Press and Sun-Bulletin from Binghamton, New York on July 9, 1992 · 17
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Thursday, July 9, 1992
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Section C Lindros on same ice as Quebec2C California Softball power to visit3C Yankees, Mets each lose by 14C A., ,f if A li ; Press & Sun-Bulletin Thursday, July 9, 1992 3 K J Uy ViiJ L ILLJ 4 r Binghamton 6, Albany 5 (10 inn.) Hagerstown 5, London 3 Harrisburg 4, Reading 1 Canton-Akron 2, New Britain 0 Page 1C Minnesota 3, New York 2 Detroit 6, Oakland 3 Boston 5, Kansas City 4 Baltimore 5, Chicago 3 Toronto 6, Seattle 0 Cleveland 8, California 4 Milwaukee 4, Texas 3 Page4C Atlanta 2, New York 1 Chicago 3, Cincinnati 2 (10 inn.) Los Angeles 1 -1 , Montreal 0-4 (first game, 11 inn.) San Francisco 4, Philadelphia 3 Houston 3, Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 1, San Diego 0 Pag4C N.Y. courted Grant early, Bullets say ! LANDOVER, Md. (AP) The Washington Bullets have accused the New York Knicks of being overzealous in their pursuit of forward Harvey Grant. : The Bullets claim the Knicks negotiated with Grant, a free agent, before July 1, the day free agents are allowed to meet with other teams. It is the first time such a charge has been filed since 1988. On July 1, the Knicks offered Grant a six-year, $17 million contract. Under NBA rules, the Bullets have IS days to match the offer or let Grant go. The Knicks have denied wrongdoing. The hearing on tampering charges will be held on Wednesday in New York before Merrell E. Clark Jr., the Special Master appointed to handle disputes. The Bullets, acting under legal counsel, declined to comment. A club found guilty of tampering with another team's player can be fined up to $ 1 million, and the Special Master can invalidate the offer sheet. Yankees' Steinbrenner could return next season HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) George Steinbrenner could be back at the New York Yankees' helm after March 1, 1993. Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent, who placed Steinbrenner on the permanently ineligible list on July 30, 1990, is expected to announce the March 1 reinstatement soon, The Record of Hackensack reported. The Record said Steinbrenner has been laying the groundwork for team changes before his official return to power. Steinbrenner has compiled a list of candidates for general manager to replace Gene Michael, who is expected to be on his way out soon after Steinbrenner returns, The Record said. Michael said that certain conditions would have to be met for him to stay if Steinbrenner returns. N.Y. Rangers ship Kerr to Whalers for draft pick ' NEW YORK (AP)-Tim Kerr, a four-time 50-goal scorer in the mid-1980s, was traded by the New York Rangers to the Hartford Whalers on Wednesday for an undisclosed future draft pick. . Kerr, 32, has 370 career goals and 298 assists in 633 regular-season games. ; He scored 224 goals in a four-season span from 1983-84 to 1986-87 tor the Philadelphia Flyers, including an NHL-record 34 power-play goals in '85-'86. t t Correction Due to a rerjortinn error, the nhotoeraoh of Windsor's pitcher in an American Legion baseball game was misidentmed in Wednesday's newspaper. Wes Szarejko was the Windsor pitcher. FACT 1 Light hitting teams Only major league teams with no players with a 200-hit season: A't (Jom Canteco dotwt, 187 hits, 1988) Martnm (Phil Bradley, 192 hits, 1985) Aitrot (Enot Cabell, 19S hits, 1978) Mets (Felix Millan, 191 hits, 1975) SOURCE: SPORTS FEATURES SYNDICATE Questions or comments? You can reach the sports department by calling 798-1 191 (1-800-365-0077) between 5 and 10 p.m. Charlie Jaworski is executive sports editor. Cards' shortstop earns 1 0th straight All-Star start NEW YORK (AP) Ozzie Smith of St. Louis was elected Wednesday to start at shortstop for the National League for the 10th consecutive All-Star game, the longest streak since balloting returned to the fans in 1970. Also elected to start in Tuesday night's game in were Benito Santiago, Fred McGriff and Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres, the first time in 10 years an All-Star host has had as many as three starters. Second baseman Roberto Alomar of Toronto and catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. of Cleveland both were elected for the second straight season, only the sixth time brothers were picked to start for one team. Shortstop Cal Rikpen Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles