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FLORIDA TODAY, Friday, March 19, 1999 3C TENNIS REPORT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT STANDINGS AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. Kansas City 12 3 .800 Seattle 10 5 Ml Boston 7 .533 Minnesota I B .500 Texas 7 7 .500 Chicago 8 .471 NewYortt 8 .471 Tampa Bay 7 8 .447 Anaheim 6 8 .429 Baltimore 5 7 .417 Cleveland 4 .400 Detroit 6 9 .400 Oakland 10 J75 Toronto 4 13 .235 NATIONAL LEAGUE WL Pet Arizona 13 3 .813 Los Angeles 10 S .447 Pittsburgh 9 5 .443 New York 10 4 .425 San Diego 9 4 .400 Houston 7 5 .583 Philadelphia 7 4 .538 Cincinnati 8 8 .500 Colorado 8 8 .500 Atlanta 7 7 .500 SI Louis 7 8 .447 San Francisco 7 8 .447 Montreal 7 9 .437 Florida 4 10 J75 Milwaukee 4 11 .353 Chicago 5 10 .333 FLORIDA Walk inset Avenlf Hvers lb Wilson rt Jackson dh Roskosph Millar 3b Clapinskl 3b Fabregasc Berg ss Ozunass Coonseil2b Marlins 5, Orioles 4 BALTIMORE It M 1 0 2 0 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 I 1 0 0 1 0 Anderson cf Otero cf Bordicksl Garcia pr-ss Bainesdh Hoilesph Belle rf Murphy rf Webster c Pickering lb Otanei3b Johnson c Vinasc Moutonrf Clyburn If Reboulet 2b Hairston 2b Totals h U 0 0 Florida 101 011 010 204 021 8N E Millar, Guzman. DPeaitimore X LOB Florida 9, Baltimore 10. 2B Hyers 2, Aven, Bordick. Baines, Hairston. HR-Bames (1), Millar (I), Berg (1). SB Watkins. C counsel), BorotCK. noties. H RER BB SO Florida Meadows Dempster Edmondson DarensbourgW.1-1 Mantel Medina S,l Baltimore Guzman Coppinger Bones Slooimb L.0-2 Rhodes HBP by Guzman (Millar). T 2:43. A 4.337. (NO! E: Split-squad games count ki the standings; games against norwnaior league teams do not.) Wednesday's Gaines Texas 7, Boston 5 New York Yankees (ss) 4, Minnesota J Cleveland (ss) 8, Tampa Bay 2 Kansas City (ss) 4, Cleveland (ss) 2 Toronto 10, Philadelphia 4 SI. Louis 10, Kansas City (ss) 1 Atlanta 10, Detroit (ss) 4 Los Angeles 7, Montreal 4 Pittsburgh 8, Cincinnati 4 New York Mets 2, Houston 1 Seattle (ss) 7, Oakland (ss) 2 Seattle (ss) 3, Oakland (ss) 2 Anaheim 3, Milwaukee (ss) 1 San Diego 7, Chicago White Sox 4 Arizona I, Chicago Cubs 5, 10 Innings San Francisco (ss) 4, Colorado 3 San Francisco (ss) 3, Milwaukee (ss) 2 Florida 4, Baltimore 3 Detroit (ss) 9, New York Yankees (ss) 3 Thursday's Games Detroit 7, Cleveland 5 Tampa Bay 7, Boston 1 Minnesota 7, Texas 2, 7 Innings, 1 st game Minnesota 9, Texas 7, 7 innings, 2nd game Florida 5, Baltimore 4 Atlanta 2, Toronto 1 Los Angeles 9, St. Louis (ss) 3 Pittsburgh 7, Philadelphia 4 St. Louis (ss) 5, Montreal (ss) I Anaheim 13, Colorado 7 Arizona 11, Oakland 4 San Francisco 8, Seattle 7 Milwaukee 4, Chicago Cubs 3 Kansas City vs. Houston at Klssimmee (n) Montreal (ss) vs. N Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, (n) Cincinnati vs. N Y. Yankees at Tampa (n) Today's Games Cleveland vs. Kansas City at Haines City, 1:05 p.m. New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay at St. Petersburg, 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Detroit at Lakeland, 14)5 pm Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, 14)5 pm Texas vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, 1K)5 p.m. Atlanta vs. Houston at Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. Florida at Viera, 105 p m. Los Angeles vs. New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs. Chicago White Sox at Tucson, Aiiz., 34)5 p.m. Colorado (ss) vs. Oakland at phoenix, 3415 pm Anaheim vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. Montreal at Jupiter, 74)5 p m. Boston vs. Cincinnati at Sarasota, 74)5 p m. Colorado (ss) vs. Arizona (ss) at Tucson, Ariz., 9.05 p m. San Francisco vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 9415 p.m. LINE SCORES Tigers 7, Indians 5 At Winter Haven, Fla. Dodgers 9, Cardinals 2 ST. LOUS (ss) McEwing2b Bragg If McGeerf Pembertonrf Dunston3b Jensenc THowardcf LaRiviereph Marreroc Croushorep BeHcph Perez lb Kleiner