THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1996 03 T WORLD SERIES Yanks on brink of championship Amazing turnaround has New York one win from first title since 78 By BEN WALKER Tlie Associated Press NEW YORK — They left The Bronx a bruised and battered team, with not even a day to recover. Their hitters weren't hitting, their pitchers weren't pitching and their fans, at least the ones who weren't running around the bases, were booing. With all that had gone right this season for the New York Yankees, surely it wasn't supposed to end this way, was it? Tonight, thanks to one of the more amazing turnarounds in baseball history, the Yankees will be back home, trying to win the World Series in Game 6 against the defending champion Atlanta Braves. "We embarrassed ourselves the first two games in New York," catcher Joe Girardi said. "Whatever was written about us was well deserved because we stunk. "Now look at us. I wouldn't say this is destiny, because I don't believe in it. But there's a purpose we're here." Coming off three straight wins at Atlanta, the Yankees return with a 3-2 lead and will try to clinch their first championship GAME e TONIGHT, 7:01 Key (1241) Maddux (15-11) NEW YORK LEADS SERIES, 3-2 since 1978 when Jimmy Key faces Greg Maddux of the Braves. If the Series goes to the first Game 7 at Yankee Stadium since 1957, it would be New York's David Cone against Tom Glavine. Atlanta overcame a 3-1 deficit against St. Louis in the NL championship series as John Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine helped hold the Cardinals to only one run in the final three games. But the Braves, who beat Cleveland last October and now hope to become the first NL team to win consecutive titles since Cincinnati's Big Red Machine in 1975-76, realize this is a resilient bunch of Yankees. "You look at the Yankees and you see some intangibles that you like," Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said. "Maybe you see some positive things that you didn't see with Cleveland last year." Maybe it's the key hits. AL championship series hero Bernie Williams is only 2-for-20 against Atlanta, although it was his RBI single in the first inning of Game 3 that gave the Yankees their first lead of the series and allowed them to relax. Perhaps it's the pitching. Andy Pettitte and John Wetteland were able to work around a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth Thursday night, preserving a 1-0 win. Possibly it's the fielding. Darryl Strawberry, playing on a broken toe, ran back to catch Jeff Blauser's drive at the wall in the eighth in Game 5 and sore-legged Paul O'Neill cut over to grab Luis Polonia's bid for a winning, two-run double for the final out. The only run scored in that game came as the result of a misplay by'the Atlanta outfield, with four-time Gold Glover Marquis Grissom — who made only one error during the regular season — dropping a fly ball for a two- base error after rookie right fielder Jermaine Dye mistakenly cut in front of him. "The World Series is different from the regular season," Strawberry said. "Marquis Grissom will probably never miss a ball like that again." Or maybe it's the steady resolve of manager Joe Torre, who would not let his team get down when it looked like it was nearly out. Whatever, that combination of factors has the Yankees in position .to become only the third team to win the World Series after losing the first two games at home. The 1986 New York Mets and 1985 Kansas City Royals also pulled off such comebacks. "That's why this is my favorite sporting event," Blauser said. "If fans can't enjoy this, there's something wrong. But the emotions run high for us. When you lose, it's very draining. Our assignment's tough. But we know what it is." Not since 1979 has a team managed to win Game 6 and Game 7 on the road in the Series. That year, it was the "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates who did it at Baltimore. Atlanta will attempt to do it against a Yankees club that has enjoyed most of its postseason success away from New York. The Yankees were 8-0 on the road this October, but are only 2-4 at home. Overall this year, the Yankees went a combined 18-0 at Atlanta, Baltimore and Cleveland against three of best home-field teams in baseball. Hard to believe, considering the Yankees looked inept in being outscored 16-1 by the Braves in the first two games this week. T HORSE RACING Torre's brother receives new heart After nearly five-month wait, ex-major leaguer Frank Torre 'doing great' following surgery By BETH GARDINER Associated Press Writer NEW YORK — Joe Torre's New York Yankees weren't the only ones with a new lease