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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 7C Baseball NUMBERS GAME Oakland's Doug Jones recorded his 300th career save in a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Jones has been with 7 different teams in 15 seasons and is now tied with 10th on the career saves list with Bruce Sutter. QUOTE OF THE DAY TERRY STEINBACH, Twins catcher, who caught Eric Milton's no-hitter against Anaheim's lineup of late-season callups Saturday. "We went over the scouting report and there was nothing, basically blank. It took me about 20 seconds and I said, This isn't going to help. If 1 1R TODAY Giants beat Maddux. Braves 8-4 NL NOTEBOOK m Piazza wants trade talk to disappear New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza appeared perturbed by the revelation that the Los Angeles Dodgers have twice this season tried to reacquire him. Word emerged Friday that Dodgers General Manager Kevin Malone has miAM.nn ILJAn 1 ; m . ,. a J ;. K Manager Steve Phillips in hopes of IT!"" S" trarlinO fnrthp cpuon-timp All-Star catcher, who the Dodgers traded to the Florida Marlins May 15, 1998. Piazza Piazza The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Barry Bonds hit his 442nd home run, tying Dave Kingman for 22nd place on the career list, and the San Francisco Giants beat Greg Maddux for the first time in more than three years, defeating the Atlanta Braves 84 Sunday. While his teammates blamed the elements, Maddux didn't make any excuses. "I was a little off and I fell behind more than I'd like to," the four-time Cy Young Award winner said. Maddux (18-7), who had won his previous eight starts since a July 21 loss at Florida, had been 5-0 against the Giants since July 25, 1996. "I don't think the wind had anything to do with it," he said. "Regardless of the conditions, you have to throw good. What are you going to do, cancel the game when you can't throw your changeup because the wind is bad?" Maddux walked five three National League intentionally for the first time in 140 starts since Aug. 9, 1995. He allowing six runs five earned and 10 hits in five innings. Rich Aurilia homered and drove in two runs, and Joe Nathan (6-3) allowed four runs and six hits in 5W innings. Bret Boone and Chipper Jones hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning for the Braves (91-53), who still have the best record in the major leagues. It was Jones' 40th of the season. Mets 10, Dodgers 3: Shawon Dunston, replacing an injured Dar-ryl Hamilton, had two hits and drove in three runs as visiting New York beat Los Angeles for its seventh win in nine games. The victory moved the Mets within two games of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, and allowed them to maintain their 2'2-game lead over Cincinnati in the wild-card race. Kenny Rogers (5-0), acquired from Oakland on July 23, allowed three runs and 10 hits in seven innings. The Mets are 8-1 in games Rogers starts. Astros 7, Cubs 1: Carl Everett went 4-for-4 and Chris Holt won for the first time in nearly a month as host Houston beat Chicago to stretch its winning streak to 10 and tie the team record. Sammy Sosa went 2-for-4 but failed to homer for the third straight game and remained at 59 with 19 games remaining. Sosa, 3-for-14 in the series, hasn't homered in 15 consecutive at-bats but remained four ahead of Mark McGwire. Expos 8, Padres 4: Dustin Hermanson took a shutout into the ninth inning against his former team and Michael Barrett drove in four runs as Montreal beat host San Diego. Hermanson (8-12) struck out six and walked three in winning his third straight game for the first time does not want the news to become a , distraction for the playoff-contending Mets. 1 While speaking with reporters Saturday, Piazza fti-oprn bn 1 1 1 i n -i r-J - nut kt !r(.i i nrllA mii.ilkj olicoocu i ic wai iucu w u ic issue asiuc; iuimiy. "I think I'll just cut it short and say no comment," Piazza said. "There's just nothing to say. - , "Obviously, we have a very important last couple of ' weeks. It (the Dodgers' pursuit of him) is completely irrelevant to what we're trying to accomplish." ARIZONA: The Diamondbacks activated shortstop - Andy Fox from the 15-day DL. He had been out since Aug. 28 with a strained right rib cage. ',' ATLANTA: The Braves finished 149-182 at f Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The Giants move into Pacific Bell Ballpark next season. CHICAGO: Gary Gaetti needs to appear in six games to become the 40th player to appear in 2,500. ' CINCINNATI: Closer Danny Graves said he shouldn't miss any games because of a bruise on his left leg, .sustained when he was hit by a line drive while closing out Friday night's game. fAI HDAnrt- Thn PrtLioc hova Kit caian rtinh.hit J?IQ homers this vear. ' HOUSTON: The Astros have homered in 14 uuiiocuuuvc games, a icani icluiUi LOS ANGELES: Kenny Rogers the entertainer, not ; the pitcher will sing The Greatest before tonight's same against Montreal at Dodger Stadium as nart of his rj fa.' tour of several big-league ballparks. MILWAUKEE: Marquis Grissom went 3-for-4 to move extend his hitting streak to 11 games. MONTREAL: Vladimir Guerrero had his 10-game hitting streak snapped when he went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk against San Diego. PHILADELPHIA: The Phillies' nine game losing streak is their longest losing streak since an 11-game skid from June 24-July 4, 1997 PITTSBURGH: Chad Hermansen, the Pirates' first-round Dick in the 1995 draft, singled in the sixth for .'.A- '" this season. The right-hander improved to 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in seven games against San Diego. B Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 0: Todd Stottlemyre threw six innings in his strongest outing since returning from a rotator cuff injury as host Arizona beat Philadelphia, handing the Phillies their ninth straight loss. The victory was the Diamondbacks' 86th of the season, tying them with the 1962 Los Angeles Angels for the most wins by a second-year franchise. B Brewers 12, Rockies 9: Jose Valentin hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and visiting Milwaukee went on to beat Colorado. It was 40th time in 69 games this season a team reached double digits in scoring at Coors Field. B Pirates-Cardinals postponed: St Louis' game against visiting Pittsburgh was postponed by rain and the Cardinals said a decision would be made later on whether the game would be made up. Hunter remembered, mourned The Associated Press HERTFORD, N.C. Jim "Catfish" Hunter probably would have despised this people dressed in suits making a fuss over him. He was buried Sunday several hundred yards from the high school field where he began a baseball career that would send him to the Hall of Fame. More than 1,000 family, friends and former teammates turned out for the funeral of the pitcher who, won five World Series titles with the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees. Hunter, 53, died Thursday, one year after learning he had Lou Gehrig's disease. Former teammate and Seattle manager Lou Piniella missed his team's game in Baltimore to attend the service at Cedarwood Cemetery. Others in attendance included former A's Joe Rudi, Vida Blue, Gene Tenace and "Blue Moon" Odom, and Yankees Ron Guidry and Reggie Jackson. The Yankees sent General Manager Brian Cashman and former manager and scout Gene Michael as their representatives. "I was looking forward to spending time with Catfish after the season. It didn't quite get to that," said Piniella, his eyes teary. "My wife and I and my young son are here to pay tribute to him. He was a great guy." Despite being baseball's first big free agent, Hunter always returned to this small North Carolina town to live, and eventually retire. "It's like taking out a part of your body, like ripping out your heart," former high school teammate Eddie Miller said. Bill Crawford drove from Virginia Beach to stop by the cemetery and walk past Hunter's marble shrine on the town's main street. "I'm not much into baseball. I just know the man and I understand he was a great guy," Crawford said. "I heard he was just a straight and honest man, and had one hellacious career as a pitcher." The Rev. Keith Vaughan eulogized Hunter as a common man who cared deeply for others. "He never ever acted as if he was too busy for us," Vaughan said. "He never ever gave into the fact that he was famous and we weren't He could just as easily slammed the door on us and told us to go on our way. That's not the kind of man he was. "In all of my ministry this is perhaps the toughest day I have ever had because all of my life Catfish Hunter was my hero." his first major-league hit. ST. LOUIS: Jose Jimenez (5-13), who threw a no-hitter .. this year against Arizona, lost to Pittsburgh 8-5 Saturday r in his first appearance since Aug. 15. STEPHEN J. CARRERAThe Associated Press Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. tags out Chicago's Ray Durham at home plate, on a throw from right fielder Alex Ramirez, in the fifth inning of the White