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Wanted: three more pitching wins

Pitcher Gaylord Perry is only three wins away from achieving his 300th career victory, a coveted baseball milestone.The Atlanta Braves, who once waited out Hank Aaron's record-setting home run watch, weren't as interested in seeing Perry join the exclusive ''300 club.'' They released him after the 1981 season, apparently convinced the 43-year-old hurler no longer had a future in the majors.

Nobody picked him up until this week, when the Seattle Mariners signed him to a minor league contract. Club president Dan O'Brien said Perry would be training with the Mariners in Tempe, Ariz., ''on a make-good basis. He won't stand in the way of any of our young kids. . . . But based on his background, I feel we have to give him the benefit of the doubt.''

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Perry probably couldn't have joined an organization in greater need of pitching help. The Mariners had the game's worst earned-run average last season , a fact partly attributable to their ballpark, the Kingdome, a long-ball haven. Considering that Gaylord pitched respectably last year, winning eight games during a strike-interrupted season, his chances of making the Mariners seem reasonably good.

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