Another thing baseball's new $1 billion television package for 1984-88 might mean: Bowie Kuhn succeeding Bowie Kuhn as commissioner.

Atlanta's Ted Turner, one of the club owners who voted in November not to renew Kuhn's seven-year contract expiring in August, says Kuhn was so sharp (with Phillies' Bill Giles and White Sox' Eddie Einhorn) in negotiating with NBC that, "This may keep him on the job."

Turner stopped short of pledging allegiance to Kuhn, but said that since the ouster vote, "Bowie has been working for his job lately. He'd gotten a little uppity . . . (now) he's a rookie all over again."

You mean, the Atlanta Constitution asked Turner, Kuhn could be nominated to succeed himself? "Could happen" . . .

Floyd Rayford, a longshot to make the Orioles' regular season this time around, hit a couple of long shots yesterday in Miami in a bid to shorten the odds.

With Rayford's two-run home run and double, and John Shelby's triple and double (giving Shelby six hits including five for extra bases in two games), it was Baltimore 11, Montreal 5.

Down 5-2 after the Expos, hitless for three innings off Scott McGregor, scored five runs off Al Ramirez in the fourth, the Orioles moved ahead in the seventh, then enjoyed a five-run eighth featuring Rayford's homer.