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Peter Gammons
August 01, 1988
THE FINE ART OF BATTINGAfter more than nine major league seasons without getting a chance to bat, reliever Dan Quisenberry, who was recently signed by the Cardinals, made his first plate appearance on July 20 and picked up a walk. "It was surreal," he said. "Salvador Dali could paint it, but I can't talk about it."
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August 01, 1988

Between The Lines

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?Since June 18, Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield has had two homers and only 14 RBIs.

?Through 1981, Twins reliever Juan Berenguer was 3-17. Since then he has been 43-28.

?Pirate shortstop Rafael Belliard went on an 8-for-16 binge July 8-14. All eight were infield hits.

?So far this season the Yankees have lost six times after having had the lead with one out to go. They are also 0-29 in games in which they trailed after the seventh inning.

?The regular catcher with the highest average through Sunday was the Angels' 40-year-old Bob Boone, at .294.

? Boston Red Sox ace Roger Clemens is on a pace to strike out 345 batters and walk 50.

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