COMMISSIONER CONCERNED: Despite an increase in attendance this season, Commissioner Fay Vincent is concerned that fewer black fans are going to major league games.
"I think I've noticed that the attendance among the black community is not what it was," Vincent said before Monday night's Atlanta at Los Angeles game. "It's a subject we have to do something about."
Vincent said attendance was up 4 percent over last year through Sunday. But with an increased emphasis on placing minorities in baseball management, Vincent said more attention must be put on drawing minority fans.
"We need to do a much better job of attracting minorities to baseball in all respects," he said. "We need to do a better job on focusing baseball's attitude on the inner city. It's amazing to learn how many young players didn't know much about Jackie Robinson and don't care."
MORGAN SUSPENDED: Red Sox Manager Joe Morgan was suspended for three games by AL President Bobby Brown for supporting a brushback pitch that led to a bench-clearing brawl last weekend in Cleveland.
The suspension begins tonight with Boston's game at home against New York. Morgan said he will not contest the penalty.
"Appeal? Appeal for what? You lose appeals," Morgan said after Boston beat the Yankees 9-8 last night. "I talked to Mr. Brown. I told him I did not like his decision and I have no further comment."
BUCKNER RELEASED: The Red Sox released 1B Bill Buckner ending his comeback at age 41 and called up P Jeff Gray. . . . The Brewers purchased the contract of P Mike Capel from Denver of the American Association to replace Bill Wegman who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his elbow. . . . The Pirates placed P Ted Power on the 15-day disabled list and recalled P Rick Reed from Buffalo of the American Association. . . . Braves catcher Ernie Whitt, who dislocated his left thumb last week against the Montreal Expos, was placed on the 21-day disabled list retroactive to June 2. The Braves replaced him with rookie Jimmy Kremers.