The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 16, 1996 · Page 27
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16. 1996 D3 V BASEBALL PLAYOFFS La Russa shuffles rotation BRIEFLY St. Louis manager expected to pitch Alan Benes in Game 6 By R.B. FALLSTROM The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Three days' rest doesn't seem to agree with St. Louis Cardinals pitchers. And that means Tony La Russa likely will use his most rested starter tonight in Game 6 of the NL championship series — rookie Alan Benes, the younger brother of 18-game winner Andy Benes. Alan Benes, a 13-game winner, is the No. 4 starter. He made his last start Sept. 25 and his 1 1-3-inning relief stint in Game 4 on Sunday is his lone playoff appearance. The alternative for the Cardinals in their second shot at eliminating the Braves is another tired arm. Donovan Osborne, who threw 108 pitches and went seven innings in Braves turn to Maddux But pitcher's favorite catcher will be on the bench for Game 6 By PAUL NEWBERRY v The Associated Press ATLANTA — Even though he's hitting .529 in the NL championship series, Javy Lopez expected to be on the bench for Game 6 tonight. After all, Greg Maddux is pitching for the Atlanta Braves. - But manager Bobby Cox, unable to fathom not having Lopez's torrid bat in the lineup, announced Tuesday that Lopez — not Eddie Perez — will be the catcher when the Braves try to even their series against St. Louis. In the latter part of the regular season, and both of Maddux's postseason starts, Perez has served as the personal catcher to the four- time Cy Young Award winner. "Yeah, it took me by surprise," said Lopez, who was 4 for 5 with a homer in Atlanta's 14-0 victory over the Cardinals on Monday night, trimming the St. Louis lead in the best-of-7 series to 3-2. "The last few games I've caught for him (Maddux), he hasn't done as well as he did when Eddie Perez was catching him. Hopefully, that doesn't matter to him." Maddux, who didn't attend an optional workout at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on Tuesday, has insisted all along that it doesn't matter to him whether Lopez or Perez is the catcher. "Before the game, I will come up to Maddux and talk to him about his game plan," Lopez said. "Hopefully, Maddux will feel good about me catching. I'll try to do the best I can." The numbers clearly show Maddux pitches better when Perez is behind the plate. Perez started 37 games during the regular season, 17 with Maddux on the mound. Maddux had a 10-5 record with a 1.88 ERA in 119% innnigs pitching to Perez, while the numbers dropped to 5-6 . with a 3.52 ERA in the 125% innings with Lopez behind the plate. In Game 2 against St. Louis, Perez started at catcher but he-left for a'pinch-hitter with score tied 33. Lopez took over behind the plate in the top of the eighth, and Maddux proceeded to give up five runs, including a grand slam to Gary Gaetti. "He's learned from what happened the last time here," Lopez said. "He doesn't want the same thing to happen again." T BASEBALL NOTES Game 3 on Saturday, was La Russa's choice for Game 6 that day. Of course, that was before Andy Benes had only so-so results on three days' rest, allowing three runs in five innings and going from seven strikeouts to none in Game 4, and Todd Stottlemyre bombed in Game 5. Stottlemyre lasted only 12 batters, nine of whom got hits, and was charged with seven runs in one-plus innings of Sunday night's 14-D Braves' win. And, if Osborne goes in Game 6, which La Russa referred to as a "reasonable alternative," that most likely would lead to Andy Benes going on three days' rest yet again. "Andy's already had to do it once, and he got almost 100 pitches," La Russa said. "It's a push after a long season, that's why there's a decision to make." The Cardinals had an hour-long optional workout at Busch Stadium Tuesday before departing for Atlanta, and La Russa said he'd probably decide on the plane after consulting pitching coach Dave Duncan. "Somebody says it's a gut call, right?" La Russa said. "Your gut is, you put all your knowledge that you have, put your heart into it and churn it all together, and something comes out. It's not a hunch, it's an educated decision." La Russa said it wasn't rare for him not to name a starter the day before the game in the postseason. "Let me ask you a question, do you know how Game 6 is going to go?" he asked. "You don't know what's going to happen, so you have to be a little flexible." Neither pitcher seemed to mind the uncertainty. "It doesn't matter to me," said Benes, who was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts against the Braves during the season. "I'll be ready either way." After Game 5, Osborne said he was looking