IMPROVING:

Roger Clemens of the Red Sox is "much more comfortable."

Arthur Pappas, the Red Sox' team physician, said the pain and swelling in Clemens's right shoulder had "subsided significantly," but added: "Those are encouraging signs and he's more comfortable, but that doesn't necessarily correlate with what's happening inside his shoulder."

HONORS:

David Justice of the Braves is NL player of the month for August, and Doug Drabek of the Pirates is pitcher of the month.

MOVES:

Giants relief pitcher Jeff Brantley, who has a sore shoulder, will be out at least two weeks. He's 5-3 with 19 saves and a 1.56 ERA. The Giants activated left-hander Trevor Wilson, who is 8-6 with a 4.14 ERA. . . . The Cardinals activated RHP Bryn Smith (7-8, 4.50), who hasn't pitched since July 27 because of a sore shoulder.

CONTINUED:

The Yankees' executive vice president, Leonard L. Kleinman, spent six hours before Commissioner Fay Vincent at a hearing in New York. Vincent wants to know about Kleinman's relationship with gambler Howard Spira and will continue the hearing today,

"I don't really want to talk about what he did," Steve Greenberg, Vincent's deputy, said. "The process is ongoing."

Meanwhile, two of the Yankees' 19 minority owners have asked an investment bank to help sell their shares. Japanese clients are among those being sought, according to a published report.

OBITUARY:

Marshall Bridges, a reliever for four major leagues teams, died of cancer Monday in Jackson, Miss. He was 59.

He had 23 victories, 15 losses, 25 saves and a 3.75 earned run average during seven major league seasons beginning in 1959.

Known as "Sheriff," he broke into the majors with the Cardinals and pitched for the Reds, Yankees and Senators before returning to the minors after the 1965 season. His best season was 1962 when he was 8-4 with 15 saves for the Yankees.