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BASEBALL
Tim Kurkjian
May 07, 1990
OREL SURGERY
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May 07, 1990

Baseball

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?On Saturday the Royals fell into last place in the American League West for the first time since June 27, 1984. Because of their slow start, they will need to put together a 94-50 record (.653) the rest of the way to reach their preseason goal of 100 wins. Losing rightfielder Danny Tartabull to a torn muscle in his right leg before the second game of the season has hurt. Kansas City scored three runs or fewer in nine of its first 19 games, and at one point the Royals went 52 innings without a home run. How power-hungry are they? Well, at one point, manager John Wathan used outfielder Willie Wilson, who has 39 career homers in 15 years, to hit in the fifth spot in the order. And on April 28, Wathan started a lineup that had produced only 37 homers last season.

BIG BUCS

After the Pirates took sole possession of first place on April 22, for the first time since May 2, 1988, outfielder R.J. Reynolds explained their new frame of mind: "When we win a game now, we don't jump around waving pompoms. It used to be if we won a game, it was as if we had just won the seventh game of the World Series."

... Reds outfielder Eric Davis, who will be sidelined for a couple of weeks with a knee injury, has never played more than 135 games in any of his six seasons. But he's the only player in major league history to hit 25-plus homers in four straight years with fewer than 475 at bats in each of them....

Tiger manager Sparky Anderson said he wants to go by his real name, George. Now that he's 56, he said, he's too old to be called Sparky.

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