Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on May 11, 1987 · Page 25
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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 25

Rochester, New York
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Monday, May 11, 1987
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FLYERS UP 3-1 The Philadelphia Flyers win their second playoff game in Montreal's Forum to take a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinal series. Story on 3C. MONDAY MAY 11. 1987 ROCHESTER NEW YORK SECTIOII c 3C GOLF 3C NBA 4C COLLEGES 5C BASEBALL 6C HIGH SCHOOLS 6C HORSE RACING 1 Democrat ant) (fhrontdr INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE . MAINE 8. ROCHESTER 4 TIDEWATER 11, TOLEDO 1 COLUMBUS 14. RICHMOND 6 PAWTUCKET 15. SYRACUSE 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE BOSTON 7. CALIFORNIA 0 NEW YORK 6. MINNESOTA 1 CLEVELAND 4. KANSAS CITY 2 DETROIT 7. OAKLAND 6 BALTIMORE 6. CHICAGO 4 NATIONAL LEAGUE MONTREAL 6. HOUSTON 2 ATLANTA 8. NEW YORK 7 PHILADELPHIA 4. CINCINNATI 3 LOS ANGELES 7. ST. LOUIS 6 SAN DIEGO 14. CHICAGO 2 PITTSBURGH 4. S.F. 1 (11) NBA PLAYOFFS BOSTON 138. MILW. 137 (20T) DETROIT 89. ATLANTA 88 GOLDEN STATE 129. LAKERS 121 NHL PLAYOFFS PHILADELPHIA 6. MONTREAL 3 SPORTS QUIZ Name the player who set a major league record of 91 consecutive games without an error, ANSWER 2C SEATTLE 5. MILWAUKEE 1 TEXAS 9. TORONTO 8 iimg Guifi lbirgiMw(fi) FRANK BILOVSKY a n ifcD Out to please anyone but Orioles brass Floyd Rayford spent yesterday afternoon sunning himself in the dugout at Silver Stadium. At more man aZ4U.uuu a vear. it s nice work if you can get it Rayford got the job courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday when he was outrighted to the Rochester Red Wings. The catcher-third baseman didn't have a whole lot of nice things to say about it . r ' l ii r l tit l a a me urioies alter tne nea wings lost to the Maine Guides, 8-4, but at least he couldn't accuse the American League team of not properly preparing him for yesterday's assignment Rayford did a lot of sitting for the Orioles over the last month. Also, a lot of thinking. And here's a travel note for anyone planning to drive to the Baltimore-Washington area this week. Alternate routes are suggested. Detour signs dro ovarvuKoro THo ISridrjea ara nut FLOYD RAYFORD burned them. -. riocrito a 1 7fi hatt ,, son ana a i-ior-xo periormance mis year, ORIOLES SWEEP WHITE SOX 5C 1 C r. r iL! Rayford, who will turn 30 in July, retains true value at the major-league level First of all. he can Dlav more than one Dosition and catcher is one of them. Secondly, he has good pop in his bat 1 wo years ago, when he batted .JOb, he averaged a home run every 20 at-bats. c : ui .'Li r u: , iveu iusi iinseiuuie seosuu, cigni ui 111a .si nua wpre nnmprs. Ann nis one niL una season was outta there. So he's betting that someone will come calling eventually, someone willing to pick up the insurance policy he is and the i a fflnpn rrr u . 1 1 i 'a. ciose to $zou,uw premium attacnea to it. He'll even settle for a team that wears an insignia that includes a bird on its , cap, just as long as the colors aren't orange and black. "They're kicking butt so they might not need me here much," he said while lounging in a locker room stall that had more ample girth. "But I'm gonna be hustling as lone as I'm here. I'll Dinch hit. I'll nitrh snmp hnttincr nrnrtire. I'll Hn what.. ever it takes. I've been here before. I can . handle it." HE ALSO could handle an off-season job with the Rochester visitors bureau. In case you lost count, this is the seventh season in which he has spent at least part of the time with the Red Wings. But this tkn ft. tUn Wb ha tViinlrimrr .1 Vt lilUl UV specifically about returning to the land of crabcakes and Inner Harbor boutiques. "I'm not down here trying to impress Baltimore," he said, "I'm trying to do it for myself ... I want to go back to the major leagues. I don't care where, just so - it's not Baltimore. Preferably, though, I'd 'tra t cair in tVia American TAaaiu T7.act ua& bs oiiaj ill tub luiiviivwi u.ugw uuv, T .,;..: Dnu;mn.A UaM ou A coil visit vuaimuuic: nvw aiiu biicu. That's not because he missed the Babe Ruth Museum on his other tours of duty. He is a man with revenge on his mind. He feels that the Orioles' organization made him the scapegoat, along with infielder Jackie Guttierez and outfielder John Shelby, for the wretched start. Rayford adds that the O's miseries , have not been limited to game time. .. "Believe me," he said, "it's a much better atmosphere down here than it is up there. No doubt about it It's gotten