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THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 3C :, Baseball REPORT Kotsay gaining ground " ' p:, -1 ' ; r I 3 imaHmm xn at I MARLINS TODAY'S GAME WHENWHERE 10:05 p.m., 3Com Park, San Francisco. TV: SportsChannel. RADIO: WQAM-560AM, WBGF-93.5FM, WJNX-1330AM, WMEL-920AM, WJNO-1230AM. SCOUTING REPORT: Springer hasn't enjoyed much success against the Giants, going 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA in three career starts. He GIANTS STARTING PITCHER RHP Russ Ortiz (16-9, 3.74 ERA) MARLINS STARTING PITCHER RHP Dennis Springer (5-14, 4.50 ERA) pitched at 3Com Park on April 21, taking the loss while allowing four earned runs on five hits in four innings as the Giants beat the Marlins 40. He got a no-decision against the Giants in August at Pro Player Stadium. As for Ortiz, the surprise ace of the San Francisco staff, the Giants are 19-9 this season when he starts. Outfielder's starting spot isn't assured, but he's not giving up. By Dan Graziano Palm Beach Post Staff Writer SAN FRANCISCO Yes, his back hurt. And yes, he got a massage at the team hotel Tuesday afternoon to help relieve it. But Mark Kotsay didn't want Tuesday off not now, with so little time left in this season. That's because he knows this Marlins season has become a tryout for spots on next year's team. And Kotsay, who was so impressive as a rookie but has had a disappointing season this year with the bat, knows his spot as the starting right fielder isn't a sure thing for 2000. "It's not solid at all," Kotsay said. "I think Danny Bautista has played well enough, and Bruce Aven . . . you can't take anything away from Bruce's year. He's the one who deserves to be out there right now, based on numbers, and I've got no problem with that." The way Kotsay looks at it and the way the Marlins seem to be looking at it Cliff Floyd and Preston Wilson appear to be locks struggles. These are not seasoned veterans on the way down; they're young guys on the way up." - Boles also pointed out Kotsay,' as well as the Marlins' other ; young hitters, has suffered from j having no veterans in the lineup." ; "There are a lot of young players in this league who are ' doing OK, but they've got a vet-! eran supporting cast," Boles said, j "And I think there's a lot to be said j for that. Normally, a team breaks j in a couple of young guys a year." Kotsay counts it as a victory j that he's made it through his j second season without being sent j to the minors a fate that has befallen several recent rookie j stars as well as some of his j teammates, such as Derrek Lee and Jesus Sanchez. j "It's been a frustrating year, i but a lot of guys have struggled in j their second years," Kotsay said, j "So whatever role I'm in next j year, IU be able to accept it" j Injury update: Left-hander j reliever Armando Almanza, out the past week with tendinitis in j his left shoulder, rejoined the team and threw on the side. He J could be available to pitch as soon 1 as today. - for starting spots in next year's outfield. The third and final spot should come down to Kotsay, Aven or Bautista. But Kotsay, despite a somewhat disappointing .269 batting average and a dismal .189 mark with runners in scoring position, makes a strong case. First, he's unquestionably the team's best defensive outfielder, one of the best in baseball. He's leading the majors in outfield assists for the second straight year and rarely makes a mistake on a ball. Second, he's shown versatility as a hitter and base runner, getting down bunts and getting some pinch-hits and showing a good knowledge of situations. And third, he's a good backup first baseman. That kind of versatility can only help. What also helps is the Marlins