Kirk McCaskill of the Angels had chips removed from his pitching elbow. Dodgers pitcher Jay Howell had arthroscopic knee surgery. . . . In a formality, the Rangers exercised a $3.3 million contract on Nolan Ryan for 1991. . . . The Indians released P Al Nipper and bought OF Alan Cockrell (.330 at Colorado Springs). . . . In a $1.56 million lawsuit, George Steinbrenner accused a stenographer of tampering with sworn statements that he and other New York Yankees officials made during Commissioner Fay Vincent's investigation of his ties to a gambler.


The Yankees' 95 losses are their most since 1912, when they went 50-102. They finished last for the first time since 1966. . . . For the first time in a non-strike season since 1972, no major-leaguer had 200 hits. The AL leader was Rafael Palmeiro of the Rangers with 191. Lenny Dykstra of the Phillies and Brett Butler of the Giants had 192 in the NL. Wade Boggs of the Red Sox had 187, ending his streak of seven seasons with 200 or more hits. The record is eight, held by Willie Keeler. . . . Home runs in the major leagues increased 7.6 percent this season to 3,317, well below the record of 4,458 set in 1987. There were 1,796 home runs in the AL, a 4.5 percent increase from the 1,718 hit last season. NL players hit 1,521 homers, an 11.4 percent increase from the 1,365 in 1989. . . . Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs hit 40 home runs and became the first second baseman to win the NL home run title since Rogers Hornsby of the Cardinals in 1925. . . . There were only 188 balks in the majors this season, following 924 in 1988 and 407 in 1989.


Richard M. Brown became president and CEO of the Angels, meaning owner Gene Autry's duties will be reduced. Mike Port will continue as top baseball man.


Pitching coach Frank Funk, a District native, and hitting instructor John Mayberry will not return to the Royals next season.