Yankee third baseman Mike Pagliarulo, who grew up in Medford, Mass., wears a T-shirt under his uniform that reads RED sox, WORLD SERIES CHAMPS—1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918 on the front, and YANKEES, WORLD SERIES CHAMPS—1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977,1978 on the back.
Jim Campanis Jr., the grandson of former Dodgers vice-president for player personnel, Al Campanis, has a shot at winning the Pac-10 Triple Crown. Through Sunday, Campanis, a junior catcher at USC, led the conference in RBIs with 74 and was second in average (.387) and homers (15). Campanis should be selected early in next month's draft, and grandpa plans to be his agent.
THOSE MELLOW CALIFORNIANS
When official scorer Wayne Monroe announced that he had credited Jesse Orosco, instead of Alejandro Pena, with the Dodgers' 6-3 victory over the Pirates on May 2, Dodger pitcher Tim Leary, who had watched the game from the press box as the team's eye in the sky, was so upset he screamed in Monroe's face. And Leary, who apologized on a radio show the next day, wasn't the only disgruntled party. Starting pitcher Don Sutton, irked about having been replaced by Pena in the fifth inning, told reporters, "It makes me think [manager Tommy] Lasorda wishes I weren't here. I think he has limited confidence in my ability."
A DEAL'S A DEAL
On April 26, the Twins announced that they had agreed to terms with Mike Easier to have him play for their Triple A club, the Portland (Ore.) Beavers. Two days later, Easier changed his mind and signed with the Rangers' Triple A team, the Oklahoma City 89ers. Easier went 5 for 7 in two games for the 89ers, then took advantage of a release clause in his contract and signed with a Japanese team, the Nippon Ham Fighters.
WHO'S ON SECOND?
Last week the Toronto Blue Jays' second baseman Manny Lee missed two games with a bruised shoulder, and manager Jimy Williams replaced him with a bizarre platoon. On May 2 he started third baseman Kelly Gruber at second and Cecil Fielder, who's usually a first baseman and designated hitter, at third, then switched them back and forth, depending on where Williams thought the batter was most likely to hit the ball. The next night he tried the same kind of strategy, starting Gruber at third and backup catcher Pat Borders at second.
The bat former Yankee Bucky Dent used to hit his game-winning, three-run homer in the 1978 American League playoff game against the Red Sox was corked. At least that's what Mike Torrez, the pitcher who gave up the famous shot, says. According to a report in The Berkshire Eagle, Torrez revealed that former Yankee Mickey Rivers had asked him at an Old-Timers' game last summer, "Didn't Bucky ever tell you that I gave him my bat and it was corked?" Dent later admitted to Torrez that he had used Rivers's bat but said he wasn't aware that it had been corked.
?Cubs rookie Mark Grace had 10 major league at bats before swinging at and missing a pitch.
?Through Sunday the Montreal Expos were 2 for 21 with the bases loaded. The lone hits were singles by Tim Raines and pitcher Dennis Martinez.
?When the Phillies beat the Braves 7-3 on Friday, pitcher Shane Rawley snapped a personal 10-game losing streak.