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BETWEEN THE LINES
Peter Gammons
May 25, 1987
JOTTINGS FROM THE JOINT Denny McLain writes a monthly column for the Detroit-based Sports Fans' Journal from the Talladega, Ala., federal prison, where he is serving a 23-year sentence for racketeering, extortion, conspiracy and drug trafficking. His May column is titled "It's Time To Defend the Owners."
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May 25, 1987

Between The Lines

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?Against Toronto on May 12, Kansas City rookie Bill Pecota went 4 for 4 with his second homer, tying him for second (with four others) for the club lead. The next night he was optioned to Omaha.

?Red Sox reliever Joe Sambito has held 29 of the 30 leads he has inherited over two seasons.

?The Dodgers' farm system is so bad the best player they could recall from Albuquerque to replace Mike Marshall was Ralph Bryant, who was hitting .202. Bryant whiffed on three pitches in each of his first two Dodger at bats.

?How bad is the Phillies' starting pitching? In their first 22 home games they allowed 23 first-inning runs.

?During a five-game stretch in their disastrous losing streak, the Brewers went 1 for 47 with runners in scoring position.

? Lance Parrish was going to stop opponents from running on the Phillies, right? He and his backup, John Russell, have thrown out only two of the first 40 base stealers. Bob Boone was run out of Philly because opponents stole successfully on 83% of their tries. In five years with California, however, he has thrown out more than half of those who have run on him. This proves again that bases are stolen on pitchers more than on catchers.

?Not only are the Niekro brothers within one win of the Perry brothers' record for combined victories, but Phil Niekro is also one win shy of Gaylord Perry, and Joe Niekro is tied with Jim Perry at 215.

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