Kirk McCaskill didn't catch Bo Jackson's home run in its entirety. His eyes were attracted instead to the back of his right fielder, Claudell Washington. "First I saw WASH," McCaskill said, smiling. "Then ING. Then TON. That told me the ball was hit pretty good." . . . . McCaskill walked four in 3 2/3 innings, suggesting that the location of his pitches was lacking, but Angel Manager Doug Rader waved that suggestion off. "A lot of times, 'location' is a catch-all," Rader said. "That's like saying, 'It's a virus.' Location goes a little bit farther than that. (McCaskill) just overthrew early. When that happens, there's not a whole lot you can do about it. You just hope a guy having the kind of season he's having will show some patience and adjust. It just didn't come tonight."
Moving a step closer to full strength again, the Royals announced that they will re-activate George Brett from the disabled list before tonight's game. Brett, sidelined since April 29 because of a torn knee ligament, tested the knee on the Cybex strength machine Friday and was cleared to play by the Royals' medical staff. Kansas City Manager John Wathan said that he will break Brett in slowly, however, using him primarily as a designated hitter during the next two weeks. The Royals were 20-16 in the 36 games they played without Brett. . . . Other Kansas City roster moves: The Royals also recalled infielder Bill Pecota from triple-A Omaha, outrighted pitchers Stan Clarke and Rick Luecken to Omaha, placed outfielder Gary Thurman (wrist) on the disabled list and acquired pitcher Terry Leach in a trade with the New York Mets. Leach, a right-hander, was 0-0 with a 4.22 earned-run average in 10 games with the Mets, who will receive a minor league player to be named later in the deal. Pecota was batting .245 with 19 RBIs in 41 games with Omaha.