The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1996 · Page 21
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1996 C3 V BASEBALL PLAYOFFS Yankees rally for 5-2 win Bizarre error sparks four-run eighth inning, gives Yanks series lead By DAVID GINSBURG The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Strange things keep happening to the Baltimore Orioles, who found yet another way to lose to the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. The Orioles appeared to be on their way to their first home win against the Yankees this season when a bizarre error sparked a four-run'eighth inning that gave New York a 5-2 victory Friday night and.a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 AL championship series. ' The Yankees trailed 2-1 in the eighth before rallying to tie the score. Mike Mussina, bidding to beat New York for the first time since May 1993, had retired 10 straight batters before Derek Jeter hit a two-out double and Bernie Williams grounded an RBI single to left. Tino Martinez then hit a double to left. Left fielder B.J. Surhoff made a nice play cutting the ball off before it could get in the corner and threw the ball to Todd Zeile at third. Zeile faked a throw to second but the ball popped out of his hand and rolled toward shortstop as Williams sprinted home with the go-ahead run. - Cecil Fielder followed with a towering homer to left for a 5-2 lead. That chased Mussina, who has lost seven straight decisions to the Yankees. It was the Orioles' seventh straight loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards. Baltimore was 0-6 .against the Yankees at home this season, but this one hurt more The Associated Press New York pitcher Jimmy Key delivers a pitch Friday during the Yankees' American League championship playoff game at Baltimore. than all the rest. Game 4 is today with the Kenny Rogers of the Yankees going against rookie Rocky Coppinger in a matchup of No. 4 starters. Zeile was destined to be the hero until his misplay. Playing in his first postseason, the late-season acquisition from the Philadelphia Phillies, hit a two-run homer off Jimmy Key to give the Orioles a 20 first-inning lead. It was his second homer in two games. That was the extent of the Baltimore offense. After the home run, Key allowed only a second-inning single by Surhoff and a fifth-inning walk to Eddie Murray, who was wiped out on a double play. The sellout crowd of 48,635 was not a factor as it was in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium when a 12-year- old fan reached over the right- field wall and interfered with Orioles Tony Tarasco, giving Jeter a controversial game-tying homer. Key allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one, retiring the last 11 batters he faced in the longest postseason effort of his career. John Wetteland worked the ninth for the save, his eighth against the Orioles this year. It was the first victory by a New York starter in seven postseason games. Orioles' protest denied Executive council says approval 'would create havoc for all involved' By The Associated Press BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles' protest of Game 1 of the American League championship series was unanimously denied Friday by baseball's ruling executive council and AL president Gene Budig. The council and Budig made the decision during a telephone conference call that lasted less than an hour, choosing not to overrule Wednesday's blown fan interference call by umpire Rich Garcia. "It is not relevant that umpire Garcia admitted or was quoted as admitting that he called the play incorrectly," Budig said in a two- page decision. "In the case of a judgment call, postgame statements or quotations attributed to the umpires by the press cannot form the basis for overturning the result of a game and replaying it from a certain point. "Apart from the chilling effect it would have on umpires, such a rule would create havoc for all involved." Baltimore had asked that Game 1 be resumed with the Orioles ahead 4-3 in the eighth inning and Derek Jeter at the plate. Jeter hit a fly ball to right field at Yankee Stadium, and Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco appeared to be about to catch it against the wall. But the ball was pulled over the wall by a 12-year-old fan, and Garcia failed to call fan interference, awarding a home run that tied the game. New York won 5-4 in the llth on a home run by Bernie Williams. Garcia admitted after the game that he blew the call. Baltimore owner Peter Angelos made the protest both to Budig and to the executive council, which acts in place of a commissioner. The commissioner is empowered to protect "the best interests of baseball," and Angelos asked Selig to use that power to disallow the home run. "The best interests power of the commissioner does not apply in this case," Selig said. "It is not intended to be used to circumvent the on-field judgment of the umpires or the express authority of the league presidents to decide game-related protests. This is consistent with precedents throughout baseball history in which judgments made by umpires on the field have been given deference." La Russa key to Cards' success