HONORS: Albert Belle and David Cone were honored by the AL as the top player and pitcher in the league for July.
Belle led the AL with 16 home runs and a .941 slugging percentage for the Chicago White Sox in July. He also finished second with 32 RBIs and a .406 batting average. Cone went 4-1 with a 0.69 for the month. In five starts for the New York Yankees, Cone pitched 39 innings, gave up 31 hits, walked nine and struck out 36.
Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero and Los Angeles' Chan Ho Park received the NL honors. Guerrero batted .385 with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs. He scored 24 runs, had nine doubles and posted a .771 slugging percentage and .438 on-base percentage. Park went 4-0 in July with a 1.05 ERA. In 42 2-3 innings, he struck out 34 and allowed 25 hits.
MCGWIRE FORGERIES: Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said he is cracking down on companies selling merchandise carrying the forged autograph of Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire. Nixon said he would be in St. Louis Circuit Court Tuesday to seek temporary restraining orders against several companies and individuals accused of selling the memorabilia with false certificates of authenticity.
COLLINS' CONTRACT EXTENDED: The Anaheim Angels extended the contract of manager Terry Collins through the 1999 season on Monday.
Collins, 49, is in his second season as manager of the Angels. He signed a two-year contract plus an option with the Angels on Nov. 4, 1996. The new deal extends the guarantee of the existing contract.
Anaheim improved to 59-52 after an 11-4 victory over Cleveland on Monday night. The Angels were 84-78 under Collins last season.
Originally a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Collins began his big-league managerial career with the Houston Astros in 1994. Collins managed the Astros for three years, compiling a 224-197 record with three straight second-place finishes in the NL Central Division.