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THE SALINA JOURNAL BASEBALL WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2001 03 • COMMENT BARNEY HUTCHINSON Scripps-McClatchy western Service Sanders makes immediate impact Rockies find little relief from bullpen PHILADELPfflA — One month into the season, the Colorado Rockies are still trying to sort out their bullpen. It's anchored by Jose Jimenez, who remains the closer even after going through a tough week at Coors Field. Other than Jimenez for the ninth inning, things are unsettled. "When it all gets figured out, it will be better as our roles get more defined," said left-hander Gabe White, one of the elder statesmen of the bullpen. "We will be more prepared. Right now, when the phone rings you have six guys down there running in circles. We don't know who it might be for." Things may calm down for the relief corps on the road when the Rockies open a three- game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadivmi Tuesday night. The Rockies will also play three games in Pittsburgh's new PNC Park against the Pirates on this trip. And the road is where Jimenez is at his best. A year ago, the Rockies' closer went 1-1 with a 1.80 earned run average in 28 games, converting 15 of 15 save opportunities. So far this season, Jimenez has not given up a run in five road outings covering 3% innings. He has converted all three of his save opportunities. "I have a lot of confidence pitching on the road," Jimenez said. "I eryoy it. I like it when everybody is yelling at you. If I do my job, the crowd becomes quiet." Bell will continue to let Jimenez do his job. On the recent homestand, Jimenez had two blown saves and was hit hard twice in games against the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. But the demeanor of Jimenez, 27, allows him to forget about what's happened in the past. "I don't think Jose dwells too much on the previous day or bad outings," Rockies manager Buddy BeU said. "He doesn't let a funk bother him too much. He did some things differently His breaking ball allowed him to have success with his sinker." The Rockies thought Jimenez was throwing his sinker too much in the blown saves. He was becoming tooi predictable. Batters were beginning to look for that one pitch down in the strike zone. So pitching coach Marcel Lachemann suggested mixing in more sliders, a pitch that moves in the opposite direction of his sinker. That, and an occasional fastball up in the strike zone, can make Jimenez more effective. "It wasn't Jose's fault, it was our faiolt," Lachemann said. "We just needed to give him. more weapons." Bell put Jimenez back in a save situation Sunday and the move paid off. Jimenez recorded the last four outs in the game, including getting a key ground out to end the eighth inning when the Reds had the potential tying run on deck. Jimenez would like to keep improving his numbers. He is 1-0 with a 5.40 earned run average and six saves in eight opportunities. Last season, he went 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 24 saves in 31 opportunities. The rest of the bullpen has seen injuries and new faces in unfamiliar roles. Jimenez, White, John Wasdln and Mike Myers are the main holdovers from last year's bullpen. Juan Acevedo (strained left groin), Bobby Chouinard (right shoulder ten­ dinitis), Craig Dingman (right shoiUder soreness) and Horacio Estrada (left shoulder soreness) have all made at least one trip to the disabled list. Kane Davis is still learning the ropes of relief pitching after the