YOUNT'S OFFSEASON: Center fielder Robin Yount of the Brewers, who was the American League's MVP last season, offers no excuses for a season-long slump that has left him with a .236 batting average.

"I'm just having a bad year," he said. "Everything is terrific except for my results, obviously. That's no secret. I don't have any secret to get out of it."

He has never hit lower than his .250 average as a rookie in 1974.

Manager Tom Trebelhorn blames the shortened spring training. Batting coach Don Baylor says Yount is trying to hit almost every pitch to right field although pitchers keep throwing him inside.

"Before the all-star break everybody had the answer but now nobody even talks to me," Yount said.

OUT: AL President Bobby Brown wasn't convinced by the appeals of Brewers B.J. Surhoff, Gary Sheffield and Mike Felder; he upheld their suspensions for fighting with the Mariners. Surhoff's suspension began last night. Felder's will begin Monday and Sheffield's Aug. 31. . . .

SURGERY: Red Sox pitcher John Dopson is to have bone chips removed from his right elbow Monday. A right-hander, he was 0-0 this season.