MOVES: The Rangers activated third baseman Steve Buechele from the 21-day disabled list and optioned third baseman Scott Coolbaugh (.164 in 28 games) to Oklahoma City. Buechele went on the DL April 22 after Eric Plunk hit him on the right wrist with a pitch. He is hitting .290 with three homers and seven RBI.
TWO BOONES: Catcher Bob Boone of the Royals is on the disabled list for the first time in his 17-year career. He broke a finger May 17, is on the 21-day disabled list and likely will be out six weeks. His son Bret homered twice and drove in four runs as Southern California routed Southern Mississippi, 23-5, in Thursday's first round of the NCAA baseball tournament.
VIOLA'S TROUBLE: The Padres have 11 runs in two games off Frank Viola of the Mets this season. He's yielded five runs in seven starts against the rest of the league. He's 0-3 against the Padres since the Twins traded him to the NL last season.
BOOMING BATS: The New York Yankees, who entered a two-game series in Minneapolis with 22 home runs in 36 games, hit nine in the two games against the Twins. They split.
GRAND CHANGE: The Pittsburgh Pirates did not hit any grand slams in 1988 or 1989. Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds each has hit grand slams this week. Bonds did it in Houston, the Pirates' first slam at the Astrodome since Roberto Clemente hit one in 1969. . . . The Astros tied a team record by stealing eight bases Wednesday against the Pirates. Eric Yelding had four.
ROSE UPDATE: Lawyers for Pete Rose received a pre-sentencing report in his income-tax case.
"We have absolutely no comment to make on it," Barbara Pinzka, an adviser, said.
Prosecutors and Rose's lawyers have 10 days to object to any factual statements in the report before it goes to U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel, said Pat Crowley, supervising officer in the U.S. probation office here.
Rose pleaded guilty before Spiegel in April to filing false federal income-tax returns for 1985 and 1987. He could get six years and a $500,000 fine.
Federal sentencing guidelines require the confidential report on a convict's offense, criminal history, education, employment history, alcohol or drug abuse and financial situation, Crowley said.
"It's any of those factors that might influence the judge positively or negatively," Crowley said. He said he couldn't comment on details of the report.
The report includes the probation office's recommended sentence for Rose, Crowley said. That portion of the report will be sent only to Spiegel.