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B-4BasebaSI THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, October 8, 1991 TC Baseball A HR RBI Pet 15 78 . 341 51 .332 100 .327 54 327 75 .325 AB R H ...589 108 201 ...546 93 181 ...548 76 179 431 60 141 665 133 716 ...650 99 210 ...631 115 203 611 92 195 559 104 178 484 78 153 114 .323 405 441 64 126 54 137 79 137 98 167 442 544 ...661 110 203 ...652 85 198 ..551 79 166 ...544 76 163 ...604 92 179 187 58 114 ...637 88 188 ...478 69 141 ...488 76 144 bi Minnesota's Brian Harper has established himself as a consistent .300-plus hitter with occasional power. He is only adequate behind the plate and will be tested by Toronto base-stealers Alomar and Devon White. The Blue Jays platoon Greg Myers and Pat Borders. Myers is easily the best defensive catcher in the ALCS. Borders had a disappointing year offensively but hit a few big homers in September. EDGE TO TWINS. IB: Minnesota's Kent Hrbek is an intelligent power hitter and a surprisingly good fielder for his bulk. Toronto's John Olerud has a sweet swing and lots of potential. At this stage of their careers, EDGE TO TWINS. 57 146 I 171 ...505 ...593 ...587 !98 ...492 ...606 564 162 64 169 53 114 67 140 92 172 87 160 72 131 MINNESOTA TORONTO Catcher Avg. HR RBI Catcher Avg. HR RBI Harper .311 10 69 Borders .244 5 36 Myers .262 8 36 First base Avg. HR RBI First base Avg. HR RBI Hrbek .284 20 89 Olerud .256 17 68 Second base Avg. HR RBI Second base Avg. HR RBI Knoblauch .281 1 50 Alomar .295 9 69 Shortstop Avg. HR RBI Shortstop Avg. HR RBI Gagne ,265 8 42 Lee .234 3 29 Third base Avg. HR RBI Third base Avg. HR RBI Pagliarulo .279 6 36 Gruber .252 20 65 Leuis .286 5 20 Outfield Avg. HR RBI Outfield Avg. HR RBI Gladden .247 6 52 Maldonado .250 12 48 Puckett .319 15 89 White .282 17 60 Mack .310 18 74 Carter .273 33 108 DH Avg. HR RBI DH Avg. HR RBI Davis .277 29 93 Mulliniks .250 2 24 Wilson .241 4 28 Tabler .216 1 21 Pitchers W-L ERA Pitchers W-L ERA Morris 18-12 3.43 Candiotti 13-13 2.65 Tapani 16-9 2.99 Guzman 10-3 2.99 Erickson 20-8 3.18 Stottlemyre 15-8 3.78 Guthrie 7-5 4.32 Key 16-12 3.05 Aguilera 4-5 2.35 Henke 0-2 2.32 Bedrosian 5-3 4.42 Ward 7-6 2.77 Willis 8-3 2.63 Timlin 11-6 3.16 West 4-4 4.54 Wells 15-10 3.78 114 71 117 ...618 87 17S 526 63 149 161 60 130 ...642 110 181 56S 78 159 170 94 131 486 57 135 candidates: Jack Morris, Ke.vin Tapani and Scott Erickson. Toronto will start Tom Candiotti, Juan Guzman, Jimmy Key and possibly Todd Stottlemyre. Guzman is a rookie surprise, and it remains to be seen how he'll respond to postseason pressure. EDGE TO TWINS. RELIEVERS: Toronto is loaded with right-handers Tom Henke and Duane Ward, possibly Stottlemyre, and left-handers Mike Timlin and David Wells. Henke's shoulder is a question mark, but he pitched effectively in a weekend test run. Minnesota's Rick Aguilera is the team's fourth Cy Young Award candidate. Lefty David West is a long reliever with nasty stuff. Steve Bedrosian has a circulatory problem in his pitching hand, and he'll be missed if he can't work. BIG EDGE TO THE BLUE JAYS. BENCH: Minnesota's top substitutes include Al Newman, Gene Larkin, Randy Bush and Paul Sorrento. The Twins led the majors in pinch-hitting with a .303 average (47-for-1 55). Toronto's top reserves are Mookie Wilson and Rene Gonzales. SLIGHT EDGE TO TWINS. defensively. He is weak offensively, with too many strikeouts and no power. BIG EDGE TO TWINS. 