?Glad To Be Back
In April 1987, pitcher Roger Mason, then with the Giants, hit a line drive to rightfield but was thrown out at first base by Cub rightfielder Andre Dawson. On that ignominious note, Mason was sent to the minors the next day. Mason bounced around, battled arm injuries and now, at 32, is back, pitching for the Pirates. As of Sunday, he had two wins and a save in 12 appearances. "To be pitching meaningful games in a pennant race is unbelievable," says Mason.
?A Mark of Distinction
Former A's pitcher Brian Kingman, the last pitcher to lose 20 games in a season (8-20 in 1980), recently read an item by Jayson Stark of The Philadelphia Inquirer about how California's Kirk McCaskill (10-17 at week's end) might get Kingman off the hook by dropping 20 decisions this year. Kingman, who now lives in Phoenix and runs a nationwide check-cashing service, called Stark last week to tell him, "I don't want to get off the hook." He said he enjoys the attention. "Most people want to know who's going to win 20 games," says Kingman. "I get people who call me and ask me who is going to lose 20 games."
?By the Numbers
>After going 978 major league at bats without a three-base hit, Boston's Carlos Quintana tripled on Aug. 28. The new leader among active major leaguers for most at bats without a triple is Baltimore's Sam Horn, with 778.