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D6 trtrtrft Tuesday, July 16, 1991 THE VANCOUVER SUN Canadian Press MONTREAL You've heard the expression "Here today, gone tomorrow?" : For Chris Haney, a rookie lefthander with the Montreal Expos, it was here today, gone today on Monday. ' ." ..:r' '; Hours after Haney was recalled by the Expos from their Class AAA affiliate in Indianapolis, he was back on the plane, ready to report again for minor-league duty. Of course, in the few hours he spent in Montreal, Haney merely shut out the San Diego Padres on seven hits for 6 13 innings, a major factor in the team's 3-0 triumph, its fifth straight National League victory. ' : "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that when you're a fifth starter and you get a guy like Ron Darling, you're the guy who's Haney the loser in Expos-Mets trade going down," Haney said when asked whether he was surprised at being a quick-change artist. Haney was referring to a trade made by the Expos before the game in which they obtained Darling, the New York Mets veteran righthander, for maligned reliever Tim Burke. When he returns to the minors this time, Haney will have one extra souvenir to bring with him his first big-league victory. Haney, who is the son of former major-league catcher Larry Haney, was recalled by the Expos earlier in the year and was 0-3 with a 5.06 earned-run average in three starts. "That makes a big difference," admitted Haney, alluding to the victory. "It's a lot better than going out there and being shelled." Haney said he was not exceptionally disappointed over his whirlwind trip to Montreal. . "I understand it," he added. "It's part of baseball. "I'll be back one of these days maybe I'll be able to stay for two days. No, seriously, hopefully the next time it will be for good." Haney's performance was complemented by John Fassero's 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief. The offence was provided largely by Larry Walker, whose seventh home run, a two-run blast into the bleachers in right-centre field off Andy Benes (4-10), made it 3-0 in the third. Walker, of Maple Ridge, B.C., was reactivated from the disabled list he had a hamstring injury only last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Expos had tried to trade Burke, the failed stopper with the $2.1-million-a-year contract, without luck. The Mets also tried to trade right-handed starter Darling and his $1.8-million-a-year contract and all the whispers that he'd lost it and they, too, had no luck. So why not swap problems? Darling is 5-6 with a 3.87 earned-run average in 17 starts for the Mets this season. A former first- round pick of the Texas Rangers out of Yale University in 1981, his career record is 99-70 (3.50). Darling, who won more than 10 games for six consecutive seasons from 1984-89 and played in the 1985 All-Star Game, had been slated to be moved to the bullpen by Mets' manager Buddy Harrel-son, with the expected return of Sid Fernandez to the starting rotation. "I know there are players who don't want to play in Montreal, but I'm not one of them," said Darling, who can trace his ancestry to Quebec. He studied Southeast Asian and French history at Yale. "It's one of my favorite cities in the National League to travel to." fife . RON DARLING: happy to go to Montreal Dykstra showing old form on return By CLAIRE SMITH N.Y. Times News Service "PHILADELPHIA - It took only one game, but all the telltale signs that Lenny Dykstra had dome back to play could be found at Veterans Stadium Monday night. ' His Phillies uniform had its customary patch of dirt smeared across the pinstriped shirt. After stealing second with a patented headfirst slide he had previously promised to shelve for a while, after scoring the winning run in a 9-8 victory over the Dodgerst after collecting two hits in five times at bat, Dykstra had clearly signaled that two and a half months of injury and idleness had at last come to an end. Dykstra, the Phillies' centre fielder, was naturally tired after playing the entire three hour, 45 minute game. "He'll sleep well tonight," Phillies manager Jim Fre-gosi said with a laugh. Dykstra will also undoubtedly rest easy knowing that he not only played without incident or further injury, but finally got back to the environment where he feels most at home.- "On the field is where I belong," Dykstra said. "It's where I feel best. I don't worry about nothing out there. I don't think about nothing Out there. I just play. That's what they pay me for." :.-. The struggling Phillies, very much in need of Dykstra's spark and .300-plus average this season and last, saw fit to keep doing that through the 61 games that Dykstra missed. : ; And they patiently waited as he mended injuries suffered May 6 when he slammed his Mercedes into a tree, seriously injuring not only himself but also passenger and teammate Darren Daulton. Dykstra fractured his right collarbone, three ribs and a cheekbone as well as his reputation; he was later charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and speeding. Last month, Dykstra waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is scheduled for trial July 25. . Monday night, Dykstra learned that the 31,262 fans at Veterans Stadium were forgiving of whatever transgressions that may have caused the absence. He was greeted by polite applause and a sitting ovation before his first at-bat against Los Angeles right-hander Orel Her-shiser. The cheers were more than enough to drown out some sparse booing. I " ' 1 1 WWWPW , i .... " ""1 . ' HV"VA; . 