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BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJORS

Lankford Could Be Out of Playoffs

September 30, 1996

Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, said he would wait until Tuesday before deciding whether to include injured center fielder Ray Lankford on his postseason roster.

Lankford has a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder and could not raise his arm Sunday.

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Alan Trammell, 38, announced after Detroit's 7-5 loss that he is retiring after 20 seasons, all with the Tigers. The six-time All-Star and MVP of the 1984 World Series championship was no longer the team's regular shortstop. He said the task of role-playing wore him down.

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National League umpire Bruce Froemming criticized AL President Gene Budig for imposing only a five-day suspension on Baltimore's Roberto Alomar, who spit at umpire John Hirschbeck. "The lack of intestinal fortitude to back the people that work for Gene Budig--which is the umpires--in this situation is just horrible," Froemming said.

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Pitching coach Fergie Jenkins was fired by the Chicago Cubs, whose 4.35 earned-run average ranked ninth in the NL. . . . The New York Mets dismissed coaches Tom McCraw, Steve Swisher, Rafael Landestoy and Mike Cubbage. . . . Pittsburgh Pirate General Manager Cam Bonifay said there are two leading candidates to replace departing manager Jim Leyland, including third-base coach Gene Lamont. . . . Nolan Ryan became the only major leaguer to have his number retired by three teams when the Houston Astros retired his No. 34. . . . The father-in-law of Philadelphia Phillie Sid Fernandez was shot to death in Honolulu while sitting in his pickup truck with the wife of the gunman, police said.

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