Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 14, 1990 · Page 18
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Page 18 —Tuesday, September 16, 2003 SPORTS 3£t|t jlttbiana (feuttte Bonds trails Aaron by 100 By RICK FREEMAN AP Sports Writer With a few more seasons as prolific as this, Barry Bonds will be the new home run king. Bonds is 100 away from tying Hank Aaron after hitting No. 655 on Monday night in San Francisco's 8-7 home win over San Diego. Bonds is five away from tying his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place at 660. "That's reachable," Bonds said. After that, there's Babe Ruth with 714 and Aaron at 755. The homer was Bonds' 42nd this season. He's tied with St. Louis' Albert Pujols for most in the NL, one behind Texas' Alex Rodriguez for the major league lead. When asked if he realized he'd pulled within 100 homers of Aaron, Bonds shrugged and said: "No. Well, I know now." Bonds also reached a walks milestone in the sixth, with his 2,063rd — breaking a tie with Ruth for second place. Rickey Henderson leads with 2,190. Bonds also walked in the eighth and scored the tying run on Benito Santiago's single. Pinch-runner Pedro Feliz scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Jay Witasick (3-5) with two outs, capping a crazy comeback. Feliz went to third on a flyball to shallow right. Gary Matthews Jr. caught the ball but didn't immediately try to make a play, possibly thinking it was the third out. Joe Nathan {10-4} got one out for the win, and Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his 34th save. San Francisco's magic number to clinch the NL West is four. Any combination of Giants wins and Dodgers losses that equal four gives the Giants the division title. "We've been finding ways all year," Bonds said. "We're not in this position by accident." WUSA folds By the Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The cash- strapped WUSA called it quits Monday just five days before the Women's World Cup, bringing an abrupt end to a soccer league built on the success of the 1999 tournament. The decision was made by the league's board of governors at a meeting in New York. The eight-team WUSA was filled with the world's best female players, including U.S. stars Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy. Chastain provided the signature moment in 1999 when she ripped off her shirt after scoring the championship- winning goal against China. But the attention the Women's World Cup received faded over the years, leaving the WUSA foundering. TV ratings were almost nonexistent and the league had trouble finding fans who weren't under 18 and play on a soccer team. The WUSA hoped another World Cup this fall would bring last-minute corporate sponsorships to save the league, but that hasn't happened. The WUSA's owners have invested more than $100 million to fund the league, and some of me top players took pay cuts this season to help keep it afloat. Even after cutting costs, the league was about $16 million in the red. Hendricks said the league needed eight sponsors to spend $2.5 million each per year. The WUSA recruited only two sponsors willing to spend that much, Hyundai and Johnson & Johnson. The league conceded the timing of the announcement was awkward but said the WUSA had to consider all its employees and players who aren't in the World Cup. "We couldn't keep the doors open even another 24 hours without jeopardizing a decent and fair severance package for our employees," Hendricks said. The league had franchises in Boston, Atlanta, San Diego, Washington, New York, San Jose, North Carolina and Philadelphia. The Washington Freedom won the title last month. The Women's World Cup begins Saturday in Philadelphia, and the U.S. team opens the next day against Sweden in Washington, D.C. Fifty-sue WUSA players are to compete in the tournament. The league will not dissolve entirely until next spring, Hendricks said. "There is a glimmer of hope that a few months down the road the phone will ring" from a deep- pockets sponsor, Hendricks said. NL roundup Braves 10, Expos 6 At Montreal, Robert Pick hit his first home run in six weeks as Atlanta reduced its magic number for clinching a record 12th straight division title to three. Horacio Ramirez (11-4) won his third straight decision, which got its major league-leading 94th win and moved 10 games ahead of idle Florida in the NL East. Ramirez allowed seven hits and two runs in seven innings. Pick hit a three-run homer off Livan Hernandez (15-9) in the second for his first home run since July 27, when he connected twice against the Expos in a 1310 loss in Montreal. Cubs 4, Mets 1 At Chicago, Matt Clement matched his career high with his 13th victory as Chicago gained ground in the NL Central race. Randall Simon had two RBIs for Chicago, which pulled within 1 Vz games of first-place Houston, which was idle. The Mets have lost 10 in 11. New York managed just three infield singles against Clement (13-11) in seven innings, and the only run he allowed was unearned. Cardinals 11, Brewers 2 At St. Louis, Brett Tomko allowed six hits over eight innings and drove in three runs as St. Louis snapped a four-game losing streak. Tomko (13-8) went 2-for-4, including a two-run single in the second and an RBI single in the third, as the Cardinals moved within five games of Houston in the NL Central. Pujols hit his 42nd home run, leaving him tied with Bonds for the NL lead. Jim Edmonds also homered for the Cardinals, who scored seven times in the first three innings off Wes Obermueller (0-5). LEAGUE CHAMPS Indiana won the Cambria County Girls 17-and-Under Fast Pitch League championship. Team members include, first row from left, Jenna Drew, Joselyn Stine, Kaley Ferguson, Jordan Penrose and Megan Malcolm; second row, Amber Hummel, Lauren Young, Ashley