Stewart to Dibble: What do you know, anyway?


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Dave Stewart turned angry when comments attributed to Reds reliever Rob Dibble were relayed to the Oakland clubhouse after Cincinnati's victory in Game 4 on Saturday night.

Dibble criticized the Oakland ace for throwing at Billy Hatcher in the first inning. Hatcher suffered a bruised left hand and had to leave the game. Dibble's complaint was that Stewart was messing with Hatcher's career and should not have thrown at the center fielder.

"What does he know about baseball?" said Stewart, who was 0-2 in the Series to drop his postseason record to 7-3 lifetime. "All he is is a thrower. Send him back here when he knows how to pitch."

Stewart then told reporters to tell Dibble he would be at the Oakland Coliseum late into the night and if the big reliever wanted to meet him and discuss matters, he'd be more than willing.

"I've been insulted by better players," Stewart said and then disgustedly said, "Dibble."

Stewart said, "We can talk, or we can go at it. I don't fear anyone alive."

* Reds left fielder Eric Davis won't need surgery on the kidney he bruised severely during Game 4 of the World Series.

Davis will remain at Merritt Hospital for five to seven days, team spokesman Jim Ferguson said.

A battery of overnight tests, including a CT scan, found no rupture of the kidney, so no surgery will be necessary, Ferguson said. Team physician, Dr. Michael Lawhon, visited Davis in the intensive care unit.

"A full recovery is expected," Ferguson said.

Davis hurt his ribs and right kidney Saturday night when he dived for a fading liner by Harold Baines in the first inning. Davis dived to his left, snagged the ball momentarily in the webbing of his glove, then lost it after he hit the ground hard, wedging his right arm under the side of his body.

Davis stayed in the game for the rest of the inning, then was replaced. He required help getting to the clubhouse and had blood in his urine.

* The 1990 World Series appears to have gotten the second-lowest rating since games moved to prime time, according to preliminary figures.

The fourth and final game of Cincinnati's sweep over Oakland got a 22.5 rating and a 38 share on CBS, according to overnight ratings from 24 major markets. The rating is the percentage of televisions in the United States and represents approximately 931,000 homes. The share is the percentage of televisions in use at the time.

National ratings from games 3 and 4 will not be available until today, but they usually approximate the overnights. The average of the four games with the overnights comes to a 21.3 rating, higher than last year's 16.4 rating but lower than every other World Series since night games began in 1971.

The 1989 World Series was unusually low because both teams -- Oakland and the San Francisco Giants -- came from the same television market.

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