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Valenzuela Leaves Dodgers Without Relief : With Bullpen in Heap, L.A. Goes to Heep in 14-6 Loss to Houston

July 31, 1988|DAN HAFNER | Times Staff Writer

Heep said he was surprised when he was told he would pitch the eighth, after Houston built a 12-4 lead.

"I had pitched batting practice, but it was at St. Mary's (Texas) that I last pitched.

"It was all right with me, though. I knew that some of the bullpen guys had had problems with their arms, and Tommy didn't want to waste them.

"I just wanted to throw fastballs over the plate. I didn't want to walk anyone or hurt anyone. No, I don't think I'll be in the rotation."

Dodger Notes

Although he was not in the starting lineup, shortstop Alfredo Griffin is getting closer to 100%, according to trainer Bill Buhler. And Pedro Guerrero, after playing his first game in almost two months Friday night, apparently felt no unusual pain. He went 1 for 4 Friday night and 2 for 5 Saturday. . . . According to Buhler, Guerrero can expect the pinched nerve in his neck to flare up occasionally. . . . Orel Hershiser (14-5), named the best pitcher in the National League by Baseball America, will oppose the Astros' Jim Deshaies (7-7) in the series finale today. Cincinnati comes in for three games beginning Monday night. Then the Dodgers go on the road again.

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