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Reno Gazette-Journal PORTS BASEBALL 2D OUT AND ABOUT3D AT A GLANCE 5D PAN AM GAMES 6D THURSDAY AUGUST 8, 1991 SPORTS EDITOR: JAMIE TURNER, 788-6345 P American League Oakland 6, Seattle 1 California 8, Minnesota 1 Milwaukee 4, Baltimore 2 Toronto 5, Detroit 2 Chicago 10, New York 2 Kansas City 2, Boston 0 Texas 12, Cleveland 10 D National League Los Angeles 2, Cincinnati 0 Philadelphia 5, Chicago 4 San Francisco 1 , Atlanta 0 New York 7, Pittsburgh 1 San Diego 7, Houston 4 Montreal 1 , St. Louis 0 D California League Reno 2, San Bernardino 1 NFL exhibition 49ers 24, Broncos 6 :-. V ."7; i $0 . , ' bjd, if A JOE SANTORO Drab August game a typical NFL practice SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco 49ers went into this preseason with the following questions: 1. Will anybody replace Ronnie Lott and Roger Craig? 2. Will anybody play one position on the offensive line long enough to know a right tackle from a left guard? 3. Will the Candlestick Park bench be reinforced to handle Bubba Paris' bulge? 4. Will any media type dare ask any question using the phrase threepeat? 5. Is Sanjay Beach really a Club Med vacation spot? What are the questions surrounding the team this morning after three games and a trip halfway around the world? See above. That's how useless the NFL preseason is. Nothing really gets settled, except a few overweight NFL coaches get to wear American flag shirts in another country. Preseason. That's another thing. You can call it preseason, exhibition or, to be more precise, practice, but don't call it real football. The only resemblance the practice games in August have to the regular season variety are the ticket prices. The 49ers' 24-6 victory over the Denver Broncos Wednesday night at Candlestick was a mess. There were 1 7 penalties called, a dozen on the 49ers. "The penalties were obviously unfortunate," said 49ers head coach George Seifert. "Things did get a bit ragged at times." See SANTORO on page 4D Beauty winner sues Tyson NEW YORK (AP) The 1990-91 Miss Black America filed a $100 million lawsuit against former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in federal court on Wednesday, alleging he grabbed her buttocks. Rosie Jones, 27, of Bridgeport, Conn., claims in her lawsuit that Tyson grabbed her waist and "rear end" at an India- i ' Tyson napoiis convention last month. Jones said earlier that Tyson "went to put his arm around my waist, where I thought it was going, but it went on my behind and he rubbed my behind." Tyson has also been accused of rape by an 1 8-year-old beauty pageant contestant during the Indiana Black Expo. The case will soon go to a grand jury in Indianapolis. D Get a kick out of this: The 13th Annual Washoe Zephyr Invitational Youth Soccer Tournament will be held Aug. 10-11 at Reed High School, Shadow Mountain, Mira Loma Park and Sparks High, for boys and girls teams from Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and California. Golfs best players take on the challenge of the year's fourth and final major tournament the PGA Championship. TBS cable, 9:05 a.m. BEATEN: Denver's Charles Dimry RENO 2, SAN BERNARDIN0 1 Sox win By Martin Rosales GAZETTE-JOURNAL It's been a painful season for Silver Sox infielder Tommy Mitchell, but more games like Wednesday's will help make the remaining games more enjoyable. Mitchell was the entire offense for the Reno Silver Sox on Wednesday night, blasting two solo homers, including the game-winner leading off the ninth to lead the Silver Sox over San Bernardino, 2-1, in a California League game at Moana Municipal Stadium. "I was just thinking of hitting the ball hard," said Mitchell, whose earlier home run gave Reno a 1-0 lead in the fifth. "In the last at bat, he kept going fastball away hi TV 5 ' H' .