ph DHowardss Bottenfieklp Kingp Bowers 3b r h H 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 I 1 0 0 0 0 0 LOS ANGELES Young 2b Riggs 2b Grudzimkss Newsonlf White d Gibbspr-cf Mondesi rt Brumfieldrf Karros lb Lvngstne lb Hllndswrth If Masaokap Borbonp Laker ph Mills p Jordan p Bettre3b Cromer ss LoOucac Penac Valdesp Hansen ph- 3b Totals r h U 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 I 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 I 1 0 0 1 1 0 14 9 II St. Louis (ss) Los Angeles 100 000 001 1 100 052 10X -9 E Dunston, Beltre. DP Los Angeles 3. LOB St. Louis 4, Los Angeles 5. 2B White 2, Karros. HR Riggs (2), Cromer 4), Brumfleld (2), Peru ll). SB-wuozieianek. H RER M SO St. Louis BotlenfteW L.l-1 King Croushore Los Angeles V aides W.2-0 Masaoka Borbon Mills Jordan 41-1 1 2-3 2 5 1 1 1 1 Cardinals (ss) 5, Expos (ss) 1 Al Jupiter, Fla. Montreal (ss) SI. Louis (ss) ON 810 810 011 lex 5 S 8 11 8 Vazquez, Bautista (5), DeHart (7) and Widger, Cox (7); Jimenez, Nussbeck (4), Painter (8), Bottalico (9) and Castillo. W Jimenez, 1-0. L Vazquez, 0-1. Braves 2, Blue Jays 1 At Dunedin, Fla. Atlanta 10 818 000 J 9 000 018 8001 7 Smoltz, Rattiff (5), Remlinger (8), McGlincrry (9) and Perez; Hentgen, Wells (4), Plesac (8), Koch (9) and Fletcher, Dalesandro (8). W Smoltz, 1-0. L Hentgen, 0-1. Sv-McGllnchy (1). HRs Atlanta, Perez (1). Toronto, Berroa (1). Angels 13, Rockies 7 AtTempe, Ariz. Colorado 009 100 204 7 14 405 118 01x 11 11 Cleveland 000 812 18 189 1015 Grei singer. Reed (4), Blanco (4), Anderson (8), Bro-can (9) and Skktatl, Cardona (8); Wright, Stevens (5), Viftone (4), SpraOKn (7), Assenmecher (8), Jackson (9) and SAIomar, Borders (7). W Reed. 1-0. L Stevens, 0-1. HR Detroit, Garcia. (5). Devil Rays 7, Red Sox 1 At Fort Myers, Fla. Bohanon, Gonzalez (4), Leskanic (5), Roberts (4), Bost. (7), Shoemaker and Reed, Bianco (7); Hill, Pet-kovsek (5), Jacobsen (8), Hewblitzel (9) and O'Brien, Waibeck (4), Decker (9). W-Mill, 2-1. L Bohanon, 0-1. HRs Anaheim, Glaus 2 (2). Diamondbacks 11, Attiletics 6 At Tucson, Ariz. Torre's prognosis 'excellent' FLORIDA TODAY Wires ST. LOUIS The surgeon who removed Joe Torre's cancerous prostate gland Thursday believes the disease had not spread, and said the prognosis is "excellent" for the New York Yankees manager. "It was very routine," said Dr. William Catalona, a pioneer in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. "I think he had a very early prostate cancer and it went very smoothly." Lab tests on the removed gland and surrounding lymph nodes won't be complete for a few days, but Catalona said, 'The way it looked to the naked eye, the prognosis is excellent." Catalona said the cancer was so small he couldn't see it even as he held the removed gland in his hand. It was diagnosed by the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test that Catalona developed a decade ago, and confirmed by a biopsy. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men and the second deadliest behind lung cancer. The walnut-sized gland is at the base of the bladder in men. Men 50 and older are most at risk. Torre, 58, underwent the 2 12- hour surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where he was expected to remain for 3-4 days. Torre will then recuperate in Florida, said Jeff Wehl-ing, a family friend. There is no timetable for Torre's return to the World Series champions, but Catalona said his patients typically go back to work 6-12 weeks after surgery. Pirates: Pittsburgh is trying to wedge four outfielders into three positions, and it looks more and more like the odd man out is Al Martin. Martin, nearly traded to Arizona last month, now seems to have definitely lost his left fielder's job to Brian Giles. He apparently won't unseat Jose Guillen in right field, either. Manager Gene Lamont confirmed Thursday that Martin likely will be on the bench when the season starts, barring an unexpected injury or trade before the Pirates play the Montreal Expos on April 5. Phillies: Philadelphia general manager Ed Wade is not trading staff ace Curt Schilling at least not now. "I can't tell you what will happen going forward, but our plan is to build around him," he said. "I'd like him to be here the length of his contract and longer." J i -4. I - . v-t tmim ' " -,Mj i ftt Jf 11 inn main i urn '"' mm. ' " Jtm-m.T.m im ttc .vT?: ..'