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5C r NEWS-PRESS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 1992 2L Ooiraim slams ontreal 7-4 By The Associated Press MONTREAL Bill Doran hit a grand slam off John Wetteland in the ninth inning Tuesday night, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 7-4 victory over the Montreal Expos. Wetteland (1-1), who blew a save for the third time in nine chances, led 3-2 but walked Jacob Brumfield and Dave Martinez with one out. Bip Roberts singled, loading the bases, and Doran followed with his fourth home run of the season, his third career grand slam. Dwayne Henry (1-1) allowed two hits in 3'3 innings and Rob Dibble pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Reds third baseman Chris Sabo was ejected in the first by home plate umpire Ed Ra-puano for arguing balls and strikes. Sabo claimed he was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Chris Haney, but Ra-puano ruled it a foul tip. Sabo was taken to a hospital for X-rays. Montreal took a 2-0 lead in the first on a throwing error by catcher Joe Oliver and a run-scoring double play by Ivan Calderon, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day. Batter ab r h bi Batter ab r h bi Robertscf Doran 2b Larkinss Sabo 3b Morris lb Braggs If DHenryp Dibblep Coles lb ONelllrf Ollverc Brmfldpr Afenlrc Hmndp DaMrtjcf Totals 5 2 2 0 4 114 5 I 2 2 10 0 0 3 0 11 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 110 110 0 36 7 7 Grssomcf DeShld2b Alourf Clderon If Wttlendp Carterc Wllachlb Cnlrcco3b Owenss Haney p Smpenp Brberleph Rolasp LWalkrrf Totals 4 12 0 3 100 2 110 3 111 0 0 0 0 4 0 11 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 10 0 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 1000 2 4 2 Cincinnati 003 000 004-7 Montreal 200 100 010 -4 E - Oliver (3). DP - Cincinnati 3. LOB - Cincinnati 6, Montreal S. 2B -Roberts (8), Lorkin 2 (3), Coles (5), Gris-som (6), Carter (4). 3B - Alou (1). HR -Doran (4). SB - Brumfield (6). SP -Calderon. Cincinnati Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO Hammond 4 2-3 4 3 2 4 2 DHenryW.l-l 3 1-3 2 1 I 2 1 Dibble S, 1 0 0 0 0 1 Montreal Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO Honey 4 1-3 Sampen 2 2-3 Rojas 1 Wetteland L,0-2 1 T-2:52. A -8,760. Phillies 4, Astros 3 PHILADELPHIA Dave Hollins had the first two-homer game of his career, and Curt Schilling pitched six shutout innings in his first start in two seasons. Hollins hit a solo home run off Butch Henry (0-4) in the third and added a two-run homer in the fifth following a walk to Ruben Amaro. Hollins has five home runs this season, one less than he had last year. Schilling (3-2) made his first start since Sept. 6, 1989, when he was with Baltimore, and gave up three hits, struck out four and walked two. He was pitching in place of Danny Cox, sent to the bullpen with a 4.46 ERA. NATIONAL LEAGUE Schilling, who made 108 starts in the minor leagues, made just his sixth start in the majors. Batter ab r h bl Batter ab r h el Biggio2b 3 10 0 Dykstrcf 3 0 0 0 Flnleycf 3 110 Amaro rf 3 110 Bgwelllb 4 113 Hollins3b 4 2 3 3 Anthnyrf 4 0 0 0 Kruklb 30 10 Gnialeilf 4 0 2 0 Duncan If 4 0 0 0 Grrero3b 3 0 10 Daultonc 3 12 0 XHrndip 0 0 0 0 ScrsoneJb 4 0 0 0 Cminitlph 10 10 Batiste ss 4 0 0 0 Osunap 0 0 0 0 Schllngp 2 0 0 0 Cndeless 3 0 0 0 RJordnph 1011 Tbnseec 2 0 0 0 BJonesp 0 0 0 0 Incvglaph 1 0 0 0 MiWmsp 0 0 0 0 BHenryp 2 0 0 0 Rmireiss 2 0 0 0 Totals 32 3 3 Totals 31 4 8 4 Houston 000 000 030-1 Philadelphia 001 021 00x-4 E - Batiste (10). DP - Philadelphia 1. LOB - Houston 6, Philadelphia 7. 2B -Flnley (9), Hollins (a), Daulton (11). HR - Bagwell (6), Hollins 2 (5). SB - Flnley (10), Amaro (5). CS - Camlnitl (2), Am-aro(l)., Houston Pitchers H R ER BB SO BHenryL,0-4 XHernandei Osuna 5 2-3 7 4 11-3 1 0 1 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 0 Philadelphia Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO Schilling W.3-2 6 3 0 0 2 4 BJones 1 2 3 3 2 0 MIWilliamsS,5 2 1 0 0 0 2 B Jones pitched to 3 batters in the 8th. T 2:37. A 15,299. Cardinals 7, Braves 2 ATLANTA Felix Jose drove in three runs and had two hits Tuesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals ended a 10-game losing streak in Atlanta. Bob Tewksbury (5-1) allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out three in eight innings and Todd Worrell pitched a scoreless ninth. St. Louis, which won for the seventh time in nine games, had not won at Atlanta since Aug. 30, 1990. The Braves lost for the eighth time in 1 1 games. Terry Pendleton went 0 for 5 as his hitting streak ended at 15, the longest in the NL this season. The start of the game was delayed 50 minutes by rain. Batter ab r h bi Batter ab r h bi Lnkfrdcf OSmithss Jose rf Perry lb BJordnlf Zeile3b Alices 20 Pgnozilc Twksbrp Gilkeyph Worrell p 5 3 3 1 4 0 11 4 12 3 5 12 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 11 4 12 1 2 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 DSndrscf Pndlton3b Gantlf Justice rf Brryhllc Hunter lb LemkeJb Blliord ss Willardph Blauserss Smoltz p Stanton p Nixon pn Brngerp Mrckerp LoSmth ph Totals 5 0 10 5 0 0 0 4 0 10 4 110 4 112 3 0 10 3 0 10 2 0 10 10 0 0 10 10 1000 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 2 8 2 St.Louit 100 200 301 -7 Atlanta 000 002 000-2 E - Tewksbury (1), Blauser (5). DP - St. Louis 1, Atlanta 1. LOB - St. Louis 6, Atlanta 10. 