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C6 SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL MLB standings Balt/mora Boston Now York Toronto Detroit AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L 18 7 14 12 13 14 16 Pet. 720 .538 Central Division 536 .440 .407 W Pet. ,522 .500 .480 .429 .320 GB 4'i 4V, 7 GB Milwaukee 12 11 Cleveland 13 13 Kansas City 12 13 Minnesota 12 1S Chicago 8 17 West Division W L Pet Seattle 16 11 .593 Texas 14 11 .560 Anaheim 12 12 .500 Oakland 13 15 .464 Thursday's results Cleveland 7, Oakland 1 Anaheim al Boston, ppd., rain Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2 Kansas City 8. Toronto 0 Friday's results Anaheim at Chicago White Sox. ppd., rain Detroit al Cleveland, ppd.. rain Baltimore 7, Oakland 1 Minnesota 3, Toronto 2.10 Innings NY Yankees 9, Kansas City 1 Boston 5. Texas 4 Milwaukee al Seatlle. (n) Saturday's games Detroit (Moehler 2-1) al Cleveland (Colon 01), 11:05 a.m. Minnesota (Tewksbury 1-4) at Toronto (Guzman?^), 11:05 a.m. Oakland (Mohler 0-3) at Ballimore (Mussina 3-1), 11:35 a.m. Anaheim (Watson 0-2 and D.Springer 0-0) al Chicago White Sox (Baldwin 0-3 and Drabek 1 3). 2.1:35 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Pettltte 5-0) al Kansas City (Belcher 2-3), 6:05 p.m. Boston (Avery 2-1) al Texas (Oliver 1-2), 7:35 p.m. Milwaukee (McDonald 3-2) at Seatlle (Fassero 4-0). 8:05 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division Atlanta Florida Montreal New York Philadelphia W 20 15 13 13 9 L 7 12 12 15 17 Central Division Houston Pittsburgh SI. Louis Cincinnati Chicago W 16 14 12 7 6 Pet. .741 .556 .520 .464 .346 Pet. .571 .519 .444 .269 .231 West Division W 18 17 14 10 Pet. .692 .680 .560 .400 GB 7V4 10VS G3 1V4 3V, GB Colorado San Francisco Los Angeles San Diego Thursday's results Atlanta 4, Cincinnati 2 Los Angeles 5, Philadelphia 0 Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 2 Montreal 4, Houston 0 St. Louis 3, Florida 2 San Diego 7, NY Mels 3 Colorado 5, Chicago Cubs 4 Friday's results Pittsburgh 3. Atlanta 2 NY Mets 7, St. Louis 4 Houston 2, Florida 1 Philadelphia 7, Colorado 4 Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles, (n) Montreal at San Diego, (n) Cincinnati at San Francisco, (n) Saturday's games SI. Louis (An.Benes 1-0) at NY Mels (R.Reed 2-1), 12:40 p.m. Philadelphia (Portugal 0-1) at Colorado (Wright 3-1 ),2:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Smiley 1-5) al San Francisco (Van Landlngham 1-2), 3:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Loalza S-0) at Allanla (Glavine 40), 6:10 p.m. Florida (Saunders 0-1) at Houston (Hampton 1-3), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Mulholland 1-3) at Los Angeles (Valdes 1-3), 9:05 p.m. Montreal (Hermanson 1-1) al San Diego (Ti.Worrell 1-3), 9:05 p.m. American League YANKEES 9, ROYALS 1 NEW YORK KANSAS CITY abrhbl abrhbl Raines II 2101 Olfrmn 2b 3010 Boggs 3b 4000 Roberts II 3000 Hay»s 3b 0000 DHwrd rl 2000 BeWms a 3222 JBell ss 3000 TMrtnz 1b 4122 King 1b 3010 Whiten rl 1011 COavis dti 3010 Fielder dri 3000 Cooper 3b 3010 PKelly dh 1100 Pquette 3b 1000 O'Neill rf 4100 Spehr c 2000 Jeter ss 3100 MiSwy c 2000 Duncan 2b 3000 TGdwIn cl 2110 Sojo 2b 1111 Damon rl 4021 Girardlc 4111 Totals 33 9 7 8 Totals 31 1 7 1 New York 000 200 025—9 K»n»«sCity 000 010 000—1 E-Duncan (3), JBell (3), RVeres (1). DP— New York 3. LOB—New York 5, Kansas City 10. 