-v Associated Press SOME DEBUT: Scott Brosius watches his first major league homer during Wednesday afternoon's win over Seattle. pee - Tf c ; IlUZA Associated Press TOO LATE: Mike LaValliere cradles a throw as the Mets' Dave Magadan scores. Roundup, 2D. (25) can't keep Jerry Rice out of the in ninth on Mitchell's second homer and away and I fouled both those pitches off. "I knew he would come after me. I knew he had to come inside on that last pitch, too, and I was ready for it." As soon as Mitchell made contact, there was no doubt the ball would land on Moana Lane. Such moments have been quite rare for Mitchell this season, however, because of cartilage problems in his right knee. He's been able to play with pain, but is not producing the numbers he thinks he's capable of. "It felt good to have a game like this," said Mitchell, the younger brother of San Francisco slugger Kevin and the cousin of Atlanta rookie Keith Mitchell. "All season, I've been playing hurt. The Associated Press endzone in the first quarter. only thing I'm going to worry about now is swinging the bat." Mitchell was the only person San Bernardino starter Sean Rees. a June draftee from Arizona State, was unable to solve. Rees (1-3) pitched Vh perfect innings to start the game and finished with a six hitter. "Tommy's had a tough year, but this is the sort of thing he did for me last year," said Reno manager Mai Fichman, who coached Mitchell at Erie (Penn.) of the New York-Penn League. "If he was healthy, he would have been doing this for all all season." Reno reliever Barry Parisotto (6-3) earned the win with 2 'A shutout innings. He replaced starter Rick Odekirk, who left after allowing the tying run to score in the OAKLAND E, SEATTLE 1 Rookie Brosius' debut a smash for A's By John Shea GANNETT NEWS SERVICE OAKLAND Scott Brosius hails from a tiny college in Oregon and wasn't selected by the Oakland A's until the 20th round of the 1987 draft. On Wednesday afternoon. Brosius made his major-league debut and thrilled an Oakland Coliseum crowd of 40,251 by collecting a home run. double and an assist to guide the A's to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. "They said it was a bad draft," said Brosius, sporting a grin from ear to ear. As far as Brosius is con-ccrned,"they" were dead wrong, at least for one day. Brosius worked himself through the organization over the past five years, hitting and fielding whenever and whereever he was asked. Brosius would usually play the infield, but he played his share in the outfield earlier in his pro career. Offensively, he would hit all over the lineup. So it wasn't much of a surprise when manager Tony La Russa approached Brosius just 45 minutes before game time and told him he was starting in Jose Canseco's spot D Golden Seniors: Joe Keshmiri and A.U. Ricciardi, both of Reno, won gold medals in the Post-World Veterans Championship Meet in the Soviet Union last weekend. Keshmiri, a Reno hotel owner, won gold medals in the 50-54 division discus and shot put. He won the discus in 1 72-6. Ricciardi, a retired orthodontist, won the 70-74 division , decathlon. He also finished second in the 80-meter hurdles and was third in the discus. D Record makers: Carl Lewis and Lcroy Burrcll sparked a U.S. 4x 1 00 relay team that broke the world mark for that event in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday. Story, 6D. D Out and AbOUt: Taking a tour of Lake Tahoe, using the bike paths and roadways around that crystal blue landmark, can be both invigorating and a little frightening. Story, 3D. SAN FRANCISCO 24, DENVER 6 Hendeirsoe makes a point Little-used RB stars: Ex-Georgia star gains 84 yards in exhibition win. By Joe Santoro GAZETTE-JOURNAL SAN FRANCISCO Just label the San Francisco 49ers running game Run THC, as in Spencer Tillman, Keith Henderson and Dexter Carter. "That's what we're going to have to get used to," said 49ers head coach George Seifert after Wednesday night's 24-6 preseason victory over the Denver Broncos at Candlestick Park. "At this point it looks like a group of backs will lead us as opposed to one guy like we've been used to the past few years." That one guy was Roger Craig, who signed this offseason with the Los Angeles Raiders as a Plan B free agent. But the one guy against the Broncos was Keith Henderson. He looked like a young Craig, breaking tackles and getting outside on the Broncos' defense. seventh. Odekirk's tough luck continued. He has a 2-12 record with a 4.74 ERA but has been the victim of little run support. In Wednesday's game he was strong for 6-j innings despite throwing 155 pitches in a loss to Modesto last Friday. "I wasn't mad that I came out of the game in the seventh because I knew that was going to be it for me." Odekirk said. "I was more disgusted that I gave up the tying double." Rees saw his chance for a perfect game disappear in the fourth when Reno's hottest hitter. Tim Wallace, singled cleanly to