The Independent-Record from Helena, Montana on July 6, 1990 · 9
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The Independent-Record from Helena, Montana · 9

Helena, Montana
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Friday, July 6, 1990
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1 The Independent Record, Helena, Mont,, Friday, July 6, 199Q , SCOREBOARD MARKETS c VofiKagm NEW YORK (AP) George Steinbrenner spent seven hours in the dock of baseball Thursday to defend his dealings with Dave Winfield, even as the end of their stormy, 9Vi-year relationship cost the New York Yankees owner $225,000. Commissioner Fay Vincent, who has authority to take any action-up to a lifetime ban, is investigating charges that Steinbrenner paid a New York City gambler $40,000 for allegedly damaging information about the outfielder and his charitable foundation. - Nothing was determined and Steinbrenner will continue his testimony today. But earlier in the day, Vincent fined Steinbrenner and the Yankees $25,000 for tampering with Winfields May 11 trade to California and ordered the Yankees to pay the Angels $200,000. If was the fifth time the commissioners office fined Steinbrenner since he bought the Yankees in 1973. After the trade, Winfield filed a grievance citing a no-trade clause. The outfielder, negotiating a contract extension with California, then met with Stein-brcnncr. Mr teinbrenners statement that Mr. Winfield HfDlks Commissioner, owner meet again today would be welcomed back to the Yankees if he won the arbitration and should play on a full-time basis was clearly improper, Vincent said. Steinbrenner sneaked out of the Rockefeller Center building where Thursdays hearing was held and could not be contacted. The Yankees said they did not have any comment about the fines. As the hearing took place in midtown Manhattan, the gambler at the center of the charges was arraigned downtown in U.S. District Court and pleaded innocent-to an eight-count indictment that charges him with attempting to extort $150,000 from Steinbrenner. The gambler, Howard Spira, must return to court on July 23 for a conference to decide whether U.S. District Judge John E. Sprizzo should excuse himself because of casual friendships with Steinbrenner and Stephen B. Kaufman, one of Steinbrenners lawyers. After his arraignment, Spira appeared at the midtown site of the hearing before Vincent. Its just a coincidence, the 31-year-old Spira said. I had an appointment in the building. The hearing took place in the office of Howard R. Tyler Jr., a former prosecutor and deputy attorney general who was retained as the commissioners counsel. Vincent spoke briefly afterwards, surrounded by reporters, office workers and curious bystanders. We conducted the hearing as we anticipated, Vincent said. Weve adjourned until tomorrow morning. Im not really going to tell you anything substantive. During the spring, investigator John M. Dowd' compiled a report about the charges. Steinbrenner has not seen the report, but his lawyers were present for the questioning of witnesses.-The hearing before Vincent was Steinbrenners opportunity to respond. . . Steinbrenner was the only witness Thursday ana Vinceht said he would decide after todays session how the hearing should precede. Steinbrenner has the opportunity to call other witnesses, but it is not clear if he will. The commissioner said the length of the hearing wasnt unusual. , I guess I was long-winded, he joked. There are matters that required some elaboration. We tried to be as efficient as we could. Steinbrenner has been fined and suspended several times in the past. He was suspended from Nov. 27, 1974, to March 1, 1976, by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions to President Nixon s re-election campaign. He was suspended for a week in 1983 by American League president Lee Mac-Phail for questioning the integrity of umpires. He was fined $5,000 by Kuhn in 1979 and in 1983, $50,000 by Kuhn in 1983 and another $250,000 by Kuhn after the 1983 season for a variety of offenses. East Helena Rodeo at 7 tonight The East Helena Rodeo opens a three-day run at the East Helena rodeo grounds with a performance at 7 tonight. . A record list of 358 contestants many of them signed up in at least two events will compete for nearly $20,000 in prize money during three performances. There will also be shows at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, plus a total of 114 runs in timed event slack starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Despite the long list of cowboys and cowgirls from throughout Montana, and a few from Wyoming and Australia, tonight s opening performance will have a strong local flavor. Five of the six bareback bronc riders due out tonight are from either Helena or Boulder. And six of the seven steer wrestlers on the program are from the Helena area. There wUl also be four local contestants in the womens barrel race, five local cowboys in the bull riding and a couple of local breakaway ropers. Bareback riding - Dennl. Wortm.n, Jim' B?!ghtf Bw ' Wrzeslnskl, Al Brewer, Keith Blewett and La,stw wriitling - Bob Ruckman. E J Redding. Jesse Peterson. Jim Busbnell. Don Novak. Dave W0l&iddn.8bdr.GnVyrldiPn?