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4 www.tennensan.com THE TENNESSEAN Tuesday, May 22, 2001 4C SPORTS Devils' Rafalski no star, but shining brightly Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In a series where most of the focus has been on stars like Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur and Scott Stevens, ifs nice to know there's a Brian RafalskL The Smurfish, second-year defenseman has been one of the big reasons the defending champion New Jersey Devils are a game away from eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins and returning to the Stanley Cup finals. Rafalski is the top-scoring defense-man in the playoffs (seven goals, seven assists) and his plus-minus rating (10) is second best in the league heading into tonight's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. 3 That's not too shabby for a guy who had trouble convincing people he even belonged in hockey coming out of the University of Wisconsin in 1995. The big rap against Rafalski was his size: 5-foot-9. He could skate, but to play in the NHL, scouts felt he needed to be bigger and improve his offense. As a result, Rafalski wasn't drafted. He spent six months working for Philip Morris as a summer intern. Most days were spent in an office. On others, he traveled to stores and set up displays. "I never pushed cigarettes," said Rafalski, who insisted he just needed a job that summer. "I never sold cigarettes.' The job ended when Rafalski was signed by Byrnas Gavle in Sweden for the 1995- season. He spent the next three years playing in Finland before the Devils signed him. The story goes that General Manager Lou Lamoriello called the team's chief European scout, Danny Labraaten, and asked who was the best player in Europe. "Rafalski" was the answer. Lamoriello had his signature pn a contract in June 1999, and he has been on the Devils since. "I never looked too far ahead," Rafalski said of his four years abroad. "I looked at it one year at a time. You can't control the future. If I got that chance, I was going to take it and go for it" Expansion and . the NHL's increased emphasis on speed paved the way for Rafalski's entrance to the league. Rafalski led the Devils' defense-men in scoring in the regular season with nine goals and 43 assists. Even so, his numbers for the playoffs are remarkable. His shots are finding the net His passes are right on the tape, and his quarterbackuig on the power play has been perfect "He's gives us a great dimension," said Brodeur, the Devils' goaltender. "We've always seen him as a great skater and a good passer. But it seems like he has put everything together now"! Iverson, 76ers to enter series with Bucks bruised, battered Conference finals AS series best-of-seven games, '-ifnecessary EASTERN CONFERENCE New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh New Jersey leads series 3-1 Game 1: New Jersey, 3-1 Game 2 Pittsburgh, 4-2 Game 3: New Jersey, 3-0 Game 4: New Jersey, 5-0 Today: at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Thursday: at Pittsburgh, 630 pm Saturday: at New Jersey, 6 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE Colorado vs. St Lods Colorado wins series 4-1 Game 1: Colorado, 4-1 Game 2 Colorado, 4-2 Game 3: St Louis, 4-3 (20T) Game 4: Colorado, 4-3 (Of) Game 5: Colorado, 2-1 (OT) Associated Press PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson walked around yesterday with the gait of a 70-year-old man. Both hands pressed against his lower back, slightly bent over as he shuffled past a team official, he said: "What are we calling this injury?" Officially, it's a right hip and buttocks contusion, although Iverson used language that was a little more raw. Tm just sore," Iverson said. "I haven't even tried to run yet" Iverson and the rest of the bruised and