on life Friday: The manager's brother Frank received a long-awaited heart transplant in an operation serendipitously performed on a World Series day off. "Joe Torre said this afternoon that this was the best news he could have possibly gotten," said Dr. Eric Rose, who performed the surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. The Yankees manager FRANK TORRE was not at the hospital during the four-hour operation. On Thursday night, he led the Yankees to their third straight win over the Braves in Atlanta and a 3-2 lead in the Series. Frank Torre, a former major league first baseman, was expected to give his new heart a workout tonight, watching the Yankees go for the clincher in Game 6. V LABOR "Joe Torre said this was the best news he could have possibly gotten." Dr. Eric Rose surgeon who performed heart transplant "We think he's much better off watching the game with this heart instead of his old one," Rose said, adding that the patient was awake, "doing great" and listening to music in the intensive care unit Friday afternoon. Rose said Torre's tight-knit family — he also has two sisters, Rae and ister Mary Marguerite Torre — should help in his recovery. A third brother, Rocco, died of a heart attack during the spring. Torre, 64, waited 41/2 months for his new heart, watching from a hospital bed since mid-August as his younger brother managed the Yankees into their first World Series in 15 years. About four hours after Andy Pettitte's pitching lifted the Yankees to a 1-0 victory in Game 5, Torre's doctors received word that a donor heart was available. After four hours of preparation, the surgery began about 7:30 a.m. (CDT). "The timing is serendipitous," Rose said. Another member of the cardiac team, Dr. Mehmet Oz, noted that there was no World Series game on Friday and joked, "We wanted to do it on an off day." Doctors said Torre's long-term prospects were good. About 90 percent of heart recipients live a year, and about 50 percent survive 10 years. Frank Torre had suffered three heart attacks before checking into the hospital, and probably would have been dead within a year without the transplant, doctors said. Torre's donor was an unidentified 28-year- old man who died suddenly Thursday night at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, Rose said. The man died from a sudden increase in the pressure of his brain, Rose added. Torre was at or close to the top of the donor list, said Denise Payne, executive director of the New York Regional Transplant Program. He was not pushed to the top of the list, nor did the donor's family request that an organ be directed to him, Payne said. Torre played from 1956 to I960 with the Milwaukee Braves who won two National League pennants and one World Series, beating the Yankees in 1957. Players, owners close in on agreement Sides spend much of day arguing about when to announce deal By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Negotiators for players and owners just about finalized the long-sought baseball labor agreement on Friday, then spent the day arguing about when to announce it. The players' association wants the deal announced immediately, before owners consider whether to ratify it, sources on both sides said on the condition they not be identified. Acting commissioner Bud Selig doesn't want an announcement until after owners meet to consider the contract, which if approved would end a labor war that has lasted nearly four years and included a 232-day strike that sharply decreased interest in the sport. Selig hasn't scheduled an owners meeting, several sources said, but management negotiator Randy Levine hopes it will take place next week. While players already have given their executive board the authority to conclude a deal, it's still unclear whether owners will approve the contract, which would ensure labor peace through the 2000 season. Under management's rules, approval requires at least a three- quarters majority, meaning at least 21 of the 28 teams must support a deal. As part of the agreement, all players would get service time for the 75 regular-season days wiped out by the 1994-95 strike.,That would create 12 additional free agents. In one of the compromises, if any of those 12 players changes teams, his former club would get an extra selection next June between the first and second rounds of the free agent draft. In another compromise, the cost to players of exercising their option to extend the deal through 2001 without a luxury tax would increase by about $5 million to $24 million, and the minimum salary would not be adjusted for inflation in 2000 and 2001 if the option is exercised. If players decline the option, the