2B - Lanktord (8), Jose (4), Pagnoiil (9), Gant (8), Justice (3), Lemke (4). HR - Berryhill (5). CS -Perry (4). S - OSmlth, Smoltz. SF -Al-Icea. St. Louis Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO TwksbrW,5-l 5 7 2 2 3 3 Worrell 1 10 0 11 Atlanta Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO Smoltz L.3-4 6 1-3 6 5 5 3 6 Stanton 2-321100 Berenguer 1 10 0 0 0 Mercker 1 2 110 0 PB - Berryhill. T - 2:47. A - 26,012. Its Xhl s ? -Y . 1 K V 0 v i 1 1 111 II Hlr;: j j if I The Associated Press Cincinnati's Chris Sabo argues a called third strike with home plate umpire Ed Ra-puano (left) while second base umpire Jerry Crawford and Reds manager Lou Piniella listen in on the argument Tuesday night. Sabo was ejected from the game. Pagnozzi: from spare part to Cards' key By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS Tom Pagnozzi wasn't a regular in the big leagues until he was 28. One year later, the catcher is the St Louis Cardinals' indispensable man. "He's the one player we can ill afford to lose," Cardinals manager Joe Torre said. Torre's not the only one saying that Even Pagnozzi's old manager, Whitey Herzog, admits he was wrong in his assessment that Pagnozzi would be only a good backup. "They better hope that Pagnozzi doesn't get hurt," said Herzog, now a vice president with the California Angels. The kind words are partly a commentary on Pagnozzi's ability and partly a commentary on the ability of backup Rich Gedman, who has a poor arm and is hitting .107 since joining the team last season. Still, Pagnozzi is moving in fast company. Last year he won PAGNOZZI his first Gold Glove, and this season he'll likely earn his first All-Star berth. "I'd give anything to go," Pagnozzi said. "But I'm not planningon living off my reputation." A -A Pagnozzi has one of the best arms in the major leagues, throwing out 47 percent of runners attempting to steal last season. He unseated San Diego's Benito Santiago to win the Gold Glove. . "I was shocked," he said. "Once you've won it, you usually have to do something to lose it. I guess I'm lucky the coaches and managers voted for it instead of the fans because they didn't know who I was." Now he's also one of the top hitters for the Cardinals, who are challenging Pittsburgh for the NL East lead. He's using a heavier bat this season and through Monday was batting .300 with 13 RBIs and eight doubles, tied for the team lead. None of It is going to his head. "I'll always remember the bad days, because they weren't too long ago," Pagnozzi said. "I'll always be a backup player at heart." In his first three seasons with the Cardinals he had a total of 323 at-bats and was relegated to second-string duty behind Tony Pena, then Todd Zeile. Pagnozzi got his first chance to play regularly when Torre was hired as manager in August 1 990 and moved Zeile to third base. Last year, Pagnozzi hit .264 with 57 RBIs, providing occasional offense from the bottom of the batting order, and stole nine bases. Padres' Hurst shuts down Mets again By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO Five days and 2,500 miles later, the New York Mets still had no clue against Bruce Hurst. In the span of five days, Hurst pitched two shutouts against the Mets. Not bad considering the left-hander didn't pitch a single shutout in 1991. Hurst pitched the second one-hitter of his career Monday night as San Diego Padres beat the Mets 3-0. He is 9-1 lifetime against New York, including two victories for Boston in the 1986 World Series. Hurst (3-3) didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning when Chico Walker reached on a grounder to deep shortstop with one out. The Padres, like the Mets, have never pitched a no-hitter. "I never think about a no-hitter," Hurst said. "I just wanted to keep them from scoring." None of the Mets' three runners got past first base against Hurst, who struck out seven and walked two. He beat them 7-0 with a six-hitter at Shea Stadium on May 13. Even though Hurst has enjoyed a lot of success against the Mets, he probably would give back all nine victories in exchange for one. Hurst was the starter in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series