Pete Rose was taking last-minute coaching for his debut last night as a television sportscaster on Cincinnati station WLWT -- a trial run for what Rose has said could be his next career -- broadcasting.
WLWT asked Rose to pinch-hit for at least four nights during the next six weeks, when regular sportscaster Greg Hoard is off, said Bill Hayes, Rose's business manager.
* ASTROS: The Houston Astros 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.
Pat Williams, general manager of the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic and a key member of the baseball expansion group, one of six finalists for two franchises that will be chosen at the baseball owners' meetings next month in Los Angeles.
* REDS: Todd Benzinger, unhappy about his playing time behind Hal Morris, met with manager Lou Piniella for 20 minutes after the first baseman said he might "make noise" in order to get traded. Piniella let him know that was a way to get suspended -- not traded.
Benzinger assured Piniella he had no plans to disrupt the team and Piniella took no action against him.
* INDIANS: An examination of catcher Sandy Alomar's right shoulder revealed no tear in the rotator cuff, so an exercise program has been prescribed to strengthen the shoulder. Alomar was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.