The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 1, 1998 · Page 25
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THE SALINA JOURNAI WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 1998 03 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL McGwire's slam powers Cardinals Sellout crowd in St. Louis watches home team blank Murdoch's Dodgers 6-0 By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Mark McGwire started the chase for Roger Marls' home run record, hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-0 Tuesday on opening day. A sellout crowd of 47,972 screamed in anticipation when Delino DeShields walked on a full count to load the bases with McGwire on deck. McGwire didn't •• /BIB disappoint them, hit- flL/III. tin g a towering drive that cleared the leftfield wall and broke open a scoreless game. McGwire, who also doubled, overshadowed a strong performance from winner Todd Stottlemyre. The St. Louis starter gave up three hits in seven-plus innings and didn't allow a runner past second base. McGwire, expected to challenge Marls' home-run record of 61 in this expansion year, came off loser Ramon Martinez to spoil Rupert Murdoch's first game as Dodgers owner. Braves 2, Brewers 1 ATLANTA — The Brewers lost in their NL, debut when Gerald Williams trotted home from third after catcher Mike Matheny's attempted pickoff throw skipped into left field in the ninth. . The Brewers became the first major league baseball team to switch leagues since the 1892 season and did it against the team that left Milwaukee for Atlanta after the 1965 season. Williams, a former Brewer, walked with one out in the ninth and took third when another pinch-hitter, Keith Lockhart, singled. Loser Bob Wickman struck out Andruw Jones, but Matheny went to third when Lockhart broke for second on the pitch. The throw was terrible, bouncing past Cirillo into left, and Williams came home with the deciding run. Ligtenberg, the fourth Atlanta pitcher, got the win. Marlins 11, Cubs 6 MIAMI — With a revamped roster that includes 14 rookies, the World Series champions scored six runs in the first inning. Series MVP Livan Hernandez won despite allowing five runs in 5% innings, mainly because Gary Sheffield and Charles Johnson hit three-run homers. It was a familiar start for the Cubs, who set an NL record with an 0-14 start en route to a last-place finish in 1997. Loser Kevin Tapani allowed nine runs in two-plus innings. Metsl, Phillies 0 NEW YORK — In the longest scoreless opener in NL history, pinch-hitter Alberto Castillo singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the 14th. Matt Franco opened the 14th with a single off loser Ricky Bottalico, took second when Brian McRae walked and lost his footing rounding this on Bernard Gilkey's single. One out later, Castillo singled on 3-2 pitch. Turk Wendell, the Mets' sixth pitcher, picked up the win with two innings of hitless relief. Phillies starter Curt Schilling pitched eight shutout innings on opening day for the second straight year, striking out nine, and was matched by New York's Bobby Jones, who allowed four hits in six shutout innings. Padres 10, Reds 2 CINCINNATI — Pokey Reese tied a opening-day record for shortstops with four errors. Padres starter Kevin Brown, one of a dozen players discarded by Florida after its World Series title, gave up one run and five hits in 61-3 innings and hit a three-run double in the seventh. He won his eight straight regular-season decision since last July 27. Wally Joyner and Tony Gwynn added homers as baseball's first professional team took its most lopsided opening-day defeat since in 1962. Mike Remlinger, who got the opening-day start after Dave Burba was traded to Cleveland on Monday, gave up three runs in five innings and was the loser. Giants 9, Astros 4 HOUSTON — Jeff Kent had a career- high five hits, including a three-run homer, as the San Francisco Giants outlasted the Houston Astros in 13 innings to win their first opener since 1994. Tigers 11, Devil Rays 6 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Playing like the expansion team it is, Tampa Bay fell behind 11-0 in its first game as Joe Randa and Joe Oliver each drove in three runs and Luis Gonzalez hit a two- run homer. Before a sellout crowd of 45,369 at Tropicana Field, Wade Boggs' two-run homer off winner Justin Thompson in the sixth inning was about all Devil Rays' fans had to cheer following an hour-long pregame celebration of baseball's arrival in Florida's west coast. Loser Wilson Alvarez was pounded for six runs and nine hits in 2Vi innings. The Tampa Bay area made seven unsuccessful bids to land a team before it was awarded an expansion franchise in March 1995. White Sox 9, Rangers 2 ARLINGTON, Texas — Frank Thomas, Albert Belle and Robin Ventura drove in two runs each in Jerry Manuel's first game as manager of the White Sox, leading Chicago over the Texas Rangers. Winner Jaime Navarro allowed just five hits in six shutout innings, and Mike Cameron saved a home run when he leaped in left-center to snare a ninth- inning drive by Fernando Tatis that was headed over the wall. Indians 10, Mariners 9 SEATTLE — Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Russ Davis each homered, but Cleveland rallied for four runs in the eighth. Seattle's bullpen, which blew 27 save chances last season, betrayed manager Lou Piniella. Bobby Ayala, loser Tony Fossas and Mike Timlin combined to allowed two hits and five walks in the eighth. Baseball / Tampa Bay loses opener FROM PAGE D1 "This is one of 162. Unfortunately, it was a big one — opening day — but the others won't all go like this," Tampa Bay shortstop Kevin Stocker said. The new team, though, had something thai no one else in the majors has: A cigar bar inside its ballpark. "It's a fabulous place. Tampa was known as the cigar city a long time ago. We wanted it to reflect that heritage. That's why we put it in," Devil Rays owner Vince Naimoli said. In Phoenix, some fans at the Bank One Ballpark also had a unique view — from a pool, heated spa and a swim-up bar beyond the right-center field fence. The aquatic area, which holds 35 people, #nd costs $4,000 per game to rent, was ready to make its debut when the Arizona Diamondbacks played host to the Colorado Rockies. One warning: Fans in the pool had better bring their gloves, along with their swimsuits. CololTajdo Rockies star Larry Walker hit a ball into the water during batting practice Monday. •• '. Other highlights on opening day: \ • The Tigers won in their first game since shifting from the AL East to the Central to accommodate the Devil Rays. .