battered Philadelphia 76ers will have very little time to recover from their injuries as their Eastern Conference final against the Milwaukee Bucks begins tonight Perhaps the only redeeming aspect for the Sixers is that the Bucks, too, are coming off an emotionally draining seven-game series in the second round. Both teams barely will have enough time to catch their breath. "Sitting in a car by myself last night I was just trying to breath," Iverson said. "Everything that went on this year has been a hard ride, a bumpy ride. But that's Allen Iver-son's life in a nutshell. It's been hard to get to this point, and it's going to be harder to get where I want to go." The 76ers and Bucks will have one day off between each game of their best-of-seven series, which means there won't be much time to heaL Besides Iverson's injury, Eric Snow is playing on a bum right ankle, Dikembe Mutombo has a broken pinkie and Aaron McKie has an inflamed right shoulder George Lynch (broken foot) and Matt Geiger (quadriceps pain) are not expected to play in the series. Philadelphia finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, but the Sixers have given away the home-court advantage in the first two rounds by losing Game 1 against Indiana and Toronto. Iverson said that factor was weighing heavily on his mind, and Coach Larry Brown made a point of bringing it up with the team during practice. "We can't afford to have any slipups with the home court, especially as short-handed as we are," Brown said. "We've got some tough matchups even if we're healthy." The matchup that could be most troublesome for the 76ers is at small forward, where Jumaine Jones is expected to draw the defensive assignment on Glenn Robinson. Philadelphia also won't be ablei to match the depth of the Bucks," who have two offensively capable reserves in Tim Thomas and Lind-sey Hunter although Hunter is shooting only 22 during the playoffs. One of the areas where the Sixers would seem to have the advantage is on the front line, with Mutombo and Tyrone Hill matching up against Ervin Johnson and Scott Williams. "We have a chance to dominate them from the inside," said Mutombo, adding he expects the Bucks to double-team him. "They have to guard me." Conference finals All series best-of-seven games, '-ifnecessary EASTERN CONFERENCE Milwaukee vs. Philadelphia Today: at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Thursday: at Philadelphia, 7:30 Saturday: at Milwaukee, 4:30 Monday: at Milwaukee, 4:30 May 30: at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. June1: at Milwaukee, TBA June 3: at Philadelphia, TBA WESTERN CONFERENCE LA. Lakers vs. San Antonio Los Angeles leads series 1-0 Game 1: Los Angeles, 104-90 Game 2 at San Antonio (n) Friday: at Los Angeles, 8 p.m Sunday: at Los Angeles, 4:30 May 29: at San Antonio, 8 p.m. June 1: at Los Angeles, TBA June 3: at San Antonio, TBA It is far more likely, however, Milwaukee will double-team Iverson and try to get the ball out of his hands. The 76ers and Bucks split their four regular-season meetings, each team winning once on the road. The teams haven't met in the postseason since 199L although the franchises had a bit of a rivalry in the 1980s when they met sue times in seven years, the 76ers winning four times. Eastern finals Phladdphb vs. RBwaukee Who: Philadelphia 76ers (56-26; 7-4 in playoffs) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (52-30; 7-4 In playoffs) Season series: 2-2 Outside game: In Philadelphia, Allen Iverson is the man. He has to be double-teamed wherever he is because he can break the defense down off the dribble or bury you with his pull-up jumpers. Milwaukee thrives on the perimeter with jump-shooters Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson, Sam Cassell, Tim Thomas and Lindsey Hunter. Inside game: Philadelphia