center. Wallace has hit safely in 23 of 26 games and leads the team with a .375 average. Mitchell broke the scoreless tie in right field. "He asked me if I could play right field," Brosius said. "I said I could play- everything, that was it. Brosius Russa the neglected to tell La entire storv. A third baseman by trade. Brosius hadn't shagged flies during the pregame warmup. In fact, he hadn't played the outfield in three years. And he hadn't been in right since college. But because of nagging injuries to Canseco and Rickey Henderson, La Russa went to Brosius. La Russa had known for hours that Canseco wouldn't play and summoned Willie Wilson to play left. But when he got the late word on Henderson, he moved Wilson to left and inserted Brosius in right. "He stood there and said he was ready," La Russa said. "Because he said that, I wasn't really nervous." Brosius barely had enough time to find an outfielder's glove. He settled on Carney Lansford's oversized infielder's model. As the No. 2 hitter, he opened his big-league career with a double to left off Brian Holman. pushing Wilson to third base and setting up Dave Henderson's RBI fielder's choice. (Home (earn in CAPS) D National League REDS 1.35 Dodgers PHILLIES BRAVES METS Padres Expos pick Cubs 1.65 Giants 1.25 Pirates 1.15 1.25 ASTROS CARDS D American League BLUE JAYS 1.30 Tigers ORIOLES 1.20 Brewers W.SOX 1.50 Yankees "The rookie hit a pretty good pitch." Atlanta 's Charlie Leibrandt, after Darren Lewis' HR was the only run in a 1-0 Giants win. Henderson, who has spent the majority of his first two pro seasons out of Georgia on the disabled list with leg injuries, ran 16 times for 84 yards. "I've been hurt so much that I needed to prove to myself more than anybody that I could run the ball 15-20 times a game," said Henderson. "I went out there and to take the kind of licks I took tonight, I proved to myself I could handle it." With Henderson carrying the bulk of the load, the 49ers gained 1 55 yards on the ground. Spencer Tillman scored from a yard out and James Gray scored from five yards out for the final two touchdowns. It was Henderson's performance, though, made Seifert forget about the dozen San Francisco penalties that marred the 49ers' second game in five days. "We utilized him a great deal and it was good to see him do so well." said Seifert. "They told me earlier in the week that I was going to get the ball," said Henderson. "So I prepared myself. I needed to show myself that I could run the ball and not get hurt." See 49ERS on page 4D with a leadoff homer with his seventh round-tripper of the season and would later add No. 8. San Bernardino tied the game with a single run in the seventh. Craig Clayton reached on a single and scored from first on a two-out double to the left-field gap by Lipso Nava. SILVER SOX NOTES Catcher Dan Firova. who played with Reno last year, rejoined the team Wednesday. Firova. who just finished a season in the Mexican League, hit .262 with 21 RBI in 57 games. Reliever Francisco Alcantara is tied for fourth on Reno's all-time list for appearances in a single season. Alcantara has pitched in 56 games. Reno has today off. The first 500 fans to attend Friday and Saturday's games against Salinas will be given a free pack of Silver Sox baseball cards. In the third, he bettered himself with career homer No. 1. a high drive over the left-field wall. Exhibiting his all-around game. Brosius earned an assist in the fifth inning when he nabbed a fly-ball and quickly fired home. The runner at third, Scott Bradley, bluffed. But the runner at second. Harold Reynolds, charged to third, causing a logjam at the base and a 9-2-5-1-5 putout of Bradley. Brosius' career wasn't even five innings old. and he was batting 1.000 with an assist. He finished the day 2-for-4 with a couple of standing ovations from the right-field bleacherites. Afterward. Brosius. talking with a media gathering for nearly an hour, was eager to call his father in Portland. Ore., to relay the good news. Maury Brosius. after learning his son had been promoted to the parent club, drove his Plymouth 12 hours to Oakland and attended Sunday's and Monday's games. But Maury had to return to Portland before his son got a chance to play. "I don't think the whole reality has set in." said the 24-year-old native of Hillsboro, Ore. .

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