The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 5, 1998 · Page 18
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C4 FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1998 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL White Sox keep Royals reeling Chicago's mastery at Kauffman Stadium continues in 7-1 win By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It felt like the good old days for Jamie Navarro. After watching tapes of himself pitching in better times and making a few adjustments, the 31-year-old righthander threw a complete-game eight-hitter Thursday, leading the Chicago White Sox past Kansas City 7-1. "My mechanics were perfect. I felt real comfortable, and threw strikes," said Navarro (5-6), who snapped a personal three-game losing streak as the White Sox won their llth in a row in Kauffman Stadium. , "My fastball had pretty good life today, and (catcher Chad Kreuter) called a great game and I just hit the spots." Pitching coach Nardi Contreras had been working with Navarro, who hadn't felt at the top of his game since the opening week of the season. Benefiting from four inning-ending double plays, he had just two walks and one strikeout in his first complete game since last July 20. AL White Sox 7 Royals 1 Chicago's Wil Cordero Is tagged' out by Royals catcher Mike Sweeney in the second inning. —AP "I was having a long arm, throwing my arm (away from his body), and it gave a chance to show the hitter what I was doing," he said. "Today, I was throwing my short-arm, coming down windmill-style. We worked on it on the side for a couple of days, then worked on it in the bullpen. Today Nardi told me just throw the same way you were throwing in the bullpen. That's a big improvement." Jeff Abbott hit a three-run home run and every White Sox had at least one hit as the Royals lost their four straight and fifth of their last six. Their major league-worst home record dropped to 8-23. "I still love my job and I still love coming to work, but losing is tough," said Royals manager Tony Muser. "When you see similar mistakes day after day, it's tough because you have to repeat yourself, but you have to do it." The White Sox have beaten the Royals 12 of their last 13 meetings and have won four straight series from their AL Central rivals. Kreuter and Magglio Ordonez, who had a career-high four RBIs in Chicago's 10-5 victory the night before, had RBI singles in the second for the White Sox. In the sixth, Wil Cordero hit his fourth double in two games and Ordonez walked ahead of Abbott's fifth home run, a 388- foot drive over the left-field fence on a 1-1 delivery from Glendon Rusch (3-8). Rusch lost his fifth straight decision, going six innings and allowing 10 hits and five runs, with two walks and two strikeouts. Albert Belle's sacrifice fly made it 6-0 in the seventh, then the Royals scored in the seventh on Jeff Conine's sacrifice fly. Ray Durham doubled home a run in the eighth. Shortstop Mendy Lopez made his major league debut for Kansas City and got two hits, but the Royals said afterward that he would return to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Luis Rivera, who was acquired from the Houston organization. In a rarity, all three of the Royals' outfielders had an assist. Interleague play resumes By BEN WALKER The Associated Press NEW YORK — Pretty exciting season so far, huh? Mark McGwire hitting home runs at a historic pace, Kerry Wood striking out batters in bunches. David Wells' perfect game, El Duque's debut. Major trades, monster brawls. Oh, and in case anyone happened to notice — interleague play returns today. Far and away the biggest issue in baseball last year, interest in interleague games seems to have waned this time around. "It happened already last year, so it's not as big of a deal," Toronto star Jose Canseco said. "But I've always said it's great for the fans because it gives them a chance to see players they wouldn't otherwise see." In most parks, crowds for the AL-NL matchups might be a bit larger than earlier this year. But they're not expected to jump like last season, when the average attendance for interleague games swelled 21 percent to 33,407. And while players and fans remain split on the idea, there has not been the same kind of fervent debate. Proponents no longer shout that it will revolutionize the sport, and opponents no longer scream that it will ruin the game beyond recognition. "We're creatures of habit. Once we've been through something, we're used to it, so I don't think it seems to be a big deal," San Francis- TODAY'S SCHEDULE 2:20 p.m. — Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs. 6:05 — Minnesota at Pittsburgh;, Cleveland at, Cincinnati; Philadelphia at Toronto; Montreal at Tampa Bay; N.Y. Mets at Boston, 6:35 — Atlanta at Baltimore; Florida at N.Y. Yankees. 7:05 — Detroit at Milwaukee; Kansas City at Houston. 7:35 — San Diego at Texas. 9:05 — Colorado at Anaheim; Los Angeles at Seattle. 