has no great tow-post scorers, although Dikembe Mutombo will shoot an awkward sky hook and Tyrone Hill will bang and likes to get position for a short turnaround. Milwaukee doesnt have much of an inside game, either. Center Ervin Johnson doesn't look to score much and neither does power forward Scott Williams, but they are great garbage men. Keys to the series: Someone has to step up and help Iverson. He has to shoot at least in the low 40s percentagewise, and the 76ers have to get out and contest the Bucks' jumpers. Guarding Robinson is a major key for the 76ers. The Bucks just have to make their outside shots, but not let Mutombo discourage them from going to the basket. Who should win: Bucks in 6. -USA TODAY East Division East Division W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr . W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr Boston 25 18 .581 - 5-5 W-1 14-8 11-10 0-0 Philadelphia 25 17 .595 - 5-5 L-1 13-7 12-10 0-0 New York 24 20 .545 Vi 4-6 L-1 12-9 12-11 0-0 Atlanta 22 23 .489 4V4 6-4 W-2 12-9 10-14 0-0 Toronto 23 21 .523 Vh 4-6 W-1 12-11 11-10 0-0 Florida 20 23 .465 5W 6-4 L-2 12-10 8-13 0-0 Baltimore 20 24 .455 5Vi 6-4 W-1 10-13 10-11 0-0 NewYork 18 26 .409 8 4-6 W-2 11-10 7-16 0-0 Tampa Bay 12 31 .279 13 2-8 W-1 6-15 6-16 0-0 Montreal 18 27 .400 8V4 5-5 L-3 9-13 9-14 0-0 Central Division Central Division W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr Minnesota 29 13 .690 - 6-4 L-1 17-5 12-8 0-0 St. Louis 25 17 .595 - 8-2 W-1 15-7 10-10 0-0 Cleveland 28 13 .683 6-4 L-1 13-7 15-6 0-0 Houston 24 18 .571 1 7-3 L-1 10-11 14-7 0-0 Detroit 20 21 .488 8! 6-4 L-1 10-10 10-11 0-0 Chicago 23 20 .535 2V4 2-8 W-2 12-9 11-11 0-0 Kansas City 17 27 .386 13 5-5 L-1 9-12 8-15 0-0 Milwaukee 23 20 .535 2Vi 6-4 L-3 16-7 7-13 0-0 Chicago 14 28 .333 15 2-8 L-7 9-12 5-16 0-0 Cincinnati 19 24 .442 6V4 3-7 W-1 6-16 13-8 0-0 West Division Pittsburgh 15 27 .357 10 3-7 W-2 9-10 6-17 0-0 W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr West Division Seattle 32 11 .744 - 8-2 W-1 15-7 17-4 0-0 W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr Oakland 21 22 .488 11 8-2 W-6 10-11 11-11 0-0 LosAngeles 24 20 .545 - 5-5 L-1 16-7 8-13 0-0 Anaheim . 20 23 .465 12 5-5 W-1 12-9 8-14 0-0 Arizona 23 20 .535 Vi 6-4 L-2 11-11 12-9 0-0 Texas 15 28 .349 1 7 3-7 W-1 8-14 7-14 0-0 San Francisco 23 20 .535 6-4 L-1 14-8 9-12 0-0 San Diego 22 21 .512 Vi 6-4 W-2 9-13 13-8 0-0 Colorado 21 22 .488 2 4-6 W-1 12-10 9-12 0-0 itii.n.'ai:m,',nin.'i'i.... I AMERICAN LEAGUE 2001 TEAM 200OVS.OPP. PITCHERS W-LERA REC W-L P ERA Boston at Wakefield (R) 1-0 2.21 0-1 0-1 6.013.50 New York, 6:05 p.m. Pettitte(L) 4-3 2.93 4-5 2-0 15.2 0.57 Anaheim at SchoeneweissO.) 3-2 3.04 6-2 0-2 23.0 6.65 Baltimore, 6:05 p.m. Roberts (R) 4-3 5.15 3-3 No Record NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta at Florida, 6:05 p.m. New York at Montreal, 6:05 p.m. PITCHERS Smoltz (I Smith (I Gonzalez (R) 2001 TEAM 2000VS.OPP. W-LERA REC W-L P ERA 0-115.00 0-1 No Record 2-0 3.60 2-1 1-0 5.0 3.60 1-1 6.61 2-1 No Record Armas (R) 3-5 3.51' 4-5 1-0 7.0 0.00 Detroit at Cleveland, 6:05 p.m. Texas at Tampa Bay, 6:15 p.m. Oakland at Weaver (R) Colon (R) Rogers (L) Rekar(R) 3- 5 3.55 4-5 0-0 9.1 5.79 4- 3 3.92 5-4 2-1 17.2 4.58 2-3 6.56 4-5 1-0 7.0 6.43 0-5 5.05 1-8 0-1 11.210.80 Pittsburgh at Schmidt (R) Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m. Wolf (L) Cincinnati at Reith (R) Chicago, 7:05 p.m. Tavarez (R) 2-1 4.15 3-1 0-1 10.2 4.22 7-1 2.83 8-1 1-0 14.2 3.68 Zito (L) 3-3 5.54 5-4 No Record Kansas City, 7:05 p.m. Suppan (R) 2-3 4.45 4-5 0-2 12.0 5.25 Seattle at Abbott (R) Minnesota, 7:05 p.m. Radke (R) KEY W-L-Reoords include regular season and postseason. TEAM REC-Teams record in games started by todays pitcher. VS OPP-Pitcher's record versus this opponent, 2000 statistics. San