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6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 Baseball H -3.. MARLINS REPORT Players -SI IT Lipiea preocci mmttti ON DECK San Francisco (785) with storrhu By Joe Capozzi ' ''' Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 1 CINCINNATI Theprds-pect of being swept in four" games by the Cincinnati Reds didn't seem so important to the Florida Marlins in the hours -before Monday's game at Cmergy Field. Marlins notebook WHENWHERE: Today (10:05 p.m.); Wednesday (10:05 p.m.); Thursday (4:05 p.m.). v TVRADIO: Today SportsChannel; Wednesday SportsChannel; I, Thursday none; All games broadcast on WQAM-560AM, WQBA-1140AM, WJN0-1040AM, WJNX-1330AM, WBGF-93.5FM. - DITCHERS: Today RHP Ryan Dempster (6-7, 5.03 ERA) vs. LHR Shawn Estes (10-8, 4.73 ERA); Wednesday RHP Dennis Springer '15-14, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Russ Ortiz (16-9, 3.74 ERA); Thursday RHP Vladimir Nunez (6-8, 3.90 ERA) vs. LHP Kirk Rueter (14-8, 5.00 ERA). f SCOUTING REPORT: After getting swept by the Reds, the Marlins will fontinue to experience playoff fever on their road trip. Today they ' start a three-game stay in San Francisco, where the Giants have trVoh eight of their past 10 as they fight for a playoff spot. pincinnati, which is trying to catch the Astros or Mets, played n great baseball against Florida. Barry Bonds is swinging a hot bat (..since returning from the disabled list. And the Marlins will face ome of the Giants' toughest starters. . Joe Capozzi Opponents' statistics: & . THROUGH MONDAY i nistiiii . t' " frrr'' -f f : ' if ' : . i . If m. sir 0A 1 I 1 ft, v; t l'SAtJ"-- - a- - - ' - BATTERS AV AB R H 2B 3B HR Bl SO SB E "bios' .321 106 24 34 7 0 4 22 25 6 1 fclayne .310 290 36 90 31 0 1 36 56 2 3 Kent .304 450 77 137 38 2 19 93 94 13 10 ieaard .294 500 89 147 33 5 13 57 85 24 4 '.Dueller .291 350 49 102 17 0 2 31 40 4 9 ! Celgado .291 55 5 16 200 371 3 ;?gurks .288 354 68 102 19 0 28 87 77 6 2 -CServais .277 188 21 52 9 0 5 21 29 0 3 Bonds .277 311 85 86 17 2 31 79 53 15 2 ..Jayier .276 333 49 92 15 1 3 30 55 13 4 Sanlangelo .275 233 45 64 16 3 3 24 47 11 1 Aurilia .275 499 61 137 18 1 19 68 62 2 24 inow .273 498 80 136 23 2 19 86 109 0 5 Martinez .264 129 20 34 5 0 5 17 14 1 6 Miratoelli .254 63 7 16 5 0 1 8 20 , 0 0 ''hayes .204 260 31 53 8 1 6 47 41 3 7 r Wray .200 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 jj,Guzrnan .000 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 TOTALS .274 4934 778 1350 273 17 162 740 892 101 91 aJftfCHERS W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO (Is 'Johnstone 4 6 2 60 62 3 65.2 48 24 19 8 20 56 04 tmbree 3 0 3 08 60 0 52.2 38 18 18 6 19 48 fallen 3 7 3.71 67 33 68 0 73 32 28 8 24 71 Drti 16 9 3 74 29 0 180.2 163 94 75 19 110 147 . J?ROdriguez 2 3 3 92 39 0 57.1 61 29 25 5 26 51 w"Nattian 6 3 4.09 15 1 660 61 31 30 13 35 44 Seradlin 3 1 426 51 0 502 49 27 24 4 27 46 Hernandez (LG) . 7 11 4.71 28 0 187.1 208 105 98 22 74 141 Hernandez 2 2 4.56 8 0 51.1 47 27 26 5 19 44 es 10 8 4 73 28 0 179 0 179 102 94 18 99 140 Rueter 14 8 500 29 0 1632 185 98 91 23 46 81 rrRRodriguez 3 0 5.02 53 0 52 0 54 29 29 7 26 40 ',ErX;k 6 8 5.48 19 0 106.2 124 69 65 18 41 76 Tavarez 2 0 5.75 44 0 51 2 61 35 33 7 24 33 V-.-DB- Toro 0 0 5.79 0 0 14 0 19 9 9 4 6 'Gardner 4 10 6 32 25 0 131.0 128 95 92 24 54 80 i TOTALS 78 65 4.59 143 37 1290.1 1290 719 658 169 576 967 TONY TRIBBLEThe Associated Press Florida's Preston Wilson can't prevent Reds shortstop Barry Larkin from completing a double play on Mark Kotsay's ground ball in the second inning. The Marlins lost their fourth straight to Cincinnati 7-4. Lee (4 -for-4) responds In the clubhouse, the talk as of Hurricane Floyd and', of loved ones and relatives in Flori-da. ( "Yeah, I'm worried," manager John Boles said as he watched Floyd's orange satellite'ina'ge approach South