- Shuler, Peter Simmond PtBIMp Whiteman. Dave Cl.I.nd, Bruce CwneWaf s'uck";0Chrls Lynch. Mark Strobbe. Tim Cohn. Jim Howell. Gary Sutton and Tye Faw v rfi.r Tr.t, T.viorj Diana Smith, Zana Lytle, Joanna Gr0JV?& Aspen Ruhkala - Alan Houoen Rodney Newman Bill Kennedy Ryan Team ropma - Steve Garcia Kun McNatwnT, Aian nougen HoweM Guy Howell, Brook Mari - Minda KmwCr Wendy Stockton, Mandy Kelly, Learn Howell , and i D We Schaffer TTccJay in Brewer baseball D The Helena Brewers and Gate City Pioneers will meet at 7 tonight at Kindrick Legion Field to conclude a four-game series. East Helena Rodeo The opening performance of the East Helena Rodeo will begin at 7 tonight at the East Helena rodeo grounds. Da J Coleman gone for 7 games D Vince Coleman of the St. Louis Cardinals was suspended for seven games Thursday, a day after he bumped umpire Ed Montague drnng an argument Colemans suspension is effective today. National Sue president BUI White also fined Coleman an closed amount. White ruled that Coleman hit Montague m the n we with his batting helmet and opened a cut. Coleman continued to use profanity toward him and delayed Wednesday silSan,d Francisco, White said. The dispute gan after Montegue called out Coleman on a steal attempt in the sixth inning. Coleman was ejected. Players, manager suspended Eight mu- waukee and Seattle players, four from each team, and Brewers manager Tom Trebelhorn were suspended by American League Sent Bobby Brown Thursday for their roles in a 28-mmute Erawl last Saturday. Trebelhorn and MUwaukee pitcher Bob Sebra, who was sent to the minors Wednday, each receiml five-game suspensions, effective today. Gary Sheffield, Mike Felder and B.J? Surhoff of the Brewers were susfnded for to-ee vames each with Sheffields to begin Thursday and the Others July 11. The Mariners Tracy Jones, Gene Harris, Randy John-q a toff Qhflpfpr all received threeame suspensions, SSfto M andHanS Sffie Thurs J.y, while Johnson and Shaefer wUl begin theirs July 11. renrs- HWfc Dewey takes out the second baseman and breaks up the double play. Helena Brewer pitcher Jason Zimbauer follows through after firing test at Kindrick Legion Field. (Staff photo by George Lane) a pitch past a Gate City batter in Thursdays Pioneer League con- IFtouueeirs irDD postt Hire weirs, 5-2 By TOM STUBER IR Sports Writer The Helena Brewers became tangled in a buzz saw of Gate City Pioneer pitching and could not escape its sharp teeth as they were cut and gnarled down to a 5-2 defeat in Pioneer League action Thursday night at Kindrick Legion Field. Gate City starting pitcher Chris Emerick and Helena starter Jason Zimbauer got locked into a tough pitching duel in the early going as Emerick allowed only one baserunner through the first 4 13 innings, that being a solo home run by little Larue Baber, his first of the season giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Emerick pitched six full 1 innings giving up only two hits while striking out 10 Helena batsmen Zimbauer was also hot from the very start, striking out seven of the first 10 batters he faced. Zimbauer stated that, they (Gate City) began sitting on my fastball in the middle innings and I began trying to overthrow to compensate for my lost speed. I started getting behind in the count. And get behind he did. Zimbauer walked Tony Marabella with one out in top of the sixth and after Gus Santiago popped out to the catcher. Gary Adams then launched his second homer in two nights ancj fourth of the season over the centerfield wall to-put the Pioneers ahead 2-1. Zimbauer was also touched in the seventh giving up lead off singles to Hector Ortega and Buck Atwater before Helena skipper Gary Calhoun brought in relief pitcher Tim Wilson. Akihiko Chiyomaru laid down a i perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Ortega and-Atwater and the Pio-" neers brought on Itsuki Asai to hit for Jim Heilgeist. The move worked to perfection as Asai lifted a base hit just over the outstretched glove of Brewer third baseman Gordon Powell, driving in both baserunners and lifting the Pioneers to a 4-1 lead. The bottom of the seventh saw Helena squander an excellent opportunity to get back into the game. Vince Castaldo and Tim Carter 16d off with singles and Mike Couture drew a base on balls to load the bases with no outs. Tony Coble followed with a lazy fly ball to first baseman Chiyomaru, after which Powell then drove in one run with a fielders choice ground out to second, making the score 4-2. The Pioneers then brought in Trey Wilbern who walked pinch-hitter Randy Hood to load the sacks once again only to see Mike Norris ground out to leave the Brewers frustrated and reeling. 