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Lopez Pitched It With Heavy Heart A ' ' - . v --AP Wircototo ASHFORD'S FIRST APPEARANCE Emmet Ashford, major league baseball's first '-- Negro umpire, chats with Angel manager Bill -, Rigney prior to Sunday's game with Cubs in ; Palm Springs. Ashford.was making his first ap- - pearance behind plate for major league teams. METS FfJV AGAIN Astros Continue Mastery of A.L. By ROSS NEWHAN I, P-TSIiHWrlhr PALM SPRINGS -- Mar- cclino Lopez realizes it is not as easy as he makes it look. The mental scars keep reminding him. The most complete athlete in the Angel camp -- - a 6-3, 195-pqiirid picture of grace while pitching, a dynamo de tonating while 1 hitting, a panther when asked to field his wsition. "· ' ' He was all of this Suiiday while restricting the Cubs to one hit during a three inning prep. But it wasn't as easy as he made it look. "1 learn yesterday that my father died," said Lopez, his inflection t o u c h e d t h e rhythms of calypso except when the sounds are muffled as they were Sunday. Reynoldo Lopez, 55, a mechanic by trade, a devotee father of two sons and four daughters, died of a heart attack in Havana on Feb. 14 It was March 12 when the sad news reached Marcelino "The mail is slow," saic Marcelino," and sometimes the letters do not get in 01 out at all. A friend called from Miami two days ago and asked if it was true that my father had died. 1 did nol know what to tell him, so I eleg'ram my family. Yesterday, my sister Carmen called 'rom Havana and I learn about my .father." Marcelino Pons Lopez, 22, lad not seen his father, nor any member of his family, since March 9, 1962 when he slipped Castro's cla'sp. "Each year I have so much rouble leaving to a t t e n d spring training that this time [ decide not to go back," said Lopez. He brought his wife out of Cuba with him and now there is a son whose presence combines with his .own blossoming baseball success to leave most of Marcelino's moments carefree. But one simply does not erase the memory of his environment. "I want to bring my mother and family out of Cuba am bring them here with us," sale Marcelino, "but it is not easy and you have to be lucky. "It is not easy to talk on the phones because they tape all the calls. Sometimes yoi have to pay the govermnen 500 or 600 pesos before the} even think about letting you go. They make you pay all the bills and Castro takes your house and maybe for the las month you live in the streets "My family gels along pretty well because two of my sisters nre teachers and I send about $100 every month. Last fear I s e n d - a lot of medicine, jut the packages are slow. Vly sister tell me that the Christmas card 1 send in No vember arrived yesterday." This is the burden which Lopez lifted while becoming the Angels best-ever south paw (14-13, 2.93 .ERA) and runner-up to Curt Belfary as American League Robkie-of- the-year. He is currently so far ahead of the hitters, they may never catch up. "I've been ready since the first day I get here," smiled Marcelino, who reached this state of preparedness during a dazzling winter campaign in Laguaira, Venezuela. He even Impressed himself "I was 14-5 with 1.57 ERA I had six shutouts and 1 complete games. 1 walk only 23 in 108 innings and I pitch 62 straight innings withou giving up a run. Not bad huh?" Lopez denied that such a winter workout would pro duce weary muscles during the summer stretch run. "Winter ball is easy," he hummed. "You pitch only once a week and the weathei is beautiful -- 100 degree: during day and cool nights ike Los Angeles. "During the winter I work on keeping the ball down and h r o w i n g sidearm to left- landers. I work hard because want to win the bie 20 thisl "' sce some of lll ° phillies '»ear-perfecl weather condi- season. I look for n better', this winter and they tell me tions. year because now I know the! how "^ G , ene M ? l ' c |) w . cn | litters" [ l o o k i n g for n leflhandeu i pitcher. That is funny be- Lopez's rapid development'causc they gave two