A retail store in suburban Minneapolis last year sold I BELIEVE IN R.D. T-shirts and caps to back the lustily booed reliever Ron Davis, who two weeks ago was traded to the Cubs. Last week the store put the items back on sale at half price, with a sign in the window that read COLLECTORS' ITEMS.
? Ron Darling has declined an opportunity to appear in an episode of Miami Vice.
?Twins Kirby Puckett, Gary Gaetti and Kent Hrbek all hit their 25th homers in the same Aug. 19 game. No other team has three players with that many homers.
?If the Expos, Mariners and Pirates can fill a few seats, this will be the first season every major league club will have drawn at least one million fans. The Pirates passed the 800,000 mark last Friday with "Salute to Pittsburgh Night."
? California ace Mike Witt has pitched into the seventh inning in 25 of his 26 starts this year.
? Giants outfielder-pinch hitter Candy Maldonado had 12 homers and 58 RBIs by Aug. 24. In his previous three-plus seasons, he totaled 11 HRs and 53 RBIs.
? Baltimore's Storm Davis threw consecutive wild pitches last week. Former Oriole Dick Hall threw one wild pitch in 16 seasons.