minimum would get a cost-of-living adjustment in 2000. Three-man panels would be used instead of single arbitrators in half the salary arbitration cases this winter, in three-quarters of the cases prior to the 1998 season and in all cases prior to 1999. Ricks Natural Star, Cigar: poles apart, common objective Popular Cigar is Classic favorite; Ricks Natural Star longshot in Turf By ED SCHUYLER JR. Tlie Associated Press TORONTO — The careers of Cigar and Ricks Natural Star are riches and rags stories — one a multimillionaire Horse of the Year, the other an obscure claiming horse, who's earned a little more than $6,000. Today, both will be in the Breeders' Cup, with Cigar, the early 4-5 favorite, trying for a second straight win in the $4 million Classic, and Ricks Natural Star, a 99-1 shot, running in the $2 million Turf amid wonderment. "I think his (Ricks Natural Star) involvement in the race will last about 30 yards," said trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who will start a total of 10 horses in six of the seven races in a bid to add to his Breeders' Cup record of 12 victories. Other story lines are 3-year-old filly Yanks Music challenging males in the Classic; trainer Ron McAnally trying for a fourth Distaff victory with an Argentine- bred filly, and Barbara Minshall of Canada taking shots in three races with horses she co-owns and trains and that were bred by her late husband. Cigar, one of the most popular horses in a long time, has gotten most of the media attention since his arrival at Woodbine Wednesday. The 6-year-old will be backed heavily at the betting windows as he tries for an 18th victory in his last 20 starts. A win would be worth $2,080,000 and boost Cigar's career earnings over $11.5 million. The Classic, however, doesn't figure to be just a benefit for Cigar. "I think we got a hell of a field of horses in the Classic, as good as we've ever had," said Lukas, whose 3-year-old Editor's Note can throw in a big race on occasion, as he did in the Belmont Stakes and the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Two other contenders in the 14- horse field are the Dick Mandella- traihed Dare and Gold, a stretch- runner who snapped Cigar's 16- race winning streak with a victory in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, and Atticus, a wire-to-wire winner of the Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park in only his second start on dirt, Cigar again will be ridden by Jerry Bailey, trying for his fifth win in six years in the lV4-mile Classic. He won on Black Tie Affair in 1991, then in 1993-95 with Arcangues, Concern and Cigar. Before Cigar's arrival, a lot of attention was given to Ricks Natural Star, vanned to Toronto from New Mexico by William Livingston, a veterinarian who bought the 7-year-old gelding three months ago and trains him. Ricks Natural Star, ridden by Lisa McFarland, has won twice in 23 starts and has not raced since Aug. 25, 1995. His last nine starts were for $2,500, $3,500 or $4,000 claiming tags at Sunland Park and Ruidoso Downs. It was because two pre-entered horses did not enter that Ricks Natural Star was able to get into the 14-horse field for the li/2-mile Turf, which will be his debut on grass and his first race at more than one mile. The favorite in the Turf is the entry of Singspiel, Shantou, Swan and Wall Street, owned by mem- Woodbine Racetrack October 26,1996 Breeders'Cup Championship Schedule of races Purse: $1 million Juvenile Fillies 11/16 miles 2-year-old Purse: $1 million Sprint 3/4 mile 3-year-old and up Purse: $1 million Distaff 11/8 miles 3-year-old and up Fillies and mares Purse: $1 million Mile 1 mile 3-year-old and up (turf) Purse: $1 million Juvenile 11/16 miles 2-year-old Colts and geldings Purse: $2 million Turf 11/2 miles 3-year-old and up (turf) Purse: $4 million Classic 11/4 miles 3-year-old and up AP bers of the Maktoum family of Dubai. Singspiel won the Canadian International Sept. 29 at Woodbine. Yanks Music, who has the 3- year-old filly championship virtually clinched, will be making her debut against males in the Classic. The favorite in the Distaff will be Different, McAnally's 4-year- old Argentine-bred filly, unbeaten in four U.S. starts, who was supplemented to the race by owner Sidney Craig for $200,000. McAnally's other Argentine-bred Distaff winners were Bayakoa in 1989-90 and Paseana in 1992. One of Different's challengers in the lV8-mile race, reduced to six starters by the scratch of Mysteriously because of an ankle problem, will be the Lukas-trained Serena's Song, champion 3-year-old filly of 1995, who will be seeking her first win in three Breeders' Cup races. Minshall will