Rockies obtained him in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. Tim Christman made a brief appearance as an emergency fill-in during the last road trip and is back at Triple- A Colorado Springs. The makeup of the bullpen will change again for the start of this road trip. Chouinard is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list after overcoming his shoulder problems, which first occurred at the end of spring training. Two-sport star goes 3 for 3 with three- run homer in 7-6 win By JOE KAY The Associated Press CINCINNATI — A thick, jeweled cross swung from the gold chain around Deion Sanders' neck. The fingers of black batting gloves poked from the back left pocket of his pinstriped Cincinnati Reds pants. Mingling religion and baseball, the two-sport athlete returned to the major leagues Tuesday with one thing in mind: showing he belonged. After only two at-bats, he had made his point. Sanders lined a single to center on the first pitch he saw from Los Angeles' Greg Gagne Sanders swings for Cincinnati The Cincinnati Reds wiil promote Deion Sanders from Triple-A Loulsviile to tai<e the place of Ken Griffey Jr., who went on the disabled list Sunday with a partially torn hamstring. Sanders has been on a hot streak lately, leading the Louisville RiverBats to first place in the West division, while leading the league in batting. He last played in a major league game in 1997. International League batting leaders PLAYER, TEAM AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Deion Sanders, LOU .459 74 12 34 4 5 1 9 Randall Simon, TOL .382 68 15 26 5 0 7 14 Vernon Wells, SYR .362 58 9 21 6 1 2 8 Liu Rodriguez, CHA .361 72 14 26 8 0 0 8 Mike Frank, COL .345 58 5 20 4 1 2 8 Statistics through Monday, April 30 SOURCES: Minor league tiaseball; compiled from AP wire reports in the first inning. Sanders got pitch for a three-run homer, a standing ovation and a cur- In all, Sanders went 3-for-3 tain call in the second inning, and had a sacrifice bunt that when he again hit Gagne's first set up the go-ahead run in the Reds' 7-6 victory As a banner in right field proclaimed, it was again Prime Time in Cincinnati. The only question was: For how long? During pregame interviews, the Washington Redskins cor- nerback refused to say how long he'd stay in Cincinnati. He turned aside all football questions, doting on that sport only long enough to use it as a measuring stick for his latest fling with baseball. "If you look back at football — it's been a good run," said Sanders, whose contract with the Redskins allows him to play baseball. "There isn't too much more I can do. In baseball, there's so much to do, so much to accomplish, and it's a challenge." Sanders, 33, hadn't played in the major leagues since Sept. 4, 1997, a span of 1,364 days. He didn't play baseball at all in 1998-99, and passed up chance to play for the Reds last season. When he asked general manager Jim Bowden for one more chance over the winter, Bowden relented. Sanders got a minor league contract, an invitation to spring training and an opportunity that turned out better than anyone expected. Sanders was leading the International League in hitting with a .459 average when the Reds called him up from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. — the first day the Reds were; allowed to, under baseball's rules. He was in the starting lineup, batting second and playing left field. "I feel like I earned my way back," Sanders said. "It was not just given." TUESDAY BY THE NUMBERS Standings AMERICAN LEAGUE East DlvlslOfl W L Pet GB 16 9 .640 — Toronto 16 9 .640 — New York 15 12 .556 2 BalHrrore 13 14 .481 4 Tampa Bay B 19 .296 9 Central Division W L Pet GB Minnesota 18 7 .720 — Cleveland . 