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September 05, 1993

* BOOMTOWN: The Atlanta Braves opened a weekend series with San Diego having drawn 35 consecutive sellouts and broken their attendance record for the third season in a row. They are on a pace to draw 3.8 million, giving them about 6.8 million for the last two seasons, which is more than they drew from 1985 through 1990 combined.

* MARATHON: There were 603 pitches during the 22-inning, 6-hour 17-minute game won by Minnesota over Cleveland, 5-4, Tuesday night. Indian Manager Mike Hargrove, known as "the Human Rain Delay" as a player because of his habits at the plate, said, "Think how long it would have been if I had been playing. You just can't hurry perfection."

Said his catcher, Sandy Alomar Jr., who went all 22 innings, "I was so tired I couldn't even eat. I had bed written across my forehead."

* BURN IT: Boston Red Sox Manager Butch Hobson had a suggestion after his team had made five errors in Wednesday night's 12-inning, 9-7 defeat by the Texas Rangers, a game in which Texas used 27 players and Boston 21.

"You can't play defense like that," Hobson said. "If you have a tape of that game, you should put it out on the Massachusetts Turnpike and hope somebody runs over it."

* RANGER VOID: Jose Canseco started 48 games for the Texas Rangers before being sidelined because of an elbow injury. He hit nine home runs and drove in 41 runs, batting .276. The Rangers have used four starters in right field since--Dan Peltier, Gary Redus, Butch Davis and Doug Dascenzo. They had 321 more at-bats at the position than Canseco through Thursday, but had only five homers, 37 RBIs and a .267 average. If Canseco is back next season, it will be as a designated hitter, leaving Texas with the problem in right.

* END OF SUBJECT: Kevin Mitchell, already in Cincinnati Manager Davey Johnson's doghouse because of his weight, rankled Johnson again the other day by saying he wanted to wrap up his season so he could leave and have a sore shoulder treated.

Said Johnson, whose Reds are devastated by injuries: "I told him he wasn't going anywhere, that we were already doing it with bailing wire, twine, hypodermic needles and Band-Aids. I told him I'd wheel him out there if I have to, and then on Oct. 4 we'd put him to sleep for a week and work on it. End of conversation."

* MAYBE NEXT YEAR: Cecil Fielder did his annual imitation of Rickey Henderson in last Sunday's game against the Oakland A's, getting thrown out on an attempted steal of second by Scott Hemond. Fielder was also caught stealing in his three other attempts, in 1987, '88 and '89. Russ Nixon is the only non-pitcher in this century to play in more games than Fielder, 906 to 830, without having stolen a base.

* DOUBLE TROUBLE: In a disappointing season, the Milwaukee Brewers have swept all three of their doubleheaders, and have swept five of seven with Phil Garner as the manager, going 12-2 in the seven. "Next year we're going to play 81 doubleheaders," Garner said.

* ADD BREWERS: Robin Yount, who will turn 38 on Sept. 16, has apparently decided to return in '94 for his 18th season.

"I don't think what I've done this year is all I have left," Yount told Milwaukee reporters, referring to his .256 average, eight homers and 43 RBIs. "I think I'm still capable of playing better, and I don't want to end a career with a season like this."

Some close to the Brewers also believe Yount needs the cash, because much of his wealth is tied up in Arizona land.

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