PADRES POWWOW: The head of the Padres' new ownership group has scheduled a meeting Friday with GM Jack McKeon to discuss the club's direction and McKeon's role in it.
McKeon has one year left on a contract that pays him $400,000 in 1991, but rumors have arisen that his job may be in danger. Managing General Partner Tom Werner would not say when asked if McKeon would be part of the team's future. "We said when we took control of the club months ago we would spend the season analyzing the situation," Werner said.
McKeon was both general manager and manager until giving up the field duties July 11 to Greg Riddoch.
SHEFFIELD OUT: Milwaukee IF Gary Sheffield has been released from a Texas hospital after a five-day stay, and Manager Tom Trebelhorn says drugs were ruled out as a cause of his ailment.
Trebelhorn said he still had not received a diagnosis but expected Sheffield, 21, would need approval from the Brewers' medical staff before playing again. Sheffield entered the hospital complaining of extreme fatigue.
BUNTING: The Pirates' Jay Bell, with his 36th sacrifice bunt Tuesday, broke the club record set by Robert Ganley in 1906. The NL record is 43 by Bill Gleason of Philadelphia in 1905; the major league record: 46 by Bill Bradley of Cleveland in 1907.
GENERATIONS: After Pirates LF Barry Bonds emulated father Bobby by attaining "30-30" status yesterday, Cubs LF Derrick May scared Pittsburgh with his first major league homer (two on) -- and upped the family total to 97. He's the son of ex-Oriole, Brewer, Brave Dave May.