WELCOME BACK: Walt Terrell, who pitched for Detroit in 1985-88, was signed by the Tigers after the Pirates released him.

Terrell (2-7, 5.88 ERA) had refused assignment to a Pirates minor league team.

He first went to Detroit after the team's 1984 championship season in a trade with the Mets. In four seasons with the Tigers, he was 54-48 with a 4.10 ERA.

To make room for Terrell on the roster, the Tigers optioned pitcher Mike Schwabe to Class AAA Toledo. . . .

A's catcher Terry Steinbach, out since July 2 with a pulled muscle between his hip and rib cage, was activated for yesterday's doubleheader at Minnesota. Catcher Troy Afenir was sent to AAA Tacoma.

STRANDED: There hadn't been so many people stranded in Los Angeles since the last traffic jam on the Hollywood Freeway.

The Dodgers left a club-record 25 runners on base in Friday night's 5-4 victory over Atlanta. Despite getting 14 hits and 15 walks, the Dodgers needed 12 innings and five hours to win.

After failing to get a hit in five previous bases-loaded situations, the Dodgers finally came through in the 12th when Mike Sharperson's single scored Juan Samuel with the winning run.

The Braves left eight on base. The combined total of 33 stranded runners tied the major league record for one game set in 1940 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants.