The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1998 · Page 11
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.„ THE SALWM6URNAL Sports MAJOR LEAGUE BOXSCORES / B3 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL / B4 AUTO RACING / B5 B Y1WAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Marlins. LA make blockbuster deal Florida's payroll purge complete as Sheffield OKs seven-player deal By JOHN NADEL The Associated Press Preakness Stakes Postposition and Odds 1. Spartan Cat Wilson 12-1 2. Black Cash Sellers 12-1 3. Classic Cat Albarado 8-1 4. Cape Town Bailey 4-1 5. Basic Trainee Velasquez 50-1 6. Basquero Day 15-1 7. Hot Wells Prado 15-1 8. Silver's Prospect Douglas 50-1 9. Victory Gallop Stevens 5-2 10. Real Quiet Desormeaux 2-1 DODGERS GET. MARLINS GET: LOS ANGELES — In a stunning trade that completed Florida's payroll purge, the Marlins dealt Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla and Charles Johnson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Piazza in a seven-player deal Friday night. ,The World Series champions also gave up outfielder Jim Eisenre- ich.and a player to be named, and the. Dodgers sent third baseman Todd Zeile to Florida. , In all, the players involved have guaranteed contracts calling for $9,8'million from 1998 through 2003, a record amount for players in one deal. 'The last obstacle was Sheffield's approving the deal — the teams had already settled on the players late Thursday night. The outfielder^ in the first season of a $61 million", six-year contract, had a no- '•& T^PREAKNESS Favorite won't be field Bruised right hind foot forces Coronado's Quest to. be scratched • Sy ED SCHUYLER JR. ThiAssociated Press BALTIMORE — Just having a Kentucky Derby winner is not enough reason to come to the Preakness in the opinion of trainer Bob Baffert. "If your horse isn't really sharp, why come to this race?" Baffert said. That is the reason why, Baffert said Friday, that Derby winner Reiil Quiet will get a chance today to 'give the trainer his second straight Preakness victory. He won the Derby and Preakness last year with Silver Charm. Just getting to the 123rd Preak- ne§s has become an accomplishment. Coronado's Quest, the 2-1 early favorite to win his debut in Triple Crown competition, was scratched Friday because of a bruised right hind foot that was discovered after a morning gallop at Belmont Park. He was to have been vanned to Pimlico early today. On Tuesday, Blue Grass winner Halory Hunter, fourth in the Derby, was knocked out of the Preakness when he fractured the cannon bone in his left front leg during a workout at Pimlico. Unlike Real Quiet, Indian Charlie had not trained to Baffert's satisfaction after finishing third in the Derby, and he remained at Churchill Downs. Coronado Quest's bruise, described by trainer Shug McGaughey as being the size of a dime, was discovered after the colt showed signs of discomfort and his right hind shoe was pulled off. "Anytime you have to scratch a 2-1 shot out of a race with the significance of the Preakness, with the purse the way it is ($650,000 to the winner), it's disappointment," McGaughey said after arriving at Pimlico where he had two horses running on Friday. BONILLA EISENREICH JOHNSON SHEFFIELD PIAZZA ZEILE trade clause. The Dodgers announced the deal was completed Friday night. Sheffield, who flew into Los Angeles from St. Louis late Friday afternoon, had said he was optimistic that he could work out the final details to come to the Dodgers. "We're not that far apart," Sheffield said at the airport before heading to Fox Television studios to discuss terms of his deal. "I'm kind of excited. I just want to get it over with. I'm coming in here with an open mind. I would be willing to accept it if the terms are right." A source close to the negotiations, speaking on the condition he not be identified, said Sheffield was reluctant to leave Florida, which has no state income tax, unless the Dodgers agreed to increase his salary. He also wants the Dodgers to guarantee his contract's $11 million option for 2004. Florida, which got rid of 12 players from its World Series roster during the offseason, lowered its payroll to $24 million, down from $53 million at the end of 1997. Just two position players remain from the starting lineup in Game 7 of the World Series: shortstop Edgar Renteria and second baseman Craig Counsel!. Piazza, completing a $15 million, two-year deal, clearly isn't a long- term acquisition. The catcher is el- igible for free agency after the season and the Marlins would either deal him for prospects or let him • leave in the fall. Now that the Marlins have Piazza, a trade to Baltimore, Colorado or the Yankees is a possibility. San Diego and the Chicago Cubs might also be short-term possibilities to get him. If he stiD becomes a free agent after this season, even the Dodgers theoretically could go after him. The Marlins eliminated $20.6 million in 1998 salary: Sheffield ($10 million), Bonilla ($5.9 million), Johnson ($3.3 million), and Eisenreich ($1.4 million). They would take on $11.2 million: Piazza ($8 million) and Zeile ($3.2 million), although neither player is expected to spend much time with Florida. The deal is among baseball's biggest. Bonilla is a six-time All- Star, while Piazza is a five-time selection. Sheffield is a three-time pick and Johnson, a three-time Gold Glove winner, appeared in his first All-Star game last season. Terms for the trade were worked out between Chase Carey, chairman and chief executive office of Fox Television, and Marlins president Don Smiley, The Associated Press learned. There were indications Johnson was the player the Dodgers most wanted, and that Florida insisted they take Sheffield, too. Fred Claire, Dodgers executive vice president, had spoken with the Marlins about a possible trade for Piazza several weeks ago. The final structure of the deal was agreed upon after Carey and Smiley, who had been in discussions regarding Fox and SportsChannel Florida, turned their attention to the trade. According to a source, Claire got a call in his box from Dodgers president Bob Graziano during the seventh inning of Thursday's night game at Los Angeles, telling him that the deal was done. On Friday, Claire called Piazza — whom the Dodgers drafted in 1988 — to tell him the final deal was put together without him. Piazza broke off negotiations for a long-term deal with the Dodgers last month. T HIGH SCHOOL TRACK South boys 2nd, girls 3rd at 1-70 TOM DORSEYmie Salina Journal Salina South's Alison Stadel was a double winner at Friday's 1-70 League Meet at Salina Stadium. Stadel set personal records in both the shot put (39-8 Yt) and discus (118-1). Cougars enjoy solid all-around meet; Central boys third By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal It had nothing to do with charity when the Salina South track and field athletes were asked to dig deep and give a little extra Friday. South coaches were playing the numbers game, trying to eke out a few extra points at the 1-70 League meet at Salina Stadium. Though it didn't produce a team title, the Cougars did have one of their best all-around meets of the season, taking second in the boys competition and third in the girls. "We asked everybody to do four events, trying to squeeze points everywhere we could," South coach Sue Montoy said. "The kids gave everything they had." The South girls were in a three-way battle" for first up until the final event. Manhattan successfully defended its title with 117 points, edging Junction City with 114 and South at 110. Pre-meet favorite Junction City won its second boys title in four years. The Blue Jays' 153 points topped second-place South with 108, while defending champion Salina Central was third with 100. Although Central had a meet-best five individual gold medals on the boys side, the Mustangs' depth kept them from making a stronger run at the team title. "We've got a real good quality bunch of kids and that shows up in the medals we took," Central coach Gary Goodwin said. "But we don't have the multiple placers in one event that we had last year." South was particularly strong in the throws, where both the boys and girls scored an identical 35 points. Cougar senior Alison Stadel was good for 28 of those points, winning two events, finishing second in another and setting personal records in all three. Stadel bettered her previous best individual effort by nearly five feet in the discus, throwing 118-1 on her second throw in the preliminaries to take that event. She also topped 117 feet with one of her throws in the finals. "I haven't beaten my personal record like that since last year," Stadel said. "I had a long week of practice and worked hard, and I just tried to give it all I've got. I knew I had it in me and could do it. "I've been concentrating on trying to get a PR every meet, but I haven't been able to do that consistently." In addition to her first-place finish in the discus, she also won her specialty event