You Can't Tell The Players Without A Scorecard: Royals co-owner Ewing Kauffman was walking around the clubhouse, and he shook the hand of lefty Charlie Leibrandt. "We have a great tradition here," Kauffman told Leibrandt. "We're going to win a lot more titles. You ever pitched in a Championship Series before?"
Leibrandt pitched for K.C. in the final game of last year's Championship Series against the Tigers.
This time they fired the general manager. The Pirates, last in the NL East in '84 and last so far this year, kept manager Chuck Tanner but on Thursday sacked G.M. Harding Peterson. He was replaced by Joe Brown, his predecessor, who says he'll remain on the job only for this year, or until the Galbreaths sell the team.
Peterson knew something was up when club president Dan Galbreath reached him by phone in his private box during the club's game with the Astros and said he wanted to see him the next day. "I could tell by the tone of his voice," said Peterson. It just wasn't Peterson's night. When Galbreath asked Peterson how the game was going, the G.M. was pleased to report, "We're ahead 3-0." But just as he said that, something happened. "Oops," Peterson had to tell the boss, "Kevin Bass just hit a home run. The score is 3-2."
Houston won 5-3 in 10 innings.
The sad-sack Red Sox are reorganizing their pitching staff. Bob Ojeda, a bullpen experiment, is back in the rotation after twice walking home the winning run. Starter Bruce Hurst, 5-12 with a 5.72 ERA since last June 6, moves to the pen for long relief.
Baseball finally had its first rainout on Monday, May 20. In Cleveland, of course.... Futility is when you produce two walks, two sac flies and no hits in your last 25 chances with the bases loaded. Futility, thy name is Boston.... The Cubs' Brian Dayett on his pinch-hit, game-winning grand slam against the Reds: "I still can't remember touching all the bases. For all I know, I didn't touch any."... Dayett and some other Cub sub outfielders will be getting more work for a while. Gary Matthews needs arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He will probably join Rick Sutcliffe (hamstring) on the DL. Two other NL East righthanders on the DL are the Mets' Bruce Berenyi and the Expos' Charlie Lea, and neither is expected back this season after arthroscopic shoulder surgery.... Cardinal first baseman Jack Clark has played in eight parks this year and hit one home run in each of them. That's one homer in 19 games at home and seven in 22 games on the road.... The Phollies continue. The Phillies sent Len Matuszek, a lefthanded power hitter, to the Blue Jays just before the season started and now they're looking for a, well, lefthanded power hitter.