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No, you're not cut _ you're going to start

Benching Jose Canseco was not Tony La Russa's only lineup change for Game 4. The Oakland manager also inserted 35-year-old catcher Jamie Quirk into the lineup. The left-handed hitting Quirk started 26 games behind the plate during the season and hit .281 (34-for-121). He singled during a pinch-hit appearance in the playoffs.

La Russa called Quirk at about 11 p.m. local time Friday night, about 2{ hours after the end of Game 3, to tell him of the decision.

"I figured it was too late to be released. I don't know of anybody who has been released during the World Series," said Quirk, who has been released four times, traded twice and in 1983 was actually hired as a coach by the Cardinals.

"I don't ask why or why not," Quirk said of the assignment. "I just play."

Cool is better than tantrums: Alderson

One theory going around the San Francisco Bay Area is that the A's are too cool. Manager Tony La Russa quickly refutes the label that the A's are a machine team. So too does general manager Sandy Alderson. "You might not see it, but I think there are a lot of people who are embarrassed," he said. "But you can't just turn into Roger Clemens. If you slam a fist through the wall, it's not very productive."

Piniella says NL managing is harder

Reds manager Lou Piniella has managed in both leagues, and said he prefers the National League style of play. "Because in the National League there is more for a manager to do. In the American League you have the designated hitter and that makes dealing with your pitching staff much easier," Piniella said. "In the National League you have to determine when to hit for your pitchers. You have more decisions to make in the course of a ballgame."

Mother of Athletics owner dies at 96

Elise Stern Haas, a member of the family that founded Levi Strauss & Co. and the mother of A's owner Walter A. Haas Jr., died Friday in San Francisco after a long illness. She was 96.

Here's a couple of Series flashbacks

Today is the anniversary of a couple of historic World Series events.

Fifteen years ago today, Carlton Fisk's home run in the 12th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and forced a seventh game. The Reds won the series anyway.

Ten years ago, the Philadelphia Phillies won the Series for the first time since 1915, beating the Kansas City Royals 4-1 in the sixth game.

It was a great day to shop for T-shirts

Faith in the A's seemed to be dwindling on every corner after Friday's game. Local souvenir merchants posted 50 percent off signs on Saturday morning.

Good morning to you, Mr. McGee

In order to have prime time starts on the East Coast, the games begin at about 5:30 p.m. here, which makes for some confusion. Even Oakland's Willie McGee got mixed up, not showing up until 4:25 p.m. for Friday's 5:32 p.m. start.

Barnett is still ill; Froemming fills in

American League umpire Larry Barnett missed his second straight game Saturday because of the flu. He was replaced again by NL ump Bruce Froemming, who was on site to provide analysis for CBS-TV.

Tony Perez isn't shy about Hall of Fame

Reds coach Tony Perez wants to join former teammates Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan in the Hall of Fame. "I had a great career. The numbers are there. I had the RBIs and home runs and I helped my teams win. I played hard my entire career," Perez said. "I think I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame." Perez, and Pete Rose, will be on the ballot for 1992 induction.

_ MARC TOPKIN and the Associated Press