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WHAT A KRUK!
The Phillies, who finished last in the National League East last year with a 67-95 record, are off to a surprisingly good start (20-16 at week's end). They're not surprised, however. "You people wrote how——we were all winter, and we had to read it," said outfielder John Kruk, referring to the press, "but we have 25 guys who think we can win. We've got everyone together now. By the time we got to know each other last year [during which the Phils made four trades involving 14 players], the season was over."
...The struggling Rangers, who are desperate for middle relief help, have listened to offers for starting pitcher Bobby Witt. Although Witt has tremendous potential, you begin to wonder if he will ever realize his promise. At week's end he was 1-5 with a 6.08 ERA, and his career record was 40-47....
The Indians have a chance to contend in the American League East, but only if ace lefthander Greg Swindell bounces back. As of Sunday he was 2-6 with a 6.03 ERA in 14 starts since coming off the disabled list in August 1989. No one is sure what's wrong with him....
The remarkable recovery of pitcher Scott Bankhead has the Mariners excited. Bankhead, who was 14-6 in '89, was supposed to be sidelined for three months with a shoulder injury, but doctors reexamined his arm last week and decided he could pitch immediately....
It's time to face the fact that Kansas City outfielder Bo Jackson is still very raw. Although at week's end he was batting .268, 22 points above his career average, he had only four homers and was still botching plays in the outfield. "Bo could be a great player, but he'll only be a good player until he gives up football," says one scout. "By playing football, he can't even think baseball at any time other than the baseball season. I wish he'd quit football so we could see how great he can be."
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