MAYBE THEY WENT FLAT
Although there was a lot of discussion about juiced-up baseballs, the Dodgers had little reason to join in: Overstocked with 1986 Chub Feeney balls, they didn't break out the '87 Bart Giamatti model until June 29 for a series with the Padres. The first three games with the new "rabbit" balls featured shutouts by Jimmy Jones, Orel Hershiser and Eric Show.
BALLS "R" US
On that same June 29, Red Sox DH Don Baylor found a Regent brand baseball—the kind you buy at any department store—and stuck it in the ball bag. Home plate umpire Don Denkinger never noticed and put it in the game. Boston pitcher Bruce Hurst was just about to make a pitch when he realized he was holding a toy.
A WEIGHTY QUESTION
Pitcher Terry Forster is currently laboring with the Twins' Portland, Ore., farm club in the Pacific Coast League, where his daily weigh-ins are on the honor system. Forster has written in 247 lbs. each day, but farm director Jim Rantz estimates Forster's weight at something closer to 260. When Forster was spotted leaving the ballpark alone on a recent afternoon, manager Charlie Manuel called out, "Where are you guys going?"
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Baltimore manager Cal Ripken, whose Orioles were 5-23 in June and whose starters failed to last the fifth inning in 23 of their first 81 games: "The doctor says I should do a lot of walking. So I walk back and forth to the mound nine or 10 times a game."
THANKS FOR THE HELP
The Braves have had nine players on the disabled list this season. Their farm system has provided seven replacements: Mike Fischlin, Steve Ziem, Darryl Motley, Randy O'Neal, Trench Davis, Paul Runge and Jeff Blauser. The Braves have not received a hit, a run, a win or a save from those players.
Brewer manager Tom Trebelhorn created a six-man infield June 29 against the Tigers. With runners on second and third, Trebelhorn moved two outfielders to the infield, leaving only Mike Felder in right center. Pat Sheridan promptly lined a pitch in front of Felder to score both runs. Said Felder, "I felt like I was back on the kick-return team."
?Over the last three seasons, the Yankees are 12-4 in Toronto, the Blue Jays 12-4 in New York.
?The White Sox have gone 76-98 under Jim Fregosi since he took over for the fired Tony LaRussa last June. Since LaRussa took over in Oakland, the A's have gone 88-71.
? Wade Boggs hit .275 in April, .388 in May and .485 in June. His on-base percentage in June was .589 (49 hits, one hit-by-pitch, and 22 walks in 124 plate appearances).