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INSIDE PITCH (April 29-May 5)
Henry Hecht
May 13, 1985
When Steve Carlton misses a turn, as he did on April 28, that's news. It was only the seventh time he has skipped a start since joining the Phils in 1972. Carlton, who is 40, left his next start last Friday after five shutout innings because his shoulder stiffened. People are starting to wonder how much longer Lefty can be a quality starter.
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May 13, 1985

Inside Pitch (april 29-may 5)

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The Orioles plead total innocence and, indeed, Toronto manager Bobby Cox and Texas skipper Doug Rader say they have never suspected any foul play. But Corrales remains convinced.

This reported skulldugoutery would be against the rules, but when Cleveland general manager Joe Klein complained to the league office, he got nowhere. Corrales, left to his own devices, changed the pitching signs, sometimes during the games. But all that accomplished was the complete confusion of his pitching staff. "Everybody in our bullpen had a different idea of what the signs happened to be," says Indians reliever Tom Waddell. "We were all trying to teach each other, and by the third inning, nobody knew what they were. After a while, I figured I would just look in the Orioles' dugout to see what I was supposed to throw."

Boy, did John Candelaria make a scene this spring when Pirates manager Chuck Tanner told him he was moving him into the bullpen. He even kicked his glove over the outfield wall..(Instructor Willie Stargell called it good.) Candelaria, who likes to complain, has had five saves and a change of mind. "I'm more involved in the game now," he says. "I can pitch 70 games, maybe a lot more." And if Tanner returned him to the rotation? "I wouldn't like it at all. If they try to do it, they'll hear from me."

Amazingly enough, Dan Quisenberry is in a slump. The Royals' stopper saved 89 games in the past two years, but only three this year in six save opportunities. He has also allowed 27 hits in 16? innings, and he even hit someone, the first time that has happened since 1981.

What does the Quiz do when he goes into a prolonged slump? "Most of the month he just wonders," he says. "He's a parent so he thinks it's a phase. But he knows that since he's out of adolescence he has to think about it."

At first the problem seemed to be location. "I wasn't hitting the corners and offensive history is made when you don't hit corners," he says. "So I thought it must have been mechanics. Then I started to think about which pitches I should throw, but none of them were working. So then I thought maybe attitude was the problem. Was I too nervous? Was I too relaxed? Then I thought I was a football player and watched films, and the other day I think I found it. My landing spot for my left leg was wrong. Where I thought the right landing spot was, was wrong. I had to move it six inches over to the left.

"That's where we are now. Only thing is, I haven't gotten a chance to pitch since then."

When starter Jerry Koosman went to the mound in the eighth inning of his shutout against the Expos on April 30, he was surprised to find another pitcher, rookie Don Carman, standing there, about to throw his first warmup. It seems that Ozzie Virgil, in the bullpen, misheard a message to sit Carman down. So the kid took the tunnel route under the stands and popped out of the dugout runway before anyone knew what was going on. Koosman's message to him when he got to the mound: "Take a hike." ...On the All-Star ballot are four Phillies ( Mike Schmidt, Virgil, Juan Samuel, Von Hayes) and nine ex-Phillies ( Ryne Sandberg, Manny Trillo, Gary Matthews, Bob Dernier, Keith Moreland, Lonnie Smith, Ivan DeJesus, Larry Bowa, Pete Rose).... After reliever Doug Sisk gave up 17 earned runs in his last 11? innings, the Mets sent him down to Tidewater, where he'll try to straighten himself out as a starter. The Mets won't win unless Jesse Orosco gets some help in the pen. Wes Gardner comes up from Tidewater, where he had seven saves and a 1.50 ERA.... The Cardinals already have 47 steals. At that rate they will steal 331 bases and threaten the Giants' modern major league record of 347 set in 1911.... Think what Dale Murphy might have done in April if the Braves' No. 3 hitters had been hot. Murphy, the cleanup hitter, tied the major league record for the month with 29 RBIs, but the guys immediately ahead of him were 7 for 53 in the last 14 games of April.

Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 464th consecutive game Saturday to break Brooks Robinson's team record. His consecutive inning streak dating from June 5, 1982 is up to 4,198.... DH Willie Aikens, trying to come back from his drug problems of a year ago, was designated for assignment by Toronto last week. "When I found out," he said, "I couldn't even eat, I was so tied up in knots. You know that ache in your stomach, like somebody kicked you? At least I know it's not personal. You know, [ Toronto G.M.] Pat Gillick cried when he told me. He did." ...After more than four years and 614 games, the Jays got a win from a lefty starter last week when Jimmy Key beat California.... Make that 15 players in the bigs from San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. Outfielder Alex Sanchez was promoted from Triple A recently by Detroit.... Angel centerfielder Gary Pettis, who makes great catches regularly, did it again last Thursday against Toronto. He soared about three feet above and three feet beyond the fence to rob Jesse Bar-field of a two-run homer in the Angels' 3-2 win. Dwight Stones, the high jumper, was on hand, and he said, "He has great vertical movement and, obviously, a lot of athletic ability."

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