16 9 .625 2'/i KansasCity 10 16 .385 8'/4 Detroit 9 15 .375 8'/4 Chicago 8 16 .348 9 West Division W L Pet GB Seattle 20 5 .800 — Texas 11 15 .423 B<A Anaheim 10 16 .400 10 Oakland 8 17 .320 12 Monday's Games Kansas City 6, Toronto 3 Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 3 Minnesota 2, N.Y. Yankees'! Tuesday's Games Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 1 N.Y. Yankees 4, Minnesota 0 Cleveland 13, Kansas City 2 Delroit 6, Texas 3,10 innings Boston at Seatllo,(n) Toronto at Oakland, (n) Chkago White Sox at Anaheim, (n) Wednesdays Games Tampa Bay (Rupa 1.3) at Baltimore (Mettedes 04), 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Hemandez 0-2) at Minnesota (Mays 3-1), 7:05 p.m, Detroit (Holt 2-2) at Texas (Oliver 4K)), 7:05 p.m. Cleveland (Sabattila 2-1) at Kansas City (Suzuki 2-1), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Nomo 3-1) at Seattle (Seie 4-0), 9:05 p.m. Toiwilo (Loaiza 4-1) at Oakland (MuWor 2-2), 9:05 p.m. CWcago White Sox (K.Wells M) at Anaheim (WasMximO^), 9:05 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE EastDhrlalon W L Pet GB Philadelphia 15 10 .600 — Atlanta 12 15 .444 4 Roiida 11 14 .440 4 Montreal 11 15 .423 4'A New York 11 15 .423 4'A Central Division W L Pet GB Chtaago 15 10 .600 — .Cincinnati- 15, 10 .600 — Milwaukee '14 11 .560 1 Houston 12 13 .480 3 SI Louis 12 13 .480 3 Pittsburgh 9 15 .375 6% West Division W L Pet GB Los Angeles 16 11 .577 — Arizona 14 12 .538 1 Colorado 13 12 .520 V/i San Francisco 13 12 .520 V/i SanDiego 11 15 .423 4 Monday's Game N.Y Mets 8, Houston 2 Tuesday's Games Arizona 8, Montreal 3 Philadelphia 7, Cohiradol San Fiandsco 11, Pittsburgh 6 Cincinnati 7, Los Angeles 6 M9waukee6,Allanta3 noiida4,SlLouls3 N.Y Mate 7, Houston 6 San Diego 10, Chkago Cubs 3 Wednesday's Games Milwaukee (Rigdon 2^0) at Atlanta (Maddux 2-2), 6:05 p.m. Arizona (Anderson 0-2) al Montreal (Armas Jr. 04), 6:05 p.m. St Louis (Morris 3-2) al Fkihda (Penny 1-0), 6:05 p.m. San Francisco (Ortiz 3-1) at Pittsburgh (Ritchie 0-3), 6:05 p.m. Los Angeles (Brown 3-1) at Clndnnali (Hamisch 1-2), 6:05 p.m. Colorado (Bohanon 0-3) at Philadelphia (Person 2-2), 6:05 p.m. Houston (Uma 1-1) at N.Y Mets (Appier 2-2), 6:10 p.m. San Diego (Janis 1-2) at Chicago Cubs (Ueber 2-1), 7:05 p.m. American League INDIANS 13, ROYALS 2 CLEVEUND KANSASCITY abrhbl abrhbl Lottaid 2 10 0 Allcea2b 40 10 JaCmzd 1 0 0 0 HSndizss 4 121 Vizquelss 5 12 1 Quinnil 4 0 0 0 RAImr2b 3 1 1 0 Dyert 3 0 2 0 JolCbra2b 1 0 0 0 Ibanezrl 10 0 0 JGnzlezrl 3113 MJSwydh 3 0 0 1 WCrdiolt 1 0 0 0 Randa3b 3 0 0 0 • Thomelb 3 2 10 Ordaz2b 10 00 Burksdh 42 12 McCrtylb 4 0 0 0 MCdrall 4 2 2 3 DBmdl 2 120 Bmyan3b 4 2 2 1 HOrtizc 3 0 0 0 Tbnseec 4 113 Totato 35131113 Totals 32 2 7 2 Cleveland 400 300 600-13 KansasCity OOO 110 OOO- 2 E-HAIomar(l). DP-Ctevsland 2, Kansas Cily 1. LOB-Cleveland 2, Kansas CHy 5.2B-Vizquel (4), Thome (2), DBnown (5). HR-JGonzalez (9), Burks (3), MCordova (5), Branyan (6), Taubenses (1). SB—Vizquel (3). S-RAkxnar. SF-^Gonzalez, MJSweeney. IP . H RER BB SO Cleveland CRnleyW^-2 7 6 2 1 1 3 Shuey 1 1 0 0 0 1 Speier 1 0 0 0 0 0 KansasCity DurblnUO-l 4 5 7 7 2 2 Stein 22-3 4 3 3 2 3 DHenry 21-3 2 3 3 1 1 Umpires-Home, Woli; Rrst, Fletcher; Second, Young; Third, Scotl T—2:39. A—14,512(40,793). ORIOLES 3, DEVIL RAYS 1 TAMPA BAY BALTIMORE abrhbl abrhbl GWImsd 4 0 0 0 BKAsnrI 40 11 RJhnsnss 3 0 2 1 Bordidtss 4 0 0 0 Giievsil 3 0 0 0 DShUsil 4 0 0 0 GVghndh 3 0 0 0 Rdiardlb 30 10 hteGifllb 4 0 0 0 Rpkn3b 3010 Castilla3b 4010 Gbbonsdh 4 0 0 0 JGulllnrI 40 10 Morad 2 110 OecBC 3 0 0 0 Frdycec 2 0 0 0 Rdls2b 3 10 0 Hair5ln2b 3 2 2 2 Totals 31 1 4 1 Totals 29 3 6 3 Tampa Bay 000 001 000-1 Baltimore 000 020 10x-3 E-Rlpken (4). DP—Tampa Bay 1. LOB—Tampa Bay 6, Baltimors 6.2B -Ca5lilla (6), Hairston (4). 