The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 28, 2006 · Page 11
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28,2006 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS No guarantees in 2006 version of NBA draft By BRIAN MAHONEY ASSOCIATED J?RESS NEW YORK — The only sure thing as the NBA draft approached was that a high school player would not be the No. 1 pick. In fact, under the NBAs new collective bargaining agreement no one from high school will be chosen at all for the first time since 1974. Three of the last five No. 1 picks were high school players — Kwame Brown by Washington in 2001, Le- Bron James by Cleveland in 2003 and Dwight Howard by Orlando in 2004. Greg Oden, a 7-footer from Indianapolis, would probably have been the No. 1 choice before the new rules eliminated anybody under 19. He's going to Ohio State next season, and the Toronto Raptors will have to look elsewhere for the first player chosen. "There's no definitive No. 1 pick, but there are a lot of guys out there who are eventually going to play In the league," said Marty Blake, the NBAs director of scouting. "I'm more excited about this one than any in maybe the last 15 years. It's very deep. 1 think it's very exciting." Among those listed as a possible pick for the Raptors are Andrea Bargnani of Italy and college sophomores Tyrus Thomas of LSU and LaMarcus Aldridge of Texas. "At this point, it seems to be that we are more or DRAFTB HEUtntH less locked in at the No. 1 spot," Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo said Tuesday. "It's the day before the draft, and it appears we will utilize the pick." Colangelo had some chances to make a deal. "There have been quite a few inquiries about the pick, nothing we felt was enough .to change our course and use the selection," Colangelo said. "The offers that we received were not in the caliber that we felt it required to move the pick." Speculation has focused on the 20-year-old Bargnani since the Raptors won the draft lottery in May Colangelo seemed to send a strong indication recently that the Raptors were leaning that way when he hired former Benetton Treviso executive Maurizio Gherardini, whose team Bargnani played for, as his new assistant. Listed at 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds, Bargnani has drawn comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki because of his outside shooting skills. He shot 37 percent from 3- point range in Italy's Lega A this season. "People ask me about why a big guy plays outside," Bargnani said. "I always play outside since I was young because my coach told me to play outside." But in the draft preview in the NBA finals program, Bargnani was compared to Rashard Lewis, Vladimir Radmanovic and Hedo Turkoglu. SEE DRAFT, PAGE B3 Larks shut out Liberal in series opener BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS LIBERAL — Six different players scored eight runs as the Hays Larks dominated the Liberal Bee Jays, 8-0, to get their 15th win of the year and second shutout of the season Tuesday night in Jayhawk League action. Hays (15-5 overall, 12-7 Jayhawk) won its fifth straight game and got it going early when they scored two runs on two hits including one of Kyle Day's three doubles on the day in the first inning. In the second inning they got four runs on three hits including a home run by Charlie Kingrey to go up 6-0 after two complete innings. The Larks added one more in the fourth when Dan Stovall singled in Dallas Christison. The Fort Hays State University standout then hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to make it 8-0. Christison finished a big game, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Day, meanwhile, was 4-for-5 with one run scored while Dan Stovall went 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI. striking, put five and walking ritftte* He faifecfjv 32batters'irithe:game. '"""'• ,' ' ; "'' : '' ! '"' Liberal (13-10,10-9) went through three pitchers with Brandon Key taking the loss. The same two teams play a 6 p.m. doubleheader today in Liberal. Game notes: • Christison now has a team-best four home runs on the season. • Stovall leads the Larks with 23 RBI, 10 better than second-place Christison. • Day's three doubles moved him into second place behind Stovall in that category Hays 8, Liberal 0 Hays (15-5,12-7) 240 101 000 — 8 11 0 Liberal (13-10,10-9) 000 000 000 — 0 62 Gri)alva and Day; Key, Holzhauer (5), Sortlno (9) and Maxie. W — Grl- jalva (3-1). L — Key. 2B — Christison, Day 3, Hays. HR — Christison, Kingrey, Hays. One more go 'round ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS / Associated Press Andre Agassi blows a kiss to the crowd Tuesday, after defeating Boris Pashanski of Serbia, in their men's singles, first-round match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. See Wimbledon coverage, page B3. Four homers boost Royals to another come-from-behind win By JOE KAY ASSOCIATED PRESS CINCINNATI — Matt Stairs felt good about his chances when he came to bat in the ninth inning with two outs and the score tied. He already knew what this ballpark can do. Stairs' pinch-hit, two-run homer broke the tie, and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 9-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night that simply took their breath away "Man, I'll tell you," Royals manager Buddy Bell said, his voice drifting off in disbelief. "This ballpark. Sheesh! I don't know what to say" ' Unlike most of his teammates, Stairs already knew that Great American Ball Park can leave anyone speechless. With Pittsburgh in 2003, he got a feel for how balls hit anywhere on the bat can end up in the seats — he's 10-for-20 with two