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BETWEEN THE LINES
Tim Kurkjian
April 29, 1991
Joined at the HipUtilitymen Curtis Wilkerson and Lloyd McClendon, teammates last year with the Cubs, now play for the Pirates. "I knew there would be trouble when we signed him [as a free agent]," said McClendon, who was claimed by the Bucs on waivers last September. The trouble is, the players look like twins. "Teammates get us mixed up," Wilkerson said. "[Third base coach] Gene Lamont does it all the time." It doesn't help that the players' lockers are next to each other. Says coach Rich Donnelly, "Some people think they're the same person. I say they're brothers, but they're not telling anyone."
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April 29, 1991

Between The Lines

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Joined at the Hip
Utilitymen Curtis Wilkerson and Lloyd McClendon, teammates last year with the Cubs, now play for the Pirates. "I knew there would be trouble when we signed him [as a free agent]," said McClendon, who was claimed by the Bucs on waivers last September. The trouble is, the players look like twins. "Teammates get us mixed up," Wilkerson said. "[Third base coach] Gene Lamont does it all the time." It doesn't help that the players' lockers are next to each other. Says coach Rich Donnelly, "Some people think they're the same person. I say they're brothers, but they're not telling anyone."

Kidnapped
During the bench-clearing brawl between the Astros and Reds on April 11, which was prompted when Cincinnati's Rob Dibble threw behind Eric Yelding, some Astro made off with Dibble's glove. "That glove has been in the All-Star Game and the World Series," said Dibble. "Maybe they can sell it and get some money." Said one Astro, "He's not getting it back."

We Are Not Making This Up

A major league player, who shall remain anonymous to spare him tremendous embarrassment, commenting on the chances of Washington, D.C., being awarded an expansion franchise in the National League: "The league can't give Washington a team. It already has two teams—Baltimore and Seattle."

Comic Relief Pitcher
On April 16, doctors diagnosed the painful back condition of the Padres' Larry Andersen as two bulging disks in his neck, but he decided not to have surgery. Instead, he said he would undergo physical therapy and would also consider "mental therapy. It couldn't hurt." Andersen threw in the bullpen following the injury. Afterward, he said, "I tried to throw cheese [good fastballs], but it wasn't a sharp cheddar, it was more like a soft Brie."

The Wild Ones, Revisited

For the second straight week, the wild pitch of the week belongs to a Phillie—but not to Jason Grimsley, who had four wild pitches in one game on April 15. The honor goes to Pat Combs, who allowed a run to score when he fired a pitch over the head of catcher Darren Daulton while intentionally walking Chicago's Gary Scott on April 17. "I've been in baseball for 20 years," said Phillie manager Nick Leyva. "I've never seen that before."

By the Numbers

? Baltimore first baseman Glenn Davis committed three errors in one game on April 18. He was charged with a fourth error in the game a day later, when the official scorer in Milwaukee changed an earlier call. That enabled Davis to tie a league record held by three others for most errors in a game by a first baseman.

?Pirate shortstop Jay Bell had five sacrifice bunts in his first 11 games. He led the major leagues with 39 sacrifice bunts last year.

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