3B-RJohnson (1). HR-+lairston (2). SB- Rdis (2), Mora (2). CS-^ulllen (2). IP H RER BB SO Tampa Bay RekarL,04 62-3 4 3 3- 4 3 Meadtam 1 1-3 2 0 0 0 0 Baltimore JMJohnsnW,2-2 52 -3 3 1 0 1 4 Trambley 21-3 1 0 0 2 3 KdiimelerS,6 1 0 0 0 0 1 Umpires—Home, Diaz; Rrst, Reed; Second, Clark; Third, tfl^egner. T-2:43.A-27 ,208 (48J90). YANKEES 4, TWINS 0 NEW YORK MINNESOTA abrhbl abrhbl KnUdilt 4 0 10 CGzmnss 4 0 0 0 BeWmsd 5 12 1 JMxwll3b 4 0 0 0 Jetsrss 3 110 Lawtonri 3 0 0 0 TMrtnzlb 5 0 3 0 DOrlizdh 3 0 0 0 Posadac 4 0 2 2 Bdinanit 30 10 JustKedh 5 111 Mnlkwib 30 10 aemanil 3 0 0 0 THuntrd 30 10 Blngerrf 1 0 0 0 Princec 3 0 0 0 Soilano2b 4 14 0 RivBS2b 2 0 0 0 Biosius3b 4 0 0 0 Hddngph 10 00 Totals 38 4 14 4 Totals 29 0 3 0 NewYortc 010 001 101—4 Minnesota 000 000 000-0 E-CGuzman (5), Carrasoo (1). DP-New York 1, Minnesota 2, LOB-New York 11, Minnesota 2. HR—Justice (5). SB—Soriano 2 (8). IP H RER BB SO New York MusslnaW,2-3 9 3 0 0 0 10 Minnesota MillcnL,3-2 6 8 2 2 3 3 Carrasoo 2 3 1112 TEMiiler 1 3 110 0 Umpires—Home, Hernandez; Rrst, Wendelsl- edt, Hu; Second, Morrison; Third, Gucdone. T-2 :53 .A-24,505 (48,678). TIGERS 6, RANGERS 3 DETROIT TCXAS abrhbl abrhbl Cedenorl 5 0 10 Greeril 4 0 2 0 Maclas 3b 5 0 3 0 Velarde 2b S 0 1 0 Hggnsnll 4 110 ARdrjzss 5 2 2 2 TCIarklb 4110 RPimolb 50 10 RJcksnlb 0 10 0 IRdrgzc 4 0 2 0 Palmerdh 4 110 Porterpr 0 0 0 0 DCmzss 5 113 Mrbeilic 0 0 0 0 JEcrmd 4 111 Clinoltoph 10 0 0 Easley2b 3 0 11 Glrrgadh 4 110 Crdonac 3 0 0 0 Cminlti3b 4 0 0 0 Fickph 1 0 0 0 Kapierd 3 0 2 1 ingec 0 0 0 0 Mateorl 3 0 0 0 Totals 38 610 S Totals 38 311 3 Detroit 010 200 000 3-6 Texas 010 001 010 0-3 E—Maclas (4), Rogers (1). DP—Detroit 2, Texas 2. LOB-DeWt 7, Texas 8. 2B—Hig- ginson (6), Easley (5), Galarraga (8), Kapler 2 (3). HR—DCmz (2), ARodrlguez 2 (9). S—Mateo. IP H RER BB SO Detroit SWSparks 61-3 9 2.2 1 3 HMunay 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 MJAnderson 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 DPattrsonW,2-0 2 2 1 1 1 0 TBJonesS,6 1 0 0 0 0 2 Texas Rogers 7 8 3 2 4 3 Brantley 1 0 0 0 0 1 JR2mnL,1-2 2 2 3 3 1 2 Umpires—Home, Cooper; First, Gorman; Second, Crawtord; Third, Eddings. T—3:01. A -25,638 (49,115). National League PHILUES 7, ROCKIES 1 COLORADO PHILADELPHIA abrhbl abrhbl Shmpi12b 4 0 0 0 BLHntrd 3 110 NPerszss 4 110 Rdtnsss 4 111 LWalkrrf 3 0 0 0 Rden3b 3 112 Ganlil 4 0 0 0 Abreurt 4 12 1 Heltonib 4 0 11 Uathalc 4 111 NortonSb 30 10 Tleelb 4 110 UHed 3 0 0 0 BuirellH 2 0 0 1 PelTBkc 30 10 M0Asn2b 4 0 0 0 Neaglep 2 0 0 0 Daalp 3111 Chnardp 0 0 0 0 Cimlerp 0 0 0 0 Pierreph 100 0 Viltonep 0 0 0 0 Totals 31 1 4 1 Totals 31 7 8 7 Cokxado 000 000 10O—1 Philadelphia 020 000 SOx—7 LOB-Cdorado 4, Philadelphia 4.2B-NPerez (4), PelrKk (2), Rden (5), Abreu (8), Ueberthal (5), TLee (4). SB-6LHunler (2), Abreu (4). SMur- rdl. IP H RER BB SO Colorado NeagleL,2-1 62-3 6 6 6 3 5 Chouinard 1-3 2 1 1 0 0 Vilkme 1 0 0 0 0 2 Philadelphia OaaIW,»« 8 4 1116 Cornier 1 0 0 0 0 1 Umpires—Home, Runge, Brian; Rrst, lassogna; Second, Kellogg; TWn), Budmor. T-2:38.A-14,138 (62,418). MARLINS 4, CARDINALS 3 ST. LOUIS R.ORIDA abrhbl dirhbi Vina2b 3 0 0 0 LCsllto2b 2 110 Rnleriass 4 0 0 0 