ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels, who have been battling the Texas Rangers for first place in the AL West most of the season, 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. Monday's signing extends the guarantee of the existing contract.
Albert Belle and David Cone were honored Monday by the AL as the top player and pitcher in the league in July. Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero and Los Angeles' Chan Ho Park received the NL honors.
Belle, of the Chicago White Sox, led the AL with 16 home runs and a .941 slugging percentage in July. He also finished second with 32 RBI and a .406 batting average.
Cone, of the New York Yankees, went 4-1 with a 0.69 for the month. In five starts, Cone pitched 39 innings, gave up 31 hits, walked nine and struck out 36.
Guerrero batted .385 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. 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.
Boston's Nomar Garciaparra won the AL Player of the Week award Monday. Garciaparra, who also received votes for Player of the Month, hit .462 with three homers, eight runs and 12 RBI.
Houston right-hander Jose Lima won the NL Player of the Week, going 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 18 innings.
STARR PASSES AWAY:
Bob Starr, the radio play-by-play voice of the Anaheim Angels for 15 years before retiring after last season for health reasons, died Monday of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 65.
Starr, who worked for the Angels from 1980-89 and again from 1993-97, died at his home in Orange, Calif.
CRACKDOWN UNDER WAY:
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is cracking down on companies selling merchandise carrying the forged autograph of Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire.
Nixon said Monday that he would be in St. Louis Circuit Court today to seek temporary restraining orders against several companies and individuals accused of selling the memorabilia with false certificates of authenticity.
McGwire, who has 45 homers and needs just 17 more to break the single-season home run record set by Roger Maris in 1961, complained last month that he had seen items carrying forged signatures in shops.
Named in the request for one restraining order are Events Made E Z Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla.; Edward Zuckerman of Boca Raton; East Coast Collectible Inc. of Doylestown, Pa.; Harris Pharmacy Inc. (doing business as Sports Cards Etc. of Doylestown); and Harris Bogdnoff of Doylestown.