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SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 1990 5C ST. PETERSBURG TIMES DA8EDALL '0 Brewers hesp I (t '3 tilhsfr Easti dig: Miserable iod company in York lixssrtiirtg Jays 7- Associated Press nly in New York does it get this complicated. On Long Island, the fallout BASEBALL continues over the firing of Davey -r MAHC Johnson on Tuesday. And even though the glue holding Buddy Harrelson's nameplate to the fice door isn't dry, some players are questioning the team's direction. In the Bronx, Bucky Dent is hanging on to his job principally because the rest of the division is too weak to leave the Yankees behind.

If Dent is fired, the leading candidate to replace him is Johnson. Whew! First, the Mets. After Johnson was fired, sluggers Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds both said they won't re-sign with the club when their contracts in effect. Since then, we've played pretty darn well," Gywnn said. "Draw your own conclusion." Injury of the week: Indians reliever Kevin Wickander broke his left elbow during the third inning of a game at Anaheim Stadium last week and will miss the rest of the season.

The injury occurred when Wickander slipped on a cement runway as he went from the bullpen to the clubhouse to get a can of smokeless tobacco. "It's unbelievable, but at least it didn't happen in a barroom brawl or a v'sVrv a Milwaukee second baseman Paul Molitor has the ball waiting for Toronto's Tony Fernandez, out on this slide in the fourth inning. leacuz we needed them." Deer robbed Kelly Gruber of extra bases with a diving catch in the bottom of the sixth, then raced far into foul territory to snare Tony Fernandez's pop-up in the eighth. Tony Fossas (2-3), the fourth of six Brewers pitchers, got the victory with two innings of one-hit relief. Dan Plesac gave up a one-out walk to Fred McGriff in the ninth, then retired the next two batters to pick up his 10th save of the season.

"You never like to walk the first guy you Plesac said, "but I didn't let it bother me. I just went out and got the next two guys." The Blue Jays have lost nine out of their past 10 home games. Gruber and McGriff hit two-run homers as the Blue Jays scored four runs on five straight hits in the first inning, chasing starter Bill Weg-man. Fernandez bounced a one-out double over the fence in center, and Gruber sent Wegman's 1-0 pitch to the opposite field in left for his 14th home run of the season and 13th at the SkyDome. George Bell singled to left, and McGriff followed with a shot into the middle deck in right-field for his eighth home run of the year.

John Olerud chased Wegman with a single to center. Bill Krueger relieved, walking Myers before getting Nelson Liriano to ground into an inning-ending double play. "The pitches he (Wegman) wanted to get in, like the one to Gruber, he got out. The pitches he wanted to get out, he got in, like the one to McGriff. It was just a case of bad location," Trebelhorn said.

"But he's got a little elbow trouble, so we'll have to monitor it." The Brewers scored twice in TORONTO Rob Deer played less than half the game Sat-urday, but he made the most of it. Deer made two outstanding catches in rightfield and drove in the tying runs with a single in the seventh, and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The victory kept Milwaukee in first place in the American League East. "I never lost confidence in my defense," said Deer, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. "I've been more concerned with my hitting." Brewers manager Tom Trebel-, horn called Deer's single "a superb piece of two-strike hitting.

That was the key hit of the game." 'Paul Molitor started the sev-' enth with a solo homer to left off reliever Jim Acker, his sixth home run of the season. Dave Parker and Eddie Diaz walked, and BJ. Surhoff advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt off loser David Wells (2-1). Greg Brock flied out to shallow left, and Wells walked Bill Spiers to load the bases for Deer, Duane Ward, a right-hander, relieved. Deer then hit a line single to right, scoring Parker and Diaz to tie the score at 6.

"I was looking for something I could pull," Deer said. "I stayed down on the ball and got the hit." Spiers went to third on Junior Felix's throwing error and scored the winning run on Greg Myers passed ball. "It sure beats the heck out of Oakland and Anaheim," Trebelhorn said of the Brewers' second straight victory after a 1-7 West Coast swing. "We got killed in Oakland and got blasted in Anaheim, but the relievers did a great job today and we got the key hits when jP MILWAUKBI TORONTO abrkbl krkM Felicrf Fernandei Gruber 3D Ml McOrHflb Lawless pr Olerud dh Myers Bordtrtph Llrlanoi MWDuncf Flkttrll Vountcf Molitor 2b DParkerdh Braggtrf EDiaz3b Surhoff 3b Brock lb Sptarin COBrlenc Deerrf Tetalt HI I STRAWBERRY Milwaukee Toronto 41 Wl ttt-4 bathtub," he said. "They've got to believe me because it happened at the ballpark." Sports Illustrated jinx? Giants cover boy Will Clark, whose average never went below .327 last year, entered Saturday hitting .258, after batting .206 in May.