forward to the start. But with La Russa waffling he was being a team player and seemed to be aiming at Game 7. "I'd be a little stronger and it would give me an extra day of rest," Osborne said. "Hopefully, we can get that one tomorrow and not have to worry about Game 7." Besides, Osborne doesn't know the last time he pitched on three days' rest —if ever. "You'd have to look it up, I have no idea," he said. Cardinals pitchers worked on three days' rest only three times during the regular season, twice by Andy Benes and once by Alan Benes. League-wide, only one of every 40 starts was by a pitcher on three days' rest, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Associated Press New York Yankees manager Joe Torre (center) talks with Yankees' principal owner George Steinbrenner (left) and coach Chris Chambliss as the team practices for the upcoming World Series. Yankees await Series foe Torre still deciding his starting pitcher for World Series opener By TOM WITHERS The Associated Press NEW YORK — Joe Torre was still receiving hugs, handshakes and congratulatory phone calls when the questions started flying. "Joe, will you use a three- or four-man rotation?" "How's Strawberry's toe?" "Joe, is Kenny Rogers OK physically?" "Did you watch the game last night, Joe?" Torre returned to work Tuesday the same man but a different manager. He wasn't just in charge of the New York Yankees, he was the man leading the New York Yankees into the World Series. And, boy, was there work to be done. The Yankees still don't know if they'll be playing host to the Atlanta Braves 6r St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 on Saturday night. But after a day off following a long night of celebrating their series win over Baltimore, the Yankees worked out for nearly three hours Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. There was batting practice for the regulars and batting (if you could call it that), bunting and baserunning practice for the pitchers, some of whom hadn't picked up a bat in 15 years. "I'm getting a little taste of what it's like today," Torre said of his first World Series experience in more than three decades as a player and manager. "This is what it's all about." The Yankees have the fortune of having five days to get all their players healthy. Outfielders Tim Raines and Paul O'Neill and second baseman Mariano Duncan are all nursing sore hamstrings. And Darryl Strawberry thinks he has a broken toe despite negative X-rays. Strawberry limped into the ballpark again for treatments on Tuesday and didn't participate in the workbut. "It's a little better," Strawberry said. "I've got to go for more tests tomorrow. It feels worse than a bruise." With camera crews and reporters ringing the field, Torre emerged from the dugout to watch his team practice. There was someone else watching the Yankees, too. George Steinbrenner, conspicuously absent in Baltimore when the Yankees captured their first AL pennant since 1981 on Sunday night, talked to Torre behind the batting cage along with batting coach Chris Chambliss. The principal owner only offered a "We're here" before leaving the field. Torre hasn't named his Game 1 starter yet and said he was planning to meet with his coaches before deciding on which rotation he would use. He planned on a three-man staff — Andy Pettitte, David Cone and Jimmy Key — for the Baltimore series, but a Game 1 rainout forced him to start inconsistent Kenny Rogers in Game 4. "I favor a four-man rotation, I think it's healthier," Torre said. "It's easier when you pitch someone in the first game and you can pitch him again three or four days later. It's safer, but I'm not sure if we're going to do it. ... It would be a contingency thing if we have to go with a three-man rotation." Crawford hospitalized after heart attack LAS VEGAS — Kansas Wesleyan men's golf coach Jim Crawford is hospitalized following a heart attack suffered over the weekend while on vacation. Crawford, who coached golf at Marymount College and also works in the pro shop at Salina Country Club, was stricken Saturday. He was admitted to Columbia Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and placed in the intensive care unit. A nursing supervisor would not release any details on Crawford's condition Tuesday night. Crawford coached the Coyotes' golf team during the fall in preparation for the upcoming spring season. He has coached KWU team since 1990. Ellsworth spikers take two from Southeast ELLSWORTH — Poor passing led to Southeast of Saline's downfall Tuesday night as the Trojans dropped a pair of NCAA matches to Ellsworth. The Bearcats won the opening match 15-11,15-6, and completed the sweep with a 15-6,15-12 win in the second contest. "In both matches our