'tis :-.H-t' --'-- W i Pit M - - - - I t$ 4 ' t if v , 1 ' " Jill Q i ) wJmilmi fctai,i,-iffl:ife,i,7.... .a'.-. , , ,.,.i, ,. i ij.ifcii.il i nii.ii.ift ,i inii nuiil ill m-jiU - -i iiJiMi.i,u.-i., i i . 1 us mow ml , ?f . ''4 Ub ij ASSOCIATED PRESS BOWLED over in collision with Toronto's Mike McFarlane lies on ground in pain. Joe Carter, Kansas City Royals' catcher McFarlane tagged Carter out on the play. Jays go extra innings to top Royals Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A little good pitching went a long way for the Toronto Blue Jays. Five Toronto pitchers blanked Kansas City after the first inning and Kelly Gruber hit a bases-loaded single to start a three-run 12th as the Jays beat the Royals 5-3 Monday night. The win, combined with the Chicago White Sox 7-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox, left the Jays 8 games atop the A.L. East. "We've got the best bullpen in baseball and it shows," Joe Carter said. "When you have good pitching like that, you can score only two or three runs and still win." Kansas City loaded the bases with nobody out in the 1 1th, but could not score. Runners were forced at the plate on grounders by Kevin Seitzer and Brian McRae and the third out came when Kurt Stillwell was thrown out trying to score on a ball that got away from catcher Pat Borders. "I think in a situation like that when you're sitting on the bench or standing in the field and something like that happens, you say to yourself, 'We're going to win the game,'" Gruber said. Although the ball only rolled a short distance from Borders, Royals manager Hal McRae couldn't fault Stillwell for trying to score. "It was a judgment play," McRae said. "He thought it could make it It was a hustle play. That's the way we like to play." In the first inning, Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane apparently sustained torn knee ligaments in a home-plate collision with Carter and could be out for up to six weeks. By LYNDON LITTLE Vancouver Canadians got their first opportunity of the PCL season to impress the boss first hand Monday. Unfortunately, the results were not what they had hoped for as the C's ended a modest two-game win streak with an 8-5 loss to Lalgary Cannons belore 2,002 chilled but die-hard fans at Nat Bailey Stadium. Yet perhaps it was all for the good. The way it turned out, Chicago White Sox farm boss Larry Monroe got a capsule look at just why the Canadians are headed for their first losing season in Vancouver since 1983. Canadians took a 4-3 lead into the eighth inning, but the old bugaboo of ineffective pitching and lack of Cannons 8 Canadians 5 clutch hitting surfaced again. C's manager Rick Renick emptied his bullpen trying to find an arm capable of stopping the Cannons' rally, but there was no answer as Calgary ran through his relief staff for five runs. Chuck Jackson, with a two-run double, and Pat Lennon, with a bases-loaded triple, delivered the key blows for the Cannons, who took over first place in the PCL North from Edmonton Trappers. To add injury to insult, C's ace stopper Brian Drahman hurt himself warming up on a slippery bullpen mound and had to leave the game after getting nobody out in the eighth. Drahman believes his injury is a recurrance of a muscle tear in his lower backhip area and isn't sure just how long it will take to heal. "With a lot of young guys in their first or second year of Triple A ball I knew Vancouver would have some problems," said Monroe, who is getting his first look at the team since spring training. "But the big disappointment has been the pitching staff. Some of the veterans haven't come through as expected." After 18 years in the White Sox organization as a player and front office employee, Monroe was elevated to vice-president of scouting and minor league operations this past off-season when former g.m. Larry Himes was fired. It has been an eventful first year in the job for the 35-year-old Detroit native, punctuated with the firing near the end of the PCL first half of Marv Foley, the winningest manager in the history of the Canadians. "That was tough," admits Monroe, who was a former teammate (and roommate) of Foley's when they BRIAN DRAHMAN: injury added to Insult played for the Sox. "Marv's a great person. But it was just better he start over with another organization." While Himes is gone (a personality clash with Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf led to their parting ways), Monroe feels the former g.m.'s philosophy of building a winner from within is still intact. "I've had several talks with Jerry about this," says Monroe, who was a special