-;' ; . "'.i.---.4-'!v'vr'.-- . 4 n , a. A Moya Craig Bailey, FLORIDA TODAY LOS ANGELES second baseman Adam Riggs watches his first grand slam this spring leave Holman Stadium in the fifth inning of Thursday's victory against the St. Louis Cardinals. Valdes' solid start stymies Cardinals FLORIDA TODAY Wires VERO BEACH Ismael Valdes came up with one of the best outings of the spring for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Valdes allowed just three hits and one unearned run in five innings of work. He walked none and struck out two. "I felt very good today," Valdes said. "I feel confident. I was working with my breaking pitches today and it felt good." Valdes allowed a run in the first when Willie McGee hit a two-out single, took second on an error by third baseman Adrian Beltre, and scored on a single by Thomas Howard. "Ismael Valdes was outstanding," Dodgers manager Davey Johnson said. 'That's the best outing of the spring as far as I'm concerned." The Dodgers hit four homers, including a grand slam by Adam Riggs off Curtis King that highlighted a five-run fifth. Braves 2, Blue Jays I: In Dunedin, John Smoltz pitched four shutout innings and Eddie Perez drove in both runs as Atlanta beat Toronto. David Wells, pitching his second game of the spring for Toronto, pitched two scoreless innings in relief of loser Pat Hent-een. Wells gave up three straight singles to load the bases in the sixth, before getting out of the jam with an infield popup and double -play grounder. He finished his outing with a perfect seventh Hentgen allowed both Atlanta runs on Perez's RBI single in the second and his solo homer in the fifth. Smoltz (1-0) tossed 40 pitches, 27 strikes, while striking out one for his first win of the spring. Gamble paying off for Hyers Oakland Arizona NO 811 100-3 Ml 90- -it -11 Tampa Bay Boston 018 138 80S 808 1001 Arroio, Chamon (4), Rekar (t), Atared (7), Medr (9) and DeFelice; Portugal, Cormier (5), Cho (), Wasdm (7), Harikkala (9) and Haneberg, Romero (8). W Arroio, 1-0. L Portugal, 1-1. HRs Tampa Bay, MteClaln (2), Butler (I). Twins 7, Rangers 2 At Port Chartone, Fla. Havnes, Hoizemer (S), Mathews (t) Clark (8) and Hmch, R.HemanrJez (6); Benes, Olson (5), Shouse (5), Choumard (7), F.Hemandez () and Miller, Molina (8). W Benes, 2-0. L Havnes, 1-1. HRs Oakland, Saenz (3), NewrteW (1). Arizona, Diaz (1), Colorum (1). Giants 8, Mariners 7 At Scottsdale, Art. Seattle San Francisco 000 001 1307 811 041 tlx I Minnesota Texas 108 0M 87 008 808 J 2 Lincoln, Wells (4), Stent! (6) and Stembacft Burkett. Wettetand (a), Crabtree (7) and Rodriguez, Hubbard (6). W-Clncam. 1-1. L Burkett, 0-1. HRs-AAmne-sota, Hoskie (2). Texas, Clayton (1 ), Mateo (2). Henry, De La Rosa (5), Zimmerman (5), Carmona (5), Weaver (), McCarthy (8) and Wilson, Chavez (5); Soderstrom, Brock (4), Crabtree (4), Del Toro (7), Cornel ly (9) and Servals, Mavne (7). W Del Toro, 0-1. L McCarthy, 0-1. Sv Connelly (1). Pirates 7, Phillies t At Bradenton, F1. Brewers 6, Cubs 3 PMoWtHphil Pittsburgh 838 800 830 t 8 000 200 1317 11 i Chicago (N) MHwauket 008 010 820-1 9 1 110 030 01X 4 10 0 Loewer. Bennett ), Gomes (81 and Prince, GBermett (8), Schourek, Wifcms (), Wallace (7), Dougherty (9) and Kendaa. Tremie (8). W Wallace, 1-0. L Gomes, 0-1. Sv-Dougnerfy (2). HRs Philadelphia, Rolen (1), Brogna (2). Pittsburgh, Garcia (2). Sanders, Norton (4), Gaikowski (6), King (7), Watkins (8) and Santiago, Martinez (); Woooard. Weathers (4), Granger (8), Fartelsek (9) and Nilsson. Greene (7). W Woooard, 1-0. L Sanders, 1-2. Sv Falteisek (1). HRs