The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois on October 3, 1985 · 33
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The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois · 33

Moline, Illinois
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Thursday, October 3, 1985
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, THE DAILY DISPATCH, Moline, Illinois Thurs.,Oct.3, 1985 31 A Black-out Deposed K. C. ace redeals A. L. West race once again ' KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) - Bud Black pitched as though he was still , ' the ace of the Kansas City Royals j staff.v - - , t Wednesday night, Black looked every bit the 17-game winner he was in 1984. The left-hander , limited , California to three singles in the Royals' 4-0 victory, giving them a share of first place in the American League West with the Angels, with ' four games to play. Black, who had won only one of his previous nine starts dating back to Aug. 9, struck out five and walked one to improve his record to 10-15 with his second shutout of the season. . "Maybe I was looking for Blackie to .redeem himself," Kansas City ; manager Dick Howser said, "but he's ! the guy who had to do it. In my eyes, . he was the best left-hander in the league last year, but for some reason : or other he didn't have the same type of season this yer. " ' "But this was our biggest game of the year, and this was the best game he's pitched. That tells you all you , need to know about Bud Black. He's a competitor. He just went out and dominated their lineup." ' t , BLACK OPENED the season as . Kansas City's No. 1 pitcher, but slid ' all the way to No. 5 in the rotation by the end of September behind 20-game winner Bret Saberhagen, 17-game winner Charlie Leibrandt and 13-i ' game winners Danny Jackson ad MarkGubicza. ' - ' There were rumors in August the Royals were trying to trade Black to, the Seattle Mariners in a multi-player ! deal that would, have brought outfielder Phil Bradley and shortstop Danny Tartabull to Kansas City. 1 Howser, however, never quit on his . one-time ace. - "The guy has had good stuff,", ' Howser said, "and he never backed off. I've had pitchers who volunteered to go to the bullpen, who bailed out of a few starts, who ducked games against some of the better clubs. But Buddy always wanted the ball, and I never considered moving him to the bullpen. ' ' "Bud has beaten the good clubs. He did it last year and he did it again tonight. That looked like the Buddy Black of last year. That's why Gary (pitching coach Blaylock) and I still have confidence in him." George Brett belted a three-run, inside-the-park homer in the first inning to give Kansas City a 3-0 lead, and Black did not let the Angels anywhere near it. He held them to singles by Bobby Grich in the second inning, Doug DeCinces in the second, and Gary Pettis in the eighth. BLACK STRUCK out Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, Grich and Pettis twice, 'and did not allow a California runner past second base. He retired nine consecutive Angels from the second through fifth innings as Kansas City beat California for the eighth time in 12 games this season. "I've been bewildered a good bit of the year by their ability to contain our bats," California manager Gene Mauch said. "They've shut us out three times and held us to one run five other times. They've won their share of games against us this season but we'll win tomorrow." i Lonnie Smith led off the first for Kansas City with a single, Ron Romanick hit Willie Wilson with a pitch and Brett then hit a liner into the right-field corner. Juan Beniquez tumbled trying to make the catch and the ball skipped to the wall, allowing all three to score. ,. Romanick, 14-9, allowed the final run in the eighth on singles by Jorge Orta, Steve Balboni and Pat Sheridan. Bucs hammer Cubs, Sutcliffe United Pr International Slipping into his home run slide. Royal George Brett beats the tall to home plate as California's Bob Boone attempts a tag. Brett drove in three runs with his first inning inside-the-park round tripper, sparking Kansas City to a 4-0 win. - United Prm International . The Pittsburgh Pirates put on a power show for their new owners Wednesday, providing more optimism for the 1986 season. The Pirates belted the Chicago Cubs 9-4 in Wrigley Field, slugging three home runs including a three-run shot by Johnny Ray in a four-run fifth. Junior Ortiz hit his first major-league homer in a four-run seventh, and Sid Bream hit a solo homer to lead off the ninth. The Pirates,' who had hit only 76 homers all season, ended a three-game losing streak and ended the Cubs' four-game winning streak. "We've been playing as a team lately, lifting each other up and we're playing well," said Ray, whose homer was his sixth of the season and came on a 1-1 pitch. "We've got the capability to score some runs and I i think a lot of this will carry over for next year." Ray's homer ' came off Rick Sutcliffe, 8-8, who was to have thrown only 80 pitches in his continuing rehabilitation from a series of injuries. The homer was on Sutcliffe's 87th pitch. Cubs manager Jim Frey said he wanted Sutcliffe to have the chance to win the game, noting he still had a 3-1 lead at the time of the homer. "I thought he could get the final out, but he didn't," Frey said. "His control isn't where it should be yet, but he thought he had some good pop on the ball." Padres 5, Reds 4 - : , At San Diego, Carmelo Martinez hit his 20th homer