so bad up there that people are saying, ; 'Cleveland's not that bad.' And nobody ever wants to play in Cleveland.' " , One word of caution. These are words coming from a man who wants his ties to an organization cleanly severed. And (General Manager Hank) Peters knows it," Rayford said. "He knows I want out. The ball's in his court." THE BALL WASN'T in Rayford's wheelhouse very often this season. "I sit for a couple of weeks, get a start and who's pitching?" he said. "Juan Nieves. He throws a no-hitter. Next start I get, (Greg) Swindell pitches a shutout" Now Rayford's back at Silver where a renewed stadium acts as a backdrop for an old philosophy. "A fastball is a fastball no matter where you are," he says, then adds one parting shot "Wait'll (left-handers Dennis) Ras-mussen and (Dave) Righetti come to town (to play the Orioles). You want Terry Kennedy batting against Righetti in the ninth inning with the bases loaded? Hah!" Only time will tell if Rayford also gets the last laugh. Frank Bilovsky writes for the Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester proves its human, 8-4; streak ends at 7 By Greg Boeck Democrat and Chronicle Just when it looked like Mike Hart's Kangaroo Court was about to go bankrupt, the Red Wings put it back in business yesterday with a rare off day that reminded everybody in baseball that this team is human, after all Hart, the Red Wings centerfielder and judge of the club's court that meets weekly to levy fines, had precious few to hand out in the club's blistering 20-7 getaway. But in an 8-4 loss to Maine on a sun- 5 p fe? OFT Rochester Institute of Technology's Mike OricEc spoke, Hobart listened Halftime talk carries Statesmen into By Gary Fallesen Democrat and Chronicle GENEVA Coach Dave Urick became more annoyed the more he thought about the first half of yesterday's NCAA Division III lacrosse semifinal. Hobart was leading Rochester Institute of Technology, 6-2, but Urick knew his seven-time defending national champions "had hit a little bit of a fade ... We had a chance to put the thing out of reach and didn't" "The next thing I knew," Urick said, "the chalk was crumbling in my hand when I was at the board trying to make Van Boxmeer gets 'well-done' Buffalo brass adding two years to contract By Kevin Oklobzija Democrat and Chronicle SHERBROOKE, Quebec In November, when the Rochester Americans were a .500 team in the American Hockey League, many fans called for the firing of Coach John Van Boxmeer. They were frustrated after the sixth-place finish in the non-playoff season of 1985-86 and accussingly pointed the finger at Van Boxmeer. But a first-place finish in the Southern Division and a charge into the Calder Cup finals have convinced management of the parent Buffalo Sabres that Van Boxmeer is their man for player development When the playoffs end, Van Boxmeer will sign a two-year contract extension as Amerks coach, linking him to the club TURN TO PAGE 3C splashed Mother's Day that snapped both a seven-game winning streak and a 10-game ride without a loss at home, the Red Wings put court back in session despite two more home runs. An uncharacteristic outing by International League strikeout leader John Ha-byan (four walks, two strikeouts, 10 hits, seven runs), a botched cutoff, a mis-played two-run double by rightfielder Jim Traber and a breakdown in the bullpen conspired to deny the Red Wings a sweep of the Guides and a perfect homestand. Failures aside, they still headed off for a nine-game trip that opens tonight in Syracuse with a 4'2-game hold on first place, a 20-8 record that includes a nifty 13-2 mark at Silver Stadium and a roster that continues to add one big leaguer after another. Wojnovich won eight of 19 faceoffs against a point" He made his point Hobart went back out to Boswell Field and scored three straight goals on its way to a 14-4 rout before 1,953 sunbathed spectators. The Statesmen (9-4) will play America's other top-ranked team, Ohio Wesleyan (14-2), Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Ohio Wesleyan, which yesterday pounded Washington & Lee, 17-4, shares the No. 1 spot with Hobart in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches poll despite defeating the Statesmen, 7-4, in Geneva on March 28. John Van Boxmeer (104 victories) trails only as i O-FOR-13 STREAK IRKS MATTINGLY 5C AL. NL. IL ROUNDUPS 5C The latest to arrive from Baltimore: Floyd Rayford. Due tonight John Shelby. Due tomorrow: Jackie Gutierrez. "It's scary," said Manager John Hart "We're gonna start a softball team to get everybody work," said General Manager Bob Goughan. To make room for Rayford, who arrived for his seventh tour of