Chicago, Santiago (2). Milwaukee, Greene (1). Lowell gets in swings LOWELL, From 1C "He just looked like it might have been his first day of spring training," said Triple-A Calgary hitting coach Sal Rende, who pitched to Lowell. "He's got to ease his way back, but I'm sure it'll come quickly as he gets stronger." Lowell, who began radiation therapy the week of March 8, said be has not dropped much weight or lost much strength. He receives treatment five times a week (Monday through Friday) and will complete the program next week. The treatments last about 10 minutes each, but Lowell said he Is worn out after every one. He currently is taking medication to help ease the nausea. Doctors told him it could be up to 10 days after the completion of the therapy before he no longer feels the effects of the radiation. Nonetheless, Lowell hopes to Join the team by March 29. His biggest obstacle will be regaining his stamina. Lowell on Monday played catch with his younger brother, Victor, and began light workouts on Wednesday. He is scheduled to begin working with physical therapist Lisa Kearns, who spearheaded Marlins pitcher Alex Fernandez's rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. "If anything, this has made me stronger mentally," Lowell said. "Physically, it's more of a challenge because I can't control what the radiation does to me. ... I think I've overcome the worst already. Once the treatment is done, I should bounce back pretty quick." Added Manager John Boles: "It makes everybody feel good that Mike is doing well. It was great to see him, and he does look great." By Joan C Rodriguez FLORIDA TODAY FORT LAUDERDALE Any manager or player development director will tell you releasing a player is the toughest part of the job. Tim Hyers made it easy on the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He asked for his unconditional release. "I took a chance," said Hyers, who was 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBI in the Florida Marlins' 5-4 win against the Baltimore Orioles at Fort Lauderdale Stadium on Thursday. "I was going home. I didn't have a lot of offers, but John Boles called my agent and they worked something out." Boles, then the Marlins director of player development, had a spot on the Marlins Triple A team at Charlotte. Hyers took the place of Ryan Jackson, who was promoted to the Majors following the Marlins' blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks released Hyers on May 19. Three days later he was in a Charlotte Knights uniform. Hyers had appeared in 19 games for Arizona's Triple A affiliate at Tucson. Since the organization did not have a Double A team, the 26-year-old Hyers found himself riding the bench as the Diamondbacks developed their younger players. An outfielder-first baseman, Hyers totaled 300 at-bats for Charlotte and hit .280 with seven homers, 22 doubles, and 52 RBI. It wasn't long before a teammate nicknamed him "Hobbs," as in the Roy Hobbs character from the movie "The Natural." "I think it was Kevin Millar," Hyers said. "They were joking around and it stuck." If Hyers continues having a productive spring, he may find himself sticking with the Marlins. After Thursday's effort, the left- MARLINS' SPRING TRAINING NOTEBOOK handed hitting Hyers is batting .500 (8-for-16) with two doubles and two RBI. Hyers, a Covington, Ga. resident, made his big-league debut with the San Diego Padres in 1994 and hit .254 in 52 games. Though he spent the entire season on the 25-man roster, Hyers injured his right shoulder diving for a ground ball in late May and ultimately was placed on the disabled list from June 24-Aug. 10. The following season, Hyers again began the year on the Padres' 25-man roster, but was optioned to Triple A Las Vegas a month into the season. He also appeared in 17 big-league games for Detroit in '96. With a Marlins starting outfield consisting of Cliff Floyd, Todd Dunwoody, and Mark Kotsay all of whom are left-handed hitters it