of the year to break a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning and lift the Padres. Martinez shot came off losing reliever Tom Hume, 3-5, and made a winner of Rich Gossage, 5-3, who pitched the final two innings. Astros 7, Giants 2 At San Francisco, Jim Pankovits' leadoff homer in the eighth inning PTjr aimiiif triggered a four-run rally that lifted the Astros to victory over the Giants before a crowd of 1,213, smallest at Candlestick Park since Oct. 1, 1974. Expos 3-2, Phillies 1-3 At Montreal, Bryn Smith and Jeff Reardon combined on a five-hitter to carry the Expos to victory in the opener. In the nightcap, Charles Hudson, 8-13, pitched a five-hitter and struck out 10 to gain the Expos a split. Tigers 2, Blue Jays 2 ' At Detroit, Darrell Evans became the first player to hit 40 homers in both leagues, and Kirk Gibson added an insirta-the-narksr to lift ttw Tiepra. Jack Morris allowed five hits to improve to 16-11, and Chuck Cary finished for his second save. Dave Stieb, 14-! 13, took the loss. Brewers 1, Yankees 0 At New York, Teddy Higuera, 15-8, blanked the Yankees on six hits to reduce Toronto's magic number for clinching the division to two. Randy Ready's third-inning triple scored Paul Molitor with the only run off Bob Shirley, 5-5, who went the distance, allowing four hits. - Indians 12, Mariners 2 At Cleveland, Joe Carter's RBI double ignited a six-run fourth inning, and Keith Creel threw a five-hitter over eight innings to pace the Indians. A's 14, Rangers 3 At Arlington, Texas, Mike Davis and Mike Heath combined for seven hits and seven runs to lead the A's. Davis, Heath, Steve Henderson and Steve Kiefer homered to highlight the A's season-high 20-hit attack. Twins 3, White Sox 1 At Minneapolis, Frank Viola hurled a three-hitter to lead the Twins. Viola, 18-14, struck out five and walked none for his fifth straight victory. Joel Davis fell to 3-3. Dodgers celebrate NL West title in style ' LOS ANGELES (UPI) Tom ' Lasorda 's outlandish prediction has come to pass. When he kept insisting the Los Angeles Dodgers would win the NL West ' championship, they were languishing in fourth place, and led the majors in errors. Critics said the team was loaded with overrated players and a farm system run dry. , Lasorda and the Dodgers had the last laugh Wednesday after his team ' routed the Atlanta Braves 9-3, becoming the first team in the majors to clinch a division championship. : "I am more proud of this team then any I've managed, simply because a lot of people didn't think we could come back," Lasorda said in the Dodgers' clubhouse, where players showered each other with champagne. : "People didn't believe in this team. But more importantly, f this team believed in itself." THE GAME WAS halted for three minutes in the bottom of the fifth after the scoreboard informed the crowd of 32,042 that the San Diego Padres had beaten the second-place Cincinnati Reds 5-4, thus assuring the Dodgers the division title. The championship was Los Angeles' sixth since division play began in 1969. The crowd gave the Dodgers a standing ovation, and Lasorda brought his team onto the field to acknowledge the applause. Orel Hershiser, 19-3, allowed four hits in six innings and struck out seven before giving way to Ken Howell and Tom Niedenfuer, who pitched the final three innings. Hershiser won his Uth straight game. Mike Marshall slugged his 27th homer and finished with three RBIs while Hershiser added an RBI. ; "A lot of people didn't think we'd be. here, but look who's laughing now," said Pedro Guerrero, the major catalyst in the Dodgers' surge. Marshall said the Dodgers showed their mettle when they refused to surrender the division lead to the surging Reds in the last month of the season. "There's been, a lot of pressure on us," the right fielder said. "The Reds have made us play it out. But this shows how much we wanted it." The normally loquacious Hershiser, who gave up a first-inning run before settling down, was tongue-tied. "Fantastic," he said when asked to sum up his feelings. "I didn't want ui to back into it (the championship). After we got the lead, I felt a whole lot better." Guerrero didn't express a preference for an opponent in the National League playoffs. The St. Louis Cardinals hold a one-game lead over the New York Mets in the NL East. "Bring any one of them on," said Guerrero, who surged offensively after tasorda moved him from third base to left field. "In 1981, when we won the World Series, I had the best time of my life. We're going to have the same kind of time again." ;- dift OREL HERSHISER Pirates sold, will stay in Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (UPI) - While the : Pirates will have new owners, a new I general manager and perhaps a new field manager next season, the club t will remain in Pittsburgh, i - A coalition of private and public in-t vestors Wednesday reached agree-i ment in principle to buy the 98-year-I old National League team for $22 million and keep it in Pittsburgh. The group signed a letter of intent with Daniel Galbreath, president of the Pittsburgh Athletic Co., and , Warner Communications, owners of ; the franchise. ' The coalition is headed by Mayor Richard Caliguiri, Westinghduse Electric Chairman Douglas Danforth, Carl Barger, managing partner of a i Pittsburgh law firm, and Malcolm i Prine, chairman of Ryan Homes. ' Prine is expected to be president and I chief executive officer of the group, , "We are committed to the re-) establishment