A slump? "This," Clark said, "would be characterized as torture." The East is least: How bad are things in the AL East? No team in the division had a winning record in May, which consisted mostly of interdivision games. The Indians just completed a 3-4 road trip in which they hit .208, I think it stinks," the usually quiet McRey- nolds told Newsday. "It's definitely unnecessary. I guess his history with the Mets doesn't matter to the geniuses in the front office. I can't say I'm surprised, because there was so much talk about it, but that doesn't mean it was the right thing to do.

Davey gave so much of himself, and this is how they treat him. It just ticks me off." "I feel bad for Davey," said Dave Magadan, who feuded with Johnson about playing time. "It's 99.9 percent not his fault that we played awful. Moses could have come down Fomandot, Fotx. DP MJtwoufcoo 1, Toronto 1.

LOB MtwoukM 1, Toronto 10. JB Fomandoi, Brock, COBrlon, Surhoff. 3B FaHic. HR Gruber (14), McGriff (I), Worker (3), Mottor (). SB Moator (7).

Surhoff. the second off John Cerutti. Greg Brock doubled and scored on Spiers' single. Charlie O'Brien blooped a double to left to send Spiers to third before shortstop Fernandez booted Mike Felder's grounder for an error. "As a team, you never like to lose," Cerutti said, "but I felt I pitched well.

I was able to spot the ball as well as I have all year. Unfortunately, we just couldn't hold them. But they're an explosive team. They can beat you in a lot of ways." Third-inning singles by McGriff, Olerud and Liriano made it 5-2. Parker extended his hitting streak to nine games with his third home run of the season, a two-out solo shot tb right in the fifth, but Felix led off the sixth with a triple and scored on a single by Fernandez for a 6-3 Toronto lead.

tO La Milwaukee Wegman Krueger Edem Crlm Toronto Cerutti Acker DWard 12-1 22-J 1 2-3 1 1-3 1-3 J-3 11-3 1 McREYNOLDS KHgut Krueoer Ditched to 1 batter In the 4th, Acker to 3 betters In the 7lti WP Krueger. PS Myeri Umpire Home, Meriwether; Flrit, Hendry; Second, Cederitrom; Third, Ford. 127. A 49.5S3. AMERICAN LEAGUE STATISTICS TEAM PITCHING Through Friday's gamei TEAM BATTINQ scored 19 runs total, and gained two games in the standings.

In the West, Minnesota won a team-record 21 games in May and picked up just two games on Oakland. What tradition? The Cubs were 48-33 in friendly Wrigley Field last season, a big reason for their division title. This year, they are 8-15 at Wrigley but were 13-12 on the road through Friday, and 6-5 on artificial turf. "Maybe they should put some turf in this ballpark," first baseman Mark Grace said. "And maybe a roof while we're at it." Expansion update: The NL expansion committee met last week in New York but was unable to SOSh Sa 212 6 22 ER BB 135 126 140 145 ERA 2.84 360 3.11 309 3.54 431 2 1.79 1 1.66 1 1.88 1 1.89 0 1.89 2 1.94 2 2.07 54 2 53 7 60 8 54 8 58 19 67 19 41 1 48 3 271 279 215 270 271 259 212 339 216 274 175 181 167 122 175148 171 153 188 124 179 128 201 205 194162 2.08 2.23 2.30 Team Oakland Chicago California Milwaukee Boston New York Minnesota Cleveland Seattle Baltimore Toronto Kansas City Texas Detroit 1 19 4 15 6 12 1 11 2 10 5 16 6 19 0 16 2 10 1 13 1 9 1 11 1 14 RBI Avg.