Florida ", a television in his office. ( Boles' wife is at home in'lel-bourne. "She's just going to Walt." Eventually, he said, "I think shell go to South Florida or Orlandaor across the state." M As Boles spoke with jrepjrt-ers, General Manager l)aVe Dombrowski was using,. Spies' telephone, finalizing arrangements for the families of Marlins personnel to use the clubhouses at Pro Player Stadium as a shelter. After the game, the Marlins left for San Francisco ;yhere they'll continue a road trip that ends in Arizona on Sundays they dressed for their charter flight, all eyes were on the-televi-sion sets. Players were on ffieir cell phones contacting relatives back home. "Every guy wishes he was there because you waiit to' be able to help," Boles said. "It won't affect our play but if everybody had their druthers we'd be with our families." ! ,,',s' B Kotsay sore: Mark '.Kotsay left the game after the fifth inning with lower back spasms aM'will not start today. Monday, he rnade an exceptional catch in the' sec-ond inning when he " gloved Michael Tucker's drive '6h)'1the run just before hitting the'rtght-fieldwall. The catch, Kotsay11 said, "didn't help" his sore back!!!!": fl Lee starts today: AfierVhit-ting a home run and three singles Monday, Derrek Lee WiirkarJ at first base today against 'tn Giants. "I told these guys, 'Makji'me put you in the lineup,' " Boles'said after Monday's game! "Deftk's making me play him again (today). Four-for-four warrants' a start." B Strange play: Score TtT-?3? In the second inning Christ lies hit a grounder that struck'bftcher Brian Meadows just belowihe left knee, then skipped up and Hit his left wrist before deflecting toward first base where Lee grabbed; the ball and dived to tag the bag-just ahead of Stynes. ,f "Knee, wrist to first basferdiv-ing," Meadows said. "I got lijpky on that one." i:'! MONDAY'S BOX Reds 7, Marlins 4 not "Florida AB R H BIBB SO Avg Cincinnati AB R H BIBB SO Avg 4 0 0 0 1 0 .296 Cameron cf 4 1111 0 .263 3 0 0 0 0 2 .276 Larkinss 2 0 1 0 3 0 .300 1 0 1 0 1 0 .286 Casey 1b 4 0 0 0 1 0 .337 4 2 2 0 1 0 .286 GVaughn If 5 2 2 1 0 1 .236 4 1 2 0 0 2 .288 Hammonds If 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266 2 0 1 1 0 0 .269 Taubenseec 5 1 1 0 0 0 .305 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250 ABoone3b 3 1 0 0 1 0 .295 4 0 0 1 0 1 .250 Tucker rf 2 2 0 0 1 0 .250 4 1 4 2 0 0 .202 Stynes2b 4 0 2 3 0 0 .240 4 0 0 0 0 1 .158 Parrisp 2 0 1 1 0 0 .194 1 0 0 0 0 1 .130 MLewisph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .270 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083 SWilliamsonp 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364 Graves p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0 0 1 .299 Totals 32 7 8 6 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .400 35 4 10 4 3 8 ,;fl;Berg 2b-ss vAGonzalezss flQarcia 2b ftoydlf - P.Wilson cf-rf li'kchsay rf J5 JRamirez cf Orie 3b rf.TJLeelb "astroc .".'Meadows p :' -JSanchez p 'J Edmondson p i c Aven ph Cornelius p 'Almonte p ,Boskos ph l;Ta's Tony Perez's work pays off, but rest of Marlins plod along in 7-4 loss. By Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer CINCINNATI Tony Perez wasted little time with his new pet project, but his magic didn't rub off on the rest of the Marlins. A day after being assigned to work with struggling first baseman Derrek Lee, Perez watched as Lee raised his average 19 points by going 4-for-4 with a two-run homer Monday. "One day. That's all I need," Perez, a Marlins special assistant to the general manager, joked after Lee singled and stole second base in the fifth inning. But after Lee's sixth-inning homer put Florida ahead 4-2, the Reds came back. 1 Tiey scored five more times, aided by two errors on one play in the sixth, to sweep a four-game series against Marlins with a 7-4 victory. Greg Vaughn and Mike Cameron each hit