Piniella wants equal justice


Cincinnati Reds manager Lou Piniella is interested in how the National League handles another ball-tossing incident that resulted in a fan injury at Riverfront Stadium.

Reds reliever Rob Dibble was suspended for four games yesterday for hurling a baseball into the stands after a poor performance Sunday, hitting a first-grade teacher and bruising her elbow.

Another fan was injured Wednesday night at Riverfront Stadium, when the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andy Van Slyke tossed him a ball as a favor, though players are forbidden to do so. The fan fell over the railing and landed on the field and was hospitalized for observation.

"A precedent's been set," said Piniella, "and I'm just curious to see how they're going to handle that situation -- whether he'll be reprimanded, fined, suspended or what.

* TV: Arlington, Texas, television station KXAS agreed to pay a penalty, reported to be about $40,000, to the commissioner's office for showing live coverage of the last two outs of Nolan Ryan's no-hitter Wednesday night.

KXAS picked up the Canadian telecast and showed the final two outs on its 10 p.m. newscast. KXAS agreed to issue an explanation, acknowledge the broadcast rights of major-league clubs and promise not to repeat its conduct.

* UNIFORMS: Russell Corp. of Alexander City, Ala., will replace ,, Rawlings as the official supplier of major-league baseball uniforms on Jan. 1, 1992, Major League Baseball Properties announced.

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