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A bad number for Blue Jays

Here's something for the Blue Jays' more skittish fans to consider:

In the history of the American League Championship Series, no team ever has clinched the pennant in the sixth game.

Morris still game for Game 7

On the other hand, for the Toronto faithful looking for a good omen, try this on:

Although Jack Morris was tagged for three home runs in losing Game 1 and was shelled in Game 4 (no decision), he is 7-0 this year in games he has started on three days' rest.

"When you start a series," Morris said, "no one wants to play a Game 7. But that's what makes it fun; that's what makes it memorable."

Alomar's sudden impact

Roberto Alomar of the Blue Jays has 17 hits in league championship play this year and last, surpassing the two-season mark of 15 previously shared by Fred Lynn, Doug DeCinces, Rich Gedman and Tony Fernandez.

Long balls and bad hands

The Athletics and Blue Jays go into today's game with 12 home runs in the series, three shy of the ALCS record of 15, set by the Twins and Tigers in 1987.

On the other hand, the 14 errors by Oakland (six) and Toronto (eight) are one shy of the miscue mark established by the Red Sox and Angels in 1986. Toronto's next playoff error will break the single-team LCS mark shared with those '86 Angels, the '82 Brewers and the '88 Mets.

Forgotten children

Early Friday morning, after the A's returned to Oakland from the first two games in Toronto, A's manager Tony La Russa and his wife, Elaine, got off the bus that had met the team at the airport. The bus then left with 13-year-old Bianca La Russa and 10-year-old Devon Le Russa asleep in the back row.

The La Russas got their daughters back _ but on Sunday night, after Oakland's 11-inning 7-6 loss, a distracted La Russa left his wife and children at the Oakland Coliseum.

"It was like Home Alone," said Doug Rader, the Athletics' hitting instructor. "It was Bus Alone and then Stadium Alone."

Two views of the big bash

Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart and manager La Russa had different perspectives on the first-inning home run by Ruben Sierra that sparked the Athletics to their 6-2 victory Monday.

"When Ruben opened it up, it totally relaxed me," Stewart said.

"It tightened me up," La Russa said. "It improved our chance to win. The closer we get to winning, the tighter I get."

_ BRUCE LOWITT

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