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Da2 La Crosse Tnbune, Sunday. April 25, 1993 Baseball this week AMERICAN LEAGUE By JEFF BROWN Of the Tribune staff I il j't I 0 "V- i ---A in JAHA FILE POSITION: First base. AGE: 26. BORN: Portland, Ore. HTWT: MAJOR-LEAGUE DEBUT: Went 0-for-3 against the Kansas City Royals on July 9, 1992.

MAJOR-LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS: Hit his first major-league home run off Cleveland's Rod Nichols on July 28, 1992... Hit .254 over final 28 Drove in 10 runs and stole 10 bases in 47 games in 1992. MINOR-LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS: Led the American Association in RBIs (69), was. second in home runs (18) and third in batting average (.321) when recalled from Triple-A Denver after 79 games in Named Double-A player of the year, Texas League MVP, and selected to both mid-season and post-season All-Star teams in 1991. Twins are latest 'sacrificial lamb' for Tigers, 17-1 By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS Lou Whitaker homered, doubled and drove in four runs and Mickey Tettleton had a grand slam as the Detroit Tigers maintained their incredible offensive pace with an 18-hit, five-homer attack to beat the Minnesota Twins, 17-1, Saturday night.

Rob Deer, Chad Kreuter and Kirk Gibson also homered as Detroit won for the ninth time in 10 games, outscoring its opponents 99-36 in the process. The Tigers, who have had two 20-run games already, lead the majors with 129 runs (an 8.1-run average) and 23 homers. They have outscored the Twins, 29-5, in this series' first two games. Most of the Tigers' fury was felt by Pat Mahomes (0-3), who allowed 10 runs on 11 hits in 2 innings. He tied the club record for runs and earned runs allowed as his ERA nearly doubled from 5.79 to 10.26.

Indians 10, Athletics 3 OAKLAND, Calif. Reggie Jefferson homered and drove in four runs, as Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak with an easy victory over struggling Oakland. The Indians jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and sent the A's to their seventh loss in eight games. Sandy Alomar Jr. and Paul Sorrento homered for Cleveland, which had 15 hits.

Blue Jays 10, White Sox 4 TORONTO John Olerud and Darrin Jackson each collected three hits and Paul Molitor homered as Toronto crushed Chicago. Olerud drove in two runs and raised his average to .435, tops in the majors. Joe Carter also drove in two runs. Juan Guzman (2-0) took a 7-0 lead into the seventh inning. He left after Ozzie Guillen's two-out, two-run single and Lance Johnson's RBI single.

Mark Eichhorn relieved with the bases loaded and retired George Bell on a grounder back to the mound, preserving the four-run lead. Orioles 6, Royals 5 KANSAS CITY, Mo. Cal Ripken doubled home the tying run and Glenn Davis singled him in as Baltimore came from behind in the eighth inning to beat Kansas City and end a three-game losing streak. With the Orioles trailing 3-2, Mike Devereaux singled with two out in the eighth and scored when Ripken doubled off the wall in left. After Harold Baines walked, Davis singled to center, making it 4-3.

Yankees 1 Mariners 0 SEATTLE Kevin Maas hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th inning to give New York the victory over Seattle. Melido Perez, Steve Howe (1-0) and Steve Farr combined to pitch a two-hitter, with Perez working nine innings. Howe pitched the 10th and Farr got his third save by getting the last three outs. Angels 8, Red Sox 5 ANAHEIM, Calif. Chili Davis singled in the tying run and Rene Gonzales hit a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in a three-run sixth inning as California handed Boston its fourth straight loss.

With Boston leading 3-2 in the sixth, Davis' single scored J.T. Snow, who started the inning with a triple. Tim Salmon then walked and both runners advanced on a sacrifice before Gonzales' liner to right scored the go-ahead run. "I told Jaha when he came up at the end of last season he wasn't going to play much. We were in the heat of a pennant race, and I wasn't really looking for a spark," Garner said.

