The Odessa American from Odessa, Texas on June 10, 1986 · 14
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2D THE ODESSA AMERICAN Tuesday, June 10. 1986 Cowboys from 1 B M a r i n e r s : H o m e s wee t h o m e i n l( . C . "A new coach came in (Dan Henning) and I was moved to H-back (in 1983)," he said. "And I still wasn't getting the ball thrown to me there either." Discouraged with the turn in his career, Miller said he wanted out of Atlanta. His request was granted in 1984 when he was traded to New Orleans, but not until after he ' had participated in the Falcons' training camp and exhibition season. "It took me about eight weeks to learn the (Saints) offense and by the eighth game, I started getting more playing time," Miller said. "Early, they just used me in short-yardage situations." Miller finished the season with eight catches, 81 yards, one touchdown, an attitude problem and a beer belly. "I was always confident in my abilities, but when I got to New Orleans, I started drinking a lot of beer," Miller said. "I started to have problems and my weight was up to 265. "All the team did was drink beer," he said, "but I didn't have to. It was my fault, really." Miller had played out his option with the Saints in 1984. Last year, the Saints backed out of a contract offer shortly before the season opener. Once again, Miller and his agent were shopping for a team. Only this time, they had no success. "Everyone was cutting down," said agent Al Vacanti. "People would say that because he wasn't at camp, he didn't have time to get into condition. Some thought that he was washed up, but it was just the timing. It was terrible." Miller missed the 1985 season, something he, in retrospect, considers the best thing that ever happened to him. "Because I accepted the Lord and this last year I did a lot of public speaking, giving my testimony. It made me see the direction I want to take," Miller said. , Homer boosts Midland By The Associated Press Midland's James Randall slammed a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Angels edged the San Antonio Dodgers 8-7 in a Texas League baseball game. Midland rallied from a 7-4 Dodger lead in the sixth inning. Jeff Schaefer singled off reliever Hector Heredia and the Dodgers brought in , relief pitcher Jeff Torres, who struck out the first batter he faced. In other league play Monday, Beaumont defeated El Paso 14-7. The Jackson Mets' . game at Shreveport and the Tulsa Drillers' contest at Arkansas both were postponed because of rain. The Dodgers led 7-6 in the ninth inning before Randall's homer. Terry Clark, 4-2, was credited with the win. Torres, 1-4, took the ft . Jv V V 4 Texas League loss. Beaumont's Joey Cora smacked the second pitch of the game over the right field fence. The Golden Gators led 4-1 after the first inning, 6-2 after the second and 8-2 after three frames. The Gators' victory snapped a five-game El Paso winning streak. The Diablos' leading base stealer, Bill Bates, who led off the bottom of the first with a walk, was picked off first base in the first inning. Diablo hitter Lavell Freeman thought there were two outs and was almost to third base on a Jesus Alfaro liner to center, and remained when the Gators doubled him off at first. By The Associated Press The Kansas ' City Royals aren't the only team that enjoys playing in Royals Stadium. For the Seattle Mariners, it's been as good as home, too. "I don't know what it is," Kansas City Manager Dick Howser said after the Mariners defeated the defending American League champions 5-3 Monday night for their seventh straight victory at Royals Stadium. "We sure don't ever seem to score many runs against them here." For the record, the Royals have not beaten the Mariners in Kansas City since Sept. 9, 1984. "I guess you could say they're professionals, too," Howser said. "Maybe it has something to do with this being such a different park than the small indoor arena they play in (the Kingdome). I guess people are going to surmise whatever they want." Bob Kearney drove in two runs with his first homer of the year to help the Mariners snap a five-game losing streak. Kearney, hitting .195, homored off starter Dennis Leonard, 6-5, to put Seattle ahead 5-1 in the sixth. "We got some runs in and we left some on," Seattle Manager Dick Williams said. "It easily could have been 6-0 in our favor and they still got the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning." Winner Mark Langston, 5-5, gave up only three hits before leaving in the ninth with tightness in his left elbow. Seattle reliever Mark Huismann gave up a run-scoring double to Steve Balboni before finishing up for his third save. Yankees 9, Tigers 7 Butch Wynegar's . two-out, bases-loaded pinch single in the 11th inning drove in two runs and lifted the Yankees over the Tigers. The Yankees, with the help .of American League two home runs and four RBI by Don Mattingly, had built a 7-4 lead going into the ninth. But the Tigers tied it with three runs off Yankee ace reliever Dave Righetti on a two-run single by Kirk Gibson and sacrifice fly by Lance Parrish. Indians 6, A's 5 Brett Butler singled home Andy Allanson from second base with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Indians over Oakland and extend the A's losing streak to six games. Jose Rijo, 2-3, yielded a one-out single to Allanson and the Indians' rookie catcher stole second as Fran Mullins struck out. Butler then grounded his game-winning hit into center field. Jays 5, Red Sox 1 Dave Stieb and Tom Henke combined on a six-hitter and the Blue Jays got solo home runs from Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield to beat the Red Sox. Stieb, 2-7, gave up six hits before needing relief help in the ninth from Henke, who gave up Boston's only run on a sacrifice fly by Dwight Evans. Moseby's homer opened the scoring in Toronto's two-run fourth, while Barfield made it 5-0 with a solo shot in the sixth. The loss was the third straight and fourth in five games for the slumping Red Sox. Angels 3, White Sox 0 California's Don Sutton, backed by Doug DeCinces' three-run homer, pitched a two-hitter for his 299th career victory. Sutton, 4-5, turned in his first shutout and first complete II VJ s k 0 - - V v . J s." - ' , ' . ' m" ' AP Laserphoto Orioles' Floyd Rayford leaps high for throw ... Mike Felder of Milwaukee slides safely into third base game since last June 26 when he blanked . the White Sox 10-0 while pitching for Oakland. Twins 3, Rangers 2 Kent Hrbek scored from first base on Tom Brunansky's double in the 10th inning as the . Twins beat Texas and ended the Rangers' seven-game winning streak. Hrbek singled with two outs off Mitch Williams, 5-1, for his third hit of the game before coming home on Brunansky's double. Keith Atherton, 3-3, pitched two perfect innings to gain the victory. Brewers 3, Orioles 2 Robin Yount's sacrifice fly with one out in the ninth inning ' boosted the Brewers over Baltimore and Storm Davis, 5-5, breaking the Orioles' winning streak at four. The sacrifice fly made a winner of Dan Plesac, 4-3. Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the first on Ben Oglivie's bases-loaded single. Hurler proves worth, but iViets stumble AP Laserphoto Mets' Wally Backman out By The Associated Press After nine years in the minors, Rick Anderson knew he had one day to show how well he could pitch in the big leagues. He did not disappoint himself, or the New York Mets. Anderson held Philadelphia to one unearned run on four hits in seven innings Monday night and left the game ahead 2-1. But relief ace Jesse Orosco could not hold the lead, and the Phillies beat the Mets 3-2 in 10 innings on Glenn Wilson's RBI single. Expos 5, Cardinals 4 St. Louis second baseman Tommy Herr made a throwing error with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, allowing pinch-runner Casey Candaele to score from second base and give Montreal its victory over the host Cardinals. Dodgers 6, Reds 5 Mariano Duncan, whose inside-the-park National League home run in the fifth inning tied the score, hit an RBI single in the seventh that broke a 5-5 tie and led Los Angeles over Cincinnati. Astros 5, Padres 3 Kevin Bass, Bill Doran, Glenn Davis and Craig Reynolds hit solo home runs to lead Houston over host San Diego. Pirates 6, Cubs 5 Pinch-hitter Jim Morrison doubled home the winning run with one out in the 11th inning, lifting Pittsburgh over Chicago. Cubs reliever Jay Bailer had retired 10 straight batters, including the first five on strikeouts, before R. J Reynolds doubled leading off the 11th. Tony Pena was intentionally walked and Lee Smith relieved Bailer. Arizona from 1 B pitcher and designated hitter. He hit .263 in the Series but was 0-for-4 Monday. "My goal was I wanted to get as many hits as they did," the junior right-hander said with a smile. "It didn't work out. I can't be disappointed we won the national championship." Alexander, 8-2, was within three outs of becoming the first pitcher to hurl a complete-game , shutout in the title game since Jim, Withers of Southern California in 1961. Florida State bunched four hits in the ninth to score twice. "I really wanted to shut them out, but I was trying too hard," Alexander said. Mike Senne, named the tournament's most outstanding White Sox make another change CHICAGO (AP) Ken "Hawk" Harrelson continued his reshuffling of the front office by naming former major league catcher Tom Haller general manager of the Chicago White Sox. ' Haller, 48, was managing the White Sox Class AA affiliate at Birmingham, Ala., when he was named Monday to his new position. Haller also had a tour of duty as executive vice president of the San Francisco Giants. "I received a phone call last night," said Haller, an Illinois native. "It was a surprise to me. It's exciting for me to have an opportunity to be back in the major leagues." , Haller said he and Harrelson, who is vice president in charge of baseball operations, will be 1 A. 11 wor&ing logeuier. "He was a logical choice," said Harrelson. player, and Gar Millay hit two-run homers off Richie Lewis in the sixth to make it 6-0. Lewis relieved starter Mike Loynd, 20-3, after Chip Hale led off the inning with a double. Four straight hits and a steal of home by Tommy Hinzo helped the Wildcats add three runs in the seventh. Hinzo walked, stole second and scored on Hale's triple in the eighth. "It was unusual being ahead instead of being behind," said Arizona Coach Jerry Kindall, whose team rallied from 7-0 and 5-0 deficits in the Series. "We didn't want to be nonchalant, and we weren't." .Kindall said pitching coach Jim Wing decided Alexander should start rather than 16-3 Gilbert Heredia, who beat Florida State on Friday. "Jim Wing said, 'Gary's our man. He's got the fire in his eye,' " Kindall said. "Jim Wing has wrung the most out of this pitching staff, the likes of which you can't imagine." Fifth-ranked Arizona, 49-19, will add its championship trophy to those won in 1976 and 1980. Florida State, 61-13, lost the only other time it played in the title game. "It was a great year," Seminoles' Coach Mike Martin said. "It's just too bad we were not able to play up to our full ability here in the last game. It was just an old-fashioned whipping." Baseball Today By The Associated Press June 10 1921 Babe Ruth became baseball's all-time home run leader by cracking his 120th off Cleveland's Jim Bagby. 1944 Joe Nuxhall, at 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, became the youngest player in major league history when he pitched of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds in an 18-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. START ON YOUR CAREER TODAY UJJ.1..M.. nrr HMdquartr: Phoenix. A; 23 CALL NOW! 503-0079 TRAINING SERVICES Vv MID LARD, TEXAS 2303 W. Wall Suite 3301 WTRflOSSA THINGn Let your carrier save your papers for you in our Vacation Pak while you are away on vacation. Here's why: Your papers, are kept safe and dry until your return no piling up on your doorstep. Your papers will be delivered on the date you request. You pay nothing extra for this extra-special service. You won't miss a thing! Ask your carrier about Vacation Pak, or call the circulation department today! The Odessa A 337-7314

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