Minnesota Twins President Howard Fox tried to squelch rumors that Billy Martin would replace Ray Miller as manager, saying all the club needs is improved pitching.

"We've made no contact with Billy and he's made no contact with us," Fox said, attributing the speculation to Martin.

Martin, now a commentator on New York Yankees telecasts, said Sunday he considered a second shot at the Twins' managerial post a possibility. Martin guided Minnesota to the American League West title in 1969 and was fired after the season.

Miller, who left as Baltimore Orioles pitching coach to take over the Twins last June and whose current team is 14-25, said Martin started the rumors.

"That's what he does. He creates his own interest," Miller told the Minneapolis Star and Tribune from Boston. "I'm not worried . . . Everyone wants my job. But I think that I'm doing my job rather well." . . .

Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, steaming mad over a decision that the Cubs will play any postseason "home" games in St. Louis, called his southern neighbor a "sweat area."

But St. Louis Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl kept cool in response. "He said if the Cubs win the pennant, we will air-condition the city," Schoemehl's press secretary quoted him.

The National League issued the St. Louis decree Monday because the Cubs' Wrigley Field has no lights.