"I wasn't going to base my opinion on what he did last year." Still, what Garner saw was a young player with a powerful bat, a tremendous willingness to learn, and a guy who simply did a lot of the little things most young players don't. Jaha said it came from watching actually studying countless games as he grew up. "I'm glad I had three months up here last year," Jaha said. "I had to know what the game was like up here. I studied it.

I've always done that. Even when I was young I liked to watch the game, the pitchers, the hitters, what the managers do. I watch games really close." Now everyone is watching Jaha really close, too. "I don't think it has really sunk in yet," said Jaha, who is hitting .273 with a double and 3 RBIs. "I don't even know what the routine is up here yet.

I'm certainly not taking anything for granted." While Jaha's major-league experience is minimal, he had several outstanding seasons during his seven-year minor-league career. He hit .321 with 18 home runs in 79 games at Triple-A Denver a year ago, and hit .344 in 130 games at Double-A El Paso the year before. At each level, Jaha has shown he can hit. Now can he fit into a clubhouse of young, but established players? "The guys up here know what they are about. It's going to take me a little while, but when you are around these guys, they keep you pretty loose," Jaha said.

"I just have to put up some numbers and get established. It's a long season, but I don't mind 162 games at all, especially up here." MINNEAPOLIS After 47 games and a .226 average, John Jaha was given a dream job: First baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers. For seven months, the hours are long, the travel is almost continuous, and the expectations are high. But the pay is tremendous, and the gratification can be, too. On the opposite side, the position can turn your life into a living nightmare.

Just ask Franklin Stubbs, the free-agent bust who was released this winter with one year remaining on his three-year, $6 million contract. With Stubbs out of the picture, the 26-year-old Jaha is in it. "All they told me is that with Franklin gone, I was expected to be the first baseman," Jaha said. "It gave me a lot more confidence knowing I was it. There was no pressure.

The only pressure is the pressure I put on myself." Making Jaha the team's every day first baseman was a gutsy move by Brewers' manager Phil Garner and General Manager Sal Bando, but one that both believe is a good one. "With Stubby gone, we decided to take a chance on a guy," Garner said. "We like the kid, and felt it was just a matter of time before he was going to be playing (full-time) anyway. He's got a real solid future." At least that is what the Brewers are hoping. Milwaukee hasn't had a solid first baseman since Cecil Cooper retired in 1987.

Greg Brock, then Stubbs were supposed to be a big hit in the field and at the plate, but both failed miserably. Sandwiched in between were stints by Rob Deer, Dante Bichette and Paul Molitor, but none of the three were so-called "natural" first basemen. Is Jaha the man? Ron Johnson of ttw Tribune staff THE MAN: By giving Franklin Stubbs his walking papers, the Brewers made it clear John Jahawas their man at first base. "We like the kid, and felt it was just a matter of time before he was going to be playing (full-time) anyway. He's got a real solid future." Phil Garner "All they told me is that with Franklin gone, I was expected to be the first The only pressure is the pressure I put on myself." John Jaha JjNAT10NAMUk.