Diego at Houston, 7:05 p.m. Williams (R) Elarton R St. Louis at Kile (Rl Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. Haynes (R) Los Angeles at Gagne (R) Colorado, 7:05 p.m. Neagle (L) San Francisco at Ortiz (R) Arizona, 9:05 p.m. Anderson (L) 1-1 2.53 1-1 No Record 3-4 4.14 4-4 0-1 7.1 7.36 0- 1 2.84 0-1 No Record 3- 3 2.92 3-5 1-0 5.0 5.40 4- 3 4.85 6-3 2-014.1 1.88 4-3 5.88 5-4 0-1 7.118.41 6-2 3.19 6-3 2-1 18.1 4.91 4-4 4.77 5-4 1-0 19.1 4.19 1- 3 4.56 2-7 1-010.1 6.97 4-1 4.12 6-3 0-012.1 3.65 6-2 2.79 6-3 2-1 18.0 6.50 1-3 6.54 1-5 1-1 19.2 3.66 Sunday's Garnet Tampa Bay 10, Detroit 2 Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2 Boston 10, Kansas City 3 Texas 3, Toronto 2 Oakland 6, Chicago 2 Seattle 6, N.Y. Yankees 2 Anaheim 9, Cleveland 6 Yesterday's Game 3 c Toronto 10, Chicago 3 Tomorrow's Games Seattle at Minnesota, 12:05 p.m. Anaheim at Baltimore, 2:05 p.m. Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 6:05 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 6:05 p.m. Chicago at Toronto, 6:05 p.m. Texas at Tampa Bay, 6:15 p.m. Oakland at Kansas Qity, 7:05 p.m. Sunday's Games Colorado 7, Florida 2 Atlanta 1 1 , San Francisco 6 N.Y. Mats 6, Los Angeles 5 San Diego 5, Montreal 3 Pittsburgh 8, Milwaukee 7 St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 1 Chicago Cubs 6, Arizona 5 Cincinnati 6, Houston 5 Yesterday's Games N.Y. Mets at Montreal Atlanta at Florida San Diego at Houston (n) Los Angeles at Colorado (n) San Francisco at Arizona (n) ' Tomorrows Games Cincinnati at Chicago, 1 :20 p.m. Los Angeles at Colorado, 2:05 p.m. San Diego at Houston, 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Montreal, 6:05 p.m. Atlanta at Florida, 6:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m. St. Louts at Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. San Fran, at Arizona, 9:05 p.m. A. Jones'two homers lift Glavine, Braves Associated Press Andruw Jones had two home runs and four RBI, and Tom Glavine scattered five hits over seven innings as Atlanta beat the Florida Marlins 5-3 last night Jones hit his 11th and 12th home runs, the 11th multi-homer game of his career, and helped the Braves win for the fifth time in seven games. He hit a solo shot in the first inning offMatt Clement (2-4), then added a two-run shot in the sixth. He also had an RBI single in the third. That was plenty of run support for Glavine (5-2), who had no walks for the first time this season The veteran left-hander gave up one run and struck out six en route to his first win since April 28. Reliever Jason Marquis gave up two runs in the eighth, then John Rocker recorded the final five outs for his 12th save in 14 chances. Marlins catcher Mike Redmond, in the starting lineup only because of bis career numbers against Glavine, homered in the second to tie the game at 2. But Glavine retired 16 of the next 19 batters before leaving after the seventh. Mets 6, Expos 3: Tsuyoshi Shin jo- played the hero for a second straight game, hitting a tie-breaking three-run double to lead the New York Mets. Hue lays 10, White Sax 3: Tony Batista hit a three-run homer off Rocky Biddle as Toronto sent Chicago to its season-high seventh straight loss. Selig: Four franchises could be moved, disbanded Tennessem Nets Services Commissioner Bud Selig is sounding the alarm over the grave economic condition of at least four of Major League Baseball's 30 franchises and openly speaking the words that until now he had been reluctant to even contemplate: contraction and relocation. Even though leaguewide revenues and attendance have risen the past five years, Selig says he believes drastic steps such as revenue sharing, relocation and even the disbanding of some teams Montreal, Florida, Tampa Bay and Minnesota might be necessary to ensure the health of the game. "The more