home runs for Cincinnati. And Boca Raton High graduate Chris Stynes, subbing for the injured Pokey Reese, had another big day, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Florida hasn't won at Cinergy Field since July 23, 1997. But the Marlins certainly had their chances to end the skid Monday. They left eight runners on base. And in the seventh they had the tying run at second and the lead run at first when slugger Preston Wilson, who was 2-for-4, ended the rally by striking out. Still, the game was a confidence booster for Lee, who hit 17 home runs in his rookie year last season but has struggled this year. "I can't even remember the last time I contributed," said Lee, who was hitting .183 and had one hit in his previous 10 at-bats before Monday's game. The two hits were nice (he got a third single, his fourth hit of the day, by beating out an infield hit) but I was happy with the home run. That put us ahead." Before the game, Perez showed Lee videotape of his swing, then went to the batting cages where he told Lee to use his legs and stay behind the ball on his swing. But Perez, the former Red who leads all Latin American players with 1,652 RBI, tried to downplay his role in Lee's success. "Talk to him," Perez said. "He's the one who did it." Lee said he was able to hit the home run because of something Perez told him during their first one-on-one session before the game. "He said, 'If you load up (pull back and stay behind the ball) on the swing, you'll see the ball a lot better,' " Lee said. "Sometimes that's what it takes, for a guy to tell you the right thing." So is Perez a quick teacher or Lee a fast learner? Lee smiled. "I think it was more coincidence than anything," he said. "We'll have to continue to work on it every day." Left fielder Cliff Floyd, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, said: "With Tony helping Derrek, I'm just listening in. "Anytime you can get help from a future Hall of Famer, you've got to be all ears I have 100 percent belief (Lee) is going to be our first baseman next year and for a long time. Something was going on in his head that was making him struggle a little bit. Hopefully today was the start of something good for him." Manager John Boles said he pulled Perez aside after the game and said: "It's that easy, huh? Let's see how good you are tomorrow." B Noteworthy: When Barry Larkin lined out to Amaury Garcia in the eighth inning, it was the first time in nine at-bats that Larkin didn't reach base. . . . Reds third baseman Aaron Boone was named National League player of the week. He matched a career high with four RBI against Florida on Sunday. 000 103 000 - 4 10 2 110 003 20x - 7 8 0 ;;;fionda "-Cincinnati " " E Berg (7), JRamirez (1). LOB Florida 8, Cincinnati 10. 2B Floyd (13), Kotsay (20), ',,Larkin (27). 3B AGarcia (1). HR GVaughn (38) off Meadows; DLee (4) off Parris; .(.Cameron (19) off Meadows. RBI Kotsay (47), Orie (26), DLee 2 (16), Cameron (60), GVaughn (101), Stynes 3 (14), Parris (4). SB DLee (2), GVaughn (14), Tucker (9). ' Meadows. Runners moved up Orie, Castro, Taubensee, Stynes. DP Cincinnati I (Casey, Larkin and Parris). ERA ER BB SO NP H IP i.j'L- juflorida Meadows SanchezL,5-7 "Edmondson Cornelius Almonte 80 2 21 19 24 5.75 6.15 5.79 4.50 3.00 5VS 0 1 1 SO NP ERA ER BB H IP "Cincinnati .Parris W.9-2 6 8 4 4 1 5 96 3.74 ,' Williamson 2 1 0 0 2 3 29 1.87 t ".".Graves S,23 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 2.97 i' Inherited runners-scored JSanchez 1-1, Edmondson 1-0. IBB off Cornelius ' (Tucker) 1. HBP by JSanchez (Tucker). WP SWilliamson. T 2:56. A 15,298 !!; i(52,953). Astros win How they scored Indians trip Red Sox 11-7 11th straight 5 I ! "I 'J t Die Associated Press HOUSTON Mike Hampton joined teammate Jose lima inh0 20-win club, and the Houston Astros set a club record by winning theuf! -11th straight game, 13-2 over the