Reds rip Cubs in grand style (Through Thursday's games) By The Associated Press BATTING Avg. AB 2B 3B HR RBI .154 2 2 Player Bruett Randy Bush Brian Harper Kenl Hrbek -Lfe '-m 10 0 1 46 4 14 52 13 16 .100 .304 308 .200 Terry Jorgensen 15 1 3 9 13 Chuck Knoblauch .265 49 Gene Larkin Tony Phillips AL batting leader John Kruk NL HR leader Barry Bonds NL batting leader 25 1 5 18 4 3 54 7 12 23 3 5 35 4 10 49 12 15 22 1 2 .200 .167 222 217 .286 306 091 .100 262 Scott Leius Shane Mack Pedro Munoz Mike Pagliarulo Kirby Pucketl Jeff Reboulet Lenny Webster Dave Winfield (Through Thursday's games) BATTING Player Avg. AB 28 3B HR RBI Tom Brunansky .125 16 2 0 0 0 0 Alex Diaz .000 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 BillDoran .429 7 1 3 0 0 0 1 Darryl Hamilton 375 48 5 18 1 0 0 5 John Jaha .273 33 5 9 1 0 0 3 JoeKmak ,217 23 1 5 1 0 0 2 Pallistach .194 31 5 6 1 0 0 1 DaveNilsson .200 15 1 3 0 0 1 1 Kevin Retraer .206 34 5 7 1 0 1 5 Bill Spiers. .250 28 5 7 0 1 0 2 Surhotf 189 37 5 7 3 0 0 6 Dickie Thon 483 29 2 14 2 1 0 10 Greg Vaughn 282 39 10 11 2 0 3 7 Robin Yount 225 40 3 9 1 0 0 4 Totals .261 387 50 101 13 2 5 47 PTTCHING Pitcher W-L ERA Sv IP ER BB SO Jamie Austin 00 14 73 0 3j 6 6 2 2 Ricky Bones 0-1 10 80 0 8Vj 15 10 5 4 CalEldred 2-1 3 26 0 191 13 7 5 13 Mike Fetters 00 4 50 0 2 2 1 22 Doug Henry CW) 15 00 3 6 10 10 4 2 Graeme Lloyd 00 5 63 0 8 9 5 4 3 Makfonado 1-0 0 00 0 6 3 0 2 5 Manzamllo 1-0 8 31 0 4Vj 6 4 4 3 Jaime Navarro 0-1 5 63 0 16 16 10 7 9 Jesse Orosco 0-1 27 00 0 Vj 3 10 0 BillWegman 1-3 3 90 0 30 33 13 8 17 Totals 5-7 5.63 3 104 116 65 43 60 American League National League 1 1 7 11 Totals .244 463 69 113 31 4 9 65 mes) (Through Friday's Ga PITCHING Batting GAB Avg. W-L ERA Sv IP 25 .424 ER BB SO 3 2 6 59 58 Phllps Det 15 Olerud Tor 15 Snow Cal 14 7 13 4 51 8.0 13V3 2'3 1 14 54 13 Vghn Bsn Hmltn Mil Curtis Cal Owen NY 27V3 20 6 4 8 4 14 0-0 3.38 5 2-0 0 68 0 00 3 86 0 4-0 198 0 0- 1 9 00 0 1- 0 5.68 0 0-1 348 1 0-2 5 79 0 00 6 35 0 16 53 24 20 21 19 18 19 20 19 16 14 15 .414 .392 .389 .365 .360 .358 .351 .339 .333 .333 .333 Pitcher Rick Agutlera Willie Banks Larry Casian Jim Deshates Scott Erickson Mark Guthrie Mike Hartley Pat Mahomes Brett Mernman Kewn Tapani Mike Trombley 13 3 8 3 5 10 6 2 6V3 10V3 14 5 Andrsn Bit 14 57 Jffrsn Cle 14 56 Easley Cal 13 48 Rdrgz Tex 13 42 Plmr Tex 13 45 12 9 6 4 0-2 6 57 0 24 26 18 8 15 1-0 4 50 0 10 12 5 3 8 Totals 8- 4.21 6 126 117 59 51 79 THU FRI WED TUE SAT SUN MON CHICAGO The wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field, and that meant one thing: The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs were in for a game of home run derby.

The Reds won in style when Chris Sabo and Joe Oliver hit grand slams, the first time since 1955 that Cincinnati hit a pair of them in the same game, for a 15-5 victory Saturday. Bip Roberts and Reggie Sanders hit two-run homers, helping Tom Browning (1-2) win his first game since last June 26. Steve Lake homered for Chicago as both teams took advantage of a 26 mph wind blowing toward center field. Sabo drove in a career-high five runs with his homer, two doubles and a single. His first lifetime slam came in the first inning.

Astros 8, Pirates 4 PITTSBURGH Eric Anthony's two-run double highlighted a five-run eighth inning as Houston dropped slumping Pittsburgh under .500 for the first time in more than two years. The Pirates are 8-9, the first time they've had a losing record since they were 3-4 on April 15, 1991. Their streak of 375 regular-season days had been the longest active stretch in the major leagues. The Astros are in first place in the NL West and have won eight of their last 11 games. They're 8-3 on the road, part of a 25-12 streak that goes back to last season.