IVe analyzed the problems, the more I refuse to take any option off the table," Selig said. "Do I consider contraction a serious and viable option? I da" Any move to contract or relocate would require the approval of three-quarters of the 30 owners. Strawberry moves Darryl Straw berry checked out of a hospital psychiatric ward yesterday and was on his way to a drug treatment center for the next two years. Injury report Toronto activated CF Jose Cruz Jr. who missed 13 games with a lower back strain, Braves OF BJ. Surhoff (back spasms) missed his third straight game. Thtf Angels placed C Jose Molina on the 15-day DL with a fractured thumb.! BRAVES 5, MARLINS 3 Atlanta QVeras 2b AJones cf CJones 3b BJordan rt DMartinez If Rocker p JLopez c Helms lb Furcal ss Glavine p Marquis p Gilkey If Totals Flortda LCastilk) 2b Owens rf-cf Floyd If PWilson cf Mabryph-rf m mar 3D DLLea 1b AB R H Bl 4 110 2 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 6 IB SO Ave, 0 1 .221 0 .281 1 .294 2 .27a 1 .345 0 2 .250 1 .216 1 1 .236 0 1 .000 0 .500 0 .318 21a AB R HBII 5 0 2 0 4 110 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 1 a o n o CJohnson ph 1 0 0 0 Darensboung pO 0 0 0 Redmond c 3 111 AGonzalezss 4 0 0 0 Clement p 2 0 0 0 Bones p 0 0 0 0 Looperp 0 0 0 0 McGuireph-1b0 1 0 0 Bflrooh 10 0 0 Totals 34 3 7 2 SO Avg. 0 0 .240 1 .254 1 .312 0 .327 0 .167 0 .308 1 .194 1 .323 0 1 0 .333 0 2 .244 2 .059 0 .500 0 .000 0 .167 1 .116 B Atlanta 101 003 000 - 5 7 0 010 000 020 - 3 71 E: LCastilk) (4). LOB: Atlanta 3, Florida 7. 2B: CJones (7), Millar (6). HH: Redmond (2) otf Glavine; AJones 2 (12) off Clement 2. SB: CJones (2), LCastilk) 113), Owens 151. cs: BJordan (1). S: Glavine. DP: Florida 1 (Redmond and Millar). Atlanta IP H RERBBSO NP ERA GlvneW,5-2 7 5 1 1 0 7 974.16 Marquis 'A 1 2 2 2 0 163.43 RckerS, 12 11 0 0 1 2 33 3.54 Florida IP H RERBBSO NP ERA Clmnt L, 2-4 5 6 5 5 2 5 81 5.75 Bones 2 1 0 0 0 2 252.45 Looper 1 0 0 0 0 1 154.35 Darensbourg 1 0 0 0 0 2 144.72 Wf: Mocker, uiement. umpires: Home, Cooper; First, Gorman; Second, Crawford; Third, Eddings. T: 3:06. A: 12,169 (36,331). BLUE JAYS 10, WHITE SOX 3 Chicago JAValentm ss Graffanino 2b Durham dh MOrdonez rf Liefer If Konerko 1b HPerry3b Singleton ef SAIomarc Totals AB R H BIBB SO Avg. 1 1 .275 2 .333 0 .245 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .252 1 10 .252 1 .273 2 .253 1 .260 .253 Toronto AB Stewart If 5 AGonzalezss 3 CDeigadolb 4 Mondesi rf 4 Simmons rf 1 Fullmer dh 3 TBatista 3b 4 Woodward 3b 0 JoCruzcf 4 Fletcher c 4 Bush 2b 4 Totals R H BIBB SO Avg. 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 3 1 361015 t 3 1 .330 0 .253 0 .279 2 .304 0 .130 0 .295 2 .223 0 .171 0 .295 0 .231 0 .481 5 Chicago Toronto 110 000 100 - 3 6 1 403 003 00 -10150 METS 6, EXPOS 3 New York Bragg rf-lf Zeile 1b Aifonzo 2b Piazza c Ventura 3b Agbayani If TiPerez rf Shlnjo cf ROrdonez s! Ruschp Cook p JFrancop Relaford ph Benitezp Totals AB R H 5 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 35 eio a BIBB SO Avg. u o 3 :ar 1 1 0 0 1 .247 1 .259 0 .261 0 .281 2 .305 0 .256 0 .299 0 .244 1 .000 0 0 0 0 a .326 Montnal AB OCabrarass 3 Mordecai2b Bradley cf "Guerrero rf Stevens 1b Lloyd p Urap Blum 1Mb RMmor3b Barrett c Reamesp Scanlan p Tracy ph Peters p GMotap Pndelf Total R H BIBB SO Avg. 1 2 U 1 U .209 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 a 2 1 .188 1 .232 0 .298 0 .239 0 .000 0 1 527 3 550 0 .205 0 .182 0 0 . 0 . 0 . .111 .091 .500 0 514 a NewYork 010 103 001 - S 10 0 100 010 100 - 3 vO LOB: New. York 8. Montreal 5. 