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BASEBALL
Peter Gammons
September 12, 1988
THE VERDICT IS IN
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September 12, 1988

Baseball

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Lynn, a lefthanded power hitter ideally suited for Tiger Stadium and its short right-field fence, was disappointed at being declared ineligible, saying that it was "like being arrested for spitting on the sidewalk." But Lajoie was philosophical about the situation. "I just felt a rule's a rule," he said. "We'll live by it. At least he can help us win the division."

NEW BLOOD

The player to watch this month in the American League East is Brewers in-fielder Gary Sheffield, who took over at short when Dale Sveum broke his left leg Sept. 3. After hitting 19 homers in half a season at Double A El Paso, Sheffield moved up to Triple A Denver and batted .344 with nine homers and 54 RBIs in 57 games....

Even before the stories broke that Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly might be traded because of his grousing about owner George Steinbrenner, the Cardinals had discussed offering shortstop Ozzie Smith, catcher Tony Pena and pitcher Greg Mathews to New York for Mattingly and a pitcher....

The Tigers may need more than Lynn to win the American League East race. On Saturday, Detroit lost second baseman Lou Whitaker for 10 days to two weeks when he suffered a sprained ligament in his right knee doing splits on the dance floor. The next day the Tigers lost 6-1 to the Brewers and dropped into a tie for first with the Red Sox. Said the Tigers' Morris, "This is a race among turtles."

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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