The Windsor Star from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on July 19, 1990 · 15
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The Windsor Star from Windsor, Ontario, Canada · 15

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Thursday, July 19, 1990
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THE WINDSOR STAR THURSDAY, JULY 19, 19S0- B3 Wiley gets second chance to make Tiger roster By Bob Duff Star Sports Reporter Craig Wiley was working on his swing when the Detroit Tigers came calling again. Wiley, released by the Tigers in spring training, was working as an assistant golf pro at a course at his hometown of Fresno, Calif., when Detroit called to see if he'd like to sign on as a backup catcher with the-AAA Toledo Mud Hens. Phil Clark was out with a shoulder injury and Jody Davis had just quit, leaving the Mud Hens with one catcher. Wiley agreed, but let Tigers' minor-league director Joe McDonald know he was coming back with a purpose. DOWN ON THE FARM "I told them I wasn't coming back just to fill a roster spot," Wiley said. "I was coming back to make the big leagues. The 26-year-old right-handed hitting catcher didn't tear up the International League, batting .167, but did enough to show the Tigers he was worth keeping. v When Rich Rowland was recalled from London and Clark returned from his injury, Detroit assigned Wiley to London, where he's currently batting .239 with one homer and five RBIs for the Eastern League Tigers. Wiley hit .246 in A ball last season at Lakeland, Fayetteville and Niagara Falls. . First baseman Chris Alvarez and left-hander Kenny Williams have been released from the London roster. Second baseman Dean DeCillis was demoted from Toledo and centre fielder Jody Hurst was promoted from Lakeland. Hurst was two-for-three with a double in his debut Tuesday in a 5-2 win over New Britain. John DeSilva, 1-3, earned his first win since his promotion from Lakeland last month. Toledo (AAA): Second baseman Steve Lombardozzi is making a bid for a promotion to Detroit The former Astro and Twin is hitting .286 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 26 games. Reliever Bob Link is a combined 2-0 with seven saves and a 0.72 ERA with the Mud Hens and Fayetteville. Brian DuBois got the win in his return debut with the Mud Hens, as Toledo beat Syracuse 10-8 Monday. Lakeland (A): Randy Marshall is 4-1 in the Florida State League, making him a combined 17-1 in 18 starts for Lakeland and Fayetteville. Reliever Marty Willis is 7-2 with a 1.88 ERA, 62 strikeouts and 18 walks in 52 innings. Shortstop Keith Kimberlin has 10 homers, the rest of the team has combined for 16. Fayetteville (A): Outfielder Brian Cornelius had his hitting streak snapped at 24 games Tuesday. He's batting .307 and has 31 extra-base hits, including 11 triples. Niagara Falls (A): Pitcher Steve Wolf is 4-0 with an 0.65 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 27 innings. Rapids' outfielder Dave Mastropietro singled with two out in the eighth to break up a , no-hit bid by Utica's Kevin Tolar last Wednes-day. Tolar ended up with a one-hit, 7-0 win. Bristol (Rookie): Shortstop Jimmy Alder is batting a mere .141, but has five,; homers and 13 RBIs in 23 games. Outfielder Kevin Miller, at .279, is the only player hitting over .247. Fifth-round draft pick Shannon Withem is 0-4 with a 4.03 ERA. First-round pick Tony Clark made his Appalachian League debut Tuesday, striking out as a pinch-hitter. ; TT H ind n a a iepenoeiii siaies rentaie under Soviet Union name SEATTLE (AP) - Athletes from the independence-minded Baltic states will be part of the Soviet Union's delegation to the 1992 Olympic Games, the top Soviet, sports official said Wednesday. Nikolai Rusak, chairman of the USSR State Committee for Physical Culture and Sport, or Goskomsport, said the International Olympic Committee has told the republics that it will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Soviet Union. "My answer is that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will compete in the Soviet team in the Goodwill Games and in Barcelona in 1992," Rusak said through an interpreter at a news conference. The IOC leadership, following an April meeting with some Baltic leaders, sent messages to the sports officials of those countries that "this is a purely political question" and that IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch "will not interfere" in Soviet affairs. The Supreme Soviet is also discussing the issue within the context of political reform, he said. Lithuania declared independence earlier this year but has agreed to negotiate to change its status within the USSR. The other Baltic states