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Tim Kurkjian
July 02, 1990
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July 02, 1990


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Hooray for National League umpires Mark Hirschbeck and Harry Wendelstedt. On June 20, Hirschbeck didn't let the Reds' second baseman Mariano Duncan get away with a phantom tag on the front end of an attempted double play and called the runner safe. The next night, Wendelstedt called Cincy's Glenn Braggs safe on an attempted steal in the ninth inning. The throw beat Braggs easily, but Atlanta second baseman Jeff Tread-way didn't tag him. Too often middle infielders get away with the so-called neighborhood play at second....

The Royals released pitcher Richard Dotson on June 20. He was 0-4 with an 8.48 ERA....

Brewers infielder Paul Molitor, who last week underwent surgery on his left index finger, has been on the disabled list 10 times during Cal Ripken's consecutive game streak, which reached 1,320 on Sunday....

When the Yankees visited Toronto on June 21, New York outfielder Mel Hall said, "We're playing the league leaders. If we win three out of four games, we'll pick up three games." Sorry, Mel, that's only two games.

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