Braves 1 1 Cardinals 0 ST. LOUIS Pete Smith pitched six-hit ball for eight innings as Atlanta routed St. Louis. Jeff Blauser extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games with a double, and Otis Nixon had two hits and scored twice and David Justice also drove in two runs. Ron Gant had three hits, including a run-scoring double.

Smith (2-1) walked four and struck out five before Marvin Freeman relieved. Five of the Braves' 11 victories this season have been shutouts. Each member of the Braves' starting lineup had a hit, as Atlanta recorded a season-high 17 hits. Phillies 7, Dodgers 3 PHILADELPHIA Danny Jackson pitched seven strong innings for his first victory with Philadelphia, as the Phillies tops in the major leagues with a 12-4 record handed Los Angeles its fifth straight defeat. Jackson (1-0) allowed eight hits, three runs, two earned, struck out four and walked two.

With two runners on base, Mitch Williams got the last out for his sixth save. Pete Incaviglia hit a homer and drove in two runs for the Phillies, who have won eight of nine at home. Padres 5, Mets 3 NEW YORK Phil Plantier and Derek Bell each hit two-run homers, sending San Diego past New York. Gary Sheffield led off the second inning with the first of his two singles and Plantier followed with his third homer of the season. Bell hit his fourth homer with one out in the ninth against Jeff Innis.

Expos 6, Giants 1 MONTREAL Ken Hill pitched a four-hitter and doubled home a run as Montreal won its sixth straight. Utilityman John Vander Wal drove in three runs with two singles and Larry Walker hit a solo homer for the Expos. Montreal had 12 hits Hill (3-0) struck out four and walked three. He pitched hitless ball until Willie McGee singled with one out in the sixth inning and shut out the Giants until Royce Clayton's RBI single in the seventh. Marlins 2, Rockies 1 DENVER Luis Aquino and two relievers combined to scatter 10 hits, pacing Florida past Colorado.

Aquino (1-1), acquired from Kansas City on March 27, repeatedly wriggled out of jams. In the seventh inning, the Rockies loaded the bases on a single, error and a walk, but Aquino induced Alex Cole to fly out for the third out. Through Friday's Games) Batting AB Avg. Bonds SF 16 52 17 21 .404 Gtrrga Cot 15 61 7 24 .393 Mllgn Ctn 16 51 8 19 .373 Blsr Atl 18 62 6 23 .371 Lnsng Mon 15 65 13 24 .369 Grace Chi 15 57 10 21 .368 AArry NY 15 57 11 21 .368 Kruk Phi 15 58 15 21 .362 Hayes Col 15 54 9 18 .333 AAgdn Fla 15 51 3 17 .333 Runs Bonds, San Francisco, 17; Kruk, Philadelphia, 15; ACole, Colorado, 14; Dykstra, Philadelphia, 14; Lansing, Montreal, 13; EYoung, Colorado, 13; Cordero, Montreal, 13; MaWilliams, San Francisco, 13. RBIs Bonds, San Francisco, 17; Galarraga, Colorado, 16; Lansing, Montreal, 14; Hayes, Colorado, 14; Kruk, Philadelphia, 14; VanSlyke, Pittsburgh, 14; Bonilta, New York, 13; Murray, New York, 13.

Hits Lansing, Montreal, 24; Galarraga, Colorado, 24; Blauser, Atlanta, 23; Grace, Chicago, 21; MaWilliams, San Francisco, 21; Kruk, Philadelphia, 21; Bonds, San Francisco, 21; Murray, New York, 21. Doubles Kruk, Philadelphia, Bonds, San Francisco, Galarraga, Colorado, Lansing, Montreal, Cordero, Montreal, Bagwell, Houston, Caminiti, Houston, 6. Triples Martin, Pittsburgh, DLewis, San Francisco, ACole, Colorado, JaBell, Pittsburgh, OSmith, St. Louis, 37 are tied with 1. Home Runs Kruk, Philadelphia, 11 are tied with 4.