3B: Toronto's Kelly Gruber is close to top form after an injury-plagued season. He is solid defensively and has much more power than Minnesota's platoon of Mike Pagliarulo and Scott Leius, who did a nice job replacing departed free agent Gary Gaetti. BIG EDGE TO BLUE JAYS. LF: Minnesota's Dan Gladden slumped down the stretch, but he is a hard-nosed player with a .314 average for 12 postseason games. Toronto's Candy Maldonado is a streak hitter who added punch to the bottom of the lineup. EVEN. CF: Minnesota's Kirby Puckett is one of the best players in baseball, though he hasn't much success against Toronto in his career. Devon White is Toronto's unsung hero. There is no better defensive center fielder and he had a big year offensively, with 67 extra-base hits. EDGE TO TWINS. RF: Toronto's Joe Carter is a candidate for MVP. He is a dangerous clutch hitter and above average with the glove and on the bases. He hit 23 of his 33 homers at the 407 76 113 84 148 86 158 534 572 588 156 524 ...638 394 156 72 161 50 125 52 143 89 174 46 106 52 122 (Final statistics) National League TEAM BATTING AS R H HR RBI Pet Pittsburgh 5449 7 1433 126 725 .262 Cincinnati 5501 619 Mr? 164 654 .257 Atlanta 5456 749 1407 141 704 .257 St. Louis 5362 651 1366 68 599 .254 Lo Angeles 5408 665 1366 108 60S .252 Chicago ....5522 695 1395 159 654 . 252 San Francisco 5463 649 1345 141 605 . 246 Montreal 5412 579 1329 95 536 .245 San Diego 5408 636 1321 121 591 .244 Houston.... 5504 605 1345 79 570 .244 New York 5359 640 1305 117 605 .243 Philadelphia 5521 629 1332 111 590 .241 INDIVIDUAL BATTING (405 or mora at bats) AB R H HR RBI Pet Pendleton, All 586 94 187 22 B6 .319 Morris, Cln 478 72 152 14 59 .318 TGwynn, SD 530 69 168 4 62 .317 McGee.SF 497 67 155 4 43 .312 Jose, StL 568 69 173 t 77 . 305 Larkin.Cin 464 88 MO 20 69.302 Bonilla, Pit 577 102 174 18 100 302 Sabo.CIn .. 582 91 17S 26 88 .301 WCIark.SF 565 84 170 29 116.301 CaWeron, Mon . 470 69 141 19 75 .300 Nixon, Ah 401 81 119 0 26 .297 Butler, LA . 615 112 182 2 38 .296 Biggio.Hou 546 79 161 4 46 .295 DaMartinei, Mon 396 47 117 7 42 295 Bagwell, Hou 554 79 163 15 82 . 294 Kruk.Phi 538 84 158 21 92 .294 Bonds, Pit 510 95 149 25 116 . 292 Sandberg, Chi 585 104 170 26 100 291 LWalker, Mon 487 59 141 16 64 . 290 LHarris,LA ..429 59 123 3 38 . 287 Pirtey.Hou 596 84 170 8 54 .285 GBel.Chi 558 63 159 25 86 .285 OSmith, StL 550 96 157 3 50 .285 Roberts,SD 424 66 119 3 32.281 Zeile, Stl 565 76 158 II 81 .280 Dor an, Cln 361 51 Wl 6 35 .280 McGritl.SD 528 84 147 31 106 .278 Merced.Pit 411 83 113 10 50 .275 Justice, All 396 67 109 21 87 . 275 LoSmith, All 353 58 97 7 44 .275 Grace, Chi 619 87 169 8 58 .273 Jefleries.NY 486 59 132 9 62.272 TFernandez, SD 558 81152 4 38 . 272 Guerrero, SIL 427 411 16 8 70 .272 Dawson, Chi 563 69 153 31 104.272 Samuel, LA 594 74 161 12 58 .271 JBel.PIt 608 96 164 16 67 .270 MaWilllams, SF 589 72 158 34 98.268 Grissom,Mon 558 73 149 6 39.267 Santiago, SD 580 60 155 17 87.267 Lind, Pit 502 53 133 3 54 .265 VanSlyke.Pit.. 491 87 130 17 83.265 Strawberry, LA 505 86 134 28 99.265 Pagnoili, StL 459 38 121 2 57 .264 RThompson, SF 492 74 129 19 48 .262 Candaele. Hou 461 44 121 4 50.262 Matcher, Cln 442 45 1M 4 41 .262 Dunston, Chi 492 59 128 12 50 .260 Murray, LA 576 69 150 19 96 .260 Blauser.AII .352 49 91 II 54.259 McReynolds,NY 522 65 135 16 74.259 Johnson, NY .. 