for the Red Sox and had a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning. But the Mets rallied for three runs in the sixth and went to win the championship, denying Boston its first since 1918. That, of course, is history. Hurst signed as a free agent with the Padres prior to the 1989 season and has now pitched eight of his 21 career shutouts for San Diego. "They're such a different team that when I first faced them in the 1986 World Series," Hurst said. "It's Just one of those things. I can't explain it and I don't try to explain it." Before last week, Hurst hadn't pitched a shutout since Sept. 17, 1990 against Houston. "I don't try anything different against the Mets," Hurst said. "Of course, I try to pitch away from the their strengths as much I can. It's a matter of trying to make quality pitches." Hurst's only previous one-hitter came in a 2-1 victory against the Atlanta Braves on April 10, 1989. "The Mets like hard sliders and hard fastballs, and when you have someone who changes speeds and throws stuff like that, then they have a problem," Padres manager Greg Riddoch said. Miracle afraid Sox would hurt profits By GLENN MILLER News-Press Staff Writer The Boston Red Sox want to move the Winter Haven Red Sox, their affiliate in the Class A Florida State League, to Fort Myers beginning next year. There's an obstacle. The Miracle, which plays at the Lee County Sports Complex, was here first and doesn't believe the presence of another team would be good for business. "The issue is simple," said Miracle owner Marvin Goid-kiang. "Can two teams survive economically in the market?" And that's the holdup. If Goldklang wasn't worried about another FSL franchise less than 10 miles from the Sports Complex, he might grant permission for the minor Red Sox to move into the new stadium the city of Fort Myers is building near downtown. "(We have) no intention of committing economic suicide," said Goldklang. For four years (1988-1991) Lee County was without an FSL franchise until the Miracle began playing its home games at the Sports Complex in April. In a year there may be two teams. Or maybe just one. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to hold their first Fort Myers spring training camp next year. As part of their spring-training move from Winter Haven, the Red Sox want to bring along their Winter Haven affiliate. The Miracle claims the right to refuse any other team to move within 35 miles of the Sports Complex. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the governing body of the minors, has a rule that gives teams a 35-mile exclusivity radius around their ballparks. Officials from the Red Sox and Miracle met last week in Boston in an effort to come to terms. "There's nothing new," said Ed Kenney, Boston's director of minor-league operations. "We basically asked them for a proposal," said Goldklang. "We're still waiting." The Red Sox have tried to convince Goldklang that Lee County can support two teams. "We think it can," Kenney said. Goldklang, obviously, isn't so sure. "I told the Red Sox people there are some questions and I have an open mind," Goldklang said. The sides look at the issue from different perspectives. The Miracle is an independent club, owned by Goldklang. The Winter Haven franchise is owned by the Boston Red Sox. Boston's primary purpose in running the Winter Haven team is training and preparing players for the bigs. "That's the only reason we have a farm system," Kenney said. "That may be the main purpose for the Red Sox," said Goldklang, who is an indepen dent operator and must make money to stay in business. Kenney said major-league teams spend between $5 and $6 million a year on their farm systems. "The Red Sox are in the business of developing players on whom they will capitalize on the major-league level," Goldklang said. "We're investing in the game on the Fort Myers level." Kenney said the Red Sox understand Goldklang's nervousness and will make concessions to the Miracle. "We're willing to sacrifice key dates," Kenney said. "We're not coming in to compete with a fellow Florida State League team." Kenney also cited the example of Pinellas County, which has three FSL franchises St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Dunedin. He believes if three can operate in Pinellas, two can make a go of it in Lee County. Goldklang has heard all this and is still leery. Pinellas County has more than 800,000 residents. Lee County's population is about 325,000. "Obviously, the stakes for the Miracle are very high," Goldklang said. "If we conclude two teams could survive economically and were wrong, that could be all she wrote." Miracle loses at St. Pete 4-2 News-Press staff ST. PETERSBURG The. Miracle lost for the 15th time in 1 7 games Tuesday night, falling 