2B—eeWilliams (10), Whiten (5), Damon (3). HR—BflVWIams (3), TMartinez (10). SB—Be- Williams (3). S—Jeler, Oflerman. SF—Raines. IP H REH BB SO New York ConeW,3-2 7 51156 Nelson 0 10010 Slanton 2-300000 MRiveraS.9 11-31 0 0 0 1 K«n««« City Pittsley L,0-2 72-3 4. 4 4 4 1 JWalker 1-3021 1 1 RVeres 1-323000 MlWilliams 2-310012 Nelson pitched to 2 baiters In the 6th, JWalk- er pllched to 2 batters In Ihe 9lh. Umpires—Home, McClelland; First, Culbrelh; Second, Cederstrom; Third. Coble. T—3:34. A—24,258 (40.625). ORIOLES 7, ATHLETICS 1 OAKLAND BALTIMORE abrhbl 4110 3020 1000 4011 3000 4010 3000 3000 3000 3000 abrhbl 5010 4121 0000 5121 4110 4220 4012 4010 3210 4023 31 1 5 1 Totali 37 713 7 100 000 000—1 011 012 20x—7 DP—Ballimore 1. LOB—Oakland 4, Ballimore 9. 2B—RPalmeiro (6), CRIpken (6). Bordick 2 (5). HR—RAIomar (4), EDavis (6). Mshore II Bmlgal ss Mgdan ph Cnsecort McGwr tb Borroa dh Broslus 3b Spiezio 2b EnYng d Molina c Totals Oakland Baltimore ByAdsn ct RAImr 2b RboutolSb EDavis rl RPmro 1b CRipkn 3b Surhofflt Incvgla dh Holies c Bordick ss IP H HER BB SO Oakland KarsayL,0-3 6 95501 Acre 2 42223 Baltimore KeyW.5-0 8 41115 ABenllez 1 10001 HBP—by Karsay (Hoiles). Umpires—Home, Hirschbeck; First, O'Nora; Second, McKean: Third, Hendry. T—2:21. A—46,161(48,079). Nixon cf AGnzIz ss Merced rl Carter dh TWINS 3, BLUE JAYS 2 MINNESOTA TORONTO abrhbl 5122 4021 3000 4000 4000 Sprgue 3b 4000 CDIgdo 1b 4110 SGreenll 0000 O'Brien c 3000 Samuel pr 3120 CGrda2b Brmlldph 34 3 7 3 Totali abrhbl 4110 4121 4011 4010 4000 4000 4000 4010 0000 3000 1000 Totali 34 3 7 3 Totali 36 2 6 2 Minnesota 002 000 000 1—3 Toronto 100 001 000 0—2 E—Knoblauch (4), Meares (3). LOB—Minnesota 5, Toronto 4. 2B—Brede (4), AGonza- lez (5), Merced (9). 3B—Knoblauch (3). SB- Nixon (10), AGonzalez (5). CS—Samuel (2). S—Meares. SF—Becker. Knbfch 2b Becker cf Lawton If Slnbch c GMyrs dh Clbmn 1b TWalkr 3b Hcklng 3b Meares ss Brede rl IP H RER BB SO Minnesota RadkeW,2-1 Agullera S,5 Toronto Person Crabtree L.1-2 Umpires—Home, Garcia; First, Ford; Second, Rellly; Third, Hlckox. T—2:42. A—30,226(51,000). RED SOX 5, BOSTON ab r h bl Grcprr ss Crderoll MVghn 1b Fryepr Slcumb p Jtfrson dn Stanley dh Nhrlng 3b O'Lryrf 5010 5220 2111 0100 0000 3021 1001 5000 3010 RANGERS 4 TEXAS abrhbl McLmr2b IRdrgz c Greer If JuGnlz dh WCIark 1b Palmer 3b LStvnsrt Dvraux rf Bufcrdcf 5100 5140 4021 5000 4011 3000 1100 1000 4112 JnValtn 2b 5 1 2 1 Gil ss 2000 Htlbmg c 3021 Mack pr 0000 Hslmnn c 1000 Bragg ct 2010 Totals 35 5 12 5 Totals 34 4 8 4 Boston 100 110 101—S Texas 001 00] 100—4 E—MVaughn (6). Butord (1). DP—Boston 1. Texas 2. LOB—Boston 12, Texas 9. 2B—Hal- teberg (4), WCIark (2). HR—MVaughn (7), Bu- tord (2). CS—Jefferson (1). S—Bragg. SF— Stanley. IP H RER BB SO Boston Sele 51-3 5 3 3 5 5 Corsl 2-31 1 100 BHenryW,2-1 2 10012 SlocumbS.4 1 10000 Taxis Burkett 6 11 4 4 2 4 Gunderson 0 00010 Patterson L.2-3 2 01131 Wetleland 1 10010 Corsi pitched to 1 batter In the 7lh, Burkett pllched to ^ batter In Ihe 7lh, Gunderson pilched to 1 batter In the 7th, Patterson pitched to 1 batter In the 9th. WP—Patterson. Umpires—Home, Barrett; First, Roe; Second, Merrill; Third, Scott. T—3:38. A—35,338 (48,100). National League PHILLIES 7, ROCKIES 4 PHILADELPHIA COLORADO abrhbl 4110 EcYng2b 5012 Burks d 4120 LWalkrrt 4111 Glrrgalb 0000 Bchette If 0000 Castilla 3b 1000 Mnwm c Jlferles H Mmdni 2b Rolen 3b Daulton rf RHrrisp Sprdlln p Amaro ph Btlalico p Lbrthal c Brogna 1b Mageed Stocker ss BMunz p DeMay rl Totals 0000 McCrryp 4100 DeJean p Vn Wai ph Weiss ss MThsnp JeReed c abrhbl 3110 3000 4210 300 1 4001 4000 3121 0000 0000 1010 3000 2000 2000 4114 2110 41(0 2000 1010 35 7 9 7 Totals 32 4 5 3 PMIsdtfphls 500 002 000—7 Colorado 200 011 000—4 E—Stocker (5). DP—Philadelphia 1. LOB— Philadelphia 7, Colorado 5.2B—Morandinl (4). HR—Brogna (2), Manwarlng (1). SB-^tei- leries (3), EcYoung (8), LWalker 2 (9), Bichette (4). S—BMunoz. IP H RER BB SO Philadelphia BMunoz W.1-4 6 34332 RHarrls 1 10000 Spradlin 1 00001 BottalicoS.6 1 10000 Colorado MThsnL,3-2 6 77732 McCurry 2 10001 DeJean 1 10000 HBP—by BMunoz (Galarraga), by MThomp- son (Rolen), by MThompson (Lieberthal). PB— Lieberthal. Umpires—Home, Darling; First, Rellford; Second, DeMuth; Third, Meals. T—2:28. A—48,031 (50,200). METS 7, CARDINALS 4 ST. LOUIS NEW YORK •brhbl abrhbl DeShld 2b 5130 Everetl d 4120 Clayton ss 4111 Allonzo 3b 4000 Lnkfrdd 2100 Olerud 1b 3011 BJordnrl 3100 Gllkeylf 3100 Ganl H 4012 Hndley c 3211 Mairylb 3010 Huskey rf 3222 Difellcec 3000 McMhlp 0000 Gallego3b 4000 ACstilloph 1010 Osbme p 0000 JoFrco p 0000 MkSwyph 1000 Baerga2b 4110 Frsctre p 1000 Ordnez ss 3011 Lmpkin ph 1000 Rynoso p 2010 TJMtwp 0.0 00 Ochoart 1011 DYng ph 1000 Hnyctt p 0000 Totals 3246 3 Totals 31 711 6 St. Louis 004 000 000—4 N«w York 120 100 12»—7 E—Ordonez (1). DP-SI Louis 2. LOB—St. Louis 8, New York 4.2B—Everett (1), Huskey (6), Baerga (4). 3B—DeShlelds (3), Ordonez (2). HR—Huskey (3). CS—Lanktord (3), Ordonez (1). S—Difelice, Ordonez. IP H RER BB 80 SL Louis Osborne 2 53311 Frascatore 3 21111 TJMtwL,0-1 2 21101 Honeycutt 1 22212 New York Reynoso 6 54353 McMhlW,2-2 2 10013 JoFrancoS.7 1 00001 WP—Honeycutt, Reynoso. Balk—Honeycutt. Umpires—Home, Rapuano; First, Tata; Second, Davis; Third, Hernandez. T—2:46. A—14,877(55,601). ASTROS 2, MARLINS 1 FLORIDA HOUSTON (brhbl 4010 Blgglo 2b 4020 Abreu rf 0000 Bgwell 1b 4000 DeBell d 4010 LGnzIz It 4010 Berry -3b 4111 Bogar ss 3010 Spiers ss 3010 2000 LCsllllo 2b Abbott ss Rnteria ss Shffield rl Bonilla 3b Alou d Conine 1b CJhnsn c Wehner If Rapp p Esntfch ph 1000 Powell p 0000 Totals Florida Houston Asmus Rynlds BWgnr 33 1 8 1 Totals abrhbl 3110 4010 3111 3021 4000 3000 0000 3020 3010 3000 0000 29 2 8 2 010 000 000—1 101 000 OOx-2 E— Conine (2), Reynolds (2). DP— Florida 2. Houston 2. LOB— Florida 6, Houston 6. 2B— Bonilla (6). 3B— Bigglo (2). HR— Conine (5), Bagwell (8). SB— DeBell (2). Ausmus (7). SF— DeBell. IP Florida Rapp L.2-2 6 Powell 2 Houston Reynold W.4-2 BWagner S,6 H RER BB SO 1 Umpires— Home, Crawford; First, Halllon; Second. Vanover; Third, Bell. T— 2:32. A— 25,421 (53,821). PIRATES 3, BRAVES 2 PITTSBURGH ATLANTA abrhbl 4110 3110 31(2 4021 0000 4000 3000 3000 JLopez ph 3010 Blauser ss 2000 GMdux p 1000 Lckhrt pii Lofton d Tucker rf CWnesSb McGrtMb Klesko H Lemke 2b EddPrzc •brhbl 4010 3100 4010 3001 4010 3111 3000 1010 4020 2000 0000 0000 0000 1000 322 72 Wmack 2b Ainswrt cf AMartnK MaJhsn 1b Lolselle p Elster ss Kendall c JGIIen rl Randa3b Schmdlp MCmgs pfi Peters p 0000 Beleckl p KYnglb 0000 Embrep AJones ph Total! 30 3 6 3 Totali Pittsburgh 000 200 001—3 Atlanta 000 011 000—2 DP—Pittsburgh 1, Atlanta 1. LOB—Pittsburgh 2, Allanla 7. 