2B: Agbayani (6), Shinjo 2 (9), VGuemm (14). Barrett 2 (6). HR: Reames (1) off Husch; ventura (8) on Keames. Cb: Barrett (1). S: Reames. SF: ROrdonez. GIDP: Aifonzo. Bradley. VGuerrero. Banett. DP: New York 3 (ROrdonez, Aifonzo and Zone), witonzo. hot donez and Zeile). (ROrdonez. Aifonzo and Zeile); Montreal 1 (OCabrera, Moroecai ana Stevens) NewYwt IP H RERBBSO NP ERA RschW, 3-3 6S9 3 3 2 3113 5.60 Cook 0 0 0 1 0 10287 JFranco 1 0 0 0 0 1 14529 BenitezS.6 1 0 0 0 0 2 11360 Montnal IP H RERBBSO NP ERA RmesL.2-6 6 6 5 5 3 6 995.18 Scanlan 1 1 0 0 0 0 10000 Paten 0 0 0 0 0 47.12 GMota , 1 0 0 0 1 83.33 Uovd 0 1 1 1 1 114 .12 bra V4 2 0 0 0 01512 60 IBB: off Reames (ROrdonez) 1. HBP: bv Reames fAnhavaniL Balk: Rusch. Umpires: Home, Barrett, Tecff First, Marquez; Second, Rippley; 'Owd, winters. 1: 3:U2. A: o,44s (4t,sU). E: MOrdonez (2). LOB: Chicago 3, Toronto 6. 2B: Mondesi (11), Fullmer (13), JoCruz (4). 38: Singleton (1). HR: Liefer (2) off Parris; TBatista (12) off Biddle; Konerko (8) off Pams; Durham (5) off Parts. SB: Bush (1). GIDP: ASGonzalez, Fletcher, Bush. DP: Chicago 3 (JAValentin, Graffanino and Konerko), (JAValentin, Graffanino and Konerko), (Graffanino, JAValentin and Konerko). Chicago IP H RERBB SO NP ERA Biddle L, 1-4 3 7 7 7 2 2 695.60 Garland 2 1 0 0 0 2 21 6.92 Barcek) 1 5 3 3 0 1 304.76 SLowe 1 1 0 0 0 0 83.65 Howry 1 1 0 0 1 0 234.86 Toronto IP H RERBBSO NP ERA Parts W, 3-3 7 8 3 3 1 6105 5 59 Painter 2 0 0 0 0 4 2612.38 HBP: bv Biddle ICDeloadot Umpires: Home, Joyce; First, Craft; Second, Miller; Third, McKean. T: 2:38. A 20.806(50,516). Sunday's late box ANGELS 9, INDIANS 6 Cleveland AB R H BIBB SO Avg. JaCruz cf 4 0 0 0 1 0 .209 JolCabrerass 2 0 11 1 0 .311 RAIomar 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .351 JGonzalezrf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .360 Thome 1b 3 11110 .240 Burks dh 3 2 3 1 1 0 .313 WCordero If 4 1 2 0 0 0 .349 Branyan3b 4 1 1 1 0 2 .233 EADiazc 4 12 1 0 1 .333 Totals 32 610 5 4 4 Anaheim AB R H BIBB 80 Avg. Eckstein ss 4 2 0 0 1 1 .301 Erstadct 4 0 2 2 1 0 .247 Glaus 3b 4 1 2 2 1 0 .263 Woolen dh 4 0 1 0 0 2 .353 Joynerph-dh 1 0 1 0 0 0 .286 GAnderson If 5 2 3 1 0 0 .270 Spieziolb 5 0 2 1 0 1 .230 Salmon rf 3 1 1 0 1 0 .206 Gil 2b 3 2 1 2 1 1 .353 JMolina c 4 1 1 0 0 3 .235 Total 37 914 8 5 6 Cleveland 000 020 400 - S 10 1 Anaheim 020 310 03 - 1 14 0 E: JolCabrera (3). LOB: Cleveland 4. Anaheim 9. 2B: Branyan (7), Erstad (11), Glaus (11), Spiezio (9), JMolina (2). HR: Thome (6) off Valdes: EADiaz (2) off Vakfes; Burks (9) off valdes: Gil (2) off Sabathia. SB: Erstad (4), GAnderson (4). Salmon (41. CS: JaCruz (2). SF: JolCabrera. GIDP: JaCruz, RAIomar 2, Salmon. Or: Cleveland 1 (R Rodriguez, RAIomar and Thome); Anaheim 3 (Gil and Spiezio), (Gil. Eck stein and Spiezio), (Gil, Eckstein and Spiezio). Cleveland H RERBBSO NP ERA Sabathia 4VS9 6 6 3 4 87 4.75 Baez 10 0 0 2 3 37 0 00 Rdrgz L, 1-1 12 2 0 0 0 30 0.00 SReed 0 2 1 1 0 0 74.41 Rncon 14 1 0 0 0 1 11 4.22 Anahalni IP H RERBBSO NP ERA Valdes 6 8 5 5 2 11034.50 LevneW, 2-2 2 2 1 1 2 2 452.16 PercvalS, 101 00 0 0 1 190.55 SReed pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. Valdes pitched to 3 batters in the 7th. WP: Sabathia, Baez, Levins. Umpires: Home, Reword; First, Dan ley: Second. Gibson; Third, DeMuth. I: 3:32. K Jti.AlU (45.U5U). SCOREBOARD Tuesday, May 22 Seattle at Minnesota (7:05 p.m.). Paul Abbott (2-1) and the AL West-leading Mariners face Brad Radke (7-1) and the AL Central-leading iwms. STARS Sunday -Jason Varitek, Red Sox. went 4-for-4 with three home runs and seven RBIs as Boston beat Kansas City 10-3. -Mike Hampton, Rockies, homered and allowed two runs over seven Innings In Houston 7-2 win over l-londa. AL Leaders BATTINQ-MRamirez, Boston, .406; Mientkiewicz, Minnesota, .388; Suzuki, Seattle, .365; JGonzalez, Cleveland, .360; RAIomar. Cleveland, .351; Velarde, Texas, .340; Stewart, Toronto, .330. RUNS-Suzukl, Seattle, 40; ARo-drlguez, Texas, 39; JGonzalez, Cleveland, 38; Mondesi, Toronto, 36; MJSweeney, Kansas City, 35; Stewart, Toronto, 34; CDelgado, Toronto, 34. RBI-MRamirez, Boston, 54; BBoone, Seattle, 43; ARodrlguez, Texas, 42; JGonzalez, Cleveland, 42; Fullmer, Toronto, 36; RPalmeiro, Texas, 36; EMartinez, Seattle, 35; Burks, Cleveland, 35. HITS-Suzukl. Seattle. 