222 .281 179 .267 205 .266 215 .266 169 .261 224 .259 178 .257 211 .255 179 .252 203 .252 176 .249 162 .243 174 .239 190 .235 ab 1639 236 1627 199 1717 214 1715 227 1553 185 1681 229 1500 189 1583 221 1704 196 1507 223 1541 190 1506 172 1589 163 1623 208 HHR 461 44 434 21 457 44 456 54 406 27 435 65 386 32 403 61 430 45 380 29 384 35 366 36 379 36 382 34 Team Minnesota Kansas City Seattle Detroit Boston Toronto Chicago Oakland California Milwaukee Cleveland New York Texas Baltimore 3.78 418 3.86 398 3.88 400 3.99 427 4.00 410 4.05 424 4.06 424 4.13 447 4.22 433 4.61 419 4.63 459 DParker Mil EMartinez Sea Puckett Min RHndersn Oak Canseco Oak Fielder Det Sheffield Mil Larkin Min Cotto Sea Sheets Det Stillwell KC Gladden Min Orsulak Bit Felix Tor Harper Min Mldndo Cle Gruber Tor Joyner Cai AOavis Sea Plmero Tex Lansford Oak Calderon Chi Trammel! Det Borders Tor 161 18 .159 26 180 36 163 38 176 40 177 33 129 21 152 25 111 11 105 16 160 25 186 31 141 23 158 25 140 23 163 25 186 29 180 22 174 25 174 22 184 24 166 28 183 21 117 12 28 .335 20 .333 32 .333 17 .331 49 .330 47 .322 13 .318 25 .316 6 .315 13 .314 16 .313 17 .312 29 .312 30 .310 20 .307 33 .307 40 .306 30 .306 14 .305 25 .305 23 .304 25 .301 28 .301 15 .299 75 62 19 42 29 18 13 14 14 13" 9 17 52 41 16 40 19 8 10 18 74 57 17 34 78 63 23 36 26 13 8 17 36 27 11 38 31 24 13 27 27 22 6 20 62 49 17 37 31 23 7 15 35 43 6 15 80 66 14 45 59 50 14 28 63 52 15 33 68 59 19 55 55 42 15 26 60 51 30 37 39 38 18 30 81 60 20 69 45 47 21 24 72 66 14 44 Stewart Oak Wlliamsn Bit LSmith Bsn Hlguera Mil Radinsky Chi Black Cle Welch Oak Thlgpen Chi Montgmry KC Farr KC Guterman NY CFinley Cal Leach Min Swift Sea Bosio Mil HibbardChl Stieb Tor Leary NY King Chi Petry Det MWittNY Clemens Bsn McCasklllCal Sabrhgn KC 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.34 2.35 49 43 205 145 198 178 219 200 228 206 319 263 258 settle on an entry fee. "We're 50 10 57 13 cogitating among ourselves 2.43 2.43 2.53 2.62 2.72 INDIVIDUAL PITCHING 3 or more decisions There's different ideas on what it's worth and what the fee can be," 3 2.75 INDIVIDUAL BATTINQ 105 or more at-bats Player AB HHR RBI Avg. Heath Det 125 17 45 1 11 .360 Griffey Sea 194 35 6810 31.351. Guillen Chi 148 19 52 0 13 .351 ERA 2 1.29 3 1.38 2 1.38 0 1.46 IP BB SO 14 8 3 12 1 39 28 8 32 0 26 17 5 14 1 25 21 7 10 7 Pitcher PPerez NY Elchhorn Cal Nelson Oak BJones Chi committee chairman Douglas Danforth said Friday. The group 2 2.78 2 2.80 3 2.89 will release its expansion timetable June 14 and have questionnaires NATIOriAL LEAGUE STATISTICS available to prospective ownership groups shortly after that.

The fee will be set by then, Danforth said. TEAM PITCHING Through Friday's games TEAM BATTING St. Petersburg Cardinals own ER BB 123 151 147 151 er Joel Scbur said he is consider' ing forming an ownership group to SOSh Sa 290 6 18 288 5 17 262 0 14 345 7 12 244 1 13 238 5 10 and if we don't look at ourselves and kick ourselves in the butts, we still aren't going to win. I'm surprised they didn't fire everybody on the team and bring up Tidewater after the way we played." Thursday, Harrelson put his players through an optional workout at Shea Stadium to sharpen their skills. He may have to work on their heads, too.

"We don't have a bunch of happy guys right now," Dwight Gooden said. "And if you don't have a happy bunch of guys, they don't perform. It's hard to be happy when you're not winning and you're used to winning. We've never been through anything like this all the time I've been here." "It's scary now," Strawberry said. "Here, as a team, it's been good for a lot of years.

Now it doesn't look as good. We're looking at things and saying: 'What else can go We never thought like that." Such tragedy plays more commonly at Yankee Stadium. Dent met last week with George Stein-brenner and said the boss was "great" and "supportive." But with the team 18-27 through Friday and off to its worst start since 1925, Steinbrenner is unhappy. "Nobody is more disappointed than I am," he told the New York Times as the Yanks prepared to open a 26-game stretch against division foes. "I've been very patient with Bucky.