4-2 to the St. Petersburg Cardinals in Florida State League action at Al Lang Stadium. The Miracle held a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning behind the pitching of Apolinar Garcia (1-4) when Ezequiel Herrera's groundout RBI cut the margin to a run. St. Petersburg took the lead for good in the seventh. Mike Cantu tripled and scored on Odalis Savinon's single. Sa-vinon later scored on Herrera's RBI single. The Cardinals added an unearned run in the eighth off reliever Mark Ringkamp. c Batter c ab r hbi Batter 3 ab r hbi Lanecf Raabe2b Mota lb Buckley dh Grltolc Wisemn ph Shirley rf Urcloli 3b 4 0 10 4 111 3 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 4 0 10 10 0 0 3 0 10 4 0 0 0 Evnglstass 2 0 0 0 rhrhTotals 32 2 7 2 Donald If Rudlph2b Ellis c Lewisdh Cantu lb Savinoncf Bruce 3b Landinz3b Herrera rf Anduiarss Totals 3 0 10 4 0 10 4 0 10 4 0 0 0 4 2 2 0 3 2 11 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 12 2 0 0 0 32 4 3 Miracle 002 OOO 000-2 St. Petersburg 000 010 2lx-4 E AAota, Bailey. OP St. Petersburg 2. LOB - Miracle 6, St. Petersburg 7. 2B Buckley 2, Bruce, Cantu. 3B Raabe, Cantu. CS Andujar. Miracle Pitchers IP H RER BB SO Garcia (L.I-4) 6 8 3 3 2 4 Lipson 1 0 0 0 1 2 Ringkamp 1-110 12 St. Petersburg Pitchers IP H RER BB SO S.Baker (W, 4-3) 7 5 2 2 2 Bailey 2-3 0 0 0 1 0 Kelly (S, 12) 11-3 1 0 0 0 5 T-2:24. A -1,392. Method to Alzado's madness came back to haunt him OAKLAND'S Raiders made a habit of taking in football's troubled and troubling souls. Which is how defensive end Lyle Alzado came to fly the skull andcrossbonesinl982. But it wasn't long before Al Davis, confidante of misfits, said what a lot of people had said of Alzado: "We really gotta get him to a psychiatrist." Sweetheart and madman, gang warrior, barroom bouncer, wannabe boxer and Hollywood actor, Lyle Martin Alzado offended nearly everyone and was proud of it. He led a mutiny to get a Denver coach fired and Cleveland got rid of him when he ALZADO threatened to strangle a coach. Sportswriter Jerry Green believed that after years of searching for the 1 00 percent, totally uncouth Raider, Davis at last had found his man in Alzado. It was, Green wrote, "a match formed in hell." Explaining that life in the NFL has little to do with life as most folks know it, Alzado had said, "We're just camping out on the edge of reality." The game's clenched-fist violence thrilled him so much he wished for a game every day. Linebacker Matt Millen described the Raiders: "Howie Long would be runningaround the locker room. Lyle Alzado would try to bite guys. Then John Matuszak would come over and yell, 'I'm sane! I'm sane!'" Before the 1984 Super Bowl, COMMENTARY DAVE KINDRED Alzado said he had a plan for enemy quarterback Joe Theismann: "I'm gonna tear his head of f." Alzado's eyes dark, satantic, loose as marbles suggested he believed every word of it. No big-time college wanted Lyle Alzado because he was too little. Even after two years at a Texas junior college, the desperate kid from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood found football work only in South Dakota, where, apparently, 190-pound defensive ends are behemoths worth a look. Not long after Alzado showed vp at Yankton College, someone remarked on the size of his biceps. Years later, telling the story, Alzado said the remark made him "so proud." He moved from 190 to 220 pounds on his way to 275. He created a body he loved. Suddenly, he had size and strength to go with speed and ferocity. Then one autumn day in 1970, a scout for the Denver Broncos, the great old lineman Stan Jones, drove through North Dakota. His car broke down. While the car was in for repairs, Jones went to the local college and asked if he could watch game films. On one reel he saw the North Dakota team play Yankton College. Yankton had this defensive end who played wildly, chaotically, fiercely. So the next spring the Broncos made Lyle Alzado their fourth-round draft choice. This was two years after Alzado had made his own deal. He'd grown bigger at Yankton, starting in 1969, by making a deal with his body. The deal was this: Make me a star. And I'll feed you the juice. Dianabol. Anavar. Equipoise. Bolasterone. Quinolone. Testosterone cypionate. Human growth hormone. He took them all. Injected them. Swallowed them. Mixed them. Cycled them. Told his teammates where to get them. Came to say that almost everyone he knew used them. To make it in the NFL, you had to do the juice. He had plastic surgery to remove scar tissue needles had created in his buttocks. His doctor said Alzado took steroids and human growth hormone in massive amounts. Ten years into the deal, the doctor warned him about cancer. But Alzado wouldn't stop. He told the doctor it was a risk he wanted to take. His