Owensrl 3 120 Ednmdd 3 0 2 0 Ftoydll 3 0 0 0 Puids3b 40 10 LMoutnU 1000 Lnklrdll 4 111 PWJsnd 4 13 1 Tmlinp 0 0 0 0 Loweli3b 3 1.1 2 Sultcnph 1 0 0 0 CJhnsnc 2 0 0 1 Bonillalb 2 0 0 0 DLLssIb 4 0 2 0 Drewd 4 2 3 1 AGnzlzss 4 0 10 Mthenyc 3 0 0 0 Gnip 10 0 0 Pquetteph 1 0 0 0 McGlraph 1000 Mrreroc 0 0 0 0 VNunezp 10 0 0 ACBensp 20 11 Dmsbrp 0 0 0 0 MJamsp 0 0 0 0 Micelip 0 0 0 0 Rbnsonll 10 10 Mlliarph 1000 AHnsca p 0 0 0 0 Totals 32 3 9 3 Totals 30 410 4 StUuls 010 200 000-3 Fkirida 000 220 00x~4 E—Renteria (2). DP—SL Louis 2, Rorida 3. LOB-St Louis 11, Rorkia 8.2B—Edmonds (7), Drew (1), ACBenes (2), Robinson (1), PWllson (9). HR—Lanklord (5), Drew (9), Lowell (4). CS— Bonilla (1), LCastillo (1), Owens (2), PWiison (2). IP H RER BB SO SLUuls ACBenes L,1-2 41-3 9 4 4 5 3 MJames 12-3 0 0 0 1 2 Timlin 2 1 0 0 0 1 Rorida Griiii 4 5 3 3 4 2 VNunezW,2-2 2 0 0 0 2 1 Darensbourg 2 -a 1 0 0 0 2 Mlceli 11-3 2 0 0 1 2 AltonsecaS,4 1 1 0 0 0 0 Umpines—Home, DiMuro, Mike; Rrst, Emmel; Second, McClelland; Third, Rapuano. P-3:14. A—10,377(36,331). DIAMONDBACKS 8, EXPOS 3 ARIZONA MONTREAL abrhbl abrhbl Snnieyd 4 2 2 0 RainesH 4 0 2 0 JBeii2b 4 2 12 Vidra2b 4 12 0 LGnzlzil 5 12 2 Ta6s3b 3 110 MtWms3b 2 2 2 3 VGrerorl 4113 Wmad(ss 2 0 0 0 Stevens lb 4 0 10 MEGrclb 60 10 Urblnap 0 0 0 0 RSndrsrl 2 0 0 1 OCabrass 40 10 Butslart 30 10 Brdleyd 4 0 0 0 Cunseiiss 3 0 0 0 Barrettc 4 0 10 DMlBerc 3110 Ramesp 10 00 Sdilingp 3 0 0 0 Pelersp 0 0 0 0 Spmgrp 0 0 0 0 Blumph 1000 Prinzp 0 0 0 0 Stewartp 0 0 0 0 Tellordp 0 0 0 0 Tracyph 100 0 Uoydp 0 0 0 0 Sglgnollb 10 0 0 Totals 36 810 8 Totals 35 3 9 3 Arizona 350 000 000-8 Montreal 000 300 00O-3 DP—Arizona 1. LOB—Arizona 7, Montreal 6. 2B-DMiller (3), OCabrera (5). 3B-LGonzalez (2). HR-JBell (5), MtWilliams (4), VGuerrero (3). S-Schiiling. IP H RER BB SO Arizona Schilling W,4-0 7 8 3 3 1 2 Springer 1 0 0 0 0 1 Prinz . 1 1 0 0 0 1 Montreal ReamesL,2-2 4 8 8 8 1 1 Peters 1 0 0 0 1 1 Stewart 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 0 TeHord 2-3 1 0 0 1 0 Uoyd 1 0 0 0 0 0 Urbina 1 0 0 0 0 1 Umpires—Home, Welke, Bill; RrsL Hirschbeck, X; Second, Meiiwelhen Third, O'Nora. T—2:37. A-4,340 (46,620). REDS 7, DODGERS 6 LOS ANGELES CINCINNATI abrhbl abrhbl GodM'nd 5 0 0 0 LarMnss 32 10 Grdzln2b 5 110 DSndrsil 3 2 3 3 Shflieidlf 5 14 0 Tudierrl 3 0 0 0 SGreenrI 52 10 DYonglb 40 11 Karrosib 4 2 3 2 ABooneSb 4 13 2 DHnsn3b "3013 RMRvad 3100 APenao 30 11 Reese2b 4 111 Corass 3 0 0 0 LaRuec 4 0 0 0 Gagnep 1 0 0 0 OFrdzp 10 0 0 Bcdicaph 1 0 0 0 DReyesp 0 0 0 0 JNunezp 0 0 0 0 BCIarkph 100 0 asonp 0 0 0 0 Whiersp 0 0 0 0 Grssom ph 1 0 0 0 Slllvan p 0 0 0 0 Hergesp 0 0 0 0 Odioaph 10 0 0 Dnnisph 1 0 0 0 Gravesp 0 0 0 0 Adams p 0 0 0 0 Totals 37 611 6 Totals 317 9 7 Los Angeles 010 002 300 -6 CInclnnaU 050 010 lOx—7 E-Gagne (1), Reese (2), Wohiers (2). DP— CindnnaB 2. LOB—Los Armeies 7, Cindnnati 5. 2B-SGreen (6), Karros (4), DHansen (2), ABoone (2). HR-DSanders (1), ABoone (4). SB-DSandors (1), HMRivera (2), Reese (6), S— DSanders, Tucker, OFemandez. SF—APena. IP H RER BB SO Los Angeles Gagne 4 4 5 5 2 3 JNunez 2-3 1 1 10 1 Olson 1-3 1 0 0 0 0 Herges L,1-2 2 3 1 1 0 0 Adams 1 0 0 0 0 0 CInelnnall OFemandez 51-3 7 3 3 0 2 DReyes 2-3 0 0 0 2 2 Wohiers W,1-0 1 3 3 0 0 1 Sullivan 1 0 0 0 0 0 GravssS,9 1 1 0 0 0 0 Umpires—Home, EverW; Rrst, Roe; Second, ReynoWs; Third, Shuiod<. T—2:48. A—21,473(39,800). GIANTS 11, PIRATES 6 SAN FRANCISCO PITTSBURGH abrhbl abrhbl Benardd 5 3 2 2 Kendallc 4 2 2 0 Autiliass 5 2 2 0 EBiwnd 2 2 12 BondsH 1 2 0 0 BGiiesH 3 0 0 0 EGzmnH 1 0 0 0 ARmrz3b 2 0 0 0 Kent2b 4 13 