I haven't said a harsh word; in fact, I've been very encouraging. But I can see what everybody else sees." Steinbrenner said he has not thought about hiring Johnson. Johnson said he plans to sit in the Florida sun and fish, but he didn't shoot down speculation that he would end up with the Yankees. "I'm a loser now. I've got a bad taste in my mouth.

I want to get it out real quick," Johnson said. I had a great record. But like a batter, you're only remembered for your last at-bat. In my last at-bat, I'm 20-22." Friendly chats: After a fiery meeting in which several players Tony Gwynn for a selfish attitude, the Padres won five of six. Since pitcher Bert Blyleven said California's offense "stinks," the Angels are 13-5.

"No doubt, the meeting had an compete for a Tampa Bay fran chise. Meanwhile, Frank Mor ERA 2.81 358 3.14 396 3.34 386 3.38 340 3.69 430 3.78 443 3.99 427 4.12 415 4.12 405 4.16 443 Team Cincinnati Montreal Pittsburgh New York Houston St. Louis Los Angeles San Diego Philadelphia Chicago San Fran Atlanta 155118 148118 179 153 180 129 192 133 190 143 183 172 199169 RBI Avg. 187 .282 216 .280 190 .273 187 .272 187 .267 190 .264 164 .259 194 .255 170 .248 160 .243 181 .239 153 .235 HHR 415 30 437 42 412 28 416 36 443 42 425 36 398 31 428 49 398 32 351 43 351 51 366 19 sani, head of the original group, is continuing in his efforts to add AB 1474 200 1560 229 1507 197 1532 200 1660 200 1610 206 1535 183 1678 205 1605 177 1445 173 1469 193 1558 164 Team Cincinnati Pittsburgh Philadelphia San Diego Chicago Los Angeles Montreal San Francisco Houston Atlanta New York St. Louis 21.90 1 1.98 1 2.28 2 2.28 2 2.28 4 2.30 3 2.33 4 2.51 4 2.59 4 2.72 2 2.78 2 2.78 5 2.84 1 2.88 2 2.91 1 2.91 1 2.93 3 2.97 1 3.00 3 3.04 12 64 3 13 11 19 18 44 6 24 17 24 9 24 16 33 20 51 22 40 17 36 11 18 15 20 16 21 15 19 14 28 13 13 12 14 5 27 14 32 71 58 14 11 28 20 51 43 24 16 27 19 39 25 75 63 73 63 58 38 68 56 55 49 32 23 66 54 22 17 66 50 28 26 30 30 27 25 50 56 Viola NY Machado NY LaCoss SF Gardner Mon DaSmith Htn MiWIIms Chi Ojeda NY Browning Cin DMrtinez Mon Frndez NY Drabek Pit Tudor StL Hall Mon Cook Phi Boever Atl Heaton Pit RRobinson Cin SchtzdrHtn Patterson Pit Walk Pit limited partners.

318 6 7 278 1 12 202 2 14 245 4 11 225 1 12 278 1 11 Sandberg Chi 194 30 63 10 28 .325 Daniels LA 142 22 46 9 29 .324 GantAtl 118 26 38 7 15 .322 WallachMon 177 24 5711 34.322 BHatcher Cin 162 23 52 1 6 .321 SaboCin 165 35 53 10 27.321 Dunston Chi 172 23 55 8 23 .320 LHarris LA 116 13 37 0 14 .319 TGwynnSD 180 29 57 2 18 .317 Bonds Pit 148 33 46 10 37.311 Lind Pit 164 15 51 0 19 .311 McGeeStL 190 33 59 1 19.311 Mitchell SF 167 31 5212 24.311 Treadway Atl 139 16 43 5 20 .309 DeShlelds Mon 166 26 61 2 12 .307 Presley Atl 157 23 48 4 23 .308 Santiago SD 151 17 46 6 22 .305 Coleman StL 181 28 65 2 13 .304 Bonilla Pit 189 38 57 12 40 .302 Uribe SF 144 16 43 1 12 .299 Roberts SD 161 28 48 4 15.298 Yelding Htn 124 21 37 0 12 .298 Benzinger Cin 165 17 49 1 23 .297 DwSmithChl 115 15 34 3 10.296 They said it: Light-hitting At 4.57 491 4.78 416 224 187 208 156 INDIVIDUAL PITCHING 3 or mora decisions INDIVIDUAL BATTING 105 or more at-bats Pitcher IP BB SO 28 22 12 48 3 ERA 0 1.27 1 1.54 1 1.55 1 1.59 0 1.70 1 1.82 Dibble Cin Lefferts SD Armstrong Cin Agosto Htn GHarrls SD Andersen Htn AB HHR RBI 160 35 63 2 19 .394 161 25 56 0 27 .348 159 28 55 13 43 .346 152 23 50 6 26 .329 181 19 59 1 21 .328 Player Dykstra Phi Larkin Cin Dawson Chi VanSlyke Pit Alomar SD 23 10 6 20 70 53 17 42 34 26 10 18 37 25 15 35 30 23 12 20 Complete team-by-team statistics appear on the lYme1 baseball page each Tuesday and Wednesday. Louisiana State powers past Citadel 8-2 lanta lnlielder Jeff Treadway, after smacking three homers in one game: "The Earth must have been spinning a little harder for that ball to go out." Catcher Carlton Fisk, on the White Sox's resurgence: "Maybe the ghosts of Comiskey Park are coming alive." Braves and NBA Hawks president Stan Kasten, on an erroneous newspaper report that he was trading pitchers Tom Glavine and Tommy Greene and infielder Dave Justice to Boston for Mike Greenwell: "Yeah, right. And we're going to throw in Doc Rivers and Dominique Wilkins, too." Miscellany: California's Mark Langston has one win in his past sue starts. Reliever Jay Howell has asked the Dodgers to not use him in critical situations until his right shoulder feels better. Information from other newspapers was used In this report Associated Press the finals.