Philadel errors, 0 left on. Marlins 4, Reds 2. REDS SIXTH: Berg in as shortstop Garcia in as second baseman. Vaughn homered to left on a 1-2 count. Taubensee singled to center. Boone flied out to right fielder Wilson. Sanchez pitching. Tucker was hit by a pitch, Taubensee to second. Stynes singled to center, Taubensee scored, Tucker to third. On Ramirez's error. Tucker scored, Stynes to second. On Berg's error, Stynes to third. Lewis pinch-hitting for Parris. Edmondson pitching. Lewis walked on four pitches. Cameron popped out to second baseman Garcia. B. Larkin walked on four pitches, Lewis to second. Casey grounded out, pitcher Edmondson to second baseman Garcia to first baseman Lee 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors, 3 left on. Reds 5, Marlins 4. REDS SEVENTH: Cornelius pitching. Vaughn singled to left. Vaughn stole second. Taubensee filed out to center fielder Ramirez, Vaughn to third. Boone popped out to first baseman Lee. Tucker was intentionally walked. Tucker stole second. Stynes singled to left, Vaughn scored, Tucker scored. Stynes to second. Williamson struck out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Reds 7, Marlins 4. ftEDS FIRST: Cameron homered to left on a 1-1 count. B. Larkin walked. Casey flied out to left fielder Floyd. Vaughn fouled out to third baseman fcJDrie. Taubensee grounded out, second baseman Berg to first baseman Lee. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Reds 1, Marlins 0. REOS SECOND: Boone walked on a full count. 'Tucker flied out to right fielder Kotsay. Stynes grounded out, pitcher Meadows to first baseman n Lee. Boone to second. Parris singled to center, it Boone scored. Cameron flied out to left fielder w Floyd. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Reds 2, Marlins 0. ' MARLINS FOURTH: A.Gonzalez struck out. rjfioyd infield single to second. Wilson struck out. f.'. Kotsay doubled to left, Floyd scored. Orie 5j grounded out, shortstop B. Larkin to first baseman L Casey. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Reds 2, t Marlins 1. " M ARLINS SIXTH: Floyd doubled to right. Wilson T-'-singled to center, Floyd to third. Ramirez popped '' ,'tiu), to first baseman Casey. Orie grounded out, '' third baseman Boone to first baseman Casey, rsfkyd scored, Wilson to second. Lee homered to center on the first pitch, Wilson scored. Castro flied out to left fielder Vaughn. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 The Associated Press CLEVELAND After raising their fifth consecutive AL Central championship banner, the Cleveland Indians showed why they've been so dominant Kenny Lofton returned from a strained right hamstring to homer for the first time since June 11, driving in three runs to lead the Indians over the Boston phia Phillies on Monday night 1. i x 7 O ? Red Sox 11-7 American League Monday. The Red Sox, THE RECORD BOOK OVERALL RECORD 57-86 -'! BY THE DAY BY THE MONTH 6-17 10- 18 11- 16 14-13 12- 15 4-7 APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER HOME 31-42 'AWAY 26-44 VS. LEFT-HANDERS 15-14 VS. RIGHT-HANDERS 42-72 .EXTRA INNINGS 5-3 VS. NL EAST 12-30 -VS. NL CENTRAL 17-30 "VS. NL WEST 17-19 7-12 11-11 5-17 4-8 14-9 7-16 9-13 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY C..VS.AL 11-7 National League ; Hampton (20-3) won his 11th Consecutive decision since a June 24 loss to Cincinnati, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings with six strikeouts. Lima (20-7) got his 20th win Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. B Mets 6, Rockies 5: Davidveres' wild pitch allowed Mike Piazza to'stbre from third with the go-ahead run. ki the ninth inning, and visiting Nev".York Mets beat Colorado for its eighth win in nine games. ".,' With the score 5-5, John Oferud doubled off Veres (3-8) leading off the ninth, Piazza walked and Robin Venfura singled to right. Larry Walker threw