73: MRamirez, Boston. 67; Stewart, Toronto, 60; JGonzalez, Cleveland, 59; Velarde, Texas, 55; Mientkiewicz, Minnesota, 54; MJSweeney, Kansas City, 54; ARodnguez. Texas, 54; RAIomar, DOUBLES-MJSweeney, Kansas City, 24; EChavez, Oakland, 17; Greer, Texas, 17; JGonzalez, Cleveland, 15; Soriano, New York, 14: GWilliams, Tampa Bay, 14; EMartinez, Seattle, 14. TRIPLES-CGuzman, Minnesota, 8; Suzuki, Seattle, 5; JEncamacion, Detroit, 4; Cedeno. Detroit, 3; CEv-erett, Boston, 3; RSanchez, Kansas City. 3; Alices. Kansas City, 3. HOME RUNS-CDelgado, Toronto, 16; ARodnguez, Texas, 15; MRamirez, Boston, 15; TBatista, Toronto, 12; Tejada, Oakland, 11; JGonzalez, Cleveland, 11; GVaughn, Tampa Bay, 1 1 ; RPalmeiro, Texas, 1 1 . STOLEN BASES-Suzukl, Seattle, 15; Soriano, New York, 14; Knoblauch, New York, 13; CGuzman, Minnesota, 10; Lawton, Minnesota, 10; Cedeno, Detroit, 10; Higginson, Detroit, 10; McLemore, Seattle, 10. PITCHING (6 Dedslona)-Sete, Seattle. 6-0, 1.000, 2.84; PMartinez, Boston, 6-0, 1 .000, 1 .52; Radke, Minnesota, 7-1, .875, 2.83; Mover, Seattle, 6-1, .857, 4.56; Sabathia, Cleveland, 5-1, .833, 4.75; Mays, Minnesota, 6-2, .750, 2.67; Burba, Cleveland, 6-2, .750, 5.02. STRIKEOUTS-PMartlnez, Boston, 96; Clemens, New York, 63; Zito, Oakland, 58; Colon, Cleveland, 58; Pettitte, New York, 56; Hudson, Oakland, 51; Mussina, New York, 50. SAVES-Sasakl, Seattle, 17; Hawkins, Minnesota, 14; MRivera, New York, 12; Percival, Anaheim, 10; Koch, Toronto, 9; TBJones, Detroit, 9; Foulke, Chicago, 7; Isringhausen, Oakland, 7; Wickman, Cleveland, 7; RMHernandez, Kansas City, 7. NL Leaders BATTINQ-Aunlia, San Francisco, .387; Pujols, St. Louis, .363; LWalker, Colorado, .354; Berkman, Houston, .352; NPerez, Colorado, .351; Edmonds, St. Louis, .349; Helton, Colorado, .344; LGonzalez, Arizona, .344. RUNS-Helton, Colorado, 43; Floyd, Florida, 40; LGonzalez, Anzona, 40; SSosa, Chicago, 36; LWalker, Colorado, 35; Bumitz, Milwaukee, 34; TWalker. Colorado, 33; Klesko, San Diego, 33; Bagwell, Houston, 33; Bonds, San Francisco, 33. RBI-Helton, Colorado, 49; Pujols, St. Louis, 44; LWalker, Cotorado, 44; LGonzalez, Arizona, 43; Bonds, San Francisco. 42; Floyd, Florida, 39; SSosa, Chicago, 39. HITS-Aurilia, San Francisco, 60; Pujols, St. Louis, 57; LGonzalez, Arizona, 56: PWilson. Florida, 54; Helton, Colorado, 54; LWalker, Colorado, 52; Vina, St. Louis, 51. DOUBLES-Kent, San Francisco, 16: Nevin, San Diego, 15; Hollandsworth. Colorado, 15; Lowell. Florida. 14; Helton, Colorado, 14; BJordan, Atlanta, 14; PWilson. Florida, 13; VGuerrero. Montreal, 13; Rolen, Philadelphia. 13. TRIPLES-OCabrera, Montreal. 5; Vina, St. Lous, 5; NPerez, Colorado, 4; LCastilk). Florida, 4. HOME RUNS-Bonds, San Francisco, 22; LGonzalez, Arizona, 20; Drew. St. Louis, 16; Helton, Colorado, 15; LWalker, Colorado. 15; Pujols, SL Louis. 14; SSosa, Chicago, 14. STOLEN BASES-Rollins, Philadelphia, 12: LCastilk). Florida, 12; Pierre, Colorado, 11; PWilson, Florida, 10; DJackson, San Diego, 10; Womack. Arizona, 10; Klesko. San Diego, 10; Henderson, San Diego, 10. PITCHING (6 Decisionsj-WMiller. Houston, 6-1, .857, 2.97; Hampton, Colorado, 6-1, .857, 2.80; Tapani, Chicago, 6-1, .857, 4.00; Schilling, Anzona, 6-1, .857, 312; Prokopec, Los Angeles, 5-1, .833, 3.59; Her-manson. St. Louis, 5-1, .833, 4.14. STRIKEOUTS-RDJohnson, Arizona, 111; Wood, Chicago, 78: Schilling, Arizona, 76; Park, Los Angeles, 65; WMiller. Houston, 61; Vazquez, Montreal, 60; Astack), Colorado. 