2B—Blauser (9). HR— AMartln (1), Lemke (2). SB—Womack (11), Allensworth (6). S—Allensworth. SF—McGrffl. IP H RER BB SO Pittsburgh Schmidt 7 52235 Peters W.1-0 1 00000 Lolselle S,1 1 20000 Atlanta QMaddux 7 42212 BieleckiU-1 11-3 1 1 1 0 0 Embree 2-310001 Umpires—Home, Layne; First, Winters; Second, Dreckman; Third, Danley. f—2:26. A—37,577 (50,000). Late boxscore THURSDAY'S AMERICAN LEAGUE ORIOLES 3, TWINS 2 BALTIMORE MINNESOTA abrhbl abrhbl ByAdsn d 4000 Knblch 2b 4010 RAImr 2b 4000 Becker cl 4000 EDavis rf 3100 RKeltyrt 4000 RPmro 1b 3220 Lawlon It 4111 CRipkn 3b 3000 Stnbch c 3010 Incvgla* 3011 GMyrs dh 3000 Surhoffff 4022 Clbmnph 1000 Wester c 3000 CoomeMb 3110 Bordick ss 3000 TWalkr3b 3011 Moaresss 3000 Totals 30 3 5 3 Totals 32 2 S 2 Baltimore 000 010 200—3 Minnesota 000 000 110—2 DP—Minnesota 2. LOB—Baltimore 4, Minnesota 4. 2B—RPalmeiro (5), Coomer (4), TWalker (3). HR—Lawton (3). SB—ftPalmelro (2). IP Baltimore Enckson W.4-1 81-3 RaMyersS,11 2-3 Mlnnssota AldrodU-3 Trombley Naulty Guardado H RER BB SO 61-3 2 1-3 1-3 WP—Erickson 2. Umpires—Home, Evans; First, McCoy; Second, Craft; Third, Meriwether. Interleague games could happen daily next season By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — With the first regular-season interleague game about a month away, it appears there may be an interleague game nearly every day next season. This year, interleague play is confined to three periods: June 1218, June 30-July 3, and Aug. 29- Sept. 3. Because the Arizona Diamondbacks join the National League next season and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays join the American League, the only way to have every team play on the same day is to have at least one interleague game. And the collective bargaining agreement allows 1998 inter- league play under the same rules as '97 (no designated hitter in NL ballparks) only if there is a maximum in 16 interleague games per team. That maximum leaves 240 inter- league games to spread over a sea- V RUNNING son of 181-183 days. Add in the required days off for teams going three times zones from West to East, the prohibition against day games following night games when a flight of 90 minutes or more is involved and the rule against scheduling games on more than 21 consecutive days, and there's little room left to create a schedule that complies with everything. Schedule II During the March owners meeting at Phoenix, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Tampa Bay Devil Rays owner Vince Naimoli worked out a unique trade: of opponents. Under the deal that emerged that day, the Devil Rays would be put in the AL West, but would trade two interleague opponents to the Yankees: the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins. In exchange, the Yankees would get Tampa Bay's games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Naimoli wanted natural rivals. Steinbrenner wanted to avoid tough opponents. Only one problem: Nobody asked the NL for its approval. A source familiar with the scheduling said NL president Len Coleman will refuse to approve any such swap, fearful it would undermine .the integrity of the schedule. Because of that, it appears teams will get the same inter- league opponents in 1998 that they play this season. Originally, interleague opponents were to rotate, meaning NL East teams would play either AL Central or AL West teams in 1998. But owners objected during the March meeting, saying it would be ludicrous to have interleague play in "98 if the Yankees didn't play the Mets, the White Sox didn't play the Cubs, the Dodgers didn't play the Angels, etc. If baseball sticks to the same format next season that it uses in 1997, the Marlins