Manager Tom Lasorda said the Dodgers would ask the National League office to inspect the 12 baseballs that the club collected during Nolan Ryan's 2-1 victory Thursday night and which carry possible scuff marks that Lasorda has circled in ink . . . Coach Joe Ferguson said he believes Ryan keeps a new and improved type of white sandpaper in his glove and scuffs every ball, though the mark is difficult to detect with the new paper. "I'll tell you this," Ferguson said. "Ryan is throwing a pitch that drops two feet and he never had that before." . . . Why don't the umpires intercede? "The rule now requires a pitcher to be caught in the act, whatever that means," Ferguson said. "The scuffed ball isn't enough. They might as well let every pitcher do it."
Reds' Owner Marge Schott has continued sniping at Pete Rose to the Cincinnati Press, saying this week that the highest paid manager in baseball should be expected to produce a championship and that Rose may be in line for a pay cut and a one-year contract if he is re-signed. Rose said Friday night that he isn't worried about his managerial status, believing the situation will be ironed out when the season ends. "No one can tell me we haven't made a turnaround since I became manager," he said. "I took over the Titanic, but I won't rest until we win. If we play the way I think we're capable of the next two weeks, I'll be asking for a pay raise, not taking a cut."