Hits and misses

June 06, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Shortstop Alan Trammell was initially in Detroit's lineup last night. However, Trammell, in his 20th year in the majors, went to manager Buddy Bell and suggested he play Chris Gomez instead. "Chris has been playing well," Trammell said, "and I felt he deserved to play."

In the dugout: David Wells' former manager, Sparky Anderson, sat down with Wells after the left-hander was hammered by the Angels last Friday and told him he needed to get his act together. Wells pitched much better last night, allowing one run over five innings before crumbling in the sixth, as he tired.

In the clubhouse: "It was a positive talk," Wells said. "He's been watching how I've been throwing. I can't help but listen to the man -- he's a great inspiration. . . . When I played for him, he pretty much put me in my place. He taught me how to be a man. He sees what's going on, he knows when you're not giving it your all, when you're giving up, and I think I've been giving up lately. My heart really hasn't been into it."

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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