received the highest vote total at 2,699,733, the most since Montreal's Gary Carter got 2,785,407 in 1982. Second baseman Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs led the NL with 2,434,660, the second straight season he received the most votes in his league. Sandberg is an eight-time starter. McGriff, who edged San Francisco's Will Clark by 16,163 votes for the NL's starting spot at first base in the closest balloting, is a first-time All-Star, as are NL outfielders Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke of Pittsburgh and third baseman Terry Pendleton of Atlanta. "It's an opportunity I've longed for since I was playing in Little League," Pendleton said. "It's something I wanted to achieve and I want to thank the fans, the Atlanta Braves and God." Completing the NL lineup are Santiago, elected at catcher for the fourth consecutive season, and Gwynn, elected in the outfield for the fifth time. Santiago is on the disabled list and although it was unclear whether he would be activated this weekend, he said he wanted to play in the All-Star game. The American League lineup includes ' 1 - r Cal Ripken Jr. Leads AL In votes 5 V . ' . ,? Ryne Sandberg Leads NL in votes The fans' lineups Major League Baseball's All-Star teams as selected by fan voting (with selection, votes). The 63rd All-Star Game will be played Tuesday at San Diego. Complete voting, team and Page4C: American League Catcher Sandy Alomar Cleveland 948,592 First Base Mark McGwire Oakland 1,857,425 Second Base Roberto Alomar Toronto 1,868,247 Shortstop Cal Ripken Baltimore 2,699,773 Third Base WadeBoggs Boston 1,251,144 Outfield Kirby Puckett Minnesota 2,096,433 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle 2,071,407 Jose Canseco Oakland 1,011,585 National League Catcher Benito Santiago San Diego 1,323,419 First Base Fred McGriff San Diego 1,262,985 Second Base Ryne Sandberg Chicago . 2,434,660 Shortstop Ozzie Smith St. Louis 1,275,282 Third Base Terry Pendleton Atlanta 1,222,688 Outfield - Barry Bonds Pittsburgh 1,961,278 Tony Gwynn San Diego 1,475,450 Andy Van Slyke Pittsburgh 1,009,843 outfielders Kirby Puckett of Minnesota, abled list until after the All-Star game, fore-Ken Griffey Jr. of Seattle and Jose Canseco ng the AL to replace him. of Oakland. The Athletics said Wednesday Mark McGwire of the A's is at first base that Canseco wouldn't come off the dis- for the fifth consecutive year and Wade Boggs of Boston is at third base for the eighth straight season. "It's always good to be one of the chosen few and to represent the Minnesota. ' Twins," Puckett said. "I'm very apprecia-' ti ve of the fans' support." The All-Star game will be played at Jack -Murphy Stadium. The Padres are playing j host or the game for the first time since 1978, when the NL won 7-3. The AL has-, won four consecutive games, but the NL . leads the series 37-24-1. ; . Overlooked by fans were John Kruk and : Darren Daulton of the Phillies and Gary Sheffield of the Padres. Kruk leads the NL-with a .354 average, while Sheffield was second to McGriff with 17 homers. DauK ton has a league-leading 58 RBI. Detroit's? Cecil Fielder, who leads the AL with 70 -! RBI, was third in the voting at first base. Smith broke a tie for consecutive elec-I tions with Cincinnati catcher Johnny.' Bench and Carter, elected from both the ' Expos and the New York Mets. I- "It's consistency to my craft and what f brin$ to it," Smith said. "I've tried to be as " consistent as I possibly can, and I think that I've done that. When you're noted mostly as a defensive player as I am, it's ; really special." The last time the host team had three or. ' more elected starters was 1982, when Carter, Tim Raines and Andre Dawson started at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. I Sandy Alomar was elected for the third ; straight season, while his brother was picked for the second straight year. Canseco was elected for the fourth time, Griffey and Puckett for the third time. I Canseco overtook Dave Winfield of the Toronto Blue Jays for the third AL outfield spot, winning 1,011,585 to 926,113. The third outfield spot in the NL also generated a close race, with Van Slyke beating former; teammate Bobby Bonilla, now with the-New York Mets, by 1,009,843 to 935,755. Double play r , : i i ' ... . n W - ;l $: : .f if H N -f . -,v. " . .... V ASSOCIATED PRESS Toronto second baseman Roberto Alomar jumps over Seattle's Jay Buhner as he turns a double play during Wednesday night's game