Stolen Bases EYoung, Colorado, ACole, Colorado, Nixon, Atlanta, Gwynn, San Diego, DLewis, San Francisco, Carr, Florida, Dykstra, Philadelphia, Davis, Los Angeles, 6. Pitching (2 Decisions) 11 are tied with 1.000. Strikeouts i jo, Cincinnati, 29; Smoltz, Atlanta, 27; Armstrong, Florida, 27; Drabek, Houston, 27; RMartinez, Los Angeles, 22; Schilling, Philadelphia, 21; SFernandez, New York, 20. Saves Stanton, Atlanta, LeSmith, St. Louis, Beck, San Francisco, Rojas, Montreal, MtWilliams, Philadelphia, Myers, Chicago, Belinda, Pittsburgh, Harvey, Florida, 4.

Brewers A 7:30 A 12:30 A Noon A 7:00 Runs Fryman, Detroit, 18; Curtis, California, 15; Snow, California, 14; Belle, Cleveland, 14; Carter, Toronto, 14; Fletcher, Boston, 14; Hrbek, Minnesota, 14. RBIs Snow, California, 17; Belle, Cleveland, 17; Carter, Toronto, 17; Fryman, Detroit, 16; Greenwell, Boston, 16; Winfield, Minnesota, 16; Fielder, Detroit, 15. Hits Phillips, Detroit, 25; Olerud, Toronto, 24; MVaughn, Boston, 21; Baer-ga, Cleveland, 21; 8 are tied with 20. Doubles MVaughn, Boston, Anderson, Baltimore, BWilliams, New York, Sierra, Oakland, Joyn-er, Kansas City, Greenwell, Boston, 5 are tied with 5. Triples Greenwell, Boston, Lofton, Cleveland, Burks, Chicago, Polonia, California, Cora, Chicago, Pagliarulo, Minnesota, Fletcher, Boston, 2.

Home Runs Snow, California, Palmer, Texas, Belle, Cleveland, Griffeyjr, Seattle, Gonzalez, Texas, Deer, Detroit, Carter, Toronto, 5. Stolen Bases Ccurtis, California, 12; Loffon, Cleveland, RHenderson, Oakland, Hamilton, Milwaukee. RAIomar, Toronto, LJohnson, Chicago. Molitor, Toronto, 5. Pitching (2 Decisions) 12 are tied with 1.000.

Strikeouts RJohnson, Seattle, 37; Bosio, Seattle, 25; Eldred, Milwaukee, 23; Langston, California, 23; Finley, California, 22; Clemens, Boston, 20; Cone, Kansas City, 19. Saves DWard, Toronto, Aguilera, Minnesota, Olson, Baltimore, Montgomery, Kansas City, Henneman, Detroit, Henke, Texas, Henry, Milwaukee, Hernandez, Chicago, Liiliquist, Cleveland, Russell, Boston, 3. Twins 1:00 A 6:00 A 6:30 A 6:30 A Noon A 6:05 A 1:00 II AT IT AGAIN: Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens has gotten off to a 3-0 in six of the last eight seasons 1986, '88, '89, '90, '91 and now in '93. BIG HITS: Detroit's Rob Deer once again had his first multi-homer game before his first multi-single game. TRULY AMAZING: Is Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dave Otto the human palindrome or what? First off, he's the seventh player in history whose name is a palindrome.

And his latest start against the Los Angeles Dodgers last weekend was also a palindrome: single, single, homer, single, single. BATTERED AROUND: The fabled first all-Australian battery of Graeme Lloyd and Dave Nilsson isn't quite doing for Australia what Crocodile Dundee did. The first time they hooked up on April 14, the first two hitters went bases-loaded double, three-run homer. Then they tried again Wednesday, and Kent Hrbek greeted Lloyd with a grand slam. HISTORY: In the 1901 American League opener at Bennett Park in Detroit, the Tigers trailed the Milwaukee Brewers, 134, going into the last half of the ninth.

The Tigers scored 10 runs to win, 14-13..

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