His home in Laguna Hills is less than 30 miles from Anaheim, but for five years Don Sutton has been unable to get to the Big A. The 40-year-old Sutton finally pitched for the Angels last Friday night, and he didn't waste any time making the deal pay off. Sutton, who came from Oakland for two minor-leaguers to be named later, got career win No. 294 by shutting out the Rangers on two hits over seven innings. Sutton, who threatened to retire this spring if the A's didn't trade him to California, is ineligible for the postseason. "I'd be more than happy to be the world's highest-priced batting practice pitcher in October," says Sutton.
Ted Turner may not huff and puff as much as George Steinbrenner, but he does inspire fear in his subordinates. Last Thursday, however, Turner found out that interim manager Bobby Wine is not just another yes-man. Wine turned a routine end-of-season roster review with the owner into a loud and profane 90-minute assessment of the organization, including criticism of the front office for its timidity this season. (The only trade was Alex Trevino for John Rabb in April.) This from a man whose supposed lack of toughness caused the Phillies to pass him over twice for the manager's job.