at Toronto. The Blue Jays won, 6-0. Details, Page 4C. m efis5 bat; rsie awe Win over Yanks ends skid m London Page 5C. on deck tonight, COLONIE Chris Butterfield and Mike White teamed to help end the Binghamton Mets' slide in a rousing 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Albany-Colonie Yankees Wednesday night. The Mets rallied from a 5-2 deficit, scoring in each of the final three innings to snap a three-game losing streak. Butterfield's sacrifice fly scored White with the go-ahead run in the 10th. Butterfield's 10th homer of the season a leadoff shot to dead-center field in the ninth tied the game at 5-5. After reliever Chris Dorn retired the Yankees in order in the ninth, White led off the 10th with a double down the left-field line his third hit of the game. Following a walk to Brook For-dyce, Jamie Hoffner moved White to third on a grounder to short that forced Fordyce at second. Butterfield nearly had his second homer of the game, launching a fly deep into the left-field corner that scored White without a throw. The Mets emerged from their recent hitting slump in style. After just 29 hits in their last five games, Binghamton pounded 12 hits off three Albany pitchers. Fordyce and Tim Howard had two hits apiece and White collected a pair of RBI singles in his first three-hit game with the Binghamton Mets. The Mets knocked starter Jeff inghamtgn Mets watc h Comebacken The Mets (53-34) snapped a three-game skid with a 6-5 come-from-behind win in 10 innings at Albany Wednesday night. The Mets maintain a 312-game lead over second-place Canton-Akron in the Eastern League race. Back home: The Mets return to Binghamton Municipal Stadium for a five-game, four-day homestand with the London Tigers. Tonight's double-header starts at 6. Hoffman out in the eighth on singles by Rob Katzaroff and Howard. Reliever Richard Batchelor yielded RBI singles to White and Fordyce, narrowing Albany's lead to 5-4. The Mets jumped to a 2-0 lead, in the first on an RBI double by Howard and White's RBI single. Albany reached starter Joe Vitko for two runs in the fourth on Russ Davis' second homer in as many games and an RBI single by Lyle Mouton. Dorn (3-0) tossed a near-perfecj three innings to earn the victory. Russ Davis reached base on short-' stop Tom Allison's error in the 10th the only Yankee to reach base in the last three innings. Branham seeks comfort zone in TCGA event By KEVIN STEVENS Staff Writer There'll be no complex game-plan in David Branham's mind as he begins defense Friday of the Triple Cities Golf Association Amateur championship. "All I'll concentrate on is, make myself feel at home and let 'er rip," said Branham, a Norwich resident who will look to become the first golfer to win back-to-back TCGA Amateur titles since Endicott's Tom Monticello in 1984-85. . Starting times, Page 2C. The three-day, 54-hole tournament begins with a 98-player field at 8 a.m. Friday at Endwell Greens Golf Club. Round two will be played Saturday at IBM Country Club, and Sunday's finale will be contested at Binghamton CC. Branham, scheduled for a 1:10 5.m. start in the second-to-last of 3 groups, came from five strokes off the pace and passed 21 golfers on day three to win the '91 title by two strokes at Binghamton CC. "I've been hitting it real well," Branham said, though his golfing time is limited by hours logged as course superintendent at Oxford's Blue Stone Golf Course. "If I can make myself feel at home on those courses, that'll be the thing." In his last competitive round in the Triple Cities, Branham was medalist by two strokes with a 2-under-par 70 in the TCGA Three Way Pro-Am, June 7 at Vestal Hills CC. Two weeks later he qualified for a berth in the New York State Amateur at Troy Country Club. Chris Sladish, winner of the 1990 TCGA Amateur and tied for second last season, starts at 9:30 in a threesome including '90 runner-up Phil VanRiper and Bernie Herceg, medalist in last month's State Am qualifier at En-Joie. Mike Jaros Jr., '89 champion and four times a runner-up since '84, is a 10 a.m. starter. Jaros last Sunday won a third straight IBM CC club championship, this time by an eight-stroke margin. TCGA tidbits What: Triple Cities Golf Association Amateur Championship. When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Where: Friday -Endwell Greens GC; Saturday - IBM CC; Sunday - Binghamton CC. Field: 98 players. Defending cham- Rlon: David Branham of orwich. I- -t- .i

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