Saklc signs WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21,2006 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Kansas City rips Ditcher in debut By DOUG TUCKER ASSOCIATED PRESS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a pitcher trying to win in the major leagues, it was not so good. For a guy who just a few months ago faced what could have been a life-threatening physical condition, Kip Wells' first outing of the season was not so bad — not so bad at all. "Fortunately, my stuff was as good as it can be. I take heart in that," he said. "But obviously you want to have consistent command." In his first start since undergoing surgery on March 6 to repair total blockage in the artery carrying blood to his brain and arm, Wells failed to hold a 4-0 lead and lasted only 3!4 innings as Kansas City rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Walks were his main problem. He gave up five bases on balls and struck out only two in this interleague matchup between the two worst teams in the majors. "It's frustrating," he said. "But I'll take it and roll with it and try to improve and look forward to my next outing and try to let them get themselves out more instead of putting myself in tougher situations than I have to." David DeJesus and John Buck drove in two runs apiece and a shaky Mark Redman (4-4) won his fourth game in a row despite giving up four runs in the first as the Royals improved to 20-49. Wells was charged with six runs and five hits and five walks while the Pirates dropped to 26-46 with their sixth straight loss. The right-hander gave up one run in the bottom of the first and three in the second and then Royals then took a 6-5 lead with two more in the fourth inning of the sloppily played game. The Pirates tied their season-high with three errors and set a season high with 11 walks. "It's his first time out and with what it is that he's coming back from, it was very important for him to get back out there on the mound," said Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy. "I'm sure that he would have liked the result to have been much, much better. But I'm not going to sit here and overanalyze a first outing when a guy's coming back from surgery to repair clottage in his throwing arm." Redman, who was 5-15 for Pittsburgh last year and traded to Kansas City in the offseason, had not won four in a row since July 2000 with Minnesota. He has won all four of his starts this month after going 0-4 in seven starts in April and May. Royals trade pitcher for speedy center fielder KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals sent left- hander J.P. Howell, their best minor league pitching prospect, to Tampa Bay: Tuesday for outfielder Jooy Gathright and. 1 infielder,;,, Fernanda Cbrtez: ••'•• ! >• •'• •••' Royals' manager Buddy Bell said Gathright would play center field and current center fielder David DeJesus would shift to left field when both are in the lineup, which could happen as soon as tonight's game against Pittsburgh. It's the first deal engineered by Dayton Moore since he took over as Royals general manager on June 8. Selected as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of the 2004 draft, Howell was 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA in 15 games for Kansas City last season. "J.P. Howell is a guy our people liked," Moore said. "But at the same time the best way for us to improve our pitching is to improve our defense, and Joey Gathright speaks to that element of what we're trying to do here with speed and defense and pitching. You've got to give up something to get something." Howell, 3-2 with a 4.75 ERA in eight starts this year with Triple- A Omaha, will report to Triple-A Durham for the Devil Rays. "He's someone we project to pitch in the rotation for us at some point," said Andrew Friedman, Devil Rays executive vice president of baseball operations. Gathright is the key to the deal for the Royals. He started the season with the Devil Rays, hitting .201 with 12 stolen bases in 55 games before being optioned to Durham on June 6. Cortez had a .222 batting average in 60 games with Durham this season and will probably be groomed as a utility infielder for the Royals, who^began play this „•,,wesfe with a major, leagueiw,orst,,,, 19-49 record. "We've got to make sure that we've got outstanding defense in this ballpark. With DeJesus and Gathright we certainly have some guys who can track the ball," Moore said. "We've got to be athletic in this ballpark." The Royals feel Gathright has potential to improve his offense. "He's always hit throughout the minor leagues," Moore said. "He's had a high on-base (percentage). This year he was struggling a little bit. He's one of those guys who's a developing offensive player. The one phase of his game that will show up every day and contribute to our lineup is the speed element. I think his offense will play up in this ballpark because of the vastness of the alleys." The Devil Rays also optioned Seth McClung to Durham, a move designed to see if the right- hander can go from the rotation to a future role as a closer. McClung went 2-10 with a 6.81 ERA in 15 starts this year. His fastball can reach the upper 90s. "You look at my stuff, it's good," McClung said. "I know it's good. I just have to learn how to harness it." There is no timetable for when McClung will rejoin the Devil Rays. "We just felt it was the right time to make this particular move," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He was not difficult to persuade. We just thought it was the right thing to do." ,,,,, , i;: ,,, .,,,,,,, FRED, HMNT/Hays Daily News baserunnenday Sanders,is safest first after colliding ,wtth(Great Bend first baaeman Brett Schwartz onaiplckofft i attempt in the'third inning of Tuesday'night's 1 firstgame of a doubleheader at Larks Park. " " r ' How sweep it is for Hays By NABIL SHAHEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS If a team ever needed a win, it was the Hays Legion on Tuesday night. The Eagles were coming off a Tony Andenucio Memorial tournament in which they went 1-5 and were outscored 84-43 against a strong field. Great Bend (12-4) entered Tuesday's doubleheader at Larks Park coming off a 6-0 sweep of its own tournament. Lessons learned from the Pueblo tournament were on display Tuesday when Hays (7-14) swept Great Bend, 4-2 and 8-7, to pick up its first back-to-back wins Game 1 Hays 4, Great Bend 2 Great Bend (12-3) 011 000 0 — 2 5 4 Hays (6-14) 002 020 0 — 4 7 2 Wells and Jonas; Schippers and Windholz. W — Schlp- pers (1-3). L — Wells. 