Darryl Strawberry credits his pastor and prayer for healing a separated left shoulder in time to face his former teammates, the New York Mets, last night at Dodger Stadium.
"Here I had a separated shoulder, and my pastor had prayed for me all Wednesday night and Thursday morning and he calls me up and tells me that if I come in to Bible study on Thursday the Lord was going to heal my shoulder," Strawberry said.
"He laid hands on me and prayed for me and before I knew it I took off my sling and had no pain," he said. "I was back to normal with a healthy arm."
* ROSE: Pete Rose debuted as a television sportscaster last night, chatting with news anchors at Cincinnati's WLWT and introducing his own pre-recorded reports on baseball, basketball and hockey.
* ASTROS: Houston would go on a four-week, 26-game road trip next season to make way for the Republican National Convention, according to a preliminary draft of the 1992 National League schedule.
It would be one of the longest in major-league history and possibly the longest this century. The Astros would be on the road from July 27 through Aug. 23, visiting eight cities and traveling 7,779 miles.
Meanwhile, an Orlando group has talked to Astros owner John McMullen about buying the team and moving it to Florida if the city doesn't get one of the two National League expansion franchises.
* METS: Fox Entertainment News reported that New York Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday have asked a holding company to accept bids for the team. Frank Cashen, the team's general manager, said he knew nothing about it.
"I know nothing," said Cashen "Frankly, I don't believe it. There has never, ever been any rumor or any mention that the team's for sale."