wouldn't get to play the Devil Rays and the Houston Astros still wouldn't play the Texas Rangers. The Associated Press St. Louis Cardinals catcher Mike Oifelice makes a diving catch of a foul pop-up hit by New York Mets batter Edgardo Alfonzo in the first inning of Friday's game at Shea Stadium. Cardinals' five-game winning streak ends Mets break 4-4 tie in seventh inning behind Ochoa's infield single By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Alex Ochoa beat out an infield single, allowing the go-ahead run to score in the seventh inning as the New York Mets beat St. Louis 7-4 Friday night and stopped the Cardinals' five-game winning streak. With the score 4-all, Carlos Baerga doubled off T.J. Mathews (0-1) leading off, took third on Key Ordonez' sacrifice and scored when Ochoa easily beat out the roller to third. Butch Huskey, who earlier hit a two-run homer, added an RBI single in the eighth off Rick Honeycutt, who allowed another run to score by throwing a wild pitch with a runner on third as Carlos Baerga struck out. Greg McMichael (2-2) won in relief of starter Armando Reynoso, allowing one hit in two innings and striking out three. John Franco pitched the ninth for his seventh save. Cardinals starter Donovan Osborne, who allowed three runs and five hits, left after two innings because of an aggravated left groin. Phillies 7, Rockies 4 DENVER — Rico Brogna hit his second career grand slam and Bobby Munoz won for the first time in nearly three years as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies. Brogna's slam gave the Phillies a 5-0 first-inning lead to help Munoz (1-4) get his first win in 12 decisions since July 27, 1994. The loss ended Colorado's five-game home winning streak. Munoz gave up four runs — three earned — and three hits in six innings. Ricky Bottalico pitched the ninth for his sixth save. After allowing five runs in the first, Thompson (3-2) kept the Phillies in check until Mickey Morandini hit a two-out, two-run double to give Philadelphia a 7-3 lead in the sixth. Colorado made got a run in the bottom of the inning when Larry Walker singled, went to second on a groundout, stole third and scored when Dante Bichette bounced out to third. Thompson, who didn't make it out of the second inning in his previous start, barely survived a 40- pitch first as he walked two hitters, hit another and gave up Brogna's grand slam. Darren Daulton had an RBI single earlier in the inning. Pirates 3, Braves 2 ATLANTA — Mark Johnson singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Friday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta, a major league-best 207, lost for only the third time in 15 games at Turner Field, its new ballpark. Tony Womack led off the ninth with a single off Mike Bielecki, took second on Jermaine Allensworth's sacrifice, stole third and came home on Johnson's lined single to right. Chris Peters (1-0) retired the side in the eighth. Rich Loiselle allowed runners on first and third in the ninth, then got his first save when Andruw Jones lined in a double play. Loiselle threw wide to first after catching the liner, but Johnson stretched to get the throw. Astros 2, Marlins 1 HOUSTON — Derek Bell broke out of an RBI slump with a go- ahead sacrifice fly as Florida lost its 10th consecutive road game, a club record. Bell ended a string of nine consecutive games without an RBI with the sacrifice fly to center field in the third off Pat Rapp (2-2). Shane Reynolds (4-2) won for the first time in six decisions against the Marlins, He allowed one run 'and seven hits in eight innings. Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Orioles 5, Athletics 1 BALTIMORE — Jimmy Key has plenty of reasons why he's 5-0 for the first time in his career. Most of them sound like excuses. Key won his fifth straight decision Friday night, allowing four hits in eight innings as the Baltimore Orioles stretched their winning streak to four by beating the Oakland Athletics. Key struck out five, walked one and retired 15 straight batters at one point in lowering his ERA to 2.21 over six starts. The left-hander's previous best start was 4-0 in 1991. If he was excited about his best start in 14 seasons, Key didn't show it. "I've had a couple mediocre games, probably three out of the six," he said. "I was fortunate enough to get a couple of wins out of the mediocre games. That explains why I'm 5-0." Key, who has been bothered by a stiff neck over the last week, became the first Oriole to go 5-0 since Ben McDonald won his first seven decisions in 1994. "For the most part I've kept the team in the game in all my starts,; which is all I want to do," he said. "We've scored a lot of runs in my starts, I know that, but the bottom line is I've been doing my job." Armando Benitez pitched a one- hit ninth, completing the job that Key started. Mike Bordick hit two doubles and drove in three runs against his former teammates, and Eric Davis and Roberto Alomar home- red to help Baltimore to its sixth . win in seven games. Twins 3, Blue Jays 2 TORONTO — Chuck Knoblauch's infield single scored Todd Walker with the winning run in the 10th inning as the Minnesota Twins snapped an eight- game losing streak. Walker led off the inning with a single off Tim Crabtree (1-2), and Pat Meares moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. After Brent Brede's groundout moved Walker to third, Knoblauch hit a high chopper that bounced over third baseman Ed Sprague and scored Walker. Twins starter Brad Radke (2-1) pitched nine innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Red Sox 5, Rangers 4 ARLINGTON, Texas — John Valentin singled home the go- ahead run off John Wetteland with two outs in the ninth inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the the Texas Rangers. American League MVP Juan Gonzalez went O-for-5 in his first game of the season for Texas. Gonzalez, who underwent surgery Feb. 8 for a torn ligament in his left thumb sustained playing winter ball, went O-for-5 with a strikeout and four flyouts. He just missed a homer in the ninth, sending a pitch from Heath Slocumb just to the foul side of the pole in left. Questions linger about disqualified couple from Boston Marathon Investigation leads officials to disqualify Murphys after winning their age divisions By HOWARD ULMAN Thf Associated Press BOSTON — Race officials started scribbling the moment John Murphy crossed the Boston Marathon finish line. Something was wrong. It could have been his number, 2001. Two thousand runners had qualified with faster times yet fewer than 200 finished before him. Maybe it was something else. Officials won't say. A half-hour later, his wife, Suzanne, also crossed the line with a personal-best time. More scribbling. "I can't tell you what the officials saw or drew their attention. You can sense when sdmething isn't right," Boston Marathon race referee