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HERSHISER MAKING PROGRESS

LOS ANGELES - Orel Hershiser threw 60 pitches in a four-inning simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday and continued to make progress from last year's shoulder surgery.``I made fewer mistakes and I started to accomplish some of the things that I was looking forward to accomplishing on a more consistent basis,' the 1988 Cy Young winner said. ``I was very pleased with what happened out there. I was very good, mechanically. In the fourth inning, it still felt as if I hadn't even thrown.'

He won't throw again for another four or five days, which would probably put his next simulated game in Philadelphia on the Dodgers' next road trip. When they get there, they will decide whether Hershiser will to skip the simulated game and go to Vero Beach for a minor league assignment.

``I wouldn't mind doing another one of what I just did, because I made such good progress out there.' he said. ``And there's no reason why I can't accomplish more things like that in the same kind of setting, than having to rush myself to go down to the minors. The more I prepare myself in workouts like this, the fewer outings it's going to take at the minor league level.'\

DIBBLE UPSET WITH HIMSELF

CINCINNATI - Reliever Rob Dibble threw a baseball into the seats at Riverfront Stadium after getting the final out Sunday in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Dibble had a rough outing, giving up five hits and two runs in the last two innings as he earned his fourth save. He got Ryne Sandberg on a called third strike to end the game, then got the ball back from catcher Joe Oliver.

In the middle of receiving congratulations from teammates just behind the mound, Dibble turned and heaved the ball into the stands in center field.

A Reds employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the ball reportedly hit a woman in the arm, but she wasn't seriously injured. No one was brought to the stadium first-aid room for treatment.

When told of the report that the ball hit a fan, Dibble said, ``I hope not.'

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