7 VnWailb 4 0 12 REMtz2b 0 0 0 0 EWilsnss 4 12 0 Snowlb 5 0 10 DeBellrl 4 0 0 0 BSnlgoc 4 0 0 0 Meares2b 4 0 0 1 Rkisd 5 111 RJMdzp 0 0 0 0 Fdlz3b 5 2 3 0 MiMndp 10 0 0 RuBlerp 3 0 2 0 CAWIsnph 1111 RDavis ph 1 0 0 0 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 Fuitzp 0 0 0 0 Wehnerph 10 0 0 FARigzp 0 0 0 0 Srbed<p 0 0 0 0 Zerbep 0 0 0 0 MkWIsp 0 0 0 0 ANunezph 10 0 0 Totals 39111410 Totals 31 6 7 6 San Francisco 004 410 200—11 Pittsburgh 002 010 120— 6 E—EWilson (2). DP—San Frandsco 1, Pitts­ burgh 1. LOB—San Frandsco 10, PlKsburgh 4. 2B -KBnl 2 (10), Kendall (4), Vender Wal (8), EWIison (1). HR—Benard (1), Kent (5), Rios (3), EBrown (3), CAWilson (1). CS-ARamirez (1), EWilson (2). S—Rueter. IP H RER BB SO San Francisco Rueter W,3-2 7 5 4 4 4 4 Fuliz 1-3 2 2 2 2 1 FARodrlguez 2-3 0 0 0 0 1 Zeibe 1 0 0 0 0 1 Pittsburgh RJMartinzL,0-2 22-3 3 4 4 3 1 Mulholland 21-3 6 5 5 2 1 Belmd 2 4 2 2 2 2 Sauerbeck 1 1 0 0 0 1 MkWilliams 1 0 0 0 0 1 HBP-by RJMartinez (BSantlago). WP-Mui- hdiand. Umpires—Home, Barksdale; Rrst, Kulpa; Second, Bell; Third, Hirschbedi, M. T—2:45. A—22,926(37,898). BREWERS 5, BRAVES 3 MILWAUKEE ATUNTA abrhbl abrhbl Blliard2b 4 0 0 0 Furcalss 40 10 Huston3b 4 12 1 AJonesd 4 0 0 0 JenWnsll 2 0 2 0 CJonesSb 4111 DWhilelt 1 0 0 0 Surhoim 4 110 Sexsonib 3 0 0 1 BJordnrt 40 10 Bumilzrf 3 111 JLopezc 4 12 2 Hmndsd 4 0 0 0 Brognalb 4 0 0 0 JHmdzss 4 110 Lckhr12b 3 0 10 RCsnvac 4 122 Mllwodp 10 00 Haynesp 3 110 MGllesph 10 0 0 CFox p 0 0 0 0 Moss p 0 0 0 0 Wlhersp 0 0 00 OMrtnzph 1000 TFmdz ph 0 0 0 0 Rmingr p 0 0 0 0 Lskanic p 0 0 0 0 JsCbra p 0 0 0 0 Totals 32 5 9 5 Totals 34 3 7 3 Milwaukee 001 210 010-5 Atlanta 000 000 300-3 DP-Alianta 2. LOB-Milwaukee 5, Atlanta 4. 2B -Hou5ton (1), Lockhart (2). 3B-^Lopez (1). HR-Houston (5), Bumitz (8), RCasanova (1), CJones (8), JLopez (3). Sf^exson. IP H RER BB SO Milwaukee HaynesW,3-2 61-3 5 3 3 0 3 CFox 2-3 1 0 0 0 1 Weathers 1 0 0 0 0 0 Leskanic S,3 1 1 0 0 0 2 Atlanta Millwood L,1-3 6 7 4 4 3 4 Moss 1 0 0 0 0 2 Remllnger 1 1110 1 JosCabrara 1 10 0 11 Umpires—Home, Randazzo; Rrst, Montague; Second, Layne; Third, Sdirieber. T—2:28. A—24,922(49,714). METS 7, ASTROS 5 HOUSTON NEW YORK abrhbl abrhbl Lugoss 4 10 0 Agbynill 4 110 Biggio2b 5 121 McEwgll 0 0 0 0 Bgwelilb 3 2 2 1 TiPerezrf 5 12 1 Brkmnd 3 0 10 Allonzo2b 4 110 Alourf 5 0 12 Piazzac 3 2 12 DWardll 6 0 10 Vnlura3b 5 114 TmbySb 4 0 0 0 Zellelb 4 0 0 0 Asmusc 4 12 1 Paylond 2 0 10 Dotdp 2 0 10 ROrdnzss 4 0 3 0 JVzcnoph 1 0 0 0 Qnzaiezp 10 0 0 NCruzp 0 0 0 0 TWartnp 0 0 0 0 JWPwIlp 0 0 0 0 LHarrsph 1110 WFrkinp 0 0 0 0 Shlnjoph 10 0 0 Esebloph 1 0 00 JFmoop 0 0 0 0 MJdfsn p 0 0 0 0 Benitez p 0 0 0 0 Totals 37 510 5 Totals 34 711 7 Houston 000 031 001—5 New York 002 000 50x—7 LOB-Houston 10, New York 10. 2B—Berk- man (6), TIPerez (1), Ailonzo (9), Payton (4), ROrdonez (6). 3B-LHarris (1). HR-Bagweil (7), Ausmus (1), Piazza (9), Ventura (4). SB-Lugo (2), Berkman 2 (2). S-Gonzaiez. IP H RER BB SO Houston Dotal 5 5 2 2 2 3 NCnjzL,0-1 1 1-3 3 4 4 2 1 JWPowell 1-321110 WFranklin 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 MJadffion 1 10 0 10 New York Gonzalez 41-3 5 3 3 3 4 TMartlnW,1-0 22-3 2 1 1 2 1 JFranco 1 1 0 0 0 1 Ben'itezS,4 1 2 110 1 Umpires—Home, Gibson; Rrst, DeMuth; Second, Relilord; Third, Danley. T-^:31. A—25,619(55,777). PADRES 10, CUBS 3 SAN DIEGO CHICAGO abrhbl abrhbl Hndrsnll 22 10 EYun92b 4 0 10 CIngeloll 1 0 0 0 Mueller 3b 4 0 4 1 Kotsayd 5 13 1 SSosart 4 0 0 0 Klesko 1b 3 2 0 0 Hndleyc 3 0 0 0 Nevin 3b 4 2 14 RBWte II 3 0 0 0 Danrl 10 0 1 FHrdiap 0 0 0 0 SPerezrf 3 10 