Steve Vaitones said Friday. The Murphys' world-class performances on April 21 were good enough to win their age divisions — he is 64 and she is 59 — and unusual enough to prompt officials to take notes and trigger an investigation that led to their disqualification Thursday. One day later, what the Murphys did and why they did it remained a mystery. Suzanne Murphy told the Los Angeles Times that she and her husband, who live in Cypress, Calif., ran the entire race. But race spokesman Jack Fleming said Friday they did not show up on at least two surveillance cameras along the route. "There was absolutely no possibility that we missed anybody," Fleming said. So how did they get from start to finish? "There's no telling what they did," said Pete Cava, media information officer of USA Track & Field. "If they got in a cab, if they got in a car or used pogo sticks, I don't know what they did." And why would two experienced marathoners with respectable past times take a shortcut — with no monetary prize at stake — that might jeopardize their standing in the sport? "There are as many reasons why as there are runners," Vaitones said. "People are trying to relive glory days. They've become celebrities in their hometowns and something is expected of them. They feel a need to improve every year. We have no way of knowing." Boston Marathon officials have become increasingly vigilant ever since Rosie Ruiz was stripped of the women's title for slipping into the race in 1980. They won't tip off all their methods. They do say that all official entrants have computer chips in their shoes that register their times at the start, midpoint and finish of the race. Fleming said the Murphys showed up at all those checkpoints. Did they take a shortcut, perhaps by running diagonally while others made the proper turns on the course? Unlikely, since the course is predominantly straight. Did they do that in other marathons? At least one race official wonders. John Murphy finished the Boston race in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 9 seconds, the second-fastest time ever by a U.S. runner in the over-60 age group. That was about 13 minutes faster than his time in the San Diego Marathon in January. Suzanne Murphy's Boston time of 3:12:18 was the eighth-best ever among women in the 50-59 age group and more than 10 minutes faster than her San Diego performance. The San Diego results will be checked if the Boston allegations are confirmed, said Ellen Flanagan, director of operations for the San Diego Marathon. • V The Boston race was their third marathon of the year, a grueling stretch. Yet their times were considerably faster than in Los Angeles on March 2 when his time was 2:50:45 and hers was 3:14:46. "They were remarkable," said Amby Burfoot, executive editor of Runner's World magazine and the 1968 Boston"; Marathon winner. "Los Angeles is a rapt" where it's relatively easy to get away with falsifying the effort." It wasn't easy in Boston where, Burfoot said, race organizers have higher standards and are more concerned about stopping cheating than their counterparts in Los Angeles. "All the pieces fit together, so there's , not any one thing that disqualifies any- ; one," Vaitones said. "The marathon in the running community and in the gen«,^. eral news community is under a micro-'; scope. We would prefer to make sure," everything is correct."

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