564 108 146 38 117.259 Magadan, NY 418 58 108 4 51 .258 CWaker, Chi 374 51 96 6 34 .257 O'Neill, Cin 532 71 136 28 91 .254 KvMitcheH, SF 371 52 95 27 49 .256 Owen, Mon 424 39 108 3 26 .255 LGonialez, Hou 473 51 120 13 69 .254 Caminiti, Hou 574 65 145 13 80 .253 Thon, Phi 539 44 136 9 44 .252 Murphy, Phi 544 66 137 18 81 .252 Lank ford, StL 566 83 142 9 69.251 Gant.Atl 561 101 141 32 105 .251 Daniels,LA 46 1 54 115 1 7 73 .249 Olson, All 411 46 99 6 44 .241 Chamberlain, Phi 383 51 92 13 50 .240 Oquendo, StL 366 37 88 1 26.240 DeShields, Mon 563 83 134 10 51.238 CHayes, Phi 460 34 106 12 53 .230 JCIark, SD 369 26 84 10 47 .228 Wallach, Mon 577 60 130 13 73 .225 TEAM PITCHING 2B: n II! l I "M . l . Minnesota s ohuck 509 102 163 470 105 126 486 68 130 116 58 111 Franco, Tex Boggs, Bsn GnMey. Jr., Sea Randolph, Mil Molilor, Mil CRipken, Bit Palmeiro, Tex Puckett, Min Thomas, Chi TarlabuH.KC Hamilton, Mil Harper, Min Mack, Mm EMartinez. Sea Sierra, Tex Sax, NY ... Joyner, Cal GreenweD. Bsn Potonia, Cal ACcJe.Cle RAIomer, Tor , Quintana, Bsn Baines, Oak Surhott, Mil Baerga, Cle Maltingly.NY Pecota, KC Hall, NY .. Ventura, Chi Philips, Det Hrbek, Min Spiers, Mil Reed, Bsn Gantner, Mil Belie, Cle. While, Tor Knoblauch, Min Whilaker, Det . Orsulak, Bit Downing, Tex CDayis. Min DHenderson, Oak . LJohnson, CN Steinbach, Oak Guillen, Chi Carter, Tor , Reimer, Tex Nokes, NY Raines, Chi RHenderson, Oak . RKelly, NY Buechele, Tex , Canseco, Oak Stillwell, KC Gagne, Min JuGonzalez, Tex ... Milligan, Bit Tellleton, Det Fermin, Cle Winfield, Cal McRae.KC. Fielder, Det Briley, Sea Devereaux.'BIt Yount, Mil Fryman, Det Pasqua, Chi Rivera, Bsn Cuyler, Det CXerud, Tor Espinoza, NY Brett, KC Reynolds, Sea Gruber, Tor Burks, Bsn JCIark, Bsn , OBrien, Sea Trammel!, Det Gallego, Oak Gladden, Min Gaetti, Cal GVaughn, Mil Buhner, Sea Whiten, Cle Fisk, Chi . DParker, Tor Bichette, Mil CJames, Cle KGibson, KC MnLee, Tor Gomez, Bit Pena, Bsn Vizquef, Sea Brunansky, Bsn ..... Scholiekt, Cal Jacoby, Oak ADavis, Sea Maas.NY Shumpert, KC Parrish, Cal McGwire, Oak Deer, Det 572 115 152 385 44 102 88 322 89 .319 109 .318 100 .316 57 .311 69 .311 74 .310 52 .307 116 .307 56 .304 96 . 301 83 .300 50 .296 21 .295 69 .295 71 .295 90 .295 68 .289 69 .288 68 .288 45 .286 80 .285 100 .284 72 .284 89 .284 54 . 283 60 . 283 47 .283 95 .282 60 .282 50 .281 78 .279 43 .278 49 .278 93 .277 85 .276 49 .274 67 .274 49 .273 108 .273 69 .269 77 .268 50 .268 57 .268 69 .267 66 .267 122 .266 51 .265 42 .265 102 .264 70 .263 89 .263 31 .262 86 .262 64 .261 133 .261 26 .260 59 .260 77 .260 91 .259 66 .259 40 .258 33 .257 68 .256 33 .256 61 .255 57 .254 65 .252 56 .251 87 .249 88 .248 55 .248 49 .247 52 .247 66 .246 98 .244 77 .244 45 .243 74 .241 59 .239 59 .238 41 .238 55 .236 29 .234 45 .233 48 . 231 41 .230 70 .229 31 .225 44 .224 69 .221 63 .220 34 .217 51 .216 75 .201 64 .179 408 545 483 Knoblauch is the probable AL Rookie of The Year. He has no power, but otherwise is an ideal No. 2 hitter because he makes contact and has some speed. Toronto's Roberto Alomar is an emerging superstar, with a live bat, speed, and range. BIG EDGE TO BLUE JAYS. 52 108 78 144 57 127 85 132 30 111 75 149 86 164 501 424 568 629 624 102 163 381 39 99 608 503 82 158 66 131 65 144 71 108 64 107 557 417 414 SkyDome. Minnesota's Shane Mack finally emerged as a solid major-leaguer. He has good opposite field power. EDGE TO THE BLUE JAYS. DH: Minnesota's Chili Davis is a switch-hitter with power from both sides. This has been a weak spot for Toronto SS: ii II! I all season. Dave Parker did the job down the stretch but he was acquired too late to be eligible for postseason play; Ranee Mulliniks and Pat Tabler will get the call. BIG EDGE TO TWINS. STARTERS: Minnesota will start three right-handers, all legitimate Cy Young Award Minnesota s urea 475 77 122 454 64 116 480 SI 123 505 631 429 ..474 Gagne is a steady fielder and underrated offensively. Toronto's Manuel Lee has a terrific arm, but he is more erratic than Gagne 481 560 375 482 GANNETT NEWS SERVICE 461 77 129 95 160 58 108 56 119 75 120 58 139 57 93 67 119 6S 114 58 144 81 132 64 99 46 99 42 111 47 120 53 106 31 104 81 109 41 104 40 91 586 542 406 407 460 502 445 (37 (62 (45 Carter, Morris feel right at home 9 391 ERA H ER BBSOShOSA 64 45 107 126 42 98 159 54 I0S 127 44 96 119 28 94 462 39 102 500 69 110 ..369 45 80 (02 38 87 183 62 97 148 64 80 Longtime Tiger's journey leads back to Twin Cities Jays' outfielder had been marooned on bad teams Los Angeles 3 06 1312 496 500 28 14 Pittsburgh 3.44 1411 557 40 1 91911 Atlanta 348 1304 563 481 969 7 New York 3 55 1403 568 410 28 11 San Diego 3 57 1385 577 457 921 11 Montreal 3.64 1304 583 584 90914 St. Louis 3.68 1367 588 454 822 5 Cincinnati 3J31372 413 560 99711 Philadelphia 3.86 1346 628 670 988 11 Houston 4.001347 646 651 3313 Chicago 4.031415 653 542 927 4 San Francisco 4.031397 646 544 90510 TEAM PITCHING ERA H ER BB SO ShO SA Toronto 3.50 1301 569 523971 16 60 California 3.68 1351 591 543990 10 50 Minnesota 3 69 1402 595 488 876 12 53 Chicago 3.78 1302 622601923 8 40 Seattle 3.78 1387 616 628 3 13 48 Kansas City 3.921473 639 529 4 12 41 Boston 4.01 1405 642 530 999 13 45 Milwaukee 4.14 1498 674 527 859 1 1 41 Cleveland 4.23 1551 678 441 862 8 33 New York.. 4.411510 709506 936 11 37 Texas 4.46 I486 734 662 22 10 41 Detroit 4.50 1570 726 593739 8 38 Oakland. 4,57 1425 734 655 892 10 49 Baltimore 4.58 1534 743 504 868 8 42 INDIVIDUAL PITCHING (H) or more decisions) BY JIM CAPLE Knight News Service MINNEAPOLIS He grew up in St. Paul, playing baseball for hours on end at Edgcumbe Park, and then when he was older, playing it for many more hours at Dunning Field, where Dave Winfield played before him and where Paul Molitor played against him. When not actually playing the game, he would sit in the stands at old Met Stadium, watching Tony Oli-va and Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew, watching them and telling his mother how one day he would wear a Minnesota uniform and sit in the INDIVIDUAL PITCHING (N or more decisions) IP H BB SO W L ERA GHarrls,SD 133 1 16 27 95 9 5 2.23 MiWiiams, Phi 88 56 62 84 12 5 2.34 DeMartinez, Mon 222187 62 123 14 11 2.39 Rijo,Cin 204145 55172)5 6 2.51 Glavine, All 246201 69 192 20 11 2.55 Belcher, LA 209 189 75 1 56 10 9 2.62 Harnisch,Hou 216169 83172 12 9 2.70 DeLeon.SH. 162 144 61118 5 9 2.71 Morgan, LA 236 197 61 140 14 10 2.78 Stanton, All 78 62 21 54 5 5 2.88 Franco, NY 55 61 IB 45 5 9 2.93 McDowell, LA 101 100 48 50 9 9 2.93 Tomlin,Pit 175170 54 104 8 7 2.98 Benes,SD 223194 59167 15 11 3.03 Drabek.Pit 234 245 62 142 15 14 3.07 Smiley, Pit 207194 44 129 20 8 3 08 JHoweK.LA 51 39 11 40 6 5 3.18 0eda,LA 189181 70 120 12 9 3.18 ZSmith,Pit 228 234 29 120 16 10 3 20 BY TOM POWERS Knight News Service MINNEAPOLIS Outfielder Joe Carter knew he was a winner. The problem was that he was always chained to losers. Not just to teams with records slightly below .500, either. But real honest-to-goodness horror shows. Like the 1985 Cleveland Indians, who finished 39V2 games out of first. And the 1987 version of the Tribe, which wound up 37 games back. In his eight major league seasons before this one, the closest Carter ever came to a pennant was finishing 11 games out. During those eight home state of Minnesota. Says Morris: "The biggest thing that's helped (in coming home) I think, and I don't mean this sarcastically, but in my own heart I know that I've been appreciated here more than I ever was in Detroit." From 1977 to 1990, Morris won 198 regular-season games (second-most by a Detroit Tiger) and won two more in the 1984 World Series (the same season he threw a nationally televised no-hitter when such things still were rare occasions). And yet the city never embraced him, for he could also seem boorish and selfish. The departure last winter was "(Kelly) Gruber was out of the lineup and John (Olerud) wasn't swinging as well as we'd like him to," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "But Joe's had a heck of a year." Asked how he managed to get enough decent pitches to hit, Carter replied: "The pitchers don't always hit what they're aiming for. You have to be ready." ' Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick acquired Carter and Roberto Alomar, an outstanding young second baseman, from the Padres last winter. In return he sent slugging Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez, one of the top shortstops in the game. IP H BB SO W Frohwlrth, Bit 96 64 29 77 7 Radinsky, CN 71 53 23 49 S Farr.NY 70 57 20 60 5 Clemens, Bsn 271 219 65241 IS Willis, Min 89 76 19 53 8 Candiotti, Tor 238 202 73167 13 Assenmacher, Chi .. ..102 85 31 117 7 8 3.24 .191 206 38 75 11 12 3.25 Tewksbury, StL .. RMartinez, LA Meiendei, SD Hurst, SD Cone, NY . GMaddux, Chi BJones, Mon ...220 190 69 150 17 13 3.27 ... 93 77 24 60 8 5 3 27 ...221 201 59 141 IS 8 3.29 ...232 204 73 241 14 14 3 29 ....263 232 66 198 15 II 3 35 ... 88 76 33 46 4 9 3 35 .101 96 26 59 6 Burke, NY . 7 3.36 7 3 38 Greene, Phi 207 177 66 1 54 13 Avery, AH 210189 65137 18 3.38 3.42 3.42 3.45 3.47 DeJesus,Phi 181 147 128118 10 Osuna,Hou 81 59 46 68 7 Belinda, Pit 78 50 35 71 7 9 6 5 7 -AT -' f ",f J KIGrosS.CIn 85 93 40 40 6 4 I I U I ) v Leibrandt, All 229 212 56128 15 13 3.49 Boyd, Mon 120115 40 82 6 8 3.52 Lancaster, Chi 156150 49 102 9 7 3.52 Twins dugout. Years have passed. Old Met is no more, and the Twins play in the domed blemish that rises from Chicago Street. No matter. Tonight, Jack Morris will walk to the mound as the Twins' starting pitcher in Game 1 of the playoffs. "It's been a great year. It's been a lot of fun," Morris says. "In a way, it's been everything It was a blockbuster deal that originally caused the Toronto fans to gasp. The shock didn't last long. "After the people saw Carter and Alomar play, the trade was well-accepted," Gillick said. Carter was thrilled to play with a contender and to get a chance to show that he can contribute to a winner. "There's a lot of things that were said about me that definitely were not true," Carter said. "I've gotten a lot of that throughout my ca- years, the teams for which Carter toiled averaged an amazing 23.8 games out of first at season's end. Carter usually was the, uh, star of those teams, hitting home runs, 'driving in bundles of runs and stealing bases. From 1986 through 1990, Carter knocked in a total of 545 runs for two of the sorriest teams in baseball: the Indians and the San Diego Padres. "I never gave up hope," Carter says. "There's got to be hope somewhere." Now he's with a winner at last. Carter is hav Myers, Cin. 132116 80 108 6 13 3.55 TWilson,SF. 202 173 77 139 13 11 3.56 KHill, StL 181147 67 121 11 10 3.57 KeGrosS, LA 115 123 50 95 10 11 3.58 Walk.Pit 115 104 35 67 9 2 360 Gooden.NY 190 185 56 1 50 13 7 3.60 Mutnoland,Phi 232231 49 142 16 13 3.61 Nabholz.Mon 153134 57 99 8 7 3.63 Kile.Hou 153144 84 100 7 11 3.69 0vares,S!L 167148 61 91 11 7 3.71 suaaen. Days alter rejecting a $9.3 million deal from Detroit, Morris left the Tigers and signed with Minnesota. It was an amazing contract, almost one of a kind. If Morris met all the incentives on the contract and he did this year to earn $3.5 million he'll earn $11.6 million over three years. That's a lot of scratch, particularly for someone who hadn't had a winning record since 1988 and whose ERA since then was above 4.50. "In a lot of ways it helped me," Morris says. "I talked to mv old "I feel L ERA 3 187 5 2.02 5 2.19 10 2.62 3 2.63 13 2.65 6 2.77 7 2 84 2 2 88 11 2 89 6 2.91 8 2.96 9 2 99 3 2 99 B 3.00 12 3.05 8 3.07 7 3.08 7 3.12 6 3.16 6 3. 