still hold the very high opinion of Kotsay they held when they made him the No. 9 overall draft pick in 1996. "I know he's disappointed in the year he's had offensively, but he's going to be a real good major-league player," Marlins manager John Boles said. "And I'm going to write a lot of this stuff off to sophomore jinx. You can't lose faith in people because of THE RECORD BOOK OVERALL RECORD 57-86 BY THE DAY BY THE MONTH MONDAY 7-12 APRIL 6-17 TUESDAY 11-11 MAY WEDNESDAY 5-17 JUNE 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 VS. AL 11-7 10- 18 11- 16 14-13 12- 15 4-7 THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY STATISTICS Marlins THROUGH MONDAY , " i ! BATTERS AVQ OBA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS E Roskos .400 .400 5 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 Redmond .311 .390 209 19 65 8 0 0 21 23 28 0 0 4 Castillo .302 .384 487 76 147 23 4 0 28 67 85 50 17 15 Avon .299 .372 351 51 105 19 2 11 69 37 75 3 0 3 Berg .296 .367 230 32 68 12 1 3 20 24 45 2 1 7 Wilson .288 .361 413 59 119 17 4 25 64 42 126 7 3 7 Millar .288 .367 323 45 93 16 3 8 61 38 59 1 0 4 Bautista .288 .303 205 32 59 10 1 5 24 4 30 3 0 3 Floyd .286 .370 189 27 54 13 1 7 35 25 32 3 6 3 A.Garcia .286 .444 7 3 2 0111 2 2 0 01 Gonzalez .276 .305 500 74 138 26 8 12 55 10 98 3 3 25 Kotsay .269 .302 450 53 121 20 8 8 47 25 47 7 6 5 G.Garcia .250 .250 40 10000 02000 Orie .250 .320 204 21 51 16 0 5 26 20 35 1 0 6 Ramirez .250 .250 82 20000 02001 Lowell .248 .320 262 25 65 13 0 7 36 25 58 0 0 4 Clapinski .231 .344 52 6 12 1 2 0 2 9 11 1 0 3 Hyers .222 .333 81 8 18 4 1 2 12 14 11 0 0 0 Dunwoody .220 .270 186 20 41 6 3 2 20 12 41 3 4 2 Fabregas .206 .289 223 20 46 10 2 3 21 26 27 0 0 5 Lee .202 .266 173 17 35 8 1 4 16 15 57 2 1 2 Castro .158 .273 38 1 6 2 0 1 2 6 8 0 01 Counsell .152 .211 66 4 10 1 0 0 2 5 10 0 0 1 TOTALS .264 .327 4940 615 1306 236 42 109 583 434 980 86 41 115 PITCHERS W-L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO Almanza 0-1 1.72 14 0 0 15.2 8 4 3 1 9 20 Mantei 1-2 2.72 35 0 10 36.1 24 11 11 4 25 50 Almonte 0-0 3 00 800 9 0 13 3 3025 Alfonseca 4-5 3 36 65 0 17 69 2 71 26 26 3 27 42 Fernandez 7-8 3 38 24 24 0 141 0 135 60 53 10 41 91 Looper 2-1 360 63 0 0 75.0 84 37 30 6 29 44 Nunez 6-8 3 90 41 9 1 87 2 76 51 38 10 49 75 Cornelius 0-0 4 50 200 40 32 2023 Springer 5-14 4 50 34 25 1 174.0 199 102 87 19 54 78 Hernandez 5-9 4.76 20 20 0 136 0 161 78 72 17 55 97 Burnett 2-2 4 84 4 4 0 22.1 21 14 12 1 18 22 Tejera 0-0 4.91 210 32 52 2033 Dempster 6-7 5.03 21 21 0 120.0 119 67 67 18 77 106 Medina 1-0 548 17 0 0 21.1 18 13 13 3 15 15 Meadows 11-14 575 28 28 0 161.1 198 107 103 28 52 66 Edmondson 5-7 5.79 61 0 1 87.0 100 60 56 10 42 56 Sanchez 5-7 615 50 10 0 71.2 79 51 49 16 58 60 Corbin 0-1 7.29 17 0 0 21.0 25 20 17 2 15 30 Darensbourg 0-1 948 51 0 0 31.1 47 35 33 3 20 16 Billingsley 0-0 1421 6 0 0 61 8 10 10 3 6 2 Ojala 0-1 14.34 8 1 0 10 2 21 17 17 1 6 5 TOTALS 57-86 4.91 143 143 29 1271.0 1386 755 693 153 585 858 V 'MNF' ratings on rise again The Associated Press NEW YORK The Monday Night Football experiment is over and so are the plummeting television ratings. ABC posted a 16.1 national rating and a 27 share Monday night in the first regular-season game since the network returned MNF to a 9 p.m. start Last season was the first time in its 29-year history that the program began at 8 p.m. and MNF finished with a 13.9 rating, lowest in its history. Miami's 38-21 victory over Denver on Monday night increased 9 percent from last season's opener between New England and Denver. ' "We're very encouraged that our move back to 9 p.m. is going to work," ABC spokesman Mark Mandel said. "We are pleased by the results, especially given the fact it was a lopsided