The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 26
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D4 THURSDAY. APRIL 12, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL, T WEDNESDAY'S GAMES Braves' Maddux nearly perfect Righty, two relievers combine to throw one-hitter vs. Mets By The Associated Press NEW YORK — A few more inches and a polished game for Greg Maddux might've been a perfect one. Maddux was almost flawless for seven innings and combined with a pair of relievers to pitch a one-hitter that led th^ Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 2-0 Wednesday night. "It was cold and wet out there. I thought it was a great night to pitch. It was tough to hit," Maddux said. The Mets wound up with only one runner against Maddux, Mike Remlinger and John Rocker. Todd Zeile lined a single about a foot beyond second baseman Quilvio Veras' glove with one out in the second. "When he hit it, I thought I had a chance to catch it," Veras said. "But he hit it hard, and it was going away from me." Maddux, whose banged-up left big toe caused him to miss his scheduled opening-day start, came out after 74 pitches. "It got to the point where I was thinking more about my toe than pitching," he said. "I'd had enough." Rafael Furcal's RBI double in |he third gave Maddux and the Braves all the offense they needed. Chipper Jones' 21st career homer against the Mets provided an insurance run in the seventh. The Braves recorded their first one-hitter since John Smoltz did it against Cincinnati on April 30,1999. The Mets were last held to one hit on May 7, 2000, by Florida's Ryan Dempster. Cardinals 3, Rockies 1 ST. LOUIS — Mark McGwire ended an O-for-12 season-opening slump with an opposite- field home run, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 Wednesday night. Pedro Astacio (1-1) retired 11 batters in a row before McG­ wire lined a 1-2 pitch over the right-field wall for his 555th ca- ROUNDUP reer homer, putting the Cardinals ahead 3-1. Matt Morris (1-1) won his first game as a starter since September 1998, allowing one run and ,six hits in seven innings. Dave Veres struck out his two batters for his first save. Astros 7, Brewers 1 > MILWAUKEE — Wade Miller (2-0) pitched a three-hitter and struck out 12, and Houston won its fifth straight over Milwaukee. Houston got home runs from Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman, who set a career-high with four hits in five at-bats. Ben Sheets (0-2), the Olympic hero who lost 8-2 to Miller and the Astros in his major league debut last week, allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out six. Cubs 4, Expos 2 MONTREAL — Julian Tavarez (2-0) allowed six hits in seven innings and Eric Young had two RBIs in the final regular-season meeting between the teams. Young's sacrifice fly off Mike Thurman (1-1) in the third opened the scoring. Chicago made it 3-0 in the fifth on Tavarez's run-scoring bunt and Young's RBI single. Joe Girardi had a run-scoring single in the sixth. Jeff Fassero pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Pirates 6, Reds 5 PITTSBURGH — Kevin Young's RBI double finished off a two-run, seventh-inning rally aided by John Riedling's three wild pitches. The Pirates won for the first time in PNC Park, where they lost the stadium opener to Cincinnati 8-2 Monday Cincinnati had four' wild pitches — Mark Wohlers also had one in the eighth — giving the Reds nine in nine games. Jose Silva (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory while Riedling (0-1) lost. Sweep / FROM PAGE D1 now. We're scratching hard to find ourselves, and we're close." Royals manager Tony Muser, for the third game in a row, said he was "tireid of complimenting those guys." "They don't have Jeter in New York. Then they don't have Bernie Williams here," Muser said. "They're a team. They are a team." Torre admitted such disparity is not good for fans. "The thing that bothers me is the loyalty factor of fans," Torre said. "When you see kids come through the farm system and you're not sure if you can pay them when they're really ready to provide dividends, that's the sad part because the fans get the short end." The Yankees also homered for the ninth straight game, one short of the AL record to open the season they set in 1998. The Royals in contrast, have allowed a home run in every game. Kansas City stranded 15 runners in the game, two short of its team record, and is off to a 2-7 start, the worst in eight years. The Yankees took a 3-1 lead in the third when O'Neill hit a two-run homer off starter Brian Meadows (0-1). O'Neill also had an RBI single in the first. T WEDNESDAY'S GAMES • The Associated Press The Yankees' Alfonso Soriano (33) and teammate Micliael Coleman celebrate after scoring on Soriano's first home run of the season during the eighth Inning Wednesday in Kansas City. Soriano had two singles, a double and a two-run homer in the three-run eighth. Randy Keisler, making his second major league start, allowed three runs, four hits and four walks in 3% innings. He to 2-7 start struck out six before being replaced by: Brian Boehringer with a 2-2 count on Car-' los Beltran. In the,fourth, Soriano had an RBI double and Scott Brosius added an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Rey Sanchez had an RBI single in the fourth and Hector Ortiz scored on a fielder's choice. Mark Quinn, who has hit safely in eight straight games, hit a solo homer in the fifth to draw the.Royals to 5-4. Beltran hit a solo homer in the first inning. , Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for: his second save. [ Notes New York C Jorge Posada was scratched just before game time with a stiff back. Posada, whose 14 RBIs led the AL going into the game, was,removed in. the third inning of Tuesday night's game.! ... Yankees manager Joe Torre heard from OF Bernie Williams, who left Monday to be with his ailing father. Torre said Williams might rejoin the team in Boston this weekend. ... Brosius has hit in nine straight games five times. ... The major league record for home runs starting a season is 13 by the 1954 Chicago Cubs. ... Quinn has hit safely in every game but the season opener. White Sox jump out early, hold off Indians Eldred leaves game after two innings with pain in right elbow By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jose Valentin and Tony Graffanino homered as the Chicago