of them INDEPENDENT--Pig's J-3 : ' Bt.Ui, ciilf., Mwv, MwcH H, Wtt Bahiit Corinthian . fit-Is Ideal Weather farm system, shifting from mound to outfield and back.; A ric | d of 70 boats com . lie has run the 100 in under 10 seconds and batted over .300 in the Eastern League. peted in Sunday's . yacht race, sponsored by the Bahla Corinthian Yacht Club under OUTSIDE: Cri lot--Boo V DtxwcllV (NHYC}. INSIDE: Udo UA-Upst, Al Pt.f was n surprise to eveiyoiie(Uuiiy May was (he other) ISSA)' L« Lam, AM ' MKL£M:. except .pitching coach Marv (0 the Angels. jiocyc!: ute'Hj^Aitii.. wSrk AU Grissom, who predicted last IInf nt , K , ^^ , J^^c^' c^«. K? :al with as]!?^;. U"/i. ·"T.'Ji 1 'S.S. Pcfk^rj. LtrvJa HilUr n o u * spring he w o ul d win 15 games. A torn rib nuiscle during the final three weeks andji"""_^!!!!L. an erratic road record lefti Lopez one shy. "1 lose a lot of close games on the road (record: -4-10), and I don't think I pitch that bad. I love Chavez Ravine (record: 10-3) because it has the perfect mound. It is high ond this forces you to follow through. "All of us hope they have the same mound in Anaheim. I think the smaller park will make me a better pitcher because it makes you think more. H keeps your mind on the game." H will be iialletl that Lopez came to the Angels in the lend-lease arrangement for Vic Power. He hud spent four seasons in the Phillies Car Bureerioo IBCYCI. i ftttCMHKtS. Frkio»8P.V.Sjliirday218P.M.SuiKijy2*6P.M. Alt Muliol Tkkel *icncM, Walllch'j Musk City Slwas. Jixftin J Music. 9676 (kintal Grove BSd . Dilncylind Ifcltl met Aftocy. ·WMMti Send Sett Addressed, stamped «tiY*lof»ind cfc«clc to RODCO. IONQ BEACH AhENA, IONQ BEACH 2. Tkkell w» U ig.M h rtlum mj4. . j By Associated Prtsi Houston's Astros, also-rans! in the National League for four years, kept winning and Minnesota's Twins, defending American League champions, were.still losing as baseball's exhibition schedule completed its first weekend Sunday. The' Astros shaded Washington 4-3 in 11 in nnings for their fourth successive Citrus Circuit v i c t o r y -- all over American League teams. Minnesota dropped its fourth in a row, bowing to Detroit 2-1. In other games Sunday, the Chicago White Sox nipped Cincinnati 1-0; the New York Mets won their s e c o n t straight, 3-0 over St. Louis Pittsburgh handed Philadelphia'- its third consecutive loss/:(M; Baltimore edged the New "York Y a n k e e s . 4 - 3 Kansas City downed Boston 8-4 and San F r a n c i s c o whipped Cleveland 6-2. . . ( - * * * a GREG SIMS, a 19-year-old rookie outfielder, clouted an llth'inning homer that gave Houston its victory over thi Senators. S i m s connectei with two out against rooki Casey Cox. Lee'Maye drov in the first three Astro run with..a;homer and single.. Detroit beat the Twins whe Jake Wood scampered horn on Bill ,Whitby's wild pile in the'hinth inning. Minnesot nicked Hank Aguirre for it only^jyn on Cesar Tovar 1 first-inning single but wer shut out the rest of the wa by ASguirre, I.avry Sherry an Mickey Lolich. Exhibition Standing! "2 NATIONAL LEAGUE HfluSlM .-_.. - , * 0 l.W Pllhburoh 3 0 1.00 New-.York . 2 0 San - Francisco 2 0 Atlanta .._ l 0 Chlcaao __!.". ~~-~.ia \ Doofler* « ] St Louis - 0 2 Philadelphia . .0 3 -; AMERICAN LEAGUE Balllrnwe r 3 0 DclroTI _ _.--2 0 AlUKlI 1 · Lee Ella's ninth-inning dou- e scored Pete Ward with \e only run of the game as White Sox edged the eds. Ward opened the ninth ith a single and had reached lird on a wild pitch and an ifield out before Elia con ;cted. The Mets beat St. Louis for le second day in a row with hoo Choo Coleman hitting a ases empty home run. Jack isher, Ron Nischwitz and -arry Bearnarth combined for :e seven-hit shutout. The Pirates won their third traight by. whipping the Phil es. Dave Roberts homered or Pittsburgh and Don Card- veil pitched three scoreless nnings. Baltimore got a 'run in the inth on a triple by rookie irst baseman Mike Epstein ind a single by catcher 'amilo Carreon to beat the Yankees. 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