2B — Debls, Great Bend; Windholz, Hays. Game 2 Hays 8, Great Bend 7 Great Bend (12-4) 140 110 0 — 7 30 Hays (7-14) 400 000 4 — 8 12 4 Holt, McGurk (7) and Jonas; Jacobs, Hammeke (2) and Sanders. W — Hammeke (2-0). L — McGurk. 2B — Schwartz, Great Bend; Parker, Lewton, Hays. 3B — Post, Hays. since the season opener, June 3. "It was good to get a win," Hays coach Lyle Befort said. "We needed it." Game 2 saw a dramatic ending as the Eagles entered the bottom of the seventh trailing by three runs. Hays tied the game at 7 when Josh Post's single drove in Clayton Karst, putting Chase Schippers on third and Post on first with Casey Jacobs coming tp the plate. When the first pitch got past Great Bend catcher Derek Jonas, Schippers took off for home on the wild pitch by Devin McGurk. "He started too late and I yelled no," Befort said. SEE LEGION, PAGE B2 El Dorado scores run in bottom of 9th to edge Larks BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS EL DORADO — The Broncos scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as El Dorado slipped past Hays, 10-9, in Jayhawk League play Tuesday night. El Dorado scored 10 runs on 12 hits to snap the Larks' three- game winning streak. The Larks dropped to 10-5 overall and 7-5 in the Jayhawk. Entering the top of the ninth trailing 9-8, Larks left fielder Billy Sharp coaxed a bases loaded two-out walk to tie the game. El Dorado (15-5 overall, 6-3 Jayhawk) capitalized on the Larks' only error of the game in the bottom of the ninth. Following a leadoff walk by Josh Abercrombie, Patrick Norris hit a sacrifice bunt and reached on a throwing error which also scored Abercrombie with the whining run. Hays led 5-4 after three innings, capitalizing on a five-run third highlighted by Charlie Kingery's grand slam, Toro Trevino (1-1) took the loss for the Larks, who dropped to third place in the Jayhawk standings. Trevino pitched four innings in relief of starter Jesus Hernandez and struck out two, walked two and gave up an earned run. Kyle Day was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs for Hays, including his second home run of the season. The same two teams meet again today for a 6 p.m. doubleheader in El Dorado. Wade leads Miami to first NBA title in franchise history By GREG BEACHAM ASSOCIATED PRESS NBA Finals ERIC QAY / Associated Prats Miami Heat toammiiet Janwi Pewy, left, and Antoine Walker celebrate with the. Larry Q'B/len Trophy after tasting the Dallas Mayer- Icki In Tuesday night's Oame 6 of the NBA Finals In Dallas. DALLAS — The Miami Heat stretched their ar.ms across each other's shoulders in a jubilant group hug. Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal and their frenzied teammates joined to form one jumping organism —15 strong, as their motivational slogan goes. The Heat won their first championship with teamwork that went beyond the floor. While the Pallas Mavericks struggled to stay together during tough times in the NBA finals, the Heat stuck to each other through the trophy presentation — when 15 hands went up together to touch a piece of history. Wade led Miami's sizzling comeback from a two-game deficit In the finals, and he had 36* points and 10 rebounds In the Heat's clinching 95-92 victory on Tuesday night. But the unanimous finals MVP said Miami's fourth straight win was a wonder of tenacity and teamwork for a roster that seized one big opportunity to make history. "This team was built for the playoffs, and we understood that," Wade said. "That's what makes it sweet, because not at one moment did one of us not believe In each other. No matter what, in the locker room, it was always 15 strong." Wade's brilliance and just enough help from his teammates allowed O'Neal and coach Pat Riley to make good on their promises of a championship for South Florida. The parade should go down Biscayne Boulevard, just as Riley promised 11 years ago. Wade cemented his superstardom with a dominant four-game performance capped by four pressure-packed, final-minute free throws in the same building where Miami went down two games to none. Yet he missed a pair of foul shots in the waning seconds with Miami up by three points, giving Dallas a final shot to tie. Jason Terry missed an open 3-pointer, and Wade grabbed the rebound and flung it joyously into the stands as time expired. Where there's a Wade, there's a will. His grace added a fifth ring to Riley's finger — third-most among NBA coaches — and the first jewelry In Shaq's collection with no connection to Kobe Bryant. "I know to be on a championship-caliber team, you've got to have a great one-two punch," said O'Neal, who had nine points and 12 rebounds while finishing a 14-for-48 performance on free throws in the finals. "D-Wade is a fabulous player. I felt we could have got it done last year... but we had to suffer a little bit. People doubted us all year, but we're a tight-knit group." And the Heat's roster is studded with stars who never won a title. Point guard Gary Payton reached the finals with three teams over 16 seasons before finally grabbing the ring, while Alonzo Mourning played through 13 seasons, two retirements and a serious kidney ailment for a championship. Antoine Walker, Jason Williams, James Posey, Udonis Haslem — all endured serious career troubles, and now they're all champions, too. While that group hug went on, Dallas owner Mark Cuban stood on the court and applauded. "It's a huge learning experience," said Cuban, fined $250,000 by the NBA earlier In the day for his antics after Dallas' Game 6 loss. Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Mavs.
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