60. SAVES-Shaw. Los Angeles, 13; Rocker, Atlanta, 11; Graves, Cincinnati, 11; BWagner, Houston, 11; Mesa, Philadelphia, 11; Nen, San Francisco, 10; Fassero, Chicago, 10. Memphis pounds Sounds By MAURICE PATTON Staff Writer Scoring early and often, the Memphis Red-birds rolled into Greer Stadium and rolled up a 9-1 series-opening win over the Nashville Sounds last night Marc Sagmoen's RBI double keyed a two-run first inning against Nashville Paul Ah Yat (1-4), who failed to get out of the fifth inning for the third time in as many starts. The Sounds cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third, putting together a pair of base hits by Jason Wood and Tike Redman for the run. Memphis loaded the bases against Ah Yat to open the fifth, sandwiching a Bill Ortega double with a pair of walks before his exit and scoring on Lou Lucca's double and Keith McDonald's two-run single off reliever Marc Wilkins to make it a 6-1 game Damon Mashore added his second two-bagger of the night in the sixth one of sue for the Redbirds and scored on Sagmoen's base hit Memphis starter Rick Krivda (3-2) drove in Lucca in the seventh, with Keith McDonald closing out the scoring in the ninth with a solo homer. Five Nashville pitchers surrendered 16 hits, tying a season high, as Memphis racked up seven extra-base hits. Krivda and reliever Fred Rath combined to scatter 10 hits, with Nashville stranding eight runners. Second baseman Warren Morris extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an eighth-inning single. IMgJift game: Nash-. ville sends LHP Scott Karl (1-2, 3.07 ERA) to the mound for a 7 pm matchup with Memphis. For the visiting Redbirds, itH be LHP Bud Smith (4-3,233). On Die mend: Outfielder Derek BelL an 11-year major league veteran, joined the Sounds yesterday on a rehabilitation assignment Bell was placed on the disabled list by the Pittsburgh Pirates last Friday, retroactive to May 14, due to mild inflammation in his left knee. At the time Bell was disabled, he was hitting J36 with a home run and four RBI over 31 games after signing with Pittsburgh as a free agent over the offseason. He joins rehabbing reliever Rich Loiselle (shoulder) and outfielderfirst baseman Alex Hernandez (back) with the Sounds.! Sounds schedule May 22 MEMPHIS 7:00 pm May 23 MEMPHIS 12:00 pm May 24 MEMPHIS 7:00 pm May 25 at Oklahoma 7:05 pm May 26 at Oklahoma 7:05 pm May 27 at Oklahoma 2:05 pm May 28 at Oklahoma 2:05 pm May 29 NEW ORLEANS 7:00 pm May 30 NEW ORLEANS 7:00 pm May 31 NEW ORLEANS 7:00 pm June 1 at Edmonton 8:05 pm June 2 at Edmonton 8:05 pm June 3 at Edmonton 2:35 pm June 4 at Edmonton 8:05 pm June 5 at Calgary 8:05 pm JuneS at Calgary 8:05 pm June 7 at Calgary 8:05 pm Pacific Coast League Central Division W L Pet OB Salt Lake (Angels) 26 17 .605 -ColSprng (Rockies) 20 21 .488 5 Iowa (Cubs) 19 24.442 7 Omaha (Royals) 19 24 .442 7 East Division W L Pet GB NOrteans (Astros) 25 17 .595 -Oklahma (Rangers) 22 22 .500 4 Memphis (Cards) 21 21 .500 4 Nashville (Pirates) 19 23 .452 6 Pacific Conference Soutn Division W L Pet OB Sacramento (A's) 21 22 .488 Tucson (D'backs) 20 24 .455 1V UsVegas(rjodoers)19 24 .442 2 Fresno (Giants) 18 24 .429 2V4 West Division W L Pel 08 Tacoma (Manners) 30 12 .714 - Calgary (Martins) 22 17 .564 6Vj Portland (Padres) 19 23.452 11 Edmonton (Twins) 18 23 .439 1114 Sundays Oamee Colorado Springs 10, Salt Lake 4 Las Vegas 5, Fresno 4 New Orleans 10, Memphis 7 Oklahoma 7, Nashville 5 Omaha 6, Iowa 4 Portland 4, Edmonton 0 Tucson 8. Sacramento 2 Tacoma 9. Calgary 3, 1st game Calgary 12, Tacoma 10, 2nd game VestefdayOamM Iowa at Colorado Springs Memphis at Nashville New Orleans at Oklahoma Omaha at Salt Lake Portland at Calgary Sacramento at Fresno Tacoma at Edmonton Tucson at Las Vegas Today's Qames Iowa at Colorado Springs Memphis at Nashville New Orleans at Oklahoma Omaha at Salt Lake y Portland at Calgary Sacramento at Fresno Tacoma at Edmonton Tucson at Las Vegas

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