homers in his career at the place. So, when he came to bat in the ninth against closer Todd Coffey (3-2), he was feeling good. "You get away from our ballpark, and any stadium looks like a good one to hit home runs in," said Stairs, who delivered his ninth career pinch-hit homer. "You know you have an opportunity to hit a home run with any kind of swing. It gives you confidence." On this night, no pitcher or manager was confident of anything. ' : Emil Brown hit one of the three homers off left-hander Eric Milton, digging the Royals out of an early 5-1 deficit. Brown drove in four runs in all, matching his career high. He also doubled with two outs in the ninth to give Stairs a chance. "When you play in a park like this, you've got to stay away from bad habits," Brown said. "You tend to get away from doing the little things, like going with a pitch. You try MAJOR LEAGUE LINESCORES. Paeg B2. TOM UHLMAN/Associated Press Royals' hitter Matt Stairs is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Todd Coffey during the ninth inning of Tuesday's game in Cincinnati. as hard as you can to stay under control." Stairs' homer—one of six overall — decided a game that came down to the majors' two worst bullpens. Kansas City's relievers were last in the AL with a 5.55 ERA heading into the game, while Cincinnati held up the bottom of the NL at 5.07. This time, the Royals were one run better. "I got those two quick outs and I went after the next guy, and he (Brown) hits a double," Coffey said. "It was a good pitch, down and away, and he went with it. Then I threw a hanging slider to the next guy, and he did what you're supposed to do with it—hit it out of the ballpark." Jeremy Affeldt (3-5) got the last two outs in the eighth, when the Reds tied it at 7 with a pair of runs off Elmer Dessens. Ambiorix Burgos pitched the ninth for his sixth straight save, leaving him 13-for-19 overall. It wasn't without excitement, of course. Scott Hatteberg hit a one-out, solo homer that cut it to 9-8, Cincinnati's second homer of the game. Ken Griffey Jr. hit the 550th of his career while the Reds pulled ahead 5-1 in the third inning. It wasn't enough to keep the resurgent Royals down. The AL's worst team has now won nine of its last 12, and finally reached double digits in road wins —10-30, still the league's worst. But, they're getting better. "You hear all the people talking about the worst team in baseball is the Kansas City Royals," Stairs said. "That's true, but we've played extremely well for the last few weeks." John Buck and David DeJesus also homered off Milton, who failed to hold the early 5-1 lead because of his propensity to give up homers. The left-hander led the majors by allowing 40 last season. "I'm concentrating so much on not giving up home runs that I end up making mistakes," Milton said. "I'm trying to be too perfect. Two of those homers came on sliders I was trying to bounce or keep down in the zone. It seems like the more I try to keep it down, the more I'm hanging it." The four Royals homers outweighed another significant one by Griffey. His two-run shot in the third inning moved him into a tie with two cornerstones of the Big Red Machine. The homer was Griffey's 152nd since he rejoined his hometown team in 2000, matching Pete Rose and Joe Morgan for 12th place on the Reds' career list. ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons stricken with brain aneurysm )—Peter Gammons, an ESPN analyst and a member of the writer's wing of the baseball Hall of Fame, underwent brain surgery Tuesday after he was stricken with an anewysm near his Cape Qodhome, The 61-year-old Gammons was resting in intensive cure Tuesday night following the operation, The Boston Globe reported on its Website. Gammons was taken to a Cape Cod hospital Tuesday morning and then airlifted to the Boston area. The newspaper said he's expected to be in intensive care for 10 to 12 days. Several ballplayers called the press box during Boston's game against the New York Mets for updates on Gammons' condition. Gammons "Peter is one of the Hall of Famers we have on TV, and everybody has a lot of respect for him," Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez said, in the visitor's clubhouse after the game. W I wish him well." . Gammons has been a regular on ESPN's Sunday night telecasts this season, worHing the B^ves-Yanbaes game in New York qn Monday night. ''Our thoughts and best wishes are with Peter and his family at this time." ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. At the Globe in the 1970s, Gammons popularized the baseball notes columns that have become staples in Sunday newspapers. He also wrote for Sports Illustrated twice, before joining ESPN full-time in 1990. W!S ^BHIM^WP^IP^ OVd» 99 Devil Rays deal with Dodgers LOS ANGELES (AP)— With an eye toward the future, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays . traded pitcher Mark Hendrickson and catcher Toby Hall to /: the first-place Los Angeles •/ Dodgers on Tuesday for pitcher Jae See, catcher.Dioner Navarro and a player to be named. The Dodgers were leading the ML West by a half-game over San Diego when they made the deal. Hendrickson had been mentioned in recent trade speculation."The 32-year-old lefty led the Devil Rays in wins the last two years. , Hendrickson was 4-8 with a 3.81 ERA in 13 starts this season. The former NBA player The 30-year-old Hall hit .231 with, eight home runs and 23 RBIs for the last-place Devil Rays. He has thrown out 35 percent of would-be basesteal- ers in his career, "Mark will add some depth to our starting rotation as we head into the sewnd half qf' theseaaon/'Oi ' manager Ned <

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