FAMILY AFFAIR:

Brothers Jesus, Matty and Felipe Alou combined to play 46 major league seasons in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

Now the latest Alou, Moises, son of Felipe, is rising through the Pirates organization.

"I'm not sure about right now, but I think sometime during this year I'm going to be ready to play in the major leagues," said the lanky 23-year-old center fielder, who was promoted last month from Harrisburg to Class AAA Buffalo, where in 16 games he is hitting .328, with 12 RBI and two home runs.

RUDE GREETING:

Atlanta's Steve Avery, 20, got pounded in his major league debut Wednesday against the Reds, giving up eight runs on eight hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. The Reds won, 13-4. . . . Danny Cox, recovering from an injured elbow at St. Louis's AAA Louisville team, gave up seven runs on nine hits Wednesday against Toledo. He threw four wild pitches, walked two, hit a batter and balked, and wound up with a no-decision. He is 0-3 for the Redbirds.

MOVES:

The Mets signed pitcher Doug Sisk, 32, to a contract with Class AAA Tidewater. He was released Sunday by Colorado Springs, the Cleveland affiliate, where he was 1-0 in eight games. Sisk was 3-3 in 52 games with the Orioles in 1988, but sat out last season with knee problems. . . . The Mets signed outfielder Jeremy Burnitz, their No. 1 pick in the 1990 free agent draft and assigned him to Class A Pittsfield. . . . The Brewers recalled starter Dennis Powell and sent pitcher Tony Fossas (2-3, 5.84 ERA) to Class AAA Denver.

HAGAN'S CHOICE:

Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan is reviewing his alternatives after he was selected by the Blue Jays in the 40th round.

Hagan, entering his junior season, said he might play in a rookie baseball league in Los Angeles, where he expects to spend the summer.

ACHING BACK:

Rangers ace Nolan Ryan has a stress fracture in his back, but should be able to start Saturday against Seattle.