assistant to Himes last season. "He knows free agents cost a lot of money. He's a supporter of a strong farm system." Monroe wouldn't give a hint whether the Sox plan to call up slugger Ron Kittle before the deadline for making a decision on him arrives later this week. "That will be up to Ron (Sox major league boss Ron Schueler)," he says. "We're pleased he (Kittle) is doing well. But it's the same for any player. To get called up to the majors there has to be a need." C NOTES Lefty Wayne Edwards, assigned to the C's by Chicago for the second time this season, pitched in his first game since June 15 in Portland and gave up five hits and three runs over 4 innings . . . To get Rodney McCray (off the disabled list) and newcomer Shawn Jeter (trade with Toronto) on the C's roster, Aubrey Waggoner has been returned to AA Birmingham and Dan Henley placed on the DL. jW P I' lift" :- . A j V.1 Lions' poster boy anxious to get back into the picture JAY CHRISTENSEN: returns to lineup Friday By GARY KINGSTON In the last few months, Jay Christensen has bounced on the teflon roof of B.C. Place, mingled with rock stars at the Junos and had his mug in more newspapers and magazines than Michael Landon and Maria Maples combined. Early next year, he'll cruise the Caribbean. Then it's off to Africa for a 16-day safari-cruise vacation. How much fun can one guy have? Apparently not enough. You see, what the B.C. Pavilion Corp.'s blond-haired poster boy hasn't done of late is catch passes in a Canadian Football League game. And since the opportunity to do much of that extra-curricular stuff is predicated on him doing a whole lot of pass-catching, it's safe to say the long-striding slotback is one antsy Lion. . "It's killing me," said Christensen of the fact he hasn't played since pulling a hamstring on the opening day of training camp. "Especially when it's something you want to do so much. "It might be a little different if you were in a 9-to-5 job that you hated. I'll watch films and I'll be saying to myself 'I can do that.'" "A lot of my game is mental. I'll be watching the DBs, pass things on to the other guys. But it's stuff you want to use." He hopes to be able to use those tricks of the receiver trade on Friday when he suits up against the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg. Although he's not fully recovered, the 27-year-old all-Canadian kid is healthy enough to get back in head coach Bob O'Billovich's lineup. "We're probably spot him," said O'Billo-vich before practice Monday. "You don't want to take too much of a chance by starting him and playing him hard and having him re-injure it" That's always a fear with a hamstring. And in fact the 6'4", 215-pound slotback didn't run pass patterns Monday because of some stiffness in his left leg and because of the cool, wet conditions. "Right now, I don't think it's 100 per cent, but I don't think I'm going to hurt it again either. "The problem right now is that I'm going to be a little tentative coming out of my breaks. And if I'm going deep and the ball is a little overthrown, I'm probably not going to be able to really stretch for it "But I just want to get in and dress, even if it's just for special teams and contribute in that way." Quarterback Doug Flutie would also like to see Christensen in the lineup. Although he had little trouble finding targets in throwing for a personal CFL high of 430 yards on Thursday, Flutie misses the guy he often went to in crucial situations last year. Christensen was one of Flutie's favorite targets in 1990, catching 62 passes for 1,098 yards and eight touchdowns, all single-season highs. - "It would be nice to get Jay back," said Flutie. "The young guys (rookie slotbacks Matt Clark and Mike Trevathan) have played well, but there's just some things that Jay does. The Calgary DCs were playing tight and Jay, with his size, has a knack for slipping loose from that kind of stuff." It's not the only thing Christensen has a knack for. Since joining the promotions stall of the B.C. Pavilion Corp., the good-looking Vancouver native has proven to be a natural at getting his face into print whether it's on the front of TV Week or in the newspapers promoting a Mother's Day brunch at the pavilion corporation's Trade and Convention Centre. The Caribbean cruise and the African adventure ("Win an Africa safari with a real Lion") are also part of pavilion corporation promotions. He'll be accompanied on both by lucky draw winners. "Pretty much every time there's a function that's going to get media attention and people coming out to watch, I'll be there signing autographs or other things they've set up. I was pretty nervous the first little while but now I'm beginning to enjoy it" Not as much, however, as he'd enjoy catching passes again. Lions long-snapper Malt Clarke, who played linebacker all through training camp, has been practising at fullback. Clarke plajed one season at fullback for UBC before switching to defence. "Anything he can do to increase his versatility will help him." said O'BiUovich.

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