* In last-minute transactions before the trading deadline, the Angels sold catcher Phil Roof to Cleveland for cash and a player to be announced later; removed Ken McBride from the disabled list; sold pitcher Ron Piche to Seattle; and recalled catcher-infielder Tom Satriano from Seattle. Satriano then caught his little finger of his left hand in a hotel door in Detroit and suffered a cut that required 13 stitches. He will likely be out for more than a week.
* Bob Lee compared his first major league hit, which also happened to be his first major league home run, to an eclipse. “It’s just like an eclipse,” laughed Lee. “You’ll never see another.” Lee struck a hanging curve ball from Boston’s Dick Radatz over the left field wall at Fenway Park, June 1. Jose Cardenal followed with another moon shot over the wall. “Even a guy who’s been in a nine-year slump has to get one hit a year. Now I have to make up for last year. Actually, I lead the pitchers in batting practice homers and I hit six at Batavia two years ago,” said Lee.
* Jim Fregost switched from a 36-ounce bat to a 33-ounce model and brought his average within decimals of the .250 mark. Through his dogged comeback, Fregosi has played superlative defense. “I was tired of getting jammed all the time,” explained the incumbent All-Star shortstop of his bat switch.