714) on the career list.


        Manager Charlie Manuel was hospitalized with stomach inflammation and infection, the latest in a series of health problems.

        Manuel, who had flu-like symptoms the past couple of weeks, returned to the Cleveland Clinic Tuesday afternoon after a CT scan showed the infection.

        Team spokesman Bart Swain said Manuel would undergo further tests and that no timetable had been set for his return.


        Team owner David Glass, who repeatedly has said manager Tony Muser will return next season, now appears to be wavering.

        “No decision has been made,” Glass said. “We all need to perform. I will say I think Tony has done a good job ... I also think this year has been a disaster.”


        The New York Mets won a pair of coin flips and would be the host if involved in a tiebreaker playoff Oct.8 for the NL East title.

        In a coin flip last week, Philadelphia beat Atlanta for the right to play the tiebreaker at home if the Braves and Phillies tie.

        BUD'S BACK:

        Former major-league shortstop Bud Harrelson, the co-owner of the Long Island Ducks, was activated by the minor-league team for Tuesday night's game against the Newark Bears. The 57-year-old Harrelson signed a contract for one dollar.


        Bill Stafford, the winning pitcher when Roger Maris hit his 61st home run, died of a heart attack last week in Canton Township, Mich. He was 63.


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