passing doomed us," Southeast coach Bill Gies said. "We had over 25 bad passes.in both matches. Statistically we caused ourselves a lot of problems. We also had some personnel who were not getting the job done, had some substitutions and were not working very well together. "At this point we are very sporadic. When we do pass well, we don't get a good set and we aren't getting everything connected very well." Angle Riffel had 10 kills and three blocks in the opener, Megan Troutfetter added four kills and Crystal Giersch 10 assists. Jackie Dupes had four ace serves and three digs in the second match, Jennie Kinsler was 9- for-9 hitting with four kills and Sarah Chrisman was 4-for-4 hitting. Jennifer Peck had 12 service points and two aces in the two matches. The Trojans, 4-20 overall and 35 in league play, close out regular-season play next Tuesday at home against Minneapolis with Senior Recognition Night. Billups suspended for misusing phone cards . BOULDER, Colo. — Former Big Eight Freshman of the Year Chauncey. Billups was one of three Colorado basketball players suspended for misusing university telephone calling cards. Billups and junior Howard Frier will be suspended for three of Colorado's first six games, said Athletic Director Dick Tharp. The suspensions must be served in consecutive games. Junior guard Leroy Carter, who has been suspended from the team since January for academic reasons, also was named. Carter has said he plans to transfer after the fall semester. Twelve Colorado football players were suspended for calling- card misuse before Saturday's game against Oklahoma. Six missed the Oklahoma game, three will sit out this weekend's game at Kansas, and three were suspended for both games. The football and basketball players were suspended for making unauthorized long-distance Greenwell cut loose as Boston rearranges roster Veteran outfielder had already said he wanted out after this season By The Associated Press BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox made it official Tuesday: they don't want Mike Greenwell back. The expected announcement came nearly three weeks after the outfielder told the team he dicta'fr want to come back, at least not as a role player after being a Mi- time performer for nearly all of his 10 seasons with Boston. Greenwell was one of three players designated for assignment as the club shuffled its 40-man roster- Boston also designated for assignment infielder Pill Selby and pitcher Bob Milacki and added first-baseman designated hitter Bo Dodson, infielder Roberto Majia and outfiel'der Adam Hyzdu to the roster. Greenwell, 33, said on Sept. 26, with four games left in the season, that he wouldn't be coming back to the Red Sox after his contract expired at the end of the current season. Frustrated Bichette DENVER — Colorado Rockies right fielder Dante Bichette said Tuesday he watched while doctors operated on his knee, and said his rehabilitation program will last "forever." Bichette injured his knee in the 1991 season, and doctors in Vail rebuilt his anterior cruciate ligament Oct. 9. He was hobbling around on crutches Tuesday, Bichette stole 31 bases this season, even with a bad knee. "I was up the whole time, I watched the whole thing," he said at a news conference about his surgery. "It was an experience." Asked how long he will be in rehabilitation, he replied, "forever, from day one." Bichette, who turns 33 in November, said "I knew this day would come." He said doctors warned him that if he spent another year or two with a bad knee, he might have injured it far worse. Admitting he's overweight, he said he plans to slim down from 240 to at least 220 pounds. Dobson out BALTIMORE — Pitching coach Pat Dobson, named in January to first-year manager Davey Johnson's staff, will not return to the Baltimore Orioles next season, the team announced Tuesday. calls with university calling cards, a violation of the NCAA's "extra benefits" rule. Players have told investigators they copied the access codes or memorized them while watching faculty members use the cards. BMC volleyball team wins two matches McPHERSON — After a less than sterling start, the Brown Mackie volleyball squad won two matches Tuesday night at Central College. The Lions rallied from a 14-4 deficit in their first game on their way to a 16-14,15-2 victory over Central McPherson, then defeated Hutchinson 15-5,15-13. "It was a very unimpressive start," Brown Mackie coach Cheryl Ahrens said. "Our service receiving was very unlike us, very poor. But throughout the night it obviously improved quite a bit." A key to the Lions success was the defensive play of Michelle Audy, who along with Jada Daniels, had eight digs against Central. "Michelle Audy finally woke up for