9:35 — Arizona at Oakland. co pitcher Orel Hershiser said. "That's not to say we don't talk about the negative parts of it, like the way we're not playing teams in our own division as much as we'd like," he said. Unlike last season, when interleague play ran into September, the games this year are confined to two periods — June 5-11 and June 22-July 2. This also might be the final season for AL-NL games. The plan was originally approved-for two years. After this year, the owners need the approval of the players' union to continue in- terleague games, and that may be hard to get. That would mean no more rivalry in Chicago, where the White Sox play at Wrigley Field this weekend. "It'll be fun," White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura said. Dodgers deal Nomo to Mets By JOHN NADEL The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — "Nomomania" is moving to the Big Apple. Hideo Nomo, whose career with the Los Angeles Dodgers came to a sudden end early this week when he was designated for assignment, was traded to the New York Mets late Thursday in a deal involving four right-handed pitchers. Nomo will be reunited in New York with former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza and pitcher Masato Yoshii, a teammate with the Kintetsu Buffaloes in Japan before Nomo joined the Dodgers in 1995. Nomo and Yoshii are both represented by Don Nomura. The Mets will also receive 27-year-old reliever Brad Clontz, who has been pitching for the Dodgers' Albuquerque farm club of the Pacific Coast League. Clontz was 2-0 with a 5.66 ERA in 18 games with the Dodgers before being farmed out last month. Moving to Los Angeles are starter Dave Mlicki, who turns 30 Monday, and 31- year-old reliever Greg McMichael. Mlicki is 1-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 10 games, all starts. McMichael is 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 22 games, all in relief. T COLLEGE WORLD SERIES USC forces third game with LSU Trojans avenge loss to Tigers in first round; teams play again today By TIM KORTE The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Seth Etherton had 10 strikeouts in eight innings and Seth Davidson tripled in what proved to be the deciding run as Southern Cal beat two-time defending champion LSU 5-4 on Thursday in the College World Series. By avenging a 12-10 loss to LSU in the opening round, the fourth- seeded Trojans (47-17) forced an elimination game today between the teams. The winner will meet Arizona State in Saturday's final. Etherton (13-3), the Anaheim Angels' first pick in this week's amateur draft, struck out slugger Brad Cresse — his second strikeout of the inning — with a runner on second base to end an LSU scoring threat. In the bottom of the eighth, Davidson tripled in pinch runner Jeff DePippo to put the Trojans College World Series At Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Neb. Thursday's Score Southern Cal 5, LSU 4 Today's Game LSU (48-18) vs. Southern Cal (47-17), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN). Saturday Championship Arizona State (41-22) vs. LSU-Southern Cal winner, 11:30a.m. (CBS). ahead 5-3. In the ninth, the fifth-seeded Tigers (48-18) closed to 5-4 against Southern Cal closer Jack Krawczyk as Wes Davis scored on Jeff Leaumont's two-out single to right. Krawczyk, who struck out two in the ninth, finished the game when he got Danny Higgins on a fly to center. It was his 22nd save this season and 48th of his career, both tying NCAA records. T NCAA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS K-State's Leeper wins high jump; Lavy fourth By The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Kansas State's appropriately named Nathan Leeper won the NCAA Outdoor Championships high jump title Thursday with a career- best 7-5%. Nebraska's Shane Lavy, a junior from Glasco, tied for fourth at 7-3'/4. Leeper, a sophomore from Protection, missed three times at a stadium record 7-7. Last month Leeper captured the Big 12 conference championship. Meanwhile, Kansas' Candy Mason placed third in the heptathlon. with 5,637 points. Robert Howard, Arkansas' "Mr. Clutch," lived up to his nickname Thursday night. The unflappable Howard won his eighth NCAA title, capturing the long jump for the second straight year with a wind-aided leap of 27 feet, SVa inches, the farthest in the world this year under any conditions. As Howard has done so often, he won on his final attempt. Going into the final round, Howard was in second place be- hind Nebraska's Chris Wright, who had gone 26-10'A. Howard soared high and far into the pit to earn his second consecutive outdoor championship. After he landed, he dropped to his knees, then repeated the act when the mark was measured. Howard's pressure jump was a huge boost for Arkansas, which had its chance for a seventh consecutive title jolted earlier when Phil Price failed to advance to the 1,500-meter final and freshman Kenny Evans, the NCAA indoor high jump champion, tied for fourth. A 1-2-3 Stanford finish in the men's 10,000 meters gave Stanford 34 for the meet, putting the Cardinal in the men's team lead. UCLA was second with 16 and Arkansas third with 15'A. Nebraska's Tressa Thompson, who hopes to make the 2000 Olympic team as a shot putter and weightlifter, won her second straight shot put title and broke her meet record with a heave of 61- 2'/4. After five women's events, UCLA led with 29 points and was followed by BYU with 26. T PRO BASKETBALL Possible NBA labor scenario: lockout, boycott, no Olympics ;•:«:*:«;£« i^"-*;**;*;**;*;*^**;*;**;-;";*;**;*;**;*;**;*;**;*;**;*;* »;*;*»;*;« •;£' »;*;* *;*;« »i;**ii;**i;«»a;' »is;* it!?4t??4»!