A few more, perhaps final, words on the recent controversy over official scoring:

On July 4 against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium, Mike Scioscia doubled to right with Eddie Murray on first and one out. Murray headed for home, and as he was going into his slide, second baseman Ryne Sandberg's long relay throw took one hop and went past catcher Joe Girardi.

Official scorer Wayne Monroe felt there would have been a play at the plate had the throw not gone past Girardi. He gave Sandberg an error and, thus, did not give a run batted in to Scioscia, who did not advance beyond second on the play.

The Cubs were angry enough to send a videotape of the play to the National League office. Scioscia said: "That was one of the most unprofessional calls I've ever seen. In my opinion, he was just out to give a Gold Glove second baseman an error."

There was the scoring change in Baltimore that kept shortstop Cal Ripken's errorless streak intact. Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek publicly criticized a recent scoring decision in Minneapolis, and Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire did the same about one in Toronto.

Meanwhile, newspaper writers assigned to cover the Phillies, Cubs, Giants and Athletics, among others, are scoring games when those clubs are at home.

The NL and AL, which hire and pay official scorers, aren't concerned by newspapers' attitudes toward conflict of interest. "We're more concerned about having somebody that can handle" the job, NL spokeswoman Katy Feeney said Friday.

AL President Bobby Brown said during the All-Star Game festivities in Chicago that the possibility of having what amounts to a fifth umpire serve as official scorer has "always been talked about." But NL President Bill White said: "Players always {complain}. You could put God up there and they would {complain}."

Last weekend, also in Chicago, Commissioner Fay Vincent said scoring "is part of the game. We are not going to get this thing fine-tuned perfectly. I'm against replays. I don't think we want in baseball the kind of pristine purity and perfection that would take away from the game as we know it. Mistakes are part of life. . . . I'm not searching for perfection on earth. We're not going to receive it here.

"We might as well put up with a few things that are wrong, and if there are some things wrong with the scoring, we should do our best to straighten it out. I'm not suggesting we should tolerate abuses, but I'm not going to pretend that we'll ever get it perfect. . . .

"But if it gets to be something that really should be addressed, we'll think about it when the season's over." Ripken for $400

It's getting to the point where the Orioles' everyday shortstop since July 1, 1982, could be a "Jeopardy!" category unto himself. So, with a tip of the cap to the Orioles public relations and research staffs, the answers are: 21, 28 and 210.

How many second baseman have played alongside Ripken since he began his streak of consecutive games played at shortstop? How many third baseman? And, how many other major-leaguers have started at shortstop since Ripken's streak began?

The Orioles' second basemen have been Juan Bell, Juan Bonilla, Bob Bonner, Marty Brown, Rick Burleson, Rich Dauer, Rene Gonzales, Jackie Gutierrez, Rex Hudler, Tim Hulett, Ricky Jones, John Lowenstein (remember the night of Aug. 24, 1983, when Lenn Sakata played catcher and Tippy Martinez picked off three Blue Jays at first in an inning?), Tom O'Malley, Kelly Paris, Bill Ripken, Aurelio Rodriguez, Sakata, Rick Schu, Pete Stanicek, Ron Washington and Alan Wiggins.

The Orioles' third basemen: Bonilla, Brown, Dauer, Gonzales, Gutierrez, Hudler, Hulett, Jones, O'Malley, Paris, Schu, Stanicek, Washington, Gary Roenicke (yes, it was Aug. 24, 1983), Juan Beniquez, Fritz Connally, Todd Cruz, Tom Dodd, Wayne Gross, Glenn Gulliver, Leo Hernandez, Ron Jackson, Ray Knight, Floyd Rayford, Vic Rodriguez, Wade Rowdon, Larry Sheets and Craig Worthington.

Wait, there's more.

Chris Speier started at shortstop for five teams during Ripken's streak. Bucky Dent started for three and was fired as a manager. Larry Bowa started for two teams and was fired as a manager for a third. The 25 other major league clubs have used 333 starting shortstops, an average of 13 per team. The Yankees and Expos each have had 20. . . .

Last Saturday against the Cubs, Giants left fielder Kevin Mitchell and first baseman Will Clark each struck out four times. . . . Clark was one of three members of the 1985 Mississippi State baseball team to be selected for last week's All-Star Game. The others were Giants reliever Jeff Brantley and White Sox reliever Bobby Thipgen. Another of the '85 Bulldogs, who finished third in the College World Series that year, is Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. . . .

It didn't take Jack McKeon long to go back to earning his nickname "Trader Jack." On Wednesday, about an hour after removing manager from his title, the Padres' vice president-baseball operations made a deal: Class AAA outfielder Alex Cole to the Indians for AAA catcher Tom Lampkin. On Thursday the Padres traded pitcher Mark Grant to the Braves for pitcher Derek Lilliquist. Five of a Kind

Brewers batting coach Don Baylor often has been mentioned as a likely manager. On Wednesday he concluded a five-game run as interim manager while Tom Trebelhorn was suspended for his role in the Brewers' recent fight with the Mariners. Here's the rundown:

Game 1: Brewers hit two homers to beat Athletics and All-Star Game starting pitcher Bob Welch, 4-3.

Game 2: Brewers commit club-record six errors and fall behind by four runs, then score four in the eighth, only to lose to the Angels, 9-8, in 16-inning game that lasts 5 hours 31 minutes.

Game 3: Brewers rally from a 3-0 deficit against Angels' all-star Chuck Finley, but lose, 4-3, in 11 innings and 3:45.

Game 4: Trailing by 7-0 after 2 1/2 innings, Brewers score one in the third, six in the fourth and 13 runs in a 42-minute fifth inning. This sets club records for runs in an inning and game. Final score: Brewers 20, Angels 7. Time of game, 3:34.

Game 5: Brewers ruin White Sox' "Turn Back the Clock" day with six-run rally in eighth to take 12-9 victory in 13 innings that require 4:44. The three runs Milwaukee scored in the 13th were their first in 22 extra innings this season. They had been 0-6 in extra-inning games. . . .

Angels pitcher Mark Langston lost his third 2-1 decision of the season Wednesday night against the Mariners. Langston is 1-7 in 11 starts since June 5. He has a 4-10 record for the season, but he has received a total eight runs in his 10 losses. And that Wednesday night game was California's third lockout makeup game against the Mariners. Each has required the Angels to make a separate trip to Seattle, and they are 0-3.

The next night a letter from General Manager Mike Port was posted, ordering players to leave their golf clubs at home the next road trip, saying the clubs were excess baggage and bad for appearances. Worms in the Apple

Negative New York Note of the Week (Yankees File): The team that can't even lose a no-hitter properly played its 81st game Thursday night. It lost for the 51st time, meaning it is on pace to become the first Yankees team since 1912 to lose 100 games.