Cardinals' manager proved his mettle again in Thursday's victory By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Tony La Russa, wearing sunglasses and standing alone, was watching from the far reaches of the shaded right field corner while his players basked in the bright glow of victory. The St. Louis Cardinals had bumped off Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves Thursday night to even the NL championship series 1-1. Now, they were a confident bunch Friday as they worked out at home at Busch Stadium. "There's a way to beat every guy on their staff," said John Mabry, who singled following Gary Gaetti's game-breaking grand slam. "They're not machines." Had La Russa been able to hear his young first baseman, he might have smiled, which he does not often do on the field. Because there's no doubt where Mabry learned to talk like that — his manager is the one who always uses the phrase that players "are men, not machines." "You see a lot of Tony rubbing off on the guys," said Cardinals third base coach Tommie Reynolds, in his eighth season on La Russa's staff. From the way they talk, to the way they hustle, to the way they win. As was shown again with the Cardinals' 8-3 win over Atlanta, no team with La Russa in the dugout is out of contention. "If you work hard, he'll keep you close," said another La Russa disciple, Mike Gallego, who singled to start the five-run seventh inning that finished Maddux. The Cardinals, heavy underdogs at the beginning of the best- of-7 series, will try to take the lead today when Donovan Osborne pitches against Tom Glavine. The Braves went 6-0 at Busch Stadium this season. But La Russa, who put his runners in motion against Maddux and had his batters hit to the opposite field, also has a plan ready for Glavine. He'd already noted that Cincinnati roughed up the left- handed Glavine with a slew of lefty hitters in September, and will adjust his lineup accordingly. Any edge he can find — like talking to his players in the postseason for the first time, letting them know what to expect — he uses. Even last week, he tried to parley an innocent comment by Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones, who said Los Angeles was the team the Braves feared, into a rallying cry. "I take the responsibility of managing serious," La Russa said. "The biggest responsibility is on the players. But being a manager or coach, you're supposed to contribute a piece." COLLEGE Fl I I ITBALL PREVIEW By The New York Times A look at today's college football slate: TOP GAMES • Florida State (4-0) at Miami (4-0): Two defensive powerhouses, with Miami (173.8 yards a game) first in the nation and Florida State (177.5) third. Miami has won 11 straight and quarterback Ryan Clement is experienced. Miami is primed for an upset. • Washington (3-1) ^t Notre Dame (31): Washington almost self-destructed before beating-Stanford on backup Corey Dillon's 173 yards rushing. Notre Dame still hasn't put its offense together. • Louisiana State (4-0) at Florida (50): After a 35-0 beating by Louisiana State, Coach Rod Dowhower of Vanderbilt said of the Tigers, "They're every bit as good as Notre Dame and Alabama." But not as good as Florida, which is averaging 51.8 points a game. • Wisconsin (3-1) at Ohio State (4-0): In the last two weeks, Ohio State has beaten Notre Dame on the road by 13 points and Penn State by 31. If the Buckeyes can run up 565 yards against Penn State, how can Wisconsin stay close? EAST • Purdue (2-3) at Penn State (5-1): If Penn State has recovered from that Ohio State battering, it should win comfortably. SOUTH • Maryland (2-3) at North Carolina (4-1): Maryland's offense, with only one touchdown since Sept. 7, faces a defense especially tough against the run. • Auburn (4-1) at Mississippi State (2-2): Auburn needed a fourth-quarter fumble recovery to beat South Carolina, but its defense should prevail. • Tennessee (3-1) at Georgia (2-2): Georgia has beaten Texas Tech and Mississippi, so this may not be a walkover for Tennessee. • Alabama (5-0) at North Carolina State (1-3): Alabama, which has lived on its defense, put away Kentucky last week with four touchdowns in nine minutes. MIDWEST • Iowa (3-1) at Indiana (2-3): A warmup for Iowa, which in the next four weeks must face Penn State, Ohio State and Northwestern. • • Texas Tech (3-2) at Kansas (3-1): Byron Hanspard of Texas Tech, a licensed Pentecostal minister, rushed for 287 yards against Baylor, his fifth straight 200-yard game. • Kansas State (4-1) at Missouri (23): Kansas State, held to 86 yards by Nebraska, should get well against an out- manned conference opponent. • Texas (3-2) vs. Oklahoma (0-4) at Dallas: Not a Texas-Oklahoma classic, not when Texas runs up 624 yards on Oklahoma State and Oklahoma seems headed for an 0-8 record. • Minnesota (3-1) at Northwestern (4-1): Northwestern showed its blue-collar ethic in its fourth-quarter 17-point upset of Michigan. FAR WEST • Arizona State (5-0) at UCLA (2-2): Arizona combines tough defense and Jake Plummer's passing (1,176 yards, 13 touchdowns, only 2 interceptions). • Arizona (3-2) at Southern California (3-2): Southern California's banged- up offensive line gave up six sacks and six holding penalties in losing to California. MISMATCHES • Baylor (3-1) at Nebraska (3-1): Baylor, which built its record against soft nonconference foes, may be overwhelmed by Nebraska's running game. • Oklahoma State (3-2) at Colorado (3-1): Another nightmare for Oklahoma State, which gave up 624 yards and 71 points last week to Texas. • Pittsburgty (2-4) at Syracuse (2-2): Syracuse has rushed fof 300 yards a game three straight weeks, including 380 against Rutgers. BRIEFLY Salina Raceway alters starting time Due to a scheduling conflict, Salina Raceway has announced a change in the starting time for today's racing program. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with racing to start at 7:30. Classes running are mini stocks, pro stocks and IMCA modifieds. The IMCA modifieds will run for a special $l,000-to-win purse and the mini stocks will have a "King of the Hill" race. Mechanics races will also be held in the mini stock and IMCA divisions. Salina Central cross country meet today The Salina Central Cross Country Festival will take place today at Bill Burke and Indian Rock parks, with the first of five races starting at 10 a.m. Fifteen schools are scheduled to compete in this year's event, including teams from Central, Salina South, Southeast of Saline and Emmanuel Christian. Competition begins with a boys C team race at 10 a.m., followed by the girls B team race at 10:30 'and the boys B team at 11. The varsity races start with the girls two-mile run t at 11:30 and the boys 3.1-mile race at noon. •' Other schools competing in addition to the Saline County teams will be Clay Center, Garden City, Wichita West, Hays, Buhler, UNIU NUT, Mil IHEI CONTEST Sponsored locally by the Salina Jaycees • For Boys & Girls between 8 & 15 • Sunday, October 13.1996, Sacred Heart Practice Football Field (230 E. Cloud, Salina) • Registration 12:30-1:15 pm, competition starts at 1:30 PM • Entry Forms available at: Sears, Green Lantern & Carroll's locations. • No Entry Fee. • Any Questions, call 823-5108,823-0842 or 823-1614. Junction City, Maize, Manhattan, Wichita Carroll, Wichita North and Clearwater. Carroll and Manhattan were narrow winners of the Festival team titles a year ago. The Carroll boys edged Manhattan by a single point, while the Manhattan girls topped Clay Center by the same margin of victory. Salina South Ben Houltberg and Tricia Linder swept the individual titles in 1995, but both have graduated and are now running at the collegiate level. KU basketball tryouts scheduled Wednesday LAWRENCE — Tryouts for the University of Kansas men's basketball team — open to all KU undergraduate students — are set for Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. Registration is at Tp.m. at the north end of the fieldhouse. Walk- on candidates should bring proof of medical insurance and come ready and dressed for a full workout. The second practice for walk- on hopefuls will be Thursday at 6 a.m. Tabor ranked seventh in NAIA basketball poll TULSA, Okla. — Tabor is ranked seventh in the NAIA Division II preseason men's basketball poll, released Friday.' The Bluejays compiled a 25-7 record last season. They won the Kansas Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The Bluejays of Coach Don Zimmerman return all five starters this season. MidAmerica Nazarene is ranked sixth in the poll. The Pioneers were 20-17 last season. Bethel, Ind., is the No. 1-ranked team. Walsh, Ohio is No. 2; Northwest Nazarene, Idaho third; Lewis & Clark, Ore., fourth; and Embry-Riddle, Fla., fifth. Trinity International, 111., is eighth; St. Ambrose, Iowa ninth and Bluefield, Va., 10th. Baker was the only other Kansas school receiving votes. The Wildcats got two votes. KU, K-State games on TV next weekend Kansas and Kansas State are back on TV next weekend (Oct. 19) in Big 12 Conference football games. The Colorado-Kansas game in Lawrence will kick off at 11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports Net. The Kansas State-Texas A&M game in College Station, Texas, begins at 6 p.m. on the Big 12 Network. The Nebraska-Texas Tech game in Lubbock, Texas, will be televised at 2:30 p.m. on ABC. 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O'Neal's new coach, Del Harris, punctuated O'Neal's dominant- player status by adding, "Anybody who thought Shaquille O'Neal is just some tall guy playing basketball got an education. He's so athletic; quick with speed, and he's got such great hands." Against the Nuggets, the 7-foot-l, 300-pound center started slowly, but highlighted two spurts that helped the Lakers pull away. At game's end, he had 25 points on ll-of-13 shooting, with 12 rebounds. He picked up the pace in the second quarter, scoring 13 points, including six straight that gave the Lakers the lead for good. O'Neal opened the second half with three baskets to extend the Lakers' lead. "I just want to come in here and do my role," he said. "Coach gave me my role today. He said be a better rebounder and, of course, a better free-throw shooter. "It felt pretty good. I just wanted to come out and play hard, play together. We just went out and rebounded, made good passes and played tough on defense. 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