also want independence. "Know that our Supreme Soviet is working out the new agreement between the different republics of the Soviet Union. This new agreement or treaty ... will naturally include the question of sovereignty of the republics," he said. Rusak said that athletes from all the Soviet republics except for Turkmenia are represented in the 420-member team at the Goodwill Games. There are eight athletes from Estonia, 10 from Latvia and four or five from Lithuania, he said. Moscow is sending 99 athletes, Leningrad 36, the Ukraine 70 and Byelorussia 40, according to Rusak. The Soviet contingent also includes 154 coaches, 55 judges and officials and three drug-testing specialists. "WE THINK ... they will be in condition to be very strong in all sports," he said of the Soviet team, adding the Goodwill Games are considered a part of the athletes' training for Barcelona in 1992. As a result of a 12-hour delay of the first flight with Soviet athletes earlier this week at a refueling stop, all Aerof-lot planes will be flying direct between Moscow and Seattle to avoid jet lag Blanks talented player Continued from Bl "It's a perfect win-win situation for me," Blanks said, "ir I play, that's a bonus for me on a great team such as this. "If I sit, I'll koep notes because their three guards are the best in the business. How can I not learn from guys like that?" And it's guys like Thomas, Dumars and Johnson who will severely limit Blanks' playing lime, assuming he edges out veteran Henderson for that fourth spot. But it sounds as if Blanks' has to play himself off this team, not onto it. "We've got a spot open in the back-court so it's up to him to show us what he can do," general manager Jack McCloskey said. "He knows what he has to do to impress us. "He's likely be the guy who'll replace Vinnie at some point when Vin-nie decides he's had enough." BLANKS WILL have lo prove to the Pistons thai he can play either point or shooting guard since a major strength of Detroit's triumvirate is the fact they are interchangeable. All three can handle the ball, all three can take people off the dribble and all three can lighl up the scoreboard when their number is called. And Blanks claims he's ready. "If I have lo switch roles, I can do it," Blanks said. "I did il al Texaandl can do il here." hurting the athletes' performance, he said. The journey takes 10i4 hours flying over the North Pole. Rusak arrived Monday night on the first flight Rusak praised the preparation for the Goodwill Games, which are expected to bring 2,500 athletes from 50 countries and an estimated 60,000 out-of-state visitors to Washington. About 1,000 Soviet citizens have been put up in private homes as part of an exchange program adjunct to the Games. "I think this will help the people understand each other and to lay the ba- sis for friendship and cooperation," he said. The Goodwill Games were first held in Moscow in June 1986. The Soviets will begin planning for the next Goodwill competition, in 1994, in Leningrad and Moscow, Rusak said. THIS YEAR'S competition, which features 21 events, begins Friday and ends Aug. 5. The games are sponsored by the Turner Broadcasting System and the Soviet government Bob Walsh, president of the Seattle Organizing Committee for the Goodwill Games, said following the news conference that this year's competition will put Seattle in good stead to compete to serve as a host for the Olympics. The site for the 1996 competition has r 1 p. .. if St. J. UnitingTfjeWorld'sBest not yet been awarded. "I think the Olympics would be easy to put on after the Goodwill Games," Walsh said. Eskimos ice Lions EDMONTON (CP) - Tracy Ham, Keith Wright and the rest of the Edmonton Eskimos were more concerned with blowing a 20-0 lead than with beating the B.C. Lions 41-23 in a CFL game Wednesday night Ham threw for a pair of touchdowns to Wright and another to Dar-rell Colbert as the Eskimos improved to 2-0 this season. But n of the points came in the fourth quarter after B.C. had narrowed the lead to 25-20. "Turning (the offence) on and off that's not good football when you play like that" Ham said. "We'll have to work on things like that the mental part of the game." Wednesday's outing reminded Ham of how the Eskimos, runaway leaders in the league during the 1989 regular season, approached the West Division final against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. . They lost the game in a huge upset to the Roughriders, who went on to win the Grey Cup. "THAT WAS the situation in the Western final," he said. "We felt we could turn it on and turn it off. But we couldn't turn it back on. 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