start Mt. Sassafras in the Classic, Kiridashi in the Mile and Barbed Wire in the Juvenile Fillies. KW spikers fall in tournament By The Journal Staff MARSHALL, Mo. — Kansas Wesleyan's volleyball team lost to Kansas Conference foe Friends on Friday night, 15-2, 15-7, 15-12, in a first-round matchof the Missouri Valley Invitational. Lisa Tripp led KW with 22 assists. Marsha Emmot had 12 kills, 10 blocks, 20 of 20 on receiving and 16 digs. Kary Taylor added 5 kills, 6 blocks and 13 digs. "We were mentally flat after last night (win over Bethel on Thursday) and were never really in the game," said Wesleyan coach Tom Hughes. T PRO GOLF British Open winner Lehman forges to lead at Tour Championship The Associated Press Tom Lehman watches his drive from the 16th green at Friday's second round of the Tour Championship In Tulsa, Okla. Lehman leads the event. Player-of-the-year contender opens up four-stroke advantage By The Associated Press TULSA, Okla. — Tom Lehman struggled with the wind. Tiger Woods struggled with his heart. Both performed like champions in the second round of the Tour Championship. Lehman played like the British Open winner that he is and shot a 67 in wind that gusted to 30 mph at Southern Hills Country Club for a 36-hole total of 7-under-par 133, four strokes better than Vijay Singh and five in front Steve Strieker. Woods meanwhile, playing just hours after his father was hospitalized with chest pains likely related to bronchitis, struggled to a 78, his worst round since turning pro. Clearly frustrated and at times angry, Woods nevertheless impressed his playing partner, John Cook. "He showed me a lot today and it wasn't golf," Cook said. "You can lose your mind out there and he didn't." Lehman's mind game was with nature. "You can make 18 bogeys out there when the wind blows if you lose your head," Lehman said after posting the lowest round of the day. "It can be your friend or be your enemy depending on how you deal with it. "If I can stay comfortable tomorrow and in my rhythm it can help me." Lehman, who has an outside shot to beat out Phil Mickelson and Mark Brooks in player-of-the- year voting if he wins, said that notion has to be pushed aside. "That's kind of choke time when you think about stuff like that," Lehman said. "So you push that out of your mind." Lehman started Friday's round 4-under and gave one stroke back after nine holes. Then he reeled off four consecutive birdies to start the back nine and closed with a 31 to sep- arate himself from the field. Lehman won the British Open at Royal Lytham in July in warm, calm weather unusual for the northwest coast of England. That was not the case Friday at Southern Hills. The gusting wind and pin positions tucked devilishly in the corners of the firm, quick greens sent scores soaring in the second round as the course played a cumulative 62-over-par as compared to 35-over in Thursday's opening round. "If you can get into a rhythm on a windy day, you can still shoot a good score," Lehman said. "But it's just so hard to get that feel for scoring. And if you don't get it, you struggle all day." Lehman obviously found that rhythm. Mickelson, who has won four times this year, and Brooks, whose three victories include the PGA Championship, are the leading contenders for player of the year. But Lehman has the British Open championship and 12 top-10 finishes. Woods' father has chest pains, undergoes tests By The Associated Press TULSA, Okla. — Tiger Woods' father was hospitalized with chest pains possibly related to bronchitis on Friday and underwent tests but his condition was described as not life- threatening. Earl Woods, 64, was taken to St. Francis Hospital shortly before 3 a.m. and admitted through its trauma emergency center, according to hospital spokeswoman Lisa Ingram. Tiger Woods was awake when his father was taken from their hotel suite and did not get back to bed until 5 a.m. after being assured the elder Woods was in no danger, a source fa- miliar with the situation said. A matter of hours later, the clearly distracted Woods played his worst round in the eight tournaments since turning professional, shooting an 8-over- par 78, reacting to poor shots with angry club-slamming outbursts on several occasions. His previous worst was a 2- over-par 73 in the Greater Milwaukee Open, his first tournament as a pro. Twenty-one of his 28 previous rounds as a pro had been in the 60s. "I didn't want to be here today," Woods said, "because there are more important things in life than golf, and I love my dad to death and I wouldn't want to see anything happen to him. I just want to go see him."
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