Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1990 · Page 17
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(gazette BASEBALL Saturday, September 20, 2003 — Page 17 Phillies grab wild-card lead By The Associated Press NL roundup Mike Lieberthal is more than making up for his one missed opportunity. Lieberthal again delivered, hitting two homers-and driving in four runs Friday night to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over Cincinnati 7-3 and into the NL wild-card lead. "Being in a pennant race and coming to the field every day is kind of a rush," Lieberthal said. The win at Veterans Stadium moved the Phillies a half-game ahead of Florida. The Marlins lost 1-0 at Atlanta. Lieberthal made his major league debut with the Phillies in 1994, the year after they reached the World Series. Since then, they'd been in playoff contention just once — that was in 2001, when 'the two-time All-Star catcher missed most of the season because of an injured right knee. "I'm not tired at all," he said. "I feel just as strong as the beginning of the season, which kind of surprises me. I'm really happy with how my body feels." Randy Wolf (16-9) won his 'fourth straight decision, giving up two runs and four hits in six shaky innings. Lieberthal hit a three-run shot in the first inning off Josh Hall (01} and added his 13th homer in the seventh. His first multi- homer game of the season gave him 13 RBIs in his last four games. The Marlins, meanwhile, couldn't score at all. A day after the Braves clinched their 12th straight division title, Russ Ortiz earned his 20th win by pitching a three-hitter and driving in the only run. "That has to be the best game I've ever thrown overall," said Ortiz, savoring the first 20-win season of his career. He struck out a season-high eight in giving Atlanta its first 20- game winner since Tom Glavine in 2000. Ortiz (20-7) provided all the offense with -a two-out, RBI single in the second. Astros 8, Cardinals 1 Roy Oswalt pitched seven impressive innings as Houston moved IVz games ahead of second-place Chicago in the NL Central. Oswalt (9-5) allowed one run and five hits. Jeff Bagwell and Dodgers third baseman Adrian Beltre tagged out Barry Bonds of the Giants when he tried to advance from second on an infield grounder. Richard Hidalgo homered at Busch Stadium as the Astros won for the sixth time in seven games. St. Louis, which has lost its last five games against the Astros, trails by six games with seven to play. Giants 6, Dodgers 4 Barry Bonds hit his 657th homer — three shy of Willie Mays for third place all-time — and the NL West champions dropped Los Angeles three games back for the wild-card spot. Bonds' fourth homer in his last six games was his 44th this year, tying Alex Rodriguez for the major league lead. Rockies 6, Padres 5 Scott Elarton (4-4) allowed one run and three hits over six innings at Coors Field for his first IAP photo) victory in six starts since June 8. Brian Fuentes got two outs for his third save. Juan Uribe and Pablo Osuna drove in two runs each. Ben Howard (1-3) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. Expos 7, Mets 1 Jose Vidro hit a grand slam and a solo homer at Shea Stadium, sending the Mets' to their sixth straight loss and 14th in 15 games. Zach Day (9-7) went six innings for. the Expos before leaving with muscle soreness in his back. Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 2 Randy Johnson hit his first major league homer, a drive off Doug Davis. Steve Finley had a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth off Shane Nance (0-2) at Milwaukee. Curve's Burnett wins EL honor From Staff Reports ; ALTOONA — The Eastern League announced Friday that . Altoona Curve pitcher Sean Bur- •nett has been named the 2003 Chase/Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. The left-hander, who just celebrated his 21st birthday on .Wednesday, was honored after 1 posting a league-best 14-6 record 'and a 3.21 ERA in 27 starts to help lead the Curve to the first Eastern League playoff berth in club history. Burnett joins former Curve outfielder Adam Hyzdu as the only players in the five-year history of the franchise to take home one 'of the Eastern League's postseason awards. Hyzdu was named the league's Most Valuable Player for the 2000 season. In winning this year's Eastern League award, Burnett, the Pirates' first-round selection in the 2000 June draft, has now won consecutive league Pitcher of the Year honors, having taken home the 2002 Carolina League Pitcher of the Year award with Class A Lynchburg. Through his first four professional seasons, the Wellington, Fla., native has gone 4019 with a 2.63 ERA in 87 career outings. The award caps what was a season filled with honors and accomplishments for Burnett, hi July, he was selected to participate in the Eastern League AU- Star game in New Britain, Conn., and following