Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda, on the 30-day suspension of Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose for pushing umpire Dave Pallone during an argument over the weekend: "It's pretty steep. But managers and ballplayers must realize that umpires are like sacred cows in India--you can't touch them." . . . John Shelby, eligible to come off the disabled list today after sustained a strained abdominal muscle on April 17, probably will not be activated for at least a few more days. But Shelby took batting practice twice from the left-handed side of the plate and hit right-handed off a tee Tuesday. "He is progressing," physical therapist Pat Screnar said. Shelby, however, was annoyed when asked how he felt hitting against live pitching. "Doesn't matter," he snapped. "I'm still on the DL."
After Monday's win, pitcher Don Sutton was annoyed at Lasorda for pulling him after 4 innings with a 5-3 lead, thereby preventing Sutton from having a chance for the win. Sutton told a group of reporters that he was "hurting inside," and that he felt Lasorda did not show confidence in him. . . . Hitting coach Ben Hines said that he can already tell the difference in Mike Davis (.183) after his move from seventh to second in the order on Monday night, when Davis went 1 for 4. "I think it's a good move for him," Hines said. "He'll get to see more fastballs, which is a good idea. Also, a guy who hits second has to discipline himself more. You have to think about protecting runners and moving them over."
Orel Hershiser (5-0) faces Pirate rookie Vicente Palacios (0-1), who will be replacing Brian Fisher (strained right shoulder) in the rotation. Last Friday night in San Diego, Palacios replaced Fisher after 2 innings and allowed 4 runs and 7 hits in 4 innings.