Would any pitcher other than Doyle Alexander sit in the Fenway visitors' dugout Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in stifling heat just to watch the other team take batting practice? . . . It's hard to believe that the Yankees would trade Mike Pagliarulo for Steve Lyons. Yankee pitcher Pat Clements and White Sox hurler Bill Long were also rumored in the deal . . . Tim Stoddard was released by the Yankees Sunday. He's had a career much like [Steve Crawford]'s: You always figured he'd be better than he was. Stoddard will be an answer to two trivia questions in years to come: He got one of the last hits by a pitcher in the World Series (vs. Pittsburgh in 1979); and he was the other forward on North Carolina State's NCAA basketball championship team in 1974 . . . The Yankees have an interesting schedule. They play Oakland at home Wednesday afternoon, then stop in Milwaukee for one game (Thursday afternoon rain make-up) en route to the West Coast where they'll start in California. The Yanks hate playing in Milwaukee. New York is 22-45 at County Stadium since 1978 . . . Still looking for pitching help, the Yanks claim that certain prospects -- including third baseman Hensley (Bam Bam) Muelens -- are untouchable. George Steinbrenner says, "They (other teams) always hold up the Yankees more than any other team." Steinbrenner wants the pitchers he's got to work harder and says, "I'd like to see a guy come off the mound with blood on his pants." . . . The Orioles must realize that this is the time to trade dog-day Eddie Murray. Murray has more homers than any major leaguer since mid-June and he's going to wind up with about 30, so his value should be higher than it was last winter when only the Dodgers nibbled . . . Here's rare perspective. When the A's were in Baltimore, Jose Canseco was asked about becoming the first 40-40 (homers and steals) player. At that time, the Orioles had only one 5-5 man -- Ken Gerhart (8 homers, 5 steals) . . . Nasty sign seen hanging at Cleveland Stadium: "A cadaver makes more moves than Hank Peters."
Dwight Gooden says he's got stiffness and pain in his right shoulder and red flags are going up all over the place in Metland. The Doc has never had an injury. Gooden is 87-32 lifetime. Met trainer Steve Garland calls it a "weakness in the rotator cuff area." Gooden has never had to do any muscle-strengthening exercises and says, "I never had to do that stuff. Shoot, I've never even used ice on my arm -- ever." Gooden threw lightly on the side Thursday . . . The Mets and Padres had a rare Saturday off yesterday. Because of the Chargers' commitment at Jack Murphy Stadium, the two baseball teams had a scheduled holiday in San Diego. Mookie Wilson planned to go to Sea World, while Kevin McReynolds went to the track and Mackey Sasser went to Mexico for the day. Hawaii native Sid Fernandez went surfing . . . The Red Sox should be happy to see Dave LaPoint out of the American League. LaPoint was dealt to the Pirates last week. He beat the Red Sox twice in Chicago this season, a 6-0 shutout April 28 and a 4-1 victory on July 10 -- the final game managed by you-know-who . . . How do you figure those Cardinals? They had to give Pedro Guerrero a three-year, $6.2-million contract to get him from the Dodgers for John Tudor. Jack Clark says he'd have stayed in St. Louis for less than what Guerrero is getting. And let's not forget Bob Horner. All told, the Cardinals have spent $7.15 million to replace Clark, who signed with the Yankees for $3 million over two years. Guerrero played first base and went 1 for 3 in his first game with the Cardinals Thursday. He is the 11th first baseman used by Whitey Herzog this year. Houston's Bob Knepper has an opinion about everything else, so he was quick to offer this on the Guerrero deal: "It was a heck of a deal for LA. They got a top pitcher and got rid of a minus. I might have released Guerrero just to get rid of him." The Dodgers this year were 29-30 with Guerrero and 37-21 without him. Guerrero has missed 26 percent of LA's games since 1980.
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