game." Monday's game peaked between 10-10:30 p.m. with a 17.627, when the Broncos retired John Elway's number. But South Florida viewers never saw the ceremony because WPBF-25 and WPLG-10 cut away for coverage of Hurricane Floyd. Dolphins win battle of backs DOLPHINS From 1C been hard for Johnson to have dreamed up a better beginning to his fourth season in Miami. Seemingly all the things that went wrong the last time the Dolphins visited Denver, falling 38-3 in a playoff game in January, went right Monday night. They were able to stop Broncos running back Terrell Davis, holding him to 61 yards on 19 carries compared to 199 yards in January. They were able to take some pressure off Dan Marino by running the football, picking up 111 yards on 33 carries compared with 14 yards in January. They were able to come up with big plays receiver Tony Martin caught four passes for 101 yards. , And, perhaps more importantly, they were able to come up with little plays. Last season, one of the Dolphins' biggest problems was short-yardage offense. I But Monday night, faced with three third-and-1 situations, the Dolphins converted all three. Rookie fullback Rob Konrad rushed for 2 yards one time, then caught a 6-yard pass from Marino the next And in the third quarter, after two attempts to score from the 1-yard line failed, rookie tailback J J. Johnson pushed through the left side of the line for a touchdown. i "Every time they needed 5 or 6 yards to get a first down, they did," Broncos linebacker Glenn Cadrez said. Marino said the difference in the offense compared with January could be boiled down to one statistic: turnovers. In that loss, the Broncos forced three turnovers, including two Marino interceptions. Monday night the Dolphins didn't have any turnovers. Marino completed 15-of 23 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. And the Dolphins' lone fumble, by Terrell Buckley on a punt return, was recovered by teammate Dwight Hollier. ; "The last game we played here, we never had a chance," Marino said. "We got our butt kicked. I knew in this game we had a chance to win if we didn't turn the ball over. That's what happened. This is a big win for us," lit is a win that if the NFL had something similar to college football's polls, certainly would have pushed the Dolphins up near the top. : Not only did they beat the team that most considered the AFC favorite, but the New York Jets the team the Broncos beat to get to the Super Bowl last season opened 1999 by losing their quarterback and a game. 5 "We don't want to get too high," linebacker Robert Jones said, recalling what happened last year after a Monday night victory against Denver. "We beat these guys in Miami, then wei stunk it up the next week at Atlanta. We don't want to do that this year. This is the first game. We're happy about it but it's one game." STATISTICS Giants THROUGH MONDAY . Baltimore's Jerry Hairston (right) tries to avoid the tag of Oakland fourth inning Tuesday. Hairston was called out in the Orioles' 13-6 Yanks grand slam BATTERS AVG OBA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS E Rios .321 .421 106 24 34 7 0 4 22 18 25 6 1 1 Mayne .310 .390 290 36 90 31 0 1 36 35 56 2 2 3 Kent .304 .380 450 77 137 38 2 19 93 54 94 13 5 10 Benard .294 .359 500 89 147 33 5 13 57 48 85 24 9 4 Mueller .291 .399 350 49 102 17 0 2 31 60 40 4 2 9 Delgado .291 .361 55 5 16 2003 571 03 Burks .288 .395 354 68 102 19 0 28 87 60 77 6 5 2 Servais .277 .333 188 21 52 9 0 5 21 13 29 0 0 3 Bonds .277 .409 311 85 86 17 2 31 79 69 53 15 2 2 Javier .276 .335 333 49 92 15 1 3 30 29 55 13 6 4 Santangelo .275 .418 233 45 64 16 3 3 24 49 47 11 4 1 Aurilia .275 .330 499 61 137 18 1 19 68 39 62 2 3 24 Snow .273 .372 498 80 136 23 2 19 86 79 109 0 3 5 