18 8 3.18 10 3.25 7 3.25 4 3.29 4 3.29 10 3.41 10 3.42 12 3.43 4 3.44 16 3 48 5 3.49 11 3.54 8 3.60 6 3.62 14 3.69 10 3.72 12 3.77 B 3.78 9 3 80 10 3.81 8 3.81 12 3 85 14 3 87 9 3 90 12 3 92 10 3.98 9 4.01 10 4.02 12 4 08 7 4.08 15 4.13 7 4.21 8 4.23 14 4.24 19 4.26 11 4.31 S 4.32 3 4.35 12 4.40 5 4.48 13 4.51 13 4.58 7 4.59 5 4.59 II 4 60 5 4 63 7 4 81 8 4 84 10 4 85 9 4.96 young Rasmussen,SO 146 155 49 75 6 13 3.74 Ruffin,Phi 119 125 38 85 4 7 3 78 Smoltz, All .. I thought could happen, pcrain Winnina There couldn't have been a better script if I wrote it." .229 206 77 148 14 13 3 80 .. 198 188 45 94 12 9 3 .85 ..168 139 7S 107 9 11 3 85 ... 79 69 22 48 6 6 3 86 ..111 114 40 44 7 8 3 89 ...231 259 54 132 13 15 3 97 ...214 201 71 104 12 16 3 99 BSmith. Stl MGardner, Mon . CHiveras, SF Scanlan, CN Viola, NY Black, SF That in itself has made , , me feel great about the UOeS that tO game of baseball again rjeODle " and about where I'm at in my career. It's just made Jack Morris Sampen, Mon Haney, Mon Hammond, Cin Sutcmfe.Chi . 92 96 46 52 5 4 00 . 84 94 43 51 3 7 4 04 . 99 92 48 SO 7 7 4.06 96 96 45 52 6 S 4.10 Joe Carter reer from the so-called DWard,Tor 107 80 33 132 7 Wegman.Mil ...193 176 40 89 15 HennemanDet 84 81 34 61 10 JAbbolt.Cal 243 222 73 158 18 Ryan, Tex 173 102 72 20312 MMoore.Oak 210176 105 153 17 Tapani, Min 244 225 40 135 16 JuGuzman,Tor 138 98 66123 10 Langston, Cal .....26 190 96 183 19 Key, Tor 209 207 44 125 16 SaberhageaKC. 196 165 45 136 13 JoGuzman, Tex .. 169 152 84 125 13 MPerez,Chi 135 111 52 128 t Timlin, Tor 108 94 50 85 11 Olson, Bit 73 74 29 72 4 Erickson,Min 204 189 71 108 20 BosiO.Mil 204 187 58 117 14 MJackson, Sea 88 64 34 74 7 JeRussell, Tex 79 71 26 52 6 HeskehYBsn 153 142 53 104 12 McDowell, Chi 253212 82191 17 Appier, KC 207 205 61 158 13 Morris, Min 246 226 92 163 18 Aquino.KC 157 152 47 80 8 Swindell, Cle 238 241 31 169 9 Thigpen.CN 69 63 38 47 7 Nichols, Cle 137 145 30 76 2 Krueger.Sea 175 194 60 91 11 Cadaret.NY 121 110 59105 8 Holman. Sea 195 199 77 108 13 Wells, Tor 198188 49106 15 Tanana, Det . 217 217 78 107 13 Stottlemyre, Tor 219194 75 116 15 Finley.Cal 227 205 101 171 IB Sanderson, NY 208 200 2913016 Hanson, Sea 174 182 56 143 S GrHarris.Bsn 173157 69127 11 Gordon, KC 158 129 87 167 9 Gullickson.Del 226 256 44 91 20 Navarro, Mil 234 237 73114 15 RJohnson, Sea 201 151 152 228 13 Milacki.BIt 184 175 53 108 10 Hough, Chi 199167 94 107 9 Boddicker.KC 180 188 59 79 12 Darling, Oak 75 64 38 60 3 Nagy.Cle 211 228 66 109 10 , MLeiler.Det 134 125 50 103 9 Olio, Cle 100108 27 47 2 Terrell, Det 218 257 79 80 12 McCaskill,Cal 177 193 66 7110 Hibbard,Chi 194 196 57 71 11 Guthrie, Min 98116 41 72 7 Klink.Oak 62 60 21 34 10 KBrown,Tex 210233 90 96 9 Williamson, Bit 80 87 35 53 5 Fernandez, Chi. 191 186 88 145 9 Welch, Oak 220 220 91 101 12 PGibsonDet 96 112 48 52 5 Morton, Bsn 86 93 40 45 6 King, Cle 150166 44 59 6 Crim,Mil 91 115 25 39 8 Grahe.Cal 73 84 33 40 3 McDonald. Bll 126 126 43 85 6 Gardiner, Bsn 130140 47 91 9 SDavis.KC 114 140 46 S3 3 AAnderson, Min 134 148 4 2 51 5 DeLucia,Sea 182 176 78 98 12 Stewart, Oak 226 245 105 144 11 MYoung, Bsn 88 92 53 69 3 JMRobinson,Blt 104 119 SI 65 4 Bolton, Bsn .110136 51 64 B Slusarski.Oak 109 121 52 60 5 Rogers, Tex 109 121 61 73 10 August, Mil 138166 47 62 9 Hawkins, Oak 89 91 42 45 4 DJones.Cle 63 87 17 48 4 Ballard, Bit 123153 28 37 6 Gublcza.KC 133 168 42 89 9 JJohnson.NY 127 156 33 62 6 Mesa, Bit 123151 62 64 6 BWilt, Tex 88 84 74 82 3 Taylor, NY 116 144 53 72 7 Leary.NY 120150 57 83 4 DJohnson.BIt 84 127 24 38 4 . 