Craig Clayton homered and drove in five runs for Cal State, but he also gave up five runs on the mound including Bowden's three-run shot in the sixth inning that put the Gamecocks ahead to stay, 9-6. Holman, who had two wins in the tournament and finished the season 8-0, entered after Clayton's three-run homer made it 6-1 in the third. He went the rest of the way, allowing two runs on seven hits. Heath Gannon's two-run homer in the fourth inning pulled Jacksonville State within 6-3, and Todd Mixon hit a two-run shot the next inning to close the gap to 6-5. The Gamecocks went ahead with four runs in the sixth.

Mark Adams drilled a two-out, run-scoring triple to the wall in right against Cal State starter Scott Sharts (6-3), bringing Clayton into the game. Clayton hit Brian Roberts, and Bowden lined the next pitch over the wall in right left. Bulldogs starter Ken Britt (10-2) gave way in the fifth to Brad Stowell, who ran into trouble by walking Clark and Mouton with two out. Johnson's double scored both runners for an 8-2 LSU lead. Jacksonville State captures Division II title MONTGOMERY, Ala.

Mer-ritt Bowden hit a three-run homer and Craig Holman allowed only two runs in 6V3 innings of relief Saturday as Jacksonville State won its first NCAA Division II national title in six tries, 12-8 over California State-Northridge. Jacksonville State (43-9) won four straight games to finish on top of the eight-team field. The Gamecocks were making their third straight trip to Montgomery, and they rallied from a 6-1 deficit to become No. 1 in coach Rudy Abbott's 21st season. The Matadors (39-22) scored 52 runs in four tournament games, but their pitching didn't hold up in COLLEGE DASEDALL The Citadel took the lead with a run in the first inning Saturday, on Gettys Glaze's double and Billy Baker's RBI single.

The Citadel loaded the bases with one out in the second, but LSU starter Paul Byrd struck out Dan McDonnell and Glaze to end the threat. Clark singled with one out in the second and scored on a double by Lyle Mouton to tie the score at 1, and Johnson's double scored Mouton to put LSU ahead. Anthony Jenkins tied the score again when he homered leading off the third, his 16th of the year, an opposite-field shot over the 370-foot sign in right-center. Byrd (16-5) settled down after that, not allowing a Citadel runner to reach second base. He yielded to reliever Rick Greene at the start of the eighth.

In the fourth, Lim reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and scored on Keith Osik's single to OMAHA, Neb. Tim Clark's two-run homer, highlighted a tie-breaking rally and Tookie Johnson drove in three runs with two doubles Saturday, leading second-seeded Louisiana State to an 8-2 victory over The Citadel in a first-round game of the College World Series. With the score tied at 2, Ron Lim walked to open the LSU third. He scored on Wes Grisham's two-out single. Clark's two-run homer to right made it 5-2.

Johnson's first double gave LSU an early lead, and his second capped the scoring. The Tigers (53-17) advance to a 'winners-bracket game Monday night against the winner of Saturday's late game, matching Oklahoma State and Fullerton State. The Citadel (45-13), seeded seventh and making its first CWS appearance, plays an elimination game Monday afternoon against the Oklahoma State-Fullerton State loser. Tim's Access Code 3 ZimttK mm Entry information and new stats on Tuesday. For information, let ciN TIM! Starts ttfL.

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