out pinch-runner Melvin Mora at the plate, but Piazza scored on the wild pitch Vith one out and Darryl Hamilton bating. B Brewers 4, Cardinals 3: ' Rookie Kevin Barker hit a tiebreaking rWcHiin home run in the fifth inning, leading visiting Milwaukee over St. Louis, - B Noteworthy: The Mets won'g coin flip Monday and would be home-for a tiebreaking playoff game against flan-ta to decide the NL East, and the-Reds would be home against HoustOft fir a playoff to determine the NL Cenfral In the event of a tie for the wild Card, an Astros-Mets game would be IrvNew York, a Mets-Reds game in Cindhnati, a Braves-Astros game in Houston aria a Braves-Reds game in Adanta. -SCHEDULE September who had won 10-of-12, remained 3V4 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Boston's lead over Oakland in the wild-card race slipped to two. Lofton, who had missed nine games, was 3-for-4, and Richie Sexson and Harold Baines each hit three-run homers. Charles Nagy (16-9) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 innings, improving to 7-1 against Boston since Aug. 13, 1992. Paul Shuey pitched two innings for his sixth save. B Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1: David Wells pitched a four-hitter to beat his former team for the first time in four starts this season and handing visiting New York its fourth straight loss. New York was held to one run for the third time in four games. Vernon Wells hit his first career homer for the Blue Jays, who entered the day &k games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race. B Athletics 8, Devil Rays 3: Jason Giambi, Randy Velarde and Olmedo Saenz homered as visiting Oakland beat Tampa Bay for its fifth straight win. Miguel Tejada had a two-run single during a five-run third inning for Oakland, which has won 13 of its past 18 road games. fl Orioles 5, Mariners 4 (10): Cal Ripken homered and drove in three runs, and B.J. Surhoff scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a throwing error by Jose Mesa as Baltimore completed its first four-game sweep of visiting mahk UUNCANThe Associated Press Cleveland's Kenny Lofton doubles in Jim Thome in the second inning Monday against Boston. Lofton also led off the Indians' first with a home run. Seattle. Ripken hit a two-run homer in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. He went 1-for-2 with two walks. B Tigers 3, White Sox 2: Rob Fick had a three-run home run for his first hit of the season, and Dave Mlicki won his eighth straight start to lead visiting Detroit over Chicago. Fick, who had not played since shoulder surgery in May, got his first hit in 12 at-bats since he was activated Sept. 8. It was his fourth homer in 36 career at-bats. B Angels 6, Twins 5: Mo Vaughn homered in his fourth straight game and drove in three runs as visiting Anaheim defeated Minnesota for its fifth win in six games. Vaughn had three hits to finish 8-for-ll with three homers and eight RBI in the series. B Rangers 8, Royals 4 (10): Roberto Kelly singled home the go-ahead run and visiting Texas scored four unearned runs in the 10th inning to beat Kansas City. '( Ivan Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with a twcWun homer and three RBI for the Rangers. Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat . I l4 10:05 1 15 10:05 1 16 405 17 8:35 18 3:05 SF SF SF ARZ ARZ r- sc sc sc 19 3:05 20 "21 7TbT 22 7oi" 23 1:05 24 7:05 25 7:05 !' ARZ MON MON MON COL COL WHDT SC '' SC WHDT nl I: WHDT WHDT-55; SC SportsChannel. Shaded games at Pro Player Stadium. All times EST UPDATES Srvvi, Follow the Marlins with scoring updates, photo vyjC2x!F galleries, fan forums and interactive polls at "TA-iisr pam Beach Interactive: www.GoPBI.comSports. Also, for weather updates, promotional schedules and tictket information, call the Marlins Fan Phone at (305) 626-7200.

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