Rearick, Megan Setlock and Kelsey Ferguson; and third row, Christa George, Julie DellAntonio, Theresa Sgro, Joelle Wisnieski, Renee Trout and Tori Goodlin. Absent from photo: Marissa Miller. Twins win, move into first By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer Torii Hunter can hardly contain his excitement. "I'm so pumped up for every series, every game right now," the Minnesota outfielder said. That's because the Twins are heading home in first place in the AL Central, ready for a showdown with the second-place Chicago White Sox. Hunter tied his career high with five RBIs as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 13-6 on Monday night to take sole possession of the division lead for the first time since June 30. Minnesota (81-69) moved a half-game ahead of idle Chicago (80-69). The Twins begin a three- game series Tuesday night against the White Sox. "It's going to be tough because they are pumped up, just like us," Hunter said. "We can't think of sweeping them. That would be great, but we've got to take two of three." At Cleveland, Hunter, Michael Ryan and Cristian Guzman each AL roundup drove in two runs during an eight-run sixth. Hunter added a three-run homer in the ninth off Terry Mulholland, giving him a career-high 99 RBIs. JohanSantana (11-3) improved to 7-0 in nine starts since July 29 as the Twins won for the 10th tune in 13 games. He gave up four runs — three earned — and four hits in five-plus innings. Jason Davis (8-11) allowed seven runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. An error on an infield single led to Minnesota's eight-run sixth. Shannon Stewart drew a one- out walk, and Luis Rivas hit a chopper to the side of the mound. Davis snared it, but hit Rivas with his throw to first for an error. The next seven Twins reached base and Minnesota went up 9-2, capped by Guzman's homer. Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 2 At Fenway Park, Derek Lowe won his fifth straight decision, and Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz homered for Boston. The Red Sox increased their wild-card lead over Seattle to IVfe games. They trail New York by 5Vz games in the AL East Lowe (16-6) allowed four hits in eight innings. Rangers 6, Mariners 4 At Arlington, Texas, Rafael Palmeiro and Mark Teixeira homered as the Rangers ended a five-game losing streak. Palmeiro's shot made him the second player in major league history to reach 35 homers and 100 RBIs in nine straight seasons. Hall of Famer Jirnmie Foxx is the only one to do it Royals 10, Tigers 4 Joe Randa drove in five runs for visiting Kansas City as Detroit became the first AL team to lose 111 games since the 1939 St. Louis Browns. The Tigers need five wins in their final 13 games to avoid matching the modern-day record of 120 losses, set by the 1962 Mets. Yankees 13, Orioles 1 At Baltimore, Alfonso Soriano went 4-for-5 with two home runs, and Aaron Boone also connected twice to lead New York. Soriano set the tone by driving the first pitch of the game into the left-field seats against Rodrigo Lopez (7-10) for his team- leading llth leadoff homer this season. Jason Giambi and Enrique Wilson also homered for the Yankees, who stayed 5Yz games ahead of Boston in the AL East. Hideki Matsui became only the third Yankees rookie to drive in 100 runs, joining Joe DiMaggio (125 in 1936) and Tony Lazzeri (114 in 1926). Athletics 7, Angels 4 Miguel Tejada hit a grand slam as visiting Oakland beat Anaheim for its seventh straight win and opened a 4Vz-game lead in the AL West Ted Lilly (11-9) pitched five innings of one-hit ball for Oakland, which has its biggest lead of the season. Orpik hopes to guins RUNNER-UP — Rose Inn finished second in the Indiana County Women's League softball playoffs. Team members include, first row from left, Sheila Fairman, Jess Sexton and Barb Wagner; second row, Amanda Kinter, Tammy Sabella, Kelly Stewart, Bernadette Sgro, Jill Thompson and Chris Stewart; and third row, Shawna Fairman, Dawn Perfetti, Chris Worcester, Nichole Donahue, Amy Davis, Tammy Rotosky, Danielle Creighton and Denise Mamros. Ryan bounces back after baseball leaves its mark Continued from page 13 Ryan, who had already driven in a run with a single in two at- bats, was playing right field with the score tied 3-3 in the home half of the seventh inning. Peralta lifted a leadoff fly ball to right center field that drew the attention of Ryan and Mohr. Ryan, who struggled with the high sky throughout the day, lost track of the ball as it neared him. "I tried to be somewhere near him in case he couldn't catch it," Mohr said. "I wasn't exac.dy what I had in mind. It was a heads-up play on his part." "I had about four balls hit out to me," Ryan said. "The first three I lost them, the sun was right there the whole game. I lost them, and then right at the last second the ball would come out of the sun so I had time to react. "Then the fourth one I saw it off the bat well, and once I started taking an angle toward the gap I lost it. I just wanted to go to the spot where I thought the ball would drop. And I didn't see it, and I didn't see it. And I felt something hit me in the head and I went down. Luckily, Dustin was there to catch it." Luckily for the Twins, indeed. Cleveland, remember, was where Canseco once misplayed a fly .ball-off his head over the fence for a home run at the old Munic- "I had about four balls hit out to me. The first three I lost them, the sun was right there the whole game. I lost them, and then right at the last second the ball would come out of the sun so I had time to react." — Michael Ryan ipal Stadium. "It could have bounced over the fence for a home run," Ryan said. "Or he could have gotten extra bases and cost us a run." "We were lucky," said Gardenhire. "But mat's fine. He made the ESPN highlights