> • Milwaukee lost to Atlanta 2-1 in its first gafre since becoming the only team to switch leagues this century. The Brewers seemed to handle the NL style just fine; with no DH, pitcher Cal Eldred singled off four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux. • In the longest scoreless opener in NL history, pinch-hitter Alberto Castillo's single with two buts and the bases loaded in the 14th inning gave .the Mets a 1-0 win over Philadelphia. •" ; • Pokey Reese tied a opening-day record for shortstops with four errors, helping San Diego and newcomer Kevin Brown beat Cincinnati 10-2. I l RILEY Hill City's Riley earns Gatorade award NEW YORK — Hill City High School standout Geoff Riley has •been named recipient of the prestigious Gatorade Circle of Champions Kansas High School Boys BasketbaU Player of the Year Award. Riley, a 6-foot-l guard, averaged 26.2 points, four rebounds, five assists and shot 54 percent from the field in leading the Ringnecks to the Class 2A state championship and a 23-3 record last month. Riley was a four-year starter at Hill City. He scored more than 1,800 career points and connected on more than 200 3-point baskets. -• The Gatorade Circle of Champions honors outstanding high school athletes in 10 sports from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who excel on the court and in the classroom. Riley is now eligible for regional and national player of the year honors Previous Kansas winners include Maurice Evans and Josh Reid. Russell sweeps Knights in baseball twinbill RUSSELL — Sacred Heart's offense was in midseason form, but the pitchers struggled Tuesday as the Knights dropped their baseball openers 10-7 and 17-16 against Russell. The Knights took the lead with a two-run sixth inning of the second game, then added four more in the top of the seventh for a 16-11 advantage, but Russell came back to score six times in the bottom of the inning to complete the sweep. The comeback nullified a big game from Sacred Heart freshman Jason Hamilton, who homered twice. Chip Gilpin had a home run for Russell and Shay Bernard was the winning pitcher. Matt Schmidt took the loss in relief. The Broncos scored seven runs in the second inning of the opener and held on for the victory. Nathan Schulte hit a home run and was the winning pitcher with starter Joe Staton taking the loss for Sacred Heart. "I'm proud of our guys for battling back in both games," said new Sacred Heart head coach Greg Maring. "They never hung their heads and kept going after it. "Our big questions coming in were whether we could score a lot of runs or hit the ball. We got those answered for sure. Our pitchers haven't been on the mound and it showed tonight. The weather hasn't helped. We played through sun, rain, snow and ice tonight." Hamilton was the top offensive weapon for the Knights, going 7 for 9 in the doubleheader while Matt Neuman was 4 for 8 and Nick Early 3 for 4. The Knights, 0-2, travel to Lincoln on Friday for a doubleheader. Game times are 3 and 5 p.m. Sacred Heart splits with Russell in softball RUSSELL — Elizabeth Wagoner pitched a two-hitter as Sacred Heart defeated Russell 8-2 in the second game of the Knights' season-opening softball doubleheader Tuesday. Russell scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of the opener to win 12-11. Icy north winds and sleet hampered play. Wagoner walked four and struck out two. Courtney Ash, Anne Weese and Breanna Oxan- dale doubled for Sacred Heart. "The big thing was Wagoner threw strikes," Sacred Heart coach Barry Fritz said. "She didn't walk a leadoff batter. She made them put the ball in play and we made the plays." Russell used six walks and a double in rallying from an 11-2 deficit in the opener. Kellen Ratcliff took the loss. Sacred Heart entertains Ell- Saline Monday at Bill Burke Park. Southeast-South twinbill postponed Tuesday's scheduled season opener for the Southeast of Saline and Salina South baseball squads was postponed due to wet field conditions. The doubleheader has been rescheduled for Friday, April 10 and the varsity games have been moved from Dean Evans Stadium to Southeast of Saline Field. Starting time will be 3 p.m. Brown Mackie softball games postponed Brown Mackie's softball doubleheader against Butler County at Bill Burke Park was postponed because of wet grounds. The games were rescheduled for 3 p.m., April 17. From Staff Reports Bulls beat Pistons for 10th straight victory By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Michael Jordan's defense prevented Grant Hill from scoring at the end of regulation, and the Chicago Bulls extended their season-high winning streak to 10 games Tuesday night with a 106-101 overtime victory over Detroit. It was a crucial victory for the Bulls, who are trying to finish the season with the best record in the league to ensure homecourt advantage through the playoffs. And despite blowing a 17-point lead and allowing Detroit to have a shot at breaking its 17-game losing streak on the Bulls' home court, Chicago came away with the victory by outscoring the Pistons 11-6 in the extra period. Scottie Pippen returned from a two-game absence (tonsillitis) and had 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Jordan had 26 points and eight assists and Dennis Rodman grabbed 18 rebounds for Chicago, which went 14-1 in March. Hill scored 37 points, tying his season-high. But it was Hill's miss at the end of regulation that ended up being decisive. With the score tied 95-all and Detroit bringing the ball upcourt for the final shot, Hill isolated himself against Jordan on the left side and made a move to his right. His off- balance 14-footer clanged hard off the backboard and rim just before the buzzer sounded. Let's face it, when it comes to car repair, too many folks take the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach. Which probably explains why so many cars on the road today have shock absorbers or struts in need of replacing. That's because shock absorbers seldom "break". Instead, they wear out gradually over time. So gradually, that many drivers fail to realize just how worn their shocks have become. Well the fact is, driving around on a set of worn out shocks is just not safe. So keep that in mind the next time you're out and about. 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