230 241 56 115 14 14 4.18 Browning, Cin .. Burkett.SF 206 223 60 131 12 II 4.18 Whitehurst.NY 133 142 25 87 7 12 4.18 Downs, SF. 111 99 S3 6210 4 4.19 Barnes, Mon 160 135 84 117 S 8 4.22 Carpenter, StL 66 53 20 47 10 4 4.23 Scudder.CIn Wl 91 54 51 6 9 4.3S FCastillo.CN Ill 107 3 3 7 3 6 7 4.35 Darling, Mon 119 121 33 69 5 8 4.37 Robinson, SF 121 123 50 78 5 9 4.38 J Jones, Hou 135 143 SI 88 6 8 4.39 Bieleckl, All 173171 56 75 13 II 4.46 Portugal, Hou 168 163 59 120 10 12 4.49 Cox, Phi 102 98 39 46 4 6 4.57 Bones, SD 54 57 IB 31 4 483 498 DeshaievHou 161 156 72 98 5 WhitsonSO 78 93 17 40 4 Bowen, Hog 71 73 36 49 6 Boskie.CN 129150 52 62 4 5.03 5.15 5.23 experts, mere was all the talk about how I'd driven in more runs than anyone in baseball over the last five years but all for losing teams. I think that makes it harder than easier. "But I have the respect of my players and the respect of the opposition. I'm in this game because I love it and have fun playing it. I couldn't care less if my name is across the front page." Carter obviously would like to prolong this new sensation for as long as possible. "It goes back to all the hard work, all the games you played that didn't mean anything," Carter said. "I think of the years in Cleveland, getting ready to go home this time of year. I think of the fantasies you have as a kid in the back yard, usually of the seventh game of the World Series. "There couldn't have been a better script if I wrote it." it tun again. "I feel young again. For a lot of reasons. Both physically and mentally. Winning does that to people." After a sluggish start, Morris went 18-12 with a 3.43 ERA this year, was the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, and led the Twins in innings and complete games. Although Kevin Tapani has been the more consistent pitcher this season, the Twins selected Morris to start- Tuesday night because of his experience in big games (he's started four postseason games) and because they feel he can bounce back best if needed to pitch three games. "That was a no-brainer," manager Tom Kelly said. "We didn't even have to think about that one." Morris also would be able to pitch two games in the Metrodome, where he is 13-3 with a 3.00 ERA this year and 21-5 for his career. He's 24-5 with a 2.96 ERA when pitching in his ing an MVP-like season for the Toronto Blue Jays, who are about to square off with the Minnesota Twins in the American League Championship Series. And after all he's been through, Carter nearly was overwhelmed when his team clinched the division title. "Words cannot express what's been going through my mind the last couple of days," he said. "I've relived it about 40 million times. I've got it on a tape and I watch the tape and still don't believe it. "It's been a very long time. There is hope for all those who have been in last place for five or six years." As usual, Carter hit more than 30 home runs, drove in more than 100 runs and did a capable job in the outfield. But what makes his hitting accomplishments even more impressive this season is that he has had very little protection in the lineup. Armstrong, Cin 139158 54 9 3 7 11 5.48 American League friends and they reassured me that I would be fine. That I just had to go out and pitch the way I can." He won eight in a row to earn the starting spot in the All-Star Game. He became the Morris of old. The Morris of old, of course, can often be an unpleasant man. He stomps at the mound and glares at umpires and teammates alike when he feels they've failed him. He can be even less patient with reporters. "I don't think anybody took it too seriously (in Detroit)," former Tigers teammate Kirk Gibson says. "We'd watch Jack go off and just go 'Waaaahhhh.' We'd make fun of him. 