1 The Brewers got it going again in their half of the eighth when Mike Carter reached second on a dropped ball by Gate City center-fielder Hector Ortega. After Baber struck out and Carter was called out at third trying to advance on a Castaldo roller back to the pitcher, Tim Carter singled and Couture was hit on the arm, advancing only after manager Calhoun and Couture hotly contested the original call by the home plate umpire. After things settled down Coble was just nipped out at first on a nice throw by Gate City third baseman Marabella to end the inning. . The Pioneers added an insur ance run in the top of ninth on a Chiyomaru sacrifice fly which drove home Ortega who was moved over to third on a single by Atwater and a Juan Flores passed ball. The Brewers are now five games behind the Great Falls Dodgers and tied for second place in the Northern Division standings with the Billings Mustangs. Helena and Gate City will meet for the fourth straight time tonight at 7 with the Brewers bringing in an 8-7 record and the Pioneers standing at 3-12. OATE CITY Saton u Marabella 9b Santiago dh Adams It Nocac Ortega cf Atwater 2b Chiyomaru lb Heilgeist rf Asai rf ab r hbl 5 0 0 0 1110 3 0 0 0 4 112 4 0 10 3 2 10 3 12 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 10 12 HELENA Carter ss Baber cf Castaldo 2b Carter 1b Couture rf Coble dh Powell 3b Rambadt c Flores C Hood ph ab r hbl 5 0 0 0 4 111 4 110 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 10 4 0 11 2 0 0 0 loor ,.J0 0 0 0 0 Norris If 4 0 0 0 Total Mil Total 1 11 Gate Citv 002 201 I Klii!:. 000 100 100 - 2 E Ortega DPHelena 2 LOB-Cate City 5 Helena! 2B-Noce, Coble HRs Adams (4), Baber O) SF.y R (ft IB SO Gate City Emerick, W, 1-1 Maema Wilbern Espinoza, S ... ...m... M Helena . . . Zimbauer, L 1 2 , f J J J Wtloo - J J i 1 Souza ... ... .... 2 11022 HBP- Coufuro br Wilbont- WP-WIIon. PB Floret T-2 34 A 1,053. acker seeks revenue, Lendl I respect . . l . ... .! . t - I l.n J v. ion !n iLo uinplil WIMBLEDON, England (AP) round of the French Gpen last Revenge and respect will be on month. the line today in the mens semi- Respect for Ivan Lendl, who finals at Wimbledon. must get past Stefan Edberg to Revenge for . Boris Becker have a chance at winning the one against Goran Ivanisevic, the big-serving Yugoslav teen-ager who knocked him out in the first major title that has eluded him. Lendl, Becker and Edberg the top three seeds are right where they are supposed to be. But the 18-year-old Ivanisevic is the first unseeded player to reach the Wimbledon semis since his countryman, Slobodan Zivoji-novic, in 1986. In Wednesdays quarterfinals, the 6-foot-4 left-hander gave new meaning to the expression Yugoslav ace as he bombarded Kevin Curren with 25 aces en route to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 victory. That was six more aces than his total against Becker on clay at the French. Ivanisevic concedes that Becker, who has a booming first serve of his own, will be more at home on the Wimbledon grass where won for the third time last not discounting his own chances. ranked No. 120 in the world. It will be harder to beat him ,nic . iqjj career rein a semifinal at Wimbledon, J hrol ' i a Ivanisevic said. But the pres- our get victory in Wimbledon nripfcnHmTthTtiUe WeU see semifinals three years ago. They-one defending Uie title, we 11 see ,ocf in fmals of the Aus- what happens. The West German, who overpowered Brad Gilbert 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in the quarters, has been getting stronger with every match. He held serve at love three straight times at one stretch against Gilbert. I think Im playing better than I was last year here, Becker said. Since my opponents were much tougher this year, I really had to play good tennis to get through. That hasn't been the case for Lendl, who reached the semifinals without playing a seeded player. Still, other than an easy second-round victory over Jakob Hlasek, he has struggled in every match. In the quarters, he escaped with an uninspired 6-4, 6-4, last met in the finals of the Australian Open in January. Boris Becker Ivan Lendl

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