The wins may not come as quickly these days and may not be as impressive.
Still, they add up for Jack Morris. And on Sunday, the total reached 200.Morris became the 89th pitcher to get 200 career victories as the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 8-2. He did it despite pitching on three days' rest and with the flu, which pushed his temperature to 100 degrees.
"I knew I'd try, unless I went out to the bullpen and fell off the mound," Morris said. "I appreciate T.K. (manager Tom Kelly) giving me the ball, because I'm sure he had some doubts. I gave it all I had, and the guys came through again for me."
Morris, the winningest pitcher in the 1980s with Detroit, struggled for six innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits with two wild pitches and a hit batter.
Morris, 36 next month, began his career with the Tigers in 1977. He slumped to 21-32 in the last two years and signed with his hometown Twins as a free agent in the off-season.
The only active pitchers with more victories are Nolan Ryan (304), Bert Blyleven (279), Rick Reuschel (214) and Frank Tanana (208).
"I remember the first time I thought about 200," Morris said. "It was a few years back, when Jerry Koosman was with the White Sox, and he got No. 200 against us. I remember thinking, `That is really something.' I don't want to pat myself on the back too much, but I'm proud of it."
Morris left the game with the score tied at 2, but the Twins got a run in the bottom of the sixth and made him the winner.
Puckett homered and drove in three runs as Minnesota won for the seventh time in eight games. He hit his third home run in the first off Scott Bankhead (1-2) and had an RBI single in the third.
Red Sox 2, Royals 1
Dana Kiecker, starting in place of Roger Clemens, combined with three relievers for a rain-delayed seven-hitter and Mike Greenwell twice drove in Wade Boggs as Boston won at Kansas City.
Kiecker went 51/3 innings in his first start, giving up one run and five hits while striking out six.
Blue Jays 9, Tigers 6
Devon White's bases-loaded single stopped the Detroit bullpen's shutout streak at 362/3 innings as Toronto won at home.
White hit a two-run single that keyed a five-run rally in the sixth inning that made it 8-4. Glenallen Hill homered and had a career-high four hits for the Blue Jays.
White Sox 4, Yankees 1
Frank Thomas homered, drove in two runs and scored twice as Chicago beat New York at Comiskey Park.
Jack McDowell (4-1) gave up one run on five hits in 72/3 innings and Bobby Thigpen worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Orioles 5, Brewers 4
Cal Ripkenqc drove in four runs with three hits and Craig Worthington singled home the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning as Baltimore beat visiting Milwaukee.
Bob Milacki (1-0) pitched 51/3 innings of one-hit relief. He was recalled from Double-A Hagerstown on Friday and shut out the Brewers until Gregg Olson took over in the ninth for his second save.
Indians 4, Rangers 2
After a rain delay of two hours and 19 minutes at the start in Texas, Eric King and Doug Jones pitched Cleveland past the Rangers.
King (2-2) gave up one run on four hits in eight innings, and left in the ninth after one-out doubles by pinch hitter Kevin Reimer and Rafael Palmeiro. Jones finished for his fifth save.