appears as though Hyers is at a disadvantage. The Marlins are in need of right-handed hitters off the bench, but Boles said that won't preclude Hyers from securing a utility job. "On the surface you say a left-handed bat off the bench doesn't fit, but if he's better than a right-handed bat, don't you go with (Hyers)?" Boles said. "If things are going real well for Floyd, Kotsay, and Dunwoody, you're not going to put them in any kind of platoon situation . . . (Hyers) can hit." The Marlins will make their next wave of cuts on Monday morning. Before Thursday's game, Boles said he expects to send out about a dozen players, which would leave 33 excluding Mike Lowell in big-league camp. Ideally, Boles said he would like to have 11 pitchers and 14 po sitional players on the 25-man ros ter. Because of off days early in the schedule, the Marlins could decide to go with a four-man rotation and carry the extra relief pitcher. "We'll see if it comes out that way," Boles said. "I do these 25-man rosters every day, and every day for the last week it's changed. It's good that guys are making me rethink situations." An unlikely trio took part in a home run-hitting contest during batting practice on Thursday. Middle infielders Alex Gonzalez, Lois Castillo, and Pablo Ozuna have a combined 60 homers in 4,968 at-bats, which is about one every 83 times up. Thursday's dinner was on whoever hit the fewest homers during the round of seven swings. Castillo, the weakest hitter of the three, went deep twice for the win. Gonzalez and Ozuna each hit one ou. It should be noted that the switch-hitting Castillo batted from his natural right side, which he felt made him a lock. The way Castillo said he saw it, his superior power display coupled with Gonzalez and Ozuna tying, meant each of his teammates owed him a dinner. Moya clinging to No. 1 FLORIDA TODAY Wires KEY BISCAYNE Carlos Moya's first tournament as the No. 1 player in the world could be his last. The Spaniard is just one of five men with a chance to emerge from the Lipton Champions ranked No. 1. Moya leads Pete Sampras by just 37 computer points, and Patrick Rafter, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Alex Corretja are also in the chase. Moya, who plays Davide San-guinetti in his opening match today or Saturday, knows it won't be easy to stay No. 1. ' I'm going to have to fight a lot if I want to win, because now all the players want to beat me," he said Thursday. "It will be difficult to win every match, because they're going to be extra motivated." Unseeded players were in ac tion Thursday. Among the winners were Jennifer Capriati, who beat Silvija Talaja 6-4, 6-3, and Vince Spadea, who beat Franco Squillari 6-3, 6-2. Petr Korda lost to cnnstian Ruud6-2,7-6(8-6). Boris Becker was scheduled to play his first match in the United States since 1996 against Gianluca Pozzi on Thursday night. Moya, the defending French Open champion, is the 15th player and the first Spaniard to earn tne No. 1 ranking. He overtook Sampras by winning his semifinal match last week at Indian wens, prompting a memorable celebration on the court by Moya, his coach and trainer. They formed a circle, held hands and began jumping up and down. "Winning Grand Slams is great, but I think being No. 1 is the greatest thing that can happen to you," Moya said. "There have only been 15 players. That shows you how difficult it is to get up there." Moya, who lost a five-set final to Mark Philippoussis at Indian Wells, will try to improve on a modest 2-2 career record on Lipton's hardcourts. His ascent to No. 1 shows that Spaniards can succeed on surfaces other than clay. "Clay was my natural surface, where I move better," he said. "I don't have to think at all to hit the ball. But it was always in my mind that I wanted to be a good player on hardcourts." Moya's reign begins a year after Marcelo Rios became the first No. 1 player from South America. 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