DODGER BLUES: What began as a meeting yesterday between Kirk Gibson, Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda and General Manager Fred Claire in Lasorda's office turned into a shouting match that could be heard throughout the clubhouse in Los Angeles.
Only Claire would comment: "We had a meeting with Kirk, and that's all I have to say."
Gibson, who did not play in Saturday night's 4-1 victory but was in the lineup yesterday, reportedly would like to return to the Tigers. Since coming off the disabled list June 1, he has hit .265 with three homers and 17 RBI. He's six for six in steals.
ALL-STARS: Right-hander Jack Armstrong will start Tuesday night's All-Star Game, NL manager Roger Craig said. Armstrong last pitched Thursday.
"Armstrong was the freshest guy," Craig said, "but I probably would've picked him anyway because of all those right-handed hitters in the American Legue lineup. I'll probably go two or three innings with him, but I don't know who will follow.
Armstrong, 25, is 11-3 with a 2.28 ERA. He is second in victories and ERA behind Frank Viola of the Mets, who pitched yesterday.
Just before the A's played in Cleveland last night, Tony La Russa told the Indians' Brook Jacoby that he'd made the AL team, replacing Ellis Burks, who has a sore leg. That gives the Indians three all-stars for the first time since 1968. Jacoby joins teammates Sandy Alomar, voted the starting catcher, and relief pitcher Doug Jones, whom AL manager La Russa had already picked. In 1968, Cleveland's Luis Tiant was the AL's starting pitcher, Joe Azcue the starting catcher and Sam McDowell was an extra pitcher.
Jacoby, a third baseman who sometimes plays first base, went into last night's game hitting .314 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI. He had planned to take his family to Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park Tuesday.
La Russa said other candidates to replace Burks included Jody Reed of the Red Sox, Dave Henderson of the A's, Rafael Palmeiro of the Rangers and Bo Jackson of the Royals.
STILL PITCHING: Jerry Reuss, 41, out of the major leagues since the end of last season, signed to pitch for Pittsburgh's Class AAA team at Buffalo.