*!«»?74*!74»??4»TC«»T£4«?74*?3N»!*N*?74»?74»??tf??t^ •%»? Commissioner Stern gives no indication that a lockout will be averted By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Commissioner David Stern gave a sullen assessment of the NBA's labor situation Thursday as Michael Jordan endorsed a possible player boycott of the world championships. • With the league's collective bargaining agreement set to expire at midnight June 30, Stern spent most of a 70-minute meeting with reporters talking about the potential labor conflict. "Work stoppages become part of the labor landscape. It's nothing to look forward to," Stern said, giving no indication that a lockout will be averted. If a lockout is imposed, there is a strong possibility that the players, including Tim Duncan, Grant Hill and Kevin Garnett, will boycott the world championships July 26- Aug. 9. "I would certainly be in favor of not playing in the world championships to prevent him from lock- ing us out next year," Jordan said on the day off between Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals. "If they are going to try to handcuff one side, then we have to retaliate." Union president Patrick Ewing made similar comments last week. "If individual players decide to .trash their country, that's going to be their decision," Stern said. Deputy commissioner Russ Granik, also director of USA Basketball, the governing body for the national team, said a boycott could have ramifications extending to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. "There's a real possibility we won't qualify for the 2000 Olympics if we don't send the right team to Greece," Granik said. "What people don't realize is that if we don't win the gold medal in Greece, we don't qualify automatically for the 2000 Olympics." Granik said the current world championships team could be replaced by the Goodwill Games team, made up of college players, or a team of players from the CBA. If they failed to win the gold, the U.S. would then have to qualify for the Olympics from the Americas zone in a tournament in 1999 that would take place during the NBA season. "Hopefully the players will understand that this has totally different ramifications that have nothing to do with the NBA," Granik said. Owners voted 27-2 in late March to reopen the labor agreement, which was due to expire after the 2000-2001 season. Lawyers for the league and union have been meeting since April. The league has made two proposals. According to well-informed sources who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, the latest calls for a hard salary cap tied to a decreasing percentage of basketball-related income. Owners claim players now receive 57 percent of that revenue, which translates to $165 million more than the minimum percentage of 48 percent they had expected to pay when they signed the current agreement. The league proposal also includes a quick phasing out of the Larry Bird exception, which allows teams to exceed the cap to retain their own free agents, as well as a five-year rookie wage scale — along with a right of first refusal for one year beyond that — to replace the current three-year scale. Jazz / Eisley's presence benefits Stockton FROM PAGE C1 "The positions he got the ball on the floor were almost identical positions where he's had the ball the last four or five years." Malone was bailed out by his old partner, John Stockton, who had 24 points and eight assists, including seven of Utah's nine points in overtime. Stockton's efficiency has been greatly enhanced by the presence of Howard Eisley, the backup point guard who played 23 highly effective minutes in Game 1. That made Stockton the freshest player on the court in the overtime. Sloan even had Stockton and Eisley in the lineup at the same time in one stretch. The Bulls believe it's part of Sloan's effort to mask the struggles of Jeff Hornacek, who insists he's fine but certainly looks bothered by the sore Achilles' tendon that hampered him earlier in the playoffs. Jackson said it's just a matter of how Jordan will attack Hornacek — either by posting him up or taking him to the basket on drives. If the Jazz come with the double team, Jordan will find the open man. While so much is made of Stockton and Malone, it's Chicago that was the two-man team in Game 1. Jordan scored 33 points and Pippen 21 in Game 1. Jordan and Pippen took 51 of the Bulls' 82 shots. The Jazz bench outscored Chicago's reserves 22-8. Jordan and Pippen were seen shouting at each other late in Monday night's game. 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