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Inside Pitch (Statistics through July 1)
Henry Hecht
July 09, 1984
Last season Boston's Tony Armas hit 36 homers and drove in 107 runs. He also batted .218. "Last year was embarrassing," says Armas, who's hitting .286 this year with 19 homers and 55 RBIs. "I'm not a .218 hitter."
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July 09, 1984

Inside Pitch (statistics Through July 1)

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Four days later, Hancock, who's 30, was demoted to Triple A and hinted he might retire. "My wife and I have gone through this minor league stuff for too long," he said. "I just don't have the drive anymore. And it's really too bad—I'm leading the team in ERA."

One more record for Pete Rose. On Friday night in Cincinnati—how fitting—he broke Carl Yastrzemski's major league mark for games played, with 3,309, in Montreal's 7-3 win over the Reds.... Another member of the old Big Red Machine, Johnny Bench, will have his No. 5 retired Aug. 11, the first Red player so honored.... When the Cardinals' Joaquin Andujar walked three times against the Expos last week, he tied a National League record for walks to a pitcher in one game. It also put some people in shock. Andujar went from July 1981 to September 1983 without any walks while striking out 87 times.... Houston lefty Joe Sambito, who was out two years because of elbow surgery, has a 1.00 ERA after 18 innings in '84.

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