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Majority of players polled say Hall should induct Rose

Major-leaguers overwhelmingly believe Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame, according to a new poll conducted by Sports Illustrated.

The magazine approached every major-league player, and 550 agreed to answer various questions about the game. But not every player responded to each question.

When asked, "Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?" 74.2 percent of the respondents answered "yes, unconditionally," 11.1 percent said, "only if he admits he bet on baseball," 9.4 percent said, "not under any circumstances" and 5.3 percent said they didn't know.

Among other topics: When asked about baseball's current drug-testing policy, 40.7 percent believe it is adequate, 36.5 percent believe it should be more stringent, 15.2 percent didn't know and 7.6 percent think it should be abolished.

Major-leaguers think Barry Bonds is the greatest living player. He received 38.9 percent of votes, followed by Alex Rodriguez at 12.8 percent, Willie Mays (12.1), Nolan Ryan (7.1), Hank Aaron (6.7) and Rose (3.6).

Dusty Baker of the Cubs was voted best manager at 23.6 percent, followed by Joe Torre of the Yankees and Bobby Cox of the Braves. Philadelphia's Larry Bowa was voted worst manager (16.1 percent).

CUBS: Right-hander Dave Veres was activated after having been on the disabled list since April 15 (right shoulder tendinitis). Right-hander Juan Cruz was sent to Triple-A Iowa.

DODGERS: Centerfielder Dave Roberts (torn right hamstring) went on the DL.

EXPOS: Right-hander Dan Smith will have surgery on his right (pitching) shoulder and likely will miss the rest of the season. The team put Smith on the DL and purchased the contract of right-hander Bryan Hebson from Triple-A Edmonton.

GIANTS: Rookie outfielder Tony Torcato was recalled from Triple-A Fresno. He played five games in the majors last season and hit .294 with two homers and 27 RBIs with Fresno.

INDIANS: The team is expected to call up lefty Jason Stanford today to start Sunday. It would be his major-league debut. He is 8-2 with a 3.18 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo, with 82 strikeouts and 21 walks in 99 innings.

PADRES: Infielder Lou Merloni was activated from the DL and started at second against San Francisco. Infielder Keith Lockhart (lower back strain) was placed on the DL retroactive to Monday.

PHILLIES: Bowa was ejected in the eighth by plate umpire Tim Tschida for arguing balls and strikes. It was Bowa's fourth ejection this season.

RED SOX: Right-hander Todd Jones made his Boston debut, pitching two scoreless innings. He signed Wednesday after being released by Colorado.

REDS: Infielder Ryan Freel was activated from the DL (torn hamstring) and optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

ROCKIES: Third baseman Chris Stynes left in the second with a bruised left triceps after being hit by a pitch. He is day to day.

TIGERS: Outfielder Bobby Higginson (pulled left hamstring) was placed on the DL. Outfielder Cody Ross was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

YANKEES: At last, there really is a Pride of the Yankees. The team bought the contract of outfielder Curtis Pride from Triple-A Columbus and optioned left-hander Brandon Claussen to the minors. In their long history, the Yankees never had a player with the last name of Pride. The 1942 film Pride of the Yankees about Lou Gehrig remains one of the most beloved sports movies ever. Pride was called up on the 64th anniversary of Gehrig's famous "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium. Bernie Williams went 1-for-5 with an infield single in the first game of his rehabilitation stint with Double-A Trenton. He has missed six weeks after arthroscopic surgery on torn cartilage in his left knee.

_ TIMES WIRES

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