?When Houston's Nolan Ryan beat the Dodgers 4-1 on Sept. 8, it was his first complete game in which he hadn't given up a walk since 1983.
?Now that the Angels have recalled lefthander Vance Lovelace from the minors, there are three members of the '81 pitching staff of Tampa's Hillsborough High School in the majors. The others are the Mets' Dwight Gooden and the Expos' Floyd Youmans. Their former pitching coach, Jose Alvarez, is also in the bigs, as a coach with the Braves.
?Hard-luck Mets lefthander Bob Ojeda has gotten 2.9 runs per start from his teammates.
?It's possible that the Reds' Danny Jackson, the Mets' David Cone and the Royals' Mark Gubicza will be among the top three in their leagues in the Cy Young Award balloting. If that happens, half of the top six finishers will have come out of the Kansas City organization.
?Through Sunday, first baseman Gerald Perry of the Braves led the National League with a .312 batting average. At that rate, he could beat Lawrence Doyle's record for the league's lowest winning average since the turn of the century—.320 in 1915.