Martinez .264 .324 129 20 34 5 0 5 17 12 14 1 2 6 Mirabelli .254 .333 63 7 16 5 0 1 8 7 20 0 0 0 Hayes .204 .293 260 31 53 8 1 6 47 33 41 3 1 7 Murray .200 .333 5 0 110 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 Guzman .000 .000 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 TOTALS .274 .359 4934 778 1350 273 17 162 740 625 892 101 45 91 PITCHERS W-L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO Johnstone 4-6 2 60 62 0 3 65 2 48 24 19 8 20 56 Embree 3-0 308 60 0 0 52 2 38 18 18 6 19 48 Nen 3-7 3.71 67 0 33 68.0 73 32 28 8 24 71 Ortiz 16-9 3.74 29 29 0 180.2 163 94 75 19 110 147 F. Rodriguez 2-3 3 92 39 0 0 57.1 61 29 25 5 26 51 Nathan 6-3 409 15 10 1 660 61 31 30 13 35 44 Spradlin 3-1 4 26 51 0 0 502 49 27 24 4 27 46 Hernandez 7-11 4 71 28 28 0 187.1 208 105 98 22 74 141 Estes 10-8 4.73 28 28 0 1790 179 102 94 18 99 140 Rueter 14-8 5 00 29 29 0 1632 185 98 91 23 46 81 R. Rodriguez 3-0 5 02 53 0 0 52.0 54 29 29 7 26 40 Brock 6-8 548 19 19 0 106.2 124 69 65 18 41 76 Tavarez 2-0 5.75 44 0 0 51.2 61 35 33 7 24 33 DelToro 0-0 5.79 7 0 0 14.0 19 9 9 4 6 10 Gardner 4-10 6.32 25 20 0 131.0 128 95 92 24 54 80 TOTALS 78 65 4.59 143 143 371290.1 1290 719 658 169 576 4-8 14-9 7-16 9-13 JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER games at Pro Player Stadium. All times EST National League since an 11-gamer from June 24-July7,1997. B Rockies 7, Mets 2: Vinny Castilla hit his 200th career home run and Neifi Perez tripled twice and drove in a run and host Colorado beat New York. The Mets, who began the day one game behind Atlanta in the NL East, had won nine of their past 11. New York remained 2Vi games ahead of Cincinnati in the wild-card race. Castilla's two-run homer was his 30th of the year, the fifth straight year he has hit at least 30 homers. Edgard Clemente added a home run for the Rockies, who won for the third time in their past five games. B Cubs 4, Reds 3: Sammy Sosa again came up empty in his quest for homer No. 60, but Henry Rodriguez hit his first in nearly a t . NX 4gr NICK WASSThe Associated Press catcher Ramon Hernandez in the victory over the Athletics. Blue Jays land's five-game winning streak. Former Marlin Charles Johnson went 4-for-4 to help Baltimore extend its winning streak to a season-high eight games. B Mariners 5, Devil Rays 1: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his AL-leading 45th home run to lead visiting Seattle past Tampa Bay and snap a four-game losing streak. The homer was the 395th of Griffey's career, as well as his , third this season in 10 at bats , against Rolando Arrojo (5-11). Seattle's Jamie Moyer (14-6) ' allowed seven hits, none after the ' fifth inning, to improve to 6-0 when pitching on six days rest. B Angels 8, Royals 6: Tim Salmon's three-run homer in the ; ninth inning completed Ana-heim's comeback from a five-run deficit as the Angels beat host Kansas City in the first game of a double-header. B Tigers 7, White Sox 0: C.J. Nitkowski allowed just two hits in seven innings for his first win as a starter since 1996, and Karim Garcia homered twice as Detroit beat host Chicago. u mm ag A Little About Your Restored Beauty New Car reviews and News every Thursday and Saturday in Driveways The Palm Beach It i jfiviUSt .,. - . 