0 MlhJr.pii 10 0 0 BDavisc 4 12 4 Fmswrp 0 0 0 0 DJck5n2b 4 0 0 0 Stairs lb 4 0 0 0 Mendezss 4 0 0 0 Glerrezss 4 110 Tlibergp 4 110 Bulordd 4 12 0 Davey p 0 0 0 0 Bere p 10 0 0 RMyrsp 0 0 0 0 Fytiriep 0 0 0 0 Vn Ppl p 10 0 0 Zulela lb 2 112 Totals 3510 810 Totals 35 3 9 3 San Diego 007 300 000-10 Chicago 000 010 200—3 LOB-San Diego 5, Chicago 6.2B-Kolsay 2 (3), Mueller (5). HR-Nevin (7), BDavis (3), Zulela (3). SB-+lenderson (4). CS-EYoung (2). IP H RER BB SO San Diego TollbergW,2-2 61-3 8 3 3 1 6 Davey 2-3 1 0 0 0 1 RMyers 2 0 0 0 0 2 Chicago BereL,3-1 2 5 7 7 4 4 Fyhne 1 2-3 2 3 3 1 2 VanPoppel 31-3 1 0 0 2 4 FHeredla 1 0 0 0 0 2 Famsvrorth 1 0 0 0 0 2 Umpires—Home, Joyce; Rrst, CraH; Second, Miller; Third, McKean. T—3:00. A—28,842(39,059). Surging KWU sweeps Sterling Radke sparks Twins'start Franchise has not had a pitcher start 5-0 since 1913 By DAVE CAMPBELL The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Last summer Brad Radke was in the middle of iiis fifth losing season in six years when the Minnesota Twins granted him a four-year, $36 million contract extension, raising the question to some whether the low- budget team was spending wisely. As the first-five game winner in the majors on . the team with the second- best record in baseball, Radke (5-0, 2.23 ERA) now looks like quite a bargain. He's the first pitcher in franchise history to start 50 since Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators did so in 1913. Yes, 1913. "This is the best I've ever seen him pitch," said Joe Mays, the Twins' No. 3 starter. Radke has thrown at least seven innings and allowed three runs or less in aU six starts this season. The Twins (18-6) have won each of those, most against other teams' aces like Chicago's David Wells, Boston's Pedro Martinez and New York's Andy Pet- titte. Radke kept the Twins in the game last Wednesday against Boston, leaving with a 3-2 deficit but watching the team rally to win against the Boston bullpen after Martinez was removed. Radke then threw his second complete game of the year on Monday night, limiting the Yankees to six hits in a 2-1 Minnesota win and beating Pettitte, who gave up only three hits. "Brad's unbelievable. Man, to come back with that kind of stuff after beating Pedro last time is said first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, suddenly out of adjectives. "He's our superstar" Radke has always been a good pitcher, but greatness By The Journal Staff STERLING — The Kansas Wesleyan baseball express rolls on. The Coyotes drilled Sterling 8-5 and 17-7 in a Kansas Conference doubleheader sweep Tuesday Wesleyan, which clinched the KCAC title last weekend, is 28-13 overall and 21-2 In the conference. J.J. Reynado and Cody Brassfield were 3 for 4 in the opener. Reynado drove in three runs and Brassfield homered leading off the sixth inning. Greg Kmet (7-1) was the winning pitcher. Catcher Dale Schattenberg homered twice and drove in five and Sammy Mendoza, returning from a lengthy absence with a broken hand, had two hits and drove in four in the second game. Sean Sloan (2-0) was the winning pitcher. Wesleyan plays Bethany in a single seven-inning makeup game at 1 p.m. Thursday at Evans Stadium. Shockers thump K-State MANHATTAN — Logan Sorensen and Shavi/n Smarsh had three hits and scored three runs apiece and John Tetuan pitched seven strong innings as Wichita State whipped Kansas State 13-3 Tuesday at Franl< Myers Field. The Shocl<ers (35-20) fell behind 2-0 in the second Inning, but scored nine runs in the third. K-State (24-23) had five