Tigers manager Larry Parrish says he's considering giving rookie righthander Jeff Weaver a month off to rest his arm and regain his early-season form. Weaver, who began the year 6-3 with a 2.89 ERA but had gone 0-5 with a 10.69 ERA in his last seven starts through Sunday, insists he's O.K. "It's not because I've got over 100 innings," he says. "It's because I'm thinking about too much. I'm thinking about how many games under .500 we are; how tough it is for us to get a win right now."
...How bad is the Rockies' bullpen? Says righthanded reliever Mike DeJean (6.84 ERA), "No one interviews me unless I get my brains beat in. That means I get interviewed, what, 45 times this year?"
...The preopening surmise that Safeco Field, the Mariners' new park, would be a pitcher's park is being borne out. In 18 games there, Seattle starters had a 4.31 ERA, down from 6.28 for their 39 outings at the Kingdome. Says Mariners pitching coach Stan Williams, "Guys are finding the ball doesn't jump out of here as easily, and the infield isn't as fast."
...Newly acquired Blue Jays outfielder Brian McRae's sprained left knee is the main reason for his decline in stolen bases. McRae, who averaged 25 steals over the past six seasons, was 2 for 8 this year....
The Dodgers' catcher of the future, 24-year-old Angel Pena, was sent back to Triple A Albuquerque on Aug. I. Besides hitting .208 in 120 at bats, he was 15 pounds overweight at 250. "What a shame," said one scout. "That kid is eating his way out of the game."