with a throw of 39-8 >/< in the shot put and finished second in the javelin. "I don't usually throw the javelin but coach wanted to get as many team points as we could today," Stadel said. "The shot put is my main focus and will definitely be my top goal next .week. I like the discus, but I haven't done so well this year." The Cougar girls also scored big in the distance events, led by Lesa McCumber's second-place finish in the 3,200 and third in the See LEAGUE, Page B4 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Rookie lifts Red Sox past Royals Merloni's homer in his first Fenway Park at-bat helps sink Kansas City By JIMMY GOLEN The Associated Press BOSTON — Lou Merloni has been in the major leagues less than a week and he already has the highlight of his career etched in his memory. , * . "The best mgm AL moment was |fiH Royals 2 rounding first ftSjk, Red Sox s" base, seeing •*"• that ball go in the net," the 27- year-old rookie said Friday night after homering in his first Fenway Park at-bat to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over Kansas City. "It's something I'll never, ever forget." Merloni, who grew up a half- hour from Boston in Framingham, also doubled and made a nice play at third base, and Tim Wake- field (5-1) won his fifth consecutive start to help Boston snap a four-game losing streak. Merloni, who was called up from Triple-A on Sunday because of an injury to Nomar Garcia- parra, keyed a five-run second inning with his first career homer and only his second career hit. "It had to be a big thrill for him. But they were certainly big runs for us," Boston manager Jimy Williams said. "You drive in three runs, you hit a homer in your first at-bat at Fenway Park with the Red Sox. I can't put myself in his shoes, but I'd like to dream a bit." Wakefield beat the Royals for the second time in a week to snap the Red Sox' longest losing streak of the season. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs over seven innings. "The ball is moving every which way," said shortstop Shane Halter, whose Royals were facing a knuck- leballer for the second consecutive night and the third time in five games. "It's almost like the ball's got eyes in the back of it, and it sees the bat coming and it ducks." Kansas City beat Tampa Bay and Dennis Springer 10-2 on Thursday night and also faced Wakefield on Sunday, when he pitched 6% innings of no-hit ball and won 3-1. Dennis Eckersley pitched the ninth for his first save of the year. Jose Rosado (0-3) allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out two and allowed two home runs. After Jim Leyritz homered to lead off the second, Troy O'Leary and Jason Varitek singled and Mike Benjamin doubled to make it 2-0. Merloni homered to thrill the 400-500 people in the crowd who came out to see him make his Fenway debut, including his parents, whom he brought to town in a limousine as a present for their wedding anniversary. T COLLEGE BASEBALL Fort Hays stays alive By The Journal Staff CHICO, Calif. — Anthony Vasquez hit two home runs and drove in three and Aaron Cleveland pitched a complete game as Fort Hays State stayed alive in the NCAA Division II West Regional with a 10-3 victory Friday over Cal State Los Angeles. The top-seeded Tigers (44-13) played third-seeded Sonoma State (Calif.) late Friday in an elimination game. The winner faces defending national champion Chico State today and would have to win twice to win the regional title. Vasquez, the Tigers' first baseman, went 3-for-4 and clubbed his second and third home runs of the tournament, giving him 19 on the season. Vasquez was also 3-for-4 Thurs- day against Sonoma State. Cleveland (8-1), a native of Minneapolis who now lives in. Salina, threw just 80 pitches- and gave up two earned runs while striking three and walking none. It was his second complete game of the season. The Tigers led 5-0 after in the fourth, but Cal State LA (25-24) scored twice in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Wasinger answered with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to highlight a three-run rally and give Fort Hays a 10-2 lead. The Tigers scored their final two run in the eighth on Vasquez's two-run homer. Fort Hays had 14 hits. Steve Ysac had three hits along with Vasquez. Ryan Lopez, Nate Field, Matt Muller and Wasinger had two hits each. Wasinger drove in three. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavldson@saliournal.com

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