Sox's 4-3 victory against the Indians. Red Sox roll, sweep Yankees; As keep pace, beat Devil Rays . , SAN DIEGO: It was "Tony Gwynn T-shirt night" at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday. All fans received a T-shirt commemorating Gwynn's 3,000th hit. SAN FRANCISCO: The Giants went 5-4 against ..Atlanta this year, winning the season series for the first time since 1990. Palm Beach Post Wire Services American League Yankees draw 3 million for first time The New York Yankees reached the 3 million mark in home attendance for the first time in franchise history Sunday, breaking the barrier with a sellout crowd against Boston. The AL East leaders drew 56,028 to see Boston at 3,016,505 with seven home dates left. "Drawing 3 million fans for the first time in the long nistory or tne Yarwees is a remawaDie acnievement, owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement. "It really shows that Yankee fans are the greatest in the world and the entire Yankee organization thanks them." On Sati irrlav tho YanUooc hrnko thoir attor.Hanr'o record of 2,951,467 set last season. ANAHEIM: Tim Salmon's third-inning single Sunday was his 1,000th career hit. homers from Deivi Cruz to win its second straight following a four-game losing streak. B White Sox 4, Indians 3: Mag-glio Ordonez hit a solo home run and host Chicago beat Cleveland to snap a six-game losing streak. The AL Central Division champion Indians, who started a lineup minus regulars Manny Ramirez, Roberto Alomar, Omar Vizquel, David Justice and Harold Baines, lost for just the fourth time in their past 13 games. Royals 6, Rangers 3: Mike Sweeney hit a two-run homer and Joe Randa and Sal Fasano hit RBI doubles in Kansas City's four-run sixth inning as the Royals beat visiting Texas. Rafael Palmeiro tied his career high with his 43rd home run and Juan Gonzalez added a two-run homer to give Texas a 3-0 lead in the third inning. B Orioles 4, Mariners 1: Scott Erickson pitched a five-hitter and BJ. Surhoff hit a three-run homer as host Baltimore stretched its winning streak to six with a win against Seattle. Cal Ripken went l-for-3 to move within 19 hits of 3,000. He has 19, games left this season. B Angels 6, Twins 3: Jarrod Washburn retired 22 straight batters to lead visiting Anaheim past Minnesota. Washburn (2-3), a native of nearby Webster, Wis., allowed three hits in eight innings, struck out a career-high seven and walked none in his first career appearance against Minnesota. The Associated Press NEW YORK All of a sudden, there's a pennant race in the AL East. And just as quickly, the New York Yankees' playoff spot might be in jeopardy, too. The Boston Red Sox surged back into the chase Sunday, beating nemesis Roger Clemens and completing their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium since 1986 with a 4-1 victory against New York. A sellout crowd of 56,028 watched a brushback battle between Clemens and Bret Saber-hagen, two home-plate collisions and a heated exchange between Jose Offerman and the Yankees' dugout. The fans, who pushed the Yankees' home attendance past 3 million for the first time in franchise history, also saw a much more scary sight Boston pulling within 3V6 games of the AL East leaders. "We're just playing aggressive, that's all," Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said. "We know we have to." "Why panic? It wouldn't do any good," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Everybody knows where we are and what the situation is. Nobody is going to quit or get scared." Clemens (12-9) lost his third straight start for the first time since 1993 and fell to 3-1 lifetime against his former team. Boston last swept a three-game set at Yankee Stadium on June 16-18, 1986, on its way to the AL pennant That series began with Cle- RAITIMORF- Snnriav'c cfamo Hwu AA RQ1 nnttincf mens outpitching Ron Guidry in the opener, and included big hits by Bill Buckner, Jim Rice and Dwight Evans for the Red Sox. The Yankees' Scott Brosius learned about an hour before game time that his father, Maury, had died at home in Oregon of colon cancer at age 55. "I felt like it was right to play today. I felt there's nothing I could do by not playing," Brosius said. Brosius planned to accompany the Yankees to Toronto after the game, and said he would return home when funeral services were set Athletics 4, Devil Rays 3: Jason Giambi and Matt Stairs hit two-run homers as visiting Oakland beat Tampa Bay to move 15 games over .500 for the first time in seven years. The Athletics (79-64), who remained three games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race, have won four straight and are in their best position since winning the AL West in 1992. Gil Heredia (12-7) allowed two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings. Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3: Darrin Fletcher hit a two-run double, and Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado homered to lead Toronto past host Detroit Toronto, which remained 6' games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race, overcame two solo baitimore past tne J minion mam tor tne seventn time in eight years. The lone exception was the strike-shortened 1994 season. BOSTON: Closer Tom Gordon pitched one scoreless inning for the Class AA Trenton Thunder on Saturday in his first rehab outing since going on the disabled list in June. '. CHICAGO: White Sox rookie Aaron Myette will make his major-league debut Tuesday when he starts against Detroit. .: CLEVELAND: Right-hander Steve Karsay, sidelined since Aug. 25 with a strained tendon in his right forearm, threw on the side Sunday for the second time. - DETROIT: Jeff Weaver (8-11) tied the club record of 1f)7 strikpnuts hv a rnnkif? right-hanripr spt hv Hooks Dauss in 1913, in Sunday's 5-3 loss to Toronto. KANSAS CITY: Johnnv Damon's string of 24 consecutive stolen bases ended in the seventh inning Sunday when he was thrown out by Texas catcher Gregg Zaun. MINNESOTA: Second baseman Cleatus Davidson left in the sixth inning Sunday with a strained left hamstring. OAKLAND: Matt Giambi's 463-foot homer Sunday, wiiiuii Mil dii uveiiiaiignig lycuwairv, was uic seiUiiu longest in the two-year history of Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay's Fred McGriff hit a 468-foot drive on May 5. SEATTLE: The Mariners played Sunday without EMTs Chandler is MVP of volleyball tournament 0-2) in Gainesville. manager lou Kinieiia, wno attended tne Tunerai ot uatnsn Hi inter hie fnrmor tpammatp nn thf lpw York Yankpps Local corner LATE SATURDAY Bench coach John McLaren took Piniella's place. TAMPA BAY: The Devil Rays called up right-hander Jeff SDarks from Class AAA Durham Sundav. He made his Special to the Palm Beach Post JACKSONVILLE Florida Atlantic volleyball player Heather Chandler was named Most Valuable Player at the Jacksonville University Tournament after the Owls went 3-1 during the weekend. FAU, which defeated Jacksonville but lost to Coastal Carolina on Saturday, regrouped Sunday to beat Furman 15-10, 15-12, 15-6 and Georgia Southern 3-0. Chandler had a team-high 33 assists and 22 digs against Furman. Ashley Bodily led the team with 13 kills and Lori Lombard and Gracie other wins by area fighters, as West Palm Beach boxers went 4-0 in the eight-fight evening. Junior lightweight Jaime Palma, James Lubwama and David Lewter were the other area winners. Scott Reel B Noteworthy: Jessica Owens of Fort Pierce, Mica Cariilie of Port St Lucie and Nicholas Rodgers of Jupiter were of three of six South Florida youngsters who won the Miami Fusion Team Championship competition in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday as part of the MLS Pro Player Dribble, Pass 8j Shoot program. B Glades Day 47, St Edward's 7: Senior fullback Jimmy Dobson rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries to help the Gators (2-0) rout the host Pirates (1-1) in Vero Beach. B Kamya decisions Barthelent: Robert Kamya of West Palm Beach defeated Cuba's Giorbis Barthele-my by a unanimous decision in a 10-round main event bout at Shepherd's gym in West Palm Beach. Kamya's victory followed three major league debut by striking four in two scoreless innings. Tampa Bay established a team record by striking out 17 Oakland batters. " TEXAS: The Rangers extended their team record for road home runs in a season to 118. The previous record for road home runs in a season was 109 in 1996. TORONTO: Shannon Stewart had to leave Sunday's game after injuring his right knee while running to first base in the first inning, he was examined by Tigers team physician Kyle Anderson, who found no ligament damage. Stewart is listed as day-to-day. Palm Beach Post Wire Services Heim added 11 and 10 respectively. SOCCER B South Florida 5, Florida Atlantic 1: Stephan Johansson scored 13 minutes into the second half, but the Owls (2-1) didn't score again and fell to the Bulls (2-2) in Tampa. B Florida 3, VanderhiK 1: A three-goal second half led the Gators women's soccer team (6-0, 2-0 SEC) past the (jommodores (2-4,

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