the season was named the starting left-handed pitcher on the league's post-season Ail-Star team. He was also selected by Baseball America as the "Best Pitching Prospect" in the Eastern League through a poll of the league's managers and coaches. Other Chase/Eastern League award winners are: • • Most Valuable Player: Alexis Rios, New Haven Ravens (Toronto Blue Jays) • Manager of the Year: Marty Pevey, New Haven Ravens (Toronto Blue Jays) • Rookie of the Year: Grady Sizemore, Akron Aeros {Cleveland Indians) All awards will be officially presented at the Eastern League awards banquet on Oct. 20, in Fairfield, NJ. Expos vote a By RICK FREEMAN • AP Sports Writer NEW YQRK — The Montreal Expos voted Friday against shifting a quarter of next season's home games to Mexico or Puerto Rico. Major League Baseball asked players Thursday to move about a quarter of the Expos' home games next year from Montreal to either San Juan or Monterrey. Players met with Gene Orza, the No. 2 official of the players' association and other union offi- ^ciais Friday and took an informal : vote. Games can't be moved from -Montreal without an agreement with the union. • "I think the vote represents what the guys, in their gut, actually feel," the Expos' Todd Zeile -said. To increase revenue, baseball relocated 22 Expos home games this year to San Juan. Orza said '-the initial proposal for 2004 called for about the same number of games to be moved next season. Games would have been '.V-.V v-.J fiiuIJJ' 1 . :l::, ; . . > moved tb'only one location outside Montreal, not both. "We were disappointed at the apparent decision of the players to not agree to split the 2004 season," said Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer. "We thought the experiment this season was a success in presenting the game to a new market and consistent with the globalization of the game." The excessive travel required of the Expos this season might have hurt their chances of making the playoffs. "There are players and club officials on this team that felt it had an effect," Orza said. The Expos want "81 games at home, 81 games on the road. Just like everyone else." The Expos, close to elimination from postseason contention, were 32-18 on May 25, then went 8-14 on a 25-day trip that included their second homestand in Puerto Rico. "I think they still feel that they made a lot of sacrifices, and (there were) some hollow promises that came with those sacri- split season fices," said Zeile, who started the season with the New York Yankees and joined the Expos in mid-August. "It just seemed like most of the guys were tired of the possibility of being manipulated when they just didn't feel good in their heart about doing it." Baseball officials spent much of the past eight months discussing a permanent move of the Expos to Northern Virginia; Portland, Ore.; or Washington, D.C. Despite baseball's intention to decide by the end of the regular season, it appears no long-term solution will be made for the 2004 season. "The decision of the players will have no impact on the timetable for a decision about relocation," DuPuy said. "As soon as we have a permanent site the team will be relocated." Zeile, who raised questions and acted as a mediator during the meeting, said the lack of September call-ups while the team was in the wild-card race did not go unnoticed. Neither did the delay in relocating the team — two things the players felt they Mariners stay alive with win By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer The Seattle Mariners are still in the race. Edgar Martinez had four hits, John Olerud hit a two-run homer and Seattle beatTim Hudson in a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. The visiting Mariners, who had lost three of four, moved within four games of the first-place Athletics in the AL West and remained 2V4 games behind Boston in the wild-card race. "I felt it was definitely an important game," winning pitcher Ryan Franklin said. "Whenever the season's over, I'll let you know how important it was. I can't say right now." Franklin (10-13) pitched eight solid innings for his first win in six starts. The lanky right-hander gave up four hits and struck out seven. Oakland's magic number to win the AL West remained at five. Any combination of A's wins and Mariners losses that equal five would give Oakland its second straight division title, but the teams meet five more times. "We feel like we are right in the race and we're going to keep playing hard," said Martinez, who went 4-for-4. "We haven't played our best baseball in the second half, but we have an opportunity to gain some ground and make things happen." Yankees 2, Devil Rays 1 At St. Petersburg, Fla., Alfonso Soriano tied Brady Anderson's major league record with his 12th leadoff homer this year, and New York moved within one victory of its ninth straight playoff berth. The Yankees (95-58) won for the llth time in 13 games and with victory No. 96 would clinch no worse than the wild card. Jose Contreras (6-2) allowed four hits in seven innings, giving up Rocco Baldelli's RBI ground- out in the sixth. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 39th save. AL roundup Twins 6,Tigers 2 At Minneapolis, Eric Milton (10) won a regular-season game for the first time since Aug. 1 last year, and AL Central-leading Minnesota won its seventh straight to maintain a 3%-game lead over Chicago. Milton, making his second start of the year after missing five months with a knee injury, gave up just two hits and walked none in seven shutout innings. Indiana's Michael Ryan went 0- for-3. White Sox 8, Royals 5 At Chicago, Magglio Ordonez hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer to cap a four-run seventh. Kansas City, which dropped 5V6 games back, broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the seventh off Mark Buehrle (14-13). The White Sox then responded against D.J. Carrasco (6-5). Tom Gordon got four outs for his 12th save. Red Sox 2, Indians 0 At Cleveland, John Burkett (118) allowed three hits in seven- plus innings as Boston (90-63) moved 27 games over .500 for the first time since 1995. The Red Sox remained five games behind New York in the AL East. Nomar Garciaparra home- red off Jason Stanford (0-3). Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2 At Baltimore, Vernon Wells went 4-for-4 and Carlos Delgado drove in two runs as Toronto won its fourth straight and clinched third place in the AL East for a sixth straight season, Kelvim Escobar (12-9) allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings. Rangers 3, Angels 2 At Arlington, Texas, Mark Teixeira drove in two runs and Michael Young had three hits to back rookie RJ\. Dickey (9-8). Anaheim lost for the eighth time in 10 games. would have had settled by now. "If there was a commitment to improving the team, that would have been a good time to show it," Zeile said. The Expos drew 312,882 fans in San Juan, an average of 14,222, and 712,757 in Montreal, an average of 12,081. The overall home attendance of 1,025,639 was the team's highest since 1997. DuPuy said the games in Puerto Rico provided a financial boost that helped the Expos maintain a competitive roster. "Playing all 81 games in Montreal, which we are prepared to do, will clearly have a negative impact on the economic resources available to operate the team," DuPuy said. "There just isn't a strong economic base for operation." The Expos were bought by the other 29 teams before the 2002 season. The commissioner's office has said the team's payroll next year will be determined by expected revenue, which means the players' decision on a split schedule could affect offseason salary negotiations. Times Ticking Away... On Your Last Chance To Own A 100 th Anniversary Harley-Davidson. Our Final Shipment Is In And Ready To Rock. Rumble & Roll! 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"You're going to get 'What do my pitches look like?' Today they looked pretty darn good after all this time." ' He hadn't thrown in a game -since Aug. 23 or off a mound since Sept. 6. That last side session ended in pain, thwarting plans for a return after 21 days 'and raising fears that Smoltz might not make the postseason. But he says he will, if it takes mind over matter. "I made up my mind, I'm going to pitch," Smoltz said. "No miracle will make (tendinitis) go away. If you know you're able to do something, and you're totally committed to it, you feel good Briefs about it." He's gearing up with the idea he'll pitch in three games at most in the best-of-five Division Series games because conceivably that's how many games the Braves would lead. That's as far as he'll let himself get "I've changed the whole mind- set," Smoltz said. "I lived every day like a soap opera, and I lived it wrong.... I (put too much emphasis) on how I felt each day and whether or not that day was going to be a good day." Schmidt to start opener LOS ANGELES — Jason Schmidt was picked Friday to pitch the San Francisco Giants' opener in the playoffs. Schmidt, 16-5 with a 2.33 ERA, was the winning pitcher Wednesday as the Giants clinched the NL West with an 8-3 victory over San Diego. Manager Felipe Alou said the remainder of his postseason rotation will include Schmidt, Jerome Williams, Sidney Ponson and Kirk Rueter—with the order being determined after San Francisco knows its opponent. YOU want exercise? Daily life can put a strain on your health. But an Indiana Gazette newspaper route can put you back on the right track, providing a great cardiovascular workout, stress relief and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Call today. Get what you want. Get a route. Call the Indiana Gazette Circulation Department Today 7Z4.465.5555

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