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Stephen Cannella
July 26, 1999
Alan Trammell says he may resign as the Tigers' hitting coach after this season if the team's offense doesn't pick up. The disappointing seasons of first baseman Tony Clark (.245, II home runs, 43 RBIs through Sunday) and rightfielder Bobby Higginson (.241, nine homers, 37 RBIs) have contributed to Detroit's .258 team average, which is second worst in the American League to the Athletics' .243. "The bottom line is we're graded on results—wins and losses," Trammell says of a Tigers team that was 37-55. "If you grade our team and myself, our grade isn't very good."...
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July 26, 1999

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Alan Trammell says he may resign as the Tigers' hitting coach after this season if the team's offense doesn't pick up. The disappointing seasons of first baseman Tony Clark (.245, II home runs, 43 RBIs through Sunday) and rightfielder Bobby Higginson (.241, nine homers, 37 RBIs) have contributed to Detroit's .258 team average, which is second worst in the American League to the Athletics' .243. "The bottom line is we're graded on results—wins and losses," Trammell says of a Tigers team that was 37-55. "If you grade our team and myself, our grade isn't very good."...

White Sox shortstop Mike Caruso, seemingly cured of the yips after an error-rich rookie year (35, most in the majors at any position last season), has reverted to '98 form. Caruso, who committed just five miscues in the first 52 games this season, had II in his next 24 starts. Manager Jerry Manuel is giving rookie infielder Craig Wilson (.267, three errors in 47 games) an extended look at short....

If Paul Byrd has run out of gas, the Phillies' playoff hopes may have ended as well. Byrd, a 28-year-old righty who emerged from obscurity to go 10-3 in his first 14 starts and earn an All-Star berth, was just 1-3 with a 6.82 ERA in his last five starts. That stretch brought his season total to a whopping 127? innings—the 13th highest total in the National League. "I definitely think about what my arm has gone through," he says....

Don't believe the Ed Sprague to Cleveland rumors. Indians general manager John Hart, in need of starting pitching more than another bat, says he'll probably wait until third baseman Travis Fryman (partially torn posterior collateral ligament) returns from the DL in September, eschewing Sprague, the Pirates' third baseman, who at 32 is having a career year (.307,18 homers, 59 RBIs). "I'm not going to give up a quality prospect for a guy we'll use for two months," says Hart....

Before his two-run blast against the Angels last Saturday, Dodgers rightfielder Raul Mondesi had gone a career-long 113 at bats without hitting a home run....

The Braves and the Pirates approached Devil Rays G.M. Chuck LaMar about acquiring veteran catcher Joe Oliver, who is batting .298 for Triple A Durham (N.C.), but Tampa Bay refused to let him go. Infuriated, the 34-year-old Oliver is considering retirement....

After the A's turned down a package of righthander Brett Tomko and outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds, Reds G.M. Jim Bowden officially took his team out of the running for lefthander Kenny Rogers.

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