'Waaaahhhh.' When Jack and Dave Stieb pitched we'd say there are the' two biggest babies in the game. "But Jack is the best there is at closing a game. All that behavior isn't by design. He just wants to win so bad he can't help himself." TEAM BATTING AB R H HR 776 1557 140 799 1523 116 829 1539 177 731 I486 126 727 1475 117 758 1464 139 684 1412 133 674 1418 147 653 1396 115 702 1400 126 S76 1390 79 686 1421 170 760 1342 159 B17 1372 209 RBI Pet 733 2B0 750 .271 774 .269 691 .268 689 .264 722 .261 649 .257 630 .255 607 .255 665 .254 546 . 254 660 .253 716 .248 778 .247 Minnesota 5SS6 Milwaukee 5611 Texas 5703 Boston 5530 Kansas City S584 Chicago 5594 Toronto -.5489 New York 5541 CaklorNa 5470 Seattle 5494 Cleveland 5470 Baltimore 5604 Oakland 5410 Detroit 5547 11 4 96 13 5 09 11 518 7 518 9 5.18 9 5.24 7 5 27 10 5.42 8 5.47 6 5.52 8 5.54 12 5 60 12 5 68 11 5.95 11 5.97 7 6.09 12 6 27 10 6.49 8 7.07 INDIVIDUAL BATTING (405 or more at bats) tain. Tom Henke was perfection for Toronto until his shoulder began acting up late in the year. He said Monday he's fine, but Gaston probably will use him to set up Duane Ward, who can be dominating. It's offense where the Twins have the clear edge. Everyone's hitting except Dan Gladden, a slump easily absorbed. The Blue Jays, with Joe Carter going out like a lamb, have had to scuffle for runs. Roberto Alomar may be the best all-around player in this series, if not the league, but no one has replaced Fred McGriff. Jays' Gaston still ailing Toronto manager Cito Gaston, plagued by a bad back and weakened considerably by a bout of food poisoning, said Monday he's OK, but only relatively speaking "because I haven't felt good in a long, long time." After a news conference Monday, Gaston groaned when he got up and had to be helped down from a two-foot high stage. Gaston, whose back forced him to miss 33 games during the pennant race, plans to manage the Blue Jays in the playoffs. "After seeing what he's gone through," trainer Tommy Craig said, "this all doesn't seem that difficult." fastball will be a startling contrast to Candiotti's slow stuff. While Gaston is tinkering with his rotation, Kelly's three starters are finely tuned. Morris and Tapani were solid against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, and Erickson the same on Saturday in Toronto. I A year ago, when the Twins were last in the AL West, their pitching ranked 11th in the league. This year, it was second behind the Blue Jays. The prime reason for the Jays' statistical edge: When Allan Anderson flopped, the Twins never did come up with a decent fourth starter. The three-man rotation makes that irrelevant. Each club has bullpens that are both good and vulnerable. Rick Aguilera was brilliant for the Twins, but a circulatory problem has Steve Bedrosian uncer ALCS CONTINUED FROM PAGE B-l ronto's hitting coach then. "It seemed like the last game against Kansas City, all the guys were worn down and tired." Key, who might have been expected to get the Game 1 nod, won't be worn down or tired. When he finally does start on Friday in Toronto, it'll be on 10 days' rest. He is not happy. Why Candiotti? "As a hitting coach," Gaston explained, "I remember dreading running into a knuckleballer. I used to hate seeing a guy like Charlie Hough starting a series. Our hitters would be messed up for days." . So it's Candiotti then Guzman, whose 96-mph i. i hat the Twins rose from worst to first in 'We baseball s toughest division is remarkable. "I don't know about 'worst,' " Kelly said were last. I don't know if that's the same. "But last to first is last year."

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