El Paso Times from El Paso, Texas on May 7, 1990 · 28
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e 4D El Paso Times Monday. May 7, 1990 Irregular heart beat concerns 1 Paso pitcher By Rick Cantu El Paso Times One of the rising stars of the El Paso Diablos isn't overly concerned by a yet-to-be-diagnosed heart disorder that has plagued him for four years. Relief pitcher Chris George, voted the outstanding player in the Milwaukee Brewers organization last season, said he suffers from "episodes of rapid heartbeats." George, 23, does not feel he's risking his life by playing baseball. On the contrary, he said the irregular heartbeat should not affect his career. "It's nothing major," George said before a recent game at Dudley Field. "I get a little light-headed and a burning sensation in my chest. That's all I feel. It's a matter of relaxing myself, controlling my breathing." George does not want people to compare him to the late Hank Gathers, who collapsed and died during a college basketball game on March 4. At the time of his death, the Loyola-Mary mount star was taking medication for arryth-mia, a heart disorder' that caused Gathers to collapse during a Dec. 9 game. Unlike Gathers, . though, George is not taking medication. Also, the Diablo ace pitcher has never collapsed on the playing field. , m "I go day to day," George said. "I live for today and worry about tomorrow later. If there's something wrong, I'll treat it with medication. I'm not going to worry about it ' because it's out of my control." . - George's irregular heartbeat became a concern two weeks ago during a game in San Antonio. He was taken out of a game after a relief Eerformance because his eart was beating too fast. After about 30 minutes of rest in the team clubhouse, George felt fine again. But George has taken steps to find out exactly what triggers his ailment. During a recent game against Midland at Dudley Field, George wore Higuera Continued from ID proach," Brewers' manager Tom Trebelhorn said. "Teddy let his game demeanor and his game plan get away from him." Gaetti eventually got a single, and Brian Harper, Kent. v. I ' ' I If Pi pi f El Paso's Chris George: '-'What I have could lead to other complications I'll just have to wait and see. There's no need to scare myself." a "Holter-monitor" under his jersey. The device, described as a "portable EKG machine," recorded his heartbeat for the entire , game. The Diablos expect to receive the test results this week. Dr. Julio Ortiz, one of El Paso's team physicians, said the tests may reveal what triggers George's rapid heartbeat Is it because of heat? Or exercise? "The first thing we must do is get a diagnosis," Ortiz said. Hrbek, Shane Mack and Gladden all had singles as the Twins scored three runs to take a 4-0 lead.. Higuera was ejected after the inning, though Trebelhorn said he was going to remove . him from the game anyway. "I don't think he fell apart," iieueiiiurn said. "1 think that call influenced his mental approach. He was frustrated. I'm Victor Calzada El Paso Times "That way, we might be able to figure out if this is going to affect his career." George said he first noticed his rapid heartbeat episodes while he was a 19-year-old freshman at Kent State University. He said it affects him about four times a year, but never enough to make him worry. Last week's game in San Antonio marked the first time he had needed to leave a game because of his heart. not saying it was unjustified frustration, but it has to be managed frustration." Higuera played with the Juarez Indios and the El Paso Diablos before advancing to the major leagues. The Brewers had scored first in 21 straight games before Sunday. Winning pitcher Kevin Tapani had a five-hitter for his first big league shutout. Toronoto outduels Detroit in game of home-run derby Associated Press TORONTO - Detroit's Cecil Fielder won the home-run derby, but the Toronto Blue Jays won the game. Fielder hit three home runs and teammate Chet Lemon hit two, but the Toronto Blue Jays also hit five homers Sunday and powered past the Tigers 11-7. The combined 10 home runs, including two by Kelly Gruber, were one short of the major league record. There have been 11 homers in a game seven times, the most recent on Sept. 14, 1987, when Toronto hit 10 and Baltimore had one. "I'm the kind of hitter who gets homers in bunches and today was definitely one of those bunches," Fielder said. Fred McGriff, Pat Borders, Manny Lee also homered for Toronto. The Blue Jays also had four doubles, but were outhit 15-12 by Detroit. The Tigers lost for the eighth time in nine games. MARINERS 5, ORIOLES 4 at Seattle Harold Reynolds singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners overcame a record-tying four errors by third baseman Edgar Martinez to beat the Baltimore Orioles. Ken Qriffey Jr. went 4-for-4 for the Mariners. Cincinnati takes 4th straight, defeats St. Louis with a rookie Associated Press i ST. LOUIS - Scott Scudder, brought up from the minors earlier in the day, allowed five hits in IVi innings as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Sunday for their fourth consecutive victory. Ron Oester doubled twice and hit a run-scoring single for the Reds, who are 15-0 when they score first. Scudder, a 22-year-old righthander, walked four and struck out none before Norm Carlton relieved and finished for his first save. Scudder was 3-1 at Class AAA Nashville of the American Association before the Reds brought him up Sunday and sent down right-hander Kip Gross. . . Bryn Smith (3-3) allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings for the Cardinals, who have lost four straight. Smith', acquired Friday from Boston for Tom Brunansky, had not made a National League appearance since Oct. 4, 1987, when he itched for Chicago against lontreal. 1 METS 7-7, ASTROS 4-6 at New York. American Lczgus INDIANS 9-3, RANGERS 5-0 at Cleveland Candy Maldonado hit two of Cleveland's four home runs in the first game and rookie Jeff Shaw, making his first major-league start, pitched 623-shutout innings in the nightcap as the Indians swept a doubleheader from the Texas Rangers. ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 6 at Kansas City Mike Macfarlane singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals seesawed past the Chicago White Sox for their second victory in 12 games. The White Sox missed a chance at their first three-game sweep against Kansas City in 15 years and lost for only the third time in 11 games. ATHLETICS 4, RED SOX 2 at Oakland Rickey Henderson led off with a' home run for the second straight game and Curt Young held Boston to two hits in eight innings. Henderson extended his major league record for leadoff home runs to 43. YANKEES 4, ANGELS 2 at Aan-heim, Calif. Andy Hawkins earned his first victory of the season as New York completed a three-game sweep of California. Hawkins (1-3) walked one and struck out three. He allowed only two hits, both doubles by Devon White, over the first five innings. The Mets spent the whole day playing catchup. The Astros scored three runs in the first inning of the opener off David Cone and the Mets didn't get a hit off Jim Deshaies until the sixth, when Mark Carreon singled after a walk to Gregg Jefferies and Teufel followed with a game-tying horncr After Harvey's balk call put the Astros in front in the top of the 1 1th. Carreon drew a walk from Dave Smith (0-1) and scored when Teufel doubled. Howard Johnson was walked intentionally before McReynolds hit a fly ball over the left-field fence, giving Franco (1-0) the victory. , PIRATES 6-4, BRAVES 4-2 at Pittsburgh Neal Heaton won his 10th consecutive decision and Doug Drbaek improved to 5-1 as the Pittsburgh Pirates swept the Braves. Sid Bream's three-run homer keyed a five-run fifth inning in the opener as Pittsburgh ended the Braves' five-game winning streak. EXPOS 7, GIANTS 0 at Montreal Rookie Mark Gardner pitched a six-hitter for his first major league victory as the Montreal Expos scored six runs in the sixth inning. Gardner (1-2) struck out seven and walked three. He had lost his five previous decisions. rf iff '.'

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