duty at Silver Stadium saying "They're kicking tail, there's nothing for me to do here," the Red Wings sent catcher Tom MaGrann back to Miami. Anticipating Shelby's arrival, Jerry LoMastro was shipped back to Hagerstown. Yet another move will be made when Gutierrez shows. The Red Wings will unveil their new A.' -1 Julian H. Gonial! Democrat and Chronicle Hobart. He is battling Dave Ralph. NCAA final, 14-4 Urick will no doubt remind his team about their last meeting with the Battling Bishops. But he probably won't be as vehement as he was at halftime yesterday. "To put it bluntly, he lit a fire under our (collective rear ends)," junior attack Tom Gravante said of Urick. "When he gets fired up," senior attack Ray Gilliam said, "everybody goes, 'Uh, oh, we better get going.' " Hobart scored the game's first five goals two by Gilliam, two by Gravante and one by Rick Graham in TURN TO PAGE 4C Vs Read Hoffmann Democrat and Chronicle Joe Crozier (256) . Mike Keenan (116). look on the road. Yesterday, a Silver crowd of 6,604 got little opportunity to cheer out the old. In fart, scattered boos were heard, a first in a season of daily heroics, late-inning magic, 37 home runs and a near-perfect start at home. In a game they once led, 2-0, the Red Wings faltered in the third, sixth and seventh innings, a victim of their own undoing perhaps more so than the pitching of just-sent-down Joe Cowley (1-0) and Shawn Barton (first save) and Keith Miller's 4-for-5 afternoon. "As well as we've been playing, we've been coming up with every play," said John Hart "We didn't today, and you're going to pay for it" TURN TO PAGE 5C Selling Xg0 to Area company bids for chance By Frank Bilovsky Democrat and Chronicle A Rochester-based company is close to reaching an agreement with the ESPN cable network to produce a weekly half-hour television show dealing with sports memorabilia and, more specifically, baseball cards. The show, which tentatively has been titled Big Kids Baseball Cards, already has earned the strong endorsement from ESPN program manager Tom Odjakjian, according to Patti Dobrovitz, executive producer for television programing for New Sky Ccnmunications. Dobrovitz said that Odjakjian contacted her on Friday and said he "really liked" a seven-minute pilot produced by New Sky and featuring WHEC-TV sportscaster Bill Pucko, an avid memorabilia collector. "He asked me to get back to him with a budget figure," Dobrovitz said. "I worked on it over the last few days and intend to call him back with numbers (today). He said that only one more person had to approve the show and that he thought it would present no problem." Odjakjian also told Dobrovitz that he already had a potential sponsor. Dobrovitz said if the two sides reach an agreement over the budget, she was prepared to travel to Bristol, Conn., home of ESPN, sometime this week or early next week to sign an agreement. Tentative plans call for the show to be aired in half-hour segments every week year-round. It would deal mainly with the baseball-card hobby, which has grown at a phenomenal rate over the last decade. It would be national in scope, would be produced in Rochester and also would have segments dealing with memorabilia other than cards and sports other than baseball. Dobrovitz says she became involved in the idea for the show when her husband, Peter, a WHEC-TV reporter, became actively involved in collecting sports memorabilia less than a year ago. She said if an agreement is reached with ESPN, she would expect the show to debut "within two months." Pucko would be strongly considered as the program's host if he were able to fit it jn with his schedule at Channel 10. If everything works out, Pucko could wind up pushing one of his own products. He expects to begin marketing a card set of the Buffalo Bisons' American Association baseball team within a week or two. Just like always, Puppa at root of Amerks' rally By Kevin Oklobzija Democrat and Chronicle The Rochester Americans learned one thing during the first two games of the Calder Cup finals. Their goaltender, Daren Puppa, is human. Even he can have an off night Puppa along with many teammates were sub-par for two periods Thursday in Game One, a 7-5 loss to the Sherbrooke Canadiens. He allowed six goals on 29 shots. Sherbrooke fans responded with a haunting chant of "Puuuu-ppa, Puuuu-ppa," a similar chant with which Madison Square Garden fans taunt New York Rangers opponents. But Saturday, the Canadiens learned something about Puppa. Allowing a bad goal won't affect his mental toughness. After an unstable start, the second-year TURN TO PAGE 3C

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