and national highlights." Vicki Ryan learned in a telephone conversation with her son, Gary, who lives in Richmond, Va., that "Today" co-anchors Katie Couric and Matt Lauer spoke at length about the play as it was shown and expressed their hope that Michael would be fine. "We were shocked," Vicki said. "And I've had people calling from Florida saying that they saw it on their local news. And I said, 'Oh well, that's one way to get on 'SportsCenter.'" Gardenhire said he has no problem putting the 26-year-old in the outfield. "He'd been doing fine out there, other than getting hit in the head yesterday," he said. "He's able to move around. He's an aggressive kid, which we like. He's been playing fine in the outfield. That's a bonus because {previously in his career) he was a little shaky." The catch also was unique in Mohr's perspective. "That was the weirdest conditions I've caught ever caught a fly ball under," he said. Ryan's gaffe was initially witnessed by a crowd of more 19,452 that included numerous family members and friends from Indiana County. As for the man from Chicago, Vicki said he started to show genuine concern and hope that her son would be OK. "He was very nice," she said. "He finished by saying, 'Well, this is a serious time. I hope he's going to be fine.' " By the Associated Press CANONSBURG, Pa. — When Brooks Orpik reported to training camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, he was sure he would make the team. Instead of suiting up for the Penguins' season opener against Toronto, however, he was headed back to Wilkes-Barre, the team's American Hockey League affiliate, for the second straight year. And he didn't like it. "Last year was a more realistic disappointment than the previous year," the 22-year-old de- fenseman said. "I thought I had a pretty good camp and, in the end, it all depends on what they need for players." Orpik was caught up in a numbers game a year ago. The team had several veterans under contract including Janne Laukkanen, Ian Moran, Jamie Pushor, Hans Jonsson and Andrew Ference, all of whom have since left. "We had a lot of bodies around here and it certainly didn't hurt him to go down and play 20 or 25 minutes a night in Wilkes-Barre at the (AHL) level," Penguins assistant coach Randy Hillier said. The departure of so many de- fensemen has moved the former Boston College standout up the depth chart and, quite possibly, into the team's starting lineup. That is especially true now mat Josef Melichar re-injured his shoulder during an ihtrasquad scrimmage Sunday and is out indefinitely. Melichar missed all but eight games with the Penguins last year after having season-ending shoulder surgery. While Melichar is undergoing two weeks of intensive rehabilitation before his shoulder is reevaluated, it will give players like Orpik, Rob Scuderi and Ross Lu- paschuk a chance to shine. Then again, for a team that finished with the second-worst record in the NHL a year ago, very few players are locks to make the team. "When your team doesn't make the playoffs, every spot's available when you look at it, but (Orpik is) one of those guys we hope is in our starting six," Hillier said. "I think he has all the attributes to be an NHL defenseman, and it looks, so far early in this camp, that he's ready to take that step." A tough, physical defenseman, Orpik scored four goals and notched 18 points in 71 games in Wilkes-Barre. He got called up to the Penguins last season, but saw action in just six games, recording two penalty minutes. This year, the only problem Orpik had was getting out on the ice to impress his new coach. He was held out of the team's first full week of intrasquad scrimmages as a precaution due to a sprained knee, but took regular shifts Monday during the team's annual training camp tournament. In four games, he has two assists and is a plus-5. "We've just kind of kept him out of contact because he tweaked his knee a little bit right before he came to camp. But he's been skating extremely well," Penguins first-year head coach Eddie Olczyk said. "He wants to play and he wants to get into contact and we want to make sure all our injured players are back to some semblance of 100 percent." That didn't stop Orpik from cjosely watching the team's scrimmages with an obvious eye for hitting the ice — and a few teammates —• to show the decision makers he no longer belongs in the minors. "We want him to play expecting to be here. It's healthy," Ol- czyk said. "We want guys that are going to step up." Orpik believes he will if given the chance. "I'd rather be here no matter what the situation is," Orpik said. "You want a bigger opportunity and a bigger role to play. The guys who play better are the guys that want to be out there." Brooks fell asleep at wheel MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A State Patrol investigation determined that former U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks fell asleep before his fatal crash on Interstate 35, his son said. The coach of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team was returning from northeastern Minnesota on Aug. 11 when his car went off the highway and rolled. The State Patrol report confirmed that Brooks wasn't drinking, speeding, talking on his cell phone or'having a health prob- lem when his minivan drifted off the interstate around 2:30 p.m., his son, Dan Brooks, said. "It was pretty much what we thought the report would say," Dan Brooks told the Star Tribune. "The State Patrol investigated the scene, and talked to eyewitnesses, the people my dad was with that weekend and the coroner and concluded to the best of their ability that he fell asleep. We would have been surprised if we learned he had been stung by a bee or something like that."

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