hits. The two teams play again tonight at Eck Stadlunfi in Wichita. KU shuts out Washburn LAWRENCE — Eric Thompson and Grant Williams combined on a seven-hit shutout as Kansas drilled Washburn 9-0 Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks (20-29) had 14 hits against eight Washburn pitchers. "He throws all his pitches for strikes." Chuck Knoblauch Yankees left fielder on Twins ; pitcher Brad Radke has eluded him. His 20-win season in 1997 notwithstanding, he had a career record of 58-74 entering this year-Much of that was. attributable to some pretty bad Twins teams, but his lifetime ERA was a less- than-spectacular 4.32. Last April, Radke was roughed up in his first twcj". starts and never completely recovered. His rim support from one of the league's poorest-hitting teams was third-worst in the AL (4.17 runs per nine: innings), but Radke — despite repeatedly insisting it didn't bother him — also seemed somewhat distracted by the uncertainty of his contract. As the Twins struggled through their eighth straight losing season, it looked as though Radke would be dealt to a contender before the trading deadline. But, realizing Radke's influence on many of the youngsters who have helped fuel the Twms' surprising start this year, the team chose not to trade him. Radke throws one of the game's best changeups, and he's got excellent control. He's issued only four walks in 48 Va innings this year. "He throws aU his pitches for strikes," said Yankees left fielder and former teammate Chuck Knoblauch. "You can't sit on one pitch, because he mixes it up." But his demeanor is an invaluable example for the young Twins. "He's low-key a pretty level-headed guy," Minnesota manager Tom Kelly said. "I've only seen him get upset a couple times, but he usually takes that up to the clubhouse." Pitchers / ERA falls 9.5 percent FROM PAGE D1 the 1999 average of 2.22. Walks decreased 13.3 percent, from 7.82 per game to 6.78, and strikeouts increased 5.4 percent, from 12.91 to 13.61. That shows the strike zone reaUy is getting larger "I've been happy with the consistency in the five games I pitched," Arizona's Curt Schilling said. "I didn't think it would be that easy for them to make that ac^ustment, but 1 think so far they've done a good job." As new ballparks have opened, year-to-year statistical comparisons have become more difficult to evaluate because the new ballparks have different — and usually smaller — dimensions. Three new ballparks opened last year — hitter- friendly Enron Field in Houston, pitcher-friendly Comerica Park in Detroit and Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. Two ballparks opened this season. with no dramatic changes evident yet: Miller Park in Milwaukee and PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Whatever the factors, offense is down this year, with batting average dropping 3.7 percent (.270 to .260), runs falling 10.6 percent (10.75 per game to 9.61) and hits decreasing 4.4 percent (18.56 to 1.774). Among power categories, doubles dropped 9.1 percent (3.81 per game to 3.46) and triples fell 7.3 percent (0.41 to 0.38). Pitchers have been the beneficiaries, with the major league ERA falling 9.5 percent, from 4.93 to 4.46. "Last year, my strike zone was wide," Houston shortstop Julio Lugo said. "Now there are more high strikes." While management hoped a bigger strike zone would speed the pace of games, speed has changed only minimally Through Sunday, the average time of a nine-inning game was 2 hours, 54 minutes.

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