us defensively," Ahrens said. "We've been waiting for her to pick up on her digs and she did it tonight. Our setter Lisa Burrell really showed some leadership and tried to get the girls back together." ' ; Barb Boydston also showed improvement with eight kills against Central and 10 digs in the! Hutchinson match. Audy and Jenny Green also had 10 digs apiece the the second contest. Now 25-6, Brown Mackie will play at the Independence Tournament on Saturday. Sacred Heart spikers continue strong play MARION — Sacred Heart-con-; tinued its strongj/late-season play by winning three matches Tuesday at the Marion quadrangular. The Knights (21-6) opened with a 15-12,15-6 victory over Herington, defeated Marion in three games 15-6,16-18,15-7; and wrapped up the day with a 15-7,° 15-3 victory over Centre. "I think we're really playing pretty good volleyball at a time when we need to be," Sacred Heart coach Mary Pat Weese said. "The intensity is a lot better and the girls are really working hard and working together." Melissa Meares led the Knights with nine service points against . Herington, 23 digs against Marion and 10 digs in the Centre match. Chrissy Blagg had 25 kills on the • night and Anne Weese added 10 kills against Marion. Ginger Brown was the top setter with seven assists against both Herington and Centre, while Jen Broberg had 13 assists in the Marion match. Becca Bonilla had 11 service points against Marion and Brown topped Sacred Heart with 10 service points against Centre. Sacred Heart will compete hi the City Triangular on Thursday at Salina South High School. A& tion begins at 5 p.m. Sacred Heart boosters to meet tonight The Sacred Heart Booster Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the Sacred Heart Junior-Senior High School library. Among the speakers at tonight's meeting will be some the Sacred Heart coaches. From Staff and Wire Reports Soccer / Calvo leads KW to KCAC win over Friends FROM PAGE D1 The move was made two days after the Orioles lost the AL championship series to the New York Yankees in five games. Baltimore was the first wild-card team to advance past the first round of the playoffs. Free agent Dodgers LOS ANGELES — Four members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, including third baseman Mike Blowers and outfielder Chad Curtis, have elected to become free agents, the team announced Tuesday. Also opting to become free agents were right-handed pitcher Jim Bruske and infielder Oreste Marrero. In addition, the Dodgers acquired infielder-outfielder John Wehner on a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates. inside the penalty area and kicked the ball into the right side of the goal as Friends goalie Brad Haberly watched helplessly. The assist went to Mark Chancy. "I love one-on-one breakaways," Calvo said. Friends tied it in the 40th minute on Mark Vosser's goal on an assist from Jason Zinn. Wesleyan broke loose in the second half. Dibbini scored on a breakaway. Haberly came out to meet Dibbini, attempting to kick the ball away. But Dibbini sidestepped him and escorted the ball into the empty net in the 55th minute. Chancy got his second assist on the play. Calvo put the game out of reach in the 88th minute. Working on another breakaway, he eluded Haberly and appeared headed for an empty net. But Haberly grabbed Calvo's leg and tripped him, giving Wesleyan a penalty kick. Brad Carne booted the ball into the goal to the right of Haberly, giving Wesleyan a 3-1 lead. "We came out strong and confident in the second half," Calvo said. "Our defense played very well. It was a team effort. This team isn't just one guy or two guys. We've got so much talent and we're playing well as a team. "I couldn't do what I do without the other guys getting me the ball." Wesleyan coach Brian Berner was pleased, to a point. "It was a good defensive effort in the second half," he said. "It was a bad first-half effort. At halftime we knew we had 45 minutes to change it." And change they did following Berner's calm but stern halftime sermonette. "They were beating us in the first half with good triangles," Berner said. "They were setting stuff up and had good passing opportunities. "Calvo came through and played well. We moved the ball better in the second half and communicated better. I was very pleased," he said. Wesleyan moves to 9-1-1 overall, 2-0 in the KCAC. Friends falls 4-8 and 3-4. "This was a big game for us after the tie Saturday (at St. Mary's)," Berner said. "We were back home and there was the pressure of it being a KCAC game." Wesleyan travels to Lindsborg Saturday for a key KCAC game against Bethany, starting with the women's game at 10 a.m. The m$n play at noon.

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