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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Dykstra Meets With Vincent

Lenny Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies met Saturday with Commissioner Fay Vincent, who said it may be weeks before he makes a decision on the outfielder’s involvement in high-stakes poker games.

Dykstra, who met with Vincent for about 15 minutes, last week admitted writing checks for $78,000 in gambling losses during testimony in a Mississippi trial.

“You know as well as I do how many people standing here can’t tell me they haven’t bet with a bookie on football or basketball,” Vincent said. “It’s become part of America’s culture. To my point of view, it’s very important to be careful that we don’t overreact to what people do in the off-season.

“On the other hand, I want to be sure that baseball people are aware that there is great danger. Many times the illegal bookmakers . . . are also drug dealers and also are involved in other activities.”

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Dykstra refused to comment.

Marge Schott, owner of the Cincinnati Reds who complained of exhaustion and checked herself into a Cincinnati hospital, was reported in guarded condition.

A spokesman said Schott was exhausted from work and travel, and complained of flu-like symptoms.

Steve Howe’s comeback bid was dealt a setback when he gave up five runs in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees lost to the Chicago White Sox, 7-0.

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Houston pitcher Mike Scott, one of two players left from the 1986 Western Division championship team, gave the Astros a list of 12 teams to which he would accept a trade.

Former UCLA catch Todd Zeile broke out of a two-for-14 slump with two doubles and a single as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Detroit, 7-3.


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