ST. LOUIS, OCT. 22 -- If there's a Game 7, Manager Whitey Herzog of the St. Louis Cardinals would bring back tonight's starter Danny Cox on two days' rest. Herzog would be gambling, but would rather have Cox's experience than rookie Joe Magrane (11.57 ERA in two postseason games).

"He probably could go four or five innings," Herzog said. "He can rest all winter. When it comes to crunch time, why hold back?" But, he added, he wasn't thinking about a Game 7 yet. "There may not even be one," he said . . .

More on Tom Lawless, who hit a three-run home run in Game 4: Of all the players who'd spent the entire season in the majors, he was the last to get a hit. His came on Aug. 12. He started only three games, two of them on the last weekend of the season after the Cardinals had clinched the NL East. He wasn't even supposed to be here. On Aug. 31, the Cardinals informed him he had a sprained ankle and that he'd go on the disabled list. That gave them the option of having someone else available for postseason play. However, when their playoff roster was set, Lawless was taken off the disabled list and put back on the team. He had two hits during the regular season, and, because of the injury to third baseman Terry Pendleton, has three during the playoffs. He's the fourth nonpitcher to homer in a World Series game after not getting one in the regular season. The others: Detroit's Davey Jones in 1909, Chicago Cubs' Frank Demaree in 1932 and Boston Braves' Marv Rickert in 1948.

However, don't tell Herzog that just because Lawless got only 25 at-bats he's not valuable.

"He learned how to catch this spring and caught all the 'B' games in spring training," Herzog said. "He convinced me he could be our third catcher. He can play the outfield, the infield and catch, and I always had him as a safety valve."

Lawless accepted his sudden fame in stride, saying: "We're building a new house, and there has been work that needed to be done. I haven't been able to get anyone to come out, but they were out there early today."

He again apologized several times for watching the home run sail out and flipping the bat over his shoulder (instead of running). Pitchers generally take this kind of thing as showing them up, but Lawless swore he wasn't even aware of what he was doing.

"I saw the film and, if they knock me down, I'd just have to take it," he said. "But there's no way I was trying to show anyone up. That's my second homer, so it wasn't like I knew it was going out." . . .

Twins Manager Tom Kelly had reacted angrily any time someone mentioned that managing without the DH rule might be hard, but, after Game 4, he agreed.

"There's more to it in the National League; that's for sure," he said. "No doubt about it. The idea is, you have to be ready for your pinch hitters, and you have to get your relief pitchers up a little sooner. There's the bunting, and there's a different strategy when the pitchers comes up. There's more happening and more you have to be aware of." . . .

In what surely was the weirdest recent trade discussion, the Detroit Tigers asked the Philadelphia Phillies about the availabiliy of catcher Lance Parrish. The Phillies said, no, the former Tiger isn't available. The Tigers are talking to the Chicago Cubs about a deal for reliever Willie Hernandez. The Tigers would get first baseman Leon Durham in return, but would then ship him to a third team.