of our Pirates as a strong contender in the National . League and to the kind of team both : on and off the field that can earn the i support and respect of our communi- ty," Prine said. THE FUTURE of Manager Chuck Tanner, who unsuccessfully tried to : put together a group of his own to buy the team, could be determined by Brown's successor, Prine said. Tanner's contract runs through 1987. . The transfer of the team, which was founded in Pittsburgh in 1887, is subject to approval by 75 percent of National-League owners and 50 percent of American-League owners. Also required is completion of public-sector financing and governmental approvals for the financing, Caliguiri said. The coalition will form a limited partnership "of 14 or 15 groups or in dividuals" to provide the purchase price for the, team and for the required capital to operate the club, Prine said. It is anticipated up to half the funds will come from the public sector, and the rest from the private sector. The purchase price will be $22 million in cash plus the assumption of certain , : player compensation liabilities, Prine said. Players included in that group, who could be owed a total of about $7 million in compensation, are Dave Parker, now of the Cincinnati Reds, and Bert Blyleven, of the Minnesota Twins. If the new owners sell the Pirates for more than the original purchase price, the Galbreaths and Warner will receive part of that money, not to exceed $6 million. . ... The Galbreath family, which has been principal owner of the Pirates since 1946, offered the team for sale last November. . "My family and I, along with our partners at Warner Communications, take a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that the Pirates are going to be run by a group of people committed to excellence and to maintaining the traditions of this great franchise," Galbreath said. THE DEAL ALSO includes a plan for the city to sell Three Rivers Stadium to private interests, then lease the facility, home of the Pirates and the Steelers fi.otball team. That transaction has not been completed. City officials had said by using that approach, the buyers could raise enough cash to finance the team. The Pirates, who lost almost $6 million last year and have been projected to lose $9 million this year, completed their 1985 home season with their lowest attendance, 735,900, since 1968. . . . 'Hawk9 put in charge in White Sox shakeup CHICAGO (UPI) Chicago White Sox announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson is trading his microphone for a desk in the . organization's front off ice. v In a major management shakeup ' Wednesday, the White Sox announced the appointment of Harrelson as executive vice president in charge of baseball operations. Harrelson, in his new capacity, will be responsible for all aspects of the White Sox baseball operation, including the naming of a general ' manager and other organizational personnel. At the same time, it was announced current - vice president and general manager Roland Hemond was being moved to the newly created position of special assistant to the chairman of the board and president. t ! ' Harrelson told reporters at Com-iskey Park Wednesday he is excited about the change. HE VOWED TO make several changes in the organization, but said Manager Tony LaRussa will be asked to stay on board. LaRussa, in Minneapolis where the White Sox were warming up for a night game with the Twins, said he would not make a decision about staying with the team until he meets with Harrelson face-to-face. As for the players, Harrelson said there are "no untouchables." The Sox are "just a couple of players away from being a competitive team," Harrelson said. "We're going to acquire a third baseman who is a good offensive player and some bullpen help 7 -1 . L,-. IMA . ROLAND HEMOND ...gets new job because pitching is the name-of the game." HEMOND SAID he had "no emotional pangs" about giving up the general manager's position, and planned to stay on with the club in anycapacity, "My main interest is to stay with the White Sox," Hemond said. "I'm delighted to be part of the White Sox organization." Harrelson said he will begin an immediate search for a general manager. "You can't have too many good people at the top. The more minds you have around, the better chance of making a 'good decision," he said. Stops Blade While Engine Keeps tH FREE CLUTCH Stops Blade While Engine Keeps Running For Ultimate Convenience. 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I LURIE SAID HIS plan includes ' buying out of the current lease at Candlestick Park, which has nine years remaining, and would give San Francisco time to formulate a plan and build the downtown baseball stadium. 1 "The San Francisco Giants will not, under my ownership, play at. Candlestick Park beyond this season." San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein stood beside Lurie at the news conference and offered her support under certain conditions. "The majority of ( the County Board of) Supervisors have to be in favor of this plan," said the mayor, who added she would confer with Wilson next week. . How do you spell... Country Music? For prize winning details listen to... PFllfn ran Stihl Chain Saw Special! I IV 16" bar Stihl Bar Oil Tom's Small Engine Rt. 84, Hampton 755-787P . 2Year .. limited , U1 warranty New Easy Start Credit is available ' Ask about new Protection Plus extended coverage plan ' . 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