Bowa and Chris Speier succeed Dunston, and Tom Brookens replaces Pittaro. Dunston, 22, was too raw, and the pressures of being the shortstop for a division winner were too much. "He was laboring," said manager Jim Frey. "Every at bat was an ordeal."
Pittaro, 23, who had very little experience at third, hit early but struggled in the field. When Pittaro went 3 for 22 recently, Sparky sat him down explaining, "If I'm getting no production either way, I might as well have defense."
Gary Pettis definitely makes the Angels go. He has hit .300 (21 for 70) with 17 runs scored in the club's 21 wins, and .189 (10 for 53) with five runs scored in the 15 losses. Pettis is 22 for 22 this year as a base stealer.... Oriole lefty Scott McGregor, with a 10.71 ERA in his last five starts, needs some weight work to strengthen his left forearm and shoulder. His fastball would have a hard time getting arrested for speeding.... Dan Quisenberry struggles no longer. The Royals' stopper had his problems early, but he allowed two hits and no walks in five straight outings, helping the Royals to a six-game winning streak.... When switch-hitting Royal Willie Wilson hit his 18th career homer, against Keith Creel, last week in Cleveland it was his first over the fence as a lefthander and the fifth overall.... Angel manager Gene Mauch is not enamored of the hot-dog antics of Boston righty Oil Can Boyd. He calls him Dipstick Boyd.... White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit homer No. 237 to pass Gabby Hartnett for fourth on the alltime catcher's list and earlier had become only the fifth modern catcher to steal 100 bases.... Detroit's Willie Hernandez had 32 saves in 33 save opportunities last year, earning the AL MVP and Cy Young award. This year he's 9 for 9 with two wins, no losses and a 1.75 ERA.... When the Mets beat the Giants 3-2 in 12 innings Friday, it gave them a 23-1 record in extra-inning games, a streak that began July 26, 1983. They lost 8-2 in 10 innings to the Giants the next night.... The trade of Lonnie Smith to K.C. isn't the only move the Cardinals made last week. Neil Allen has lost his stopper's job, and Darrell Porter, who's hitting .149 and throwing .000 (base stealers are 17 for 17 against him), will no longer do all of the catching. When someone asked Whitey Herzog if he thought Porter would come around, the manager said, "I'm hoping. Patience is great, but patience can get you fired." ...Astro shortstop Dickie Thon, floundering in his attempt to come back from last year's beaning, has been put on the 15-day disabled list at his own request. According to G.M. Al Rosen, Thon "expressed his concern over his playing ability. He's had continued problems with blurred vision. His career is in jeopardy."
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