deal with the devil had been prof itable. The Yankton nobody soon became one of the NFL's outstanding defensive ends. He helped the 1977 Broncos reach the Super Bowl, and he played In the Pro Bowl that season and the next. Trouble was, no one ever knew which Alzado they had met: the sweetheart who visited sick children in Denver's hospitals or, more often, the madman who treated every encounter as an insult to be answered with anger. Jim Saccomano, the Broncos' publicist, remembers a day when he met both Alzados at once. It was Saccomano's habit to ask Alzado if he would visit a sick child. "I was about to ask him if he'd go see another one," Saccomano said, "and he blew up at me. He said, 'Jim, don't ask me anymore. You know I'll do it. Just put the name and address in my locker.' So I did. And he went to see them all." He'd come from Brooklyn's mean streets and he found himself at a Super Bowl. There he charmed reporters with his stories of a big-city mugger who goes to the Wild West to play football. But under the charm there moved a certain sadness, as if he realized the fool's show his life had been. It had been years, he said, since he spoke to his father, and though his father called the Super Bowl site asking to speak to him, Alzado said he just didn't want to do it. He didn't tell us why. Nor did he tell us why he clowned for a jailhouse surveillance camera the night of his arrest on a minor offense and then, on camera, broke down in tears. Telling those stories, Alzado seemed capableofbeinghumiliated by himself. And though he told us plenty, he told us nothing about the steroids. Poignancy has its limits. At the play's end, the chorus in Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" laments the great man's deal with the devil: his soul as the price of knowledge. The chorus sings: "Faustus is gone; regard his hellish fall Whose fiendful fortune may exhort the wise Only to wonder at unla wful things, Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits To practice more than heavenly power permits." Near the end, Alzado blamed steroids for his cancer and said the deal wasn't worth it. He said if one kid learns from what happened to him, he'll be happy. At his death last week, he was 43. Da ve Kindred is a columnist for The Sporting News. Alzado's message may save others 20 years of steroid abuse. Before he spoke at the U.S. Olympic Committee media seminar last Thursday at Colorado Springs, Colo., Dr. Wade Exum, the USOC's drug control director, requested a moment of silence in honor of Lyle Alzado. Alzado, who died earlier that day at age 43 because of brain cancer, had no connection with the Olympics, but Exum said that the movement owes a debt of gratitude to the former professional football player for his crusade In the last year of his life against the use by athletes of anabolic steroids. Alzado believed that he was vulnerable to the disease because of the deterioration of his immune system, which he blamed on more than "There's no way to say yes or no to whether his death was caused by steroids," Exum said. "But the important thing is that he believed it, and, from our standpoint, we agree that steroids can cause erosion of your immune system. He was a sincere and effective spokesman for that position." Exum said that he fears there will be others. "Over the next five to 10 years, I'm afraid more athletes are going to step forward and say, 'I used to be a hulk; now look at what I've become.' The Los Angeles Times Oakland, Sacramento off NFL expansion list By The Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. Two California cities Sacramento and Oakland were eliminated from a list of cities in the running for NFL expansion teams at a meeting of league owners Tuesday. The NFL has pledged to expand by two franchises in time for the 1 994 season, although labor problems between the players union and the league might delay those plans. Five cities are left in the running Baltimore, Memphis, St. Louis, Charlotte and Jacksonville. Baltimore and St. Louis lost franchises to Indianapolis and Phoenix, respectively, in the last decade. So did Oakland the Raiders moved to Los Angeles in 1982. NFL Commissioner Paul Taglia-bue said at the one-day meeting that the owners will gather in October to reduce the expansion cities to two. "The factors that determined the elimination process were 1, demographics currently and in the future; 2, stadiums, and 3, an analysis of areas in the country that were already served by the NFL," Tagliabue said. "It also is simply a judgment call." The Commissioner explained that the timetable for expansion is still subject to the labor situation, saying, "I can't tell you yes or no if a decision will happen then."

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