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Sax is a classic example of a player whose trade value has been hurt by his contract. The Yanks want to deal Sax, but what team would want to inherit the four-year, $12.4 million contract extension through 1995 he signed in December? Offensively, Sax is better than any of the other four third basemen New York used in its first 34 games this year—Mike Blowers, Jim Leyritz, Torey Lovullo and Randy Velarde—but he's obviously not the answer, either. The Yankees have been in touch with the Orioles about acquiring Craig Worthington (perhaps for pitcher Chuck Cary) to fill the gap, but Worthington put a snag in that plan last week when he pulled a hamstring and went on the 15-day DL.
The Angels, who signed Fernando Valenzuela last week and sent him to the minors for a couple of tuneups, hope he'll draw fans to passionless Anaheim Stadium, but for California to contend all year in the American League West, it also needs Valenzuela to pitch well. The Angels' number 5 starter, Scott Lewis (1-5 through Sunday), just isn't ready for the majors. Valenzuela, 30, doesn't have much left in his left arm, but California hopes he can survive with his guile. His first start could come this Saturday....
Hooray for Mark Frederickson, who was the official scorer at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium on May 23. In the ninth inning, Braves catcher Greg Olson hit a very catchable fly ball to left center. San Diego leftfielder Thomas Howard and centerfielder Darrin Jackson couldn't decide which of them would catch it, so the ball dropped to the ground between them. Instead of giving Olson a hit he didn't deserve—as most officials scorers would—Frederickson ruled the play an error, which he gave to Howard for calling for the ball and then not catching it....
For the second time this season, a pitcher threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk. Philly's Pat Combs did it first, and last Thursday San Diego's Adam Peterson joined the club, lobbing one over the head of catcher Benito Santiago, allowing a run to score....
It's unwise to count out any team in May, but the Giants are so bad (14-29 through Sunday) and so demoralized, it would take a miracle to get them back in the National League West race. The start is the worst in the team's history. With leftfielder Kevin Mitchell's left knee ailing, and with that bad pitching staff, San Francisco is the runaway leader for bust of the year.
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