White Sox built a six-run lead and then held on to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Chicago starter Cal Eldred had to leave the game after two innings with pain in his surgically repaired right elbow. Pitching with a 5-inch screw in his elbow to prevent another stress fracture, Eldred allowed three hits and a run. His start had been moved back a day because of a sore neck. Valentin homered to start a three-run third and Graffani­ no hit a solo shot in the fifth as the White Sox jumped to a 7-1 lead. But then the Indians rallied. Juan Gonzalez hit a long two-run homer in the eighth off Antonio Osuna to make it ROUNDUP 7-5. And after a double by EUis Burks, reliever Kelly Wunsch gave up an RBI single to pinch- hitter Marty Cordova. Einar Diaz then grounded to Jose Valentin, who'd just been switched from center field to third,, and his throw to second went into right field for an error Cordova raced to third and Diaz to second. But Jolbert Cabrera popped out and Omar Vizquel hit back to Wunsch to end the threat. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his third save. Royce Clayton hit an RBI single in the second and Graf- fanino's suicide squeeze bunt scored Carlos Lee from third to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead off Dave Burba (0-1). After Valentin homered, Chicago loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Paul Konerko. Herbert Perry then hit a double play grounder to shortstop- but second baseman Roberto Alomar couldn't get the ball out of his glove on the pivot and the Indians only got one out with a run scoring that made it 4-1. Clayton then hit a sacrifice fly Orioles 5, Red Sox 4 BOSTON — Last in the majors with a .170 batting average entering the game, Baltimore scored four runs in the first. Boston's starters allowed just eight runs in the team's first seven games. Willis Roberts (1-0) allowed two hits in four shutout innings and struck out seven. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Buddy Groom came on and got Troy O'Leary to ground out for his first save. Frank Castillo (0-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 3% innings. Devil Rays 4, Blue Jays 3 TORONTO — John Flaherty hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the off Billy Koch (0-1) in the ninth inning as Tampa Bay stopped a seven-game losing streak. Tampa Bay closer Esteban Yan (1-0) pitched 1% innings for the win. Toronto starter Esteban • Loaiza allowed two hits in five^ scoreless innings but couldn't retire a batter in the sixth as Tampa Bay rallied from a 3-0 deficit. Twins 12, Tigers 1 i MINNEAPOLIS — Luis Ri-, vas, Tom Prince and Cristian Guzman homered as first- place Minnesota kept up its unexpected poWer surge and swept Detroit. The Twins (6-2), who have won all five games against Detroit this season, are two' games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. The Twins, last in the majors in homers in 2000, have hit 13 in eight games. They have five multihomer game this year and hit three for the first time since June 30, Joe Mays (2-0) allowed one. run and four hits in eight in-, nings. Mays has a 1.80 ERA in' two starts this season. er At The Window watching a robin down by the creek. "Ain't it something, the way one little bitty woman can raise a feller's spirits? Heck, I feel like I could go. chop three cords of wood with a dull axe...only I probably ought to take a bath and find some decent clothes to wear to this deal." He opened the door and stepped out. "And you know what, pooch? I never-would have worked up the nerve to ask her out if she hadn't had that trouble with the spark plug wire. That's what I'd call bodacious good luck." I studied his face to see if he was joking. He wasn't. He never figured it out, biit that was okay. Maybe he wasn't supposed to. Well, you know me. When confronted by monsters, vampires, and shadowy forms that look like men, 1 don't just sit there. I bark! Yes sir, I cut loose with a withering barage of barking. I bared my fangs and by George stood my ground and prepared to defend Miss Viola with every ounce of... Slim? Couldn't be. We'd left him back at his shack, and good riddance too, the cad. I studied the face again and growled a deep growl, just in case... It WAS Slim, standing out there with a silly grin Join Hank's Fan Club Send $11.95 to: Maverick Books PO Box 549 Pcrryton, TX 79070 www.hankthecowdog.coni on his face. Miss Viola seemed just as shocked as I. We both stared at him with wide eyes. At last he broke the silence. "Somebody stole my dog." I heard Viola gasp. "Why Slim, how can you say such a terrible...he must have crawled in my car while we..." She stiffened and raised the angle of her nose. "I can assure you that I didn't steal your dog!" He chuckled and patted her on the arm. "I'm only funning with you, Viola, don't get your hackles up." "Don't get my hackles up! Well let me tell you something. Mister Slim Chance..." "Before you tell me something, let me tell you something. Loper and Sally May are having a little dance tonight. I know I ain't much fun and I can't dance worth a flip, but...would you care to go to the dance with me? I mean, would you even consider such a thing?" There was a throbbing moment of silence. Then she started crying again. "Oh Slim!" His face fell like a load of rocks. "Good honk, I didn't figger it would make you cry. I'll just gather up my dog and..." "Oh Slim, I'd LOVE to go to the dance with you!" His adam's apple did three flips. "You would? You really would?" "Of course I would! What girl wouldn't be honored?" "Well, I could name about three thousand that wouldn't, but thanks. I can't dance but maybe I ain't too old to learn. I'll try.", "Don't you worry about dancing. Slim. We'll go and have us a good time." She opened her door and turned to me. "Bye Hank, and thanks for listening to my troubles. You're a good dog." On the way back to the house. Slim was in a jolly mood. He whistled and sang all the way home, while I thought about greasy stinking rotten fish. Orp. Ump. I tried to concentrate on happy thoughts, such as basking in the warm glow of Miss Viola's last words to me: "You're a good dog." But it was a struggle. The fish were winning. When we pulled up in front of the house, Slim shut off the motor and sat there for a few minutes, smiling to himself and

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