'V. " - - . - 7 V . ' si - , SCHEDULE September Sun Mon Tue Wed Hiu Fri Sat 15 10:05 16 4:05 1 17 8:35 18 3:05 SF SF ARZ ARZ sc 19 3:05 20 21 7:05 22 7:05 23 1:05 24 7!o5 25 7:05 ARZ MON MON MON COL COL WHDT SC SC WHDT WHDT WHDT-55; SC SportsChannel. Shaded American League second deck of SkyDome was his second grand slam of the season and the seventh of his career. Left-hander Paul Spoljaric relieved Koch in the ninth with the bases loaded and gave up the slam to O'Neill. It was just the third time the Yankees hit two slams in a game; the others were May 24, 1936, at Philadelphia, and June 29, 1987, in Toronto. B Red Sox 12, Indians 3: Troy O'Leary drove in four runs and Jose Offerman went 4-for-4 as surging Boston routed host Cleveland. Derek Lowe (6-3) pitched 3'j innings of hitless relief to give Boston its 11th win in 14 games. The Red Sox remained 3'6 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and two games ahead of Oakland in the wild-card race. B Orioles 13, Athletics 6: Cal Ripken hit a three-run homer and Mike Mussina won his first start in three weeks as resurgent Baltimore snapped visiting Oak hit, worked five innings and allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts. Karl (10-11) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, with five strikeouts and three walks all in the first. Every Saturday, The Post's DriveWays Br section showcases a classic car. Send a non-returnable photo of your car and all the detai s. Jw plus your day phone number to V Amy Woods, Marketing Dept., The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, 3 West Palm Beach, FL 33416 FT N.Y.'s late-game slams bring team back from 6-1 deficit vs. Toronto. The Associated Press TORONTO That big lead was about to be cut to 2Vi games. Then came the power barrage. Bernie Williams hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning and Paul O'Neill hit another slam in the ninth as the New York Yankees ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 Tuesday night. The Yankees trailed 6-1 in the eighth inning and were on the verge of matching their longest losing streak of the season. Manager Jim Fregosi brought in right-handed closer Billy Koch (0-4) to face the switch-hitting Williams, who was in 4-for-24 slump. Williams was hitting .354 with 17 homers in 381 at-bats against right-handers, but just .290 with four homers in 145 at-bats against lefties. His 419-foot shot into the month and Chicago beat host Cincinnati. Sosa failed to get the ball out of the infield against Pete Har-nisch (14-9), then completed an 0-for-4 night with a groundout in the ninth against Dennys Reyes, who gave up Mark McGwire's 60th homer last year. B Brewers 4, Cardinals 1: Scott Karl pitched seven strong innings and Marquis Grissom and Jeff Cirillo had key hits in a three-run seventh and visiting Milwaukee beat St Louis. Grissom's two-out, broken-bat single off Manny Aybar (4-5) snapped a 1-1 tie. Cirillo, batting .417 against the Cardinals this season and .388 for his career, added a two-run double. Cirillo was 2-for-4 and has five hits in the past two games. Cardinals starter Rick Ankiel, a 20-year-old rookie who is the organization's top pitching prospect, got a no-decision and is 0-1 in five starts. Ankiel, who singled in the second for his first career Astros extend win streak to 12, build lead The Associated Press HOUSTON With their 12th consecutive win, the Houston Astros set a team record and widened their NL Central lead. Shane Reynolds homered and allowed six hits in seven innings, and Ricky Gutierrez went 4-for-4 as the Astros routed the Philadelphia Phillies 12-2 Tuesday night Houston increased its division lead to four games over second-place Cincinnati, which lost to Chicago 4-3, and sent Philadelphia to its 11th straight loss. The Astros have outscored the Phillies 254 in the first two games of the series and outhit them 26-14. Reynolds (16-11) allowed both runs, struck out three and walked one. He is 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA in three September starts. Paul Byrd (14-9) was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in three-plus innings. The losing streak is the Phillies' longest

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