The Berkshire Eagle from Pittsfield, Massachusetts on July 17, 1990 · 23
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The fe Eagle Classified D2 Scoreboard D2 Sports D Tuesday, July47, 1990 Baseball phenoms sign pacts OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Todd Van Poppel, who had said he would rather pitch in college than sign a professional contract, completed a change of heart yesterday by signing a three-year, $1.2 million major-league contract with the Oakland Athletics. Van Poppel, 18, agreed to a package that included a $600,000 signing bonus. Although he was regarded as the top prospect of the June draft, 13 other teams passed on the high school senior from Arlington, Texas, because he had openly expressed a desire to play baseball for the University of Texas. The A's drafted him anyway with the No. 14 pick and then persuaded him to bypass college and sign. Van Poppel is guaranteed a three-year major-league contract, the longest ever for a draft pick. He will report to the A's Class A Medford, Ore., team tomorrow. Jays sign pick TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays persuaded pitcher Steve Karsay, the team's first pick in the June free-agent draft, to forgo college and pursue professional baseball. Karsay signed a one-year deal and said he got a big signing bonus. "It was a substantial amount of money," he said, refusing to get into specifics. "It was higher than the first pick in the nation." That was shortstop Chipper Jones, chosen by the Atlanta Braves. Jones was reported to have been offered between $250,000 and $300,000. Karsay was assigned to St. Catharines of the Class A New York-Penn League. He's expected to make his first start next week. The right-hander was 14-1 with Christ The King H.S. in Middle Village, N.Y., striking out 116 in 74 innings and posting a 1.31 earned-run average. mm mWlWM'M'ml wHm j Sox fall again, Twins win 3-2 Mark Mrtchell Berkshire Eagle Staff Can't get two Williamstown shortstop Jesse Landry (left) looks to first after Pittsfield South baserunner Dave Farrell is called out at second during the second inning of Pittsfield South's 8-1 victory yesterday. Landry was unable to complete the double play. Making the out call is umpire Bob Powell. Story, Page D6. By Ed Golden Associated Press BOSTON - Paul Sorrento tripled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 last night. With the Twins trailing 2-1, Kent Hrbek led off the ninth with a double off reliever Jeff Gray (1-3). Greg Gagne was sent in to pinch-run and scored the tying run on Brian Harper's single. Harper scored when Sorrento's long fly ball sent center fielder Kevin Romine crashing into the left-centerfield wall. The ball eventually was fielded by left fielder Mike Greenwell, who threw to second baseman Jody Reed. Reed's peg home beat Sorrento, who was hying for an inside-the-park homer. Romine was helped from the field and replaced by Randy Kutcher. Juan Berenguer (7-2), who relieved starter Mark Guthrie with two outs in the seventh, got the win. Rick Aguilera worked the ninth for his 22nd save. Boston starter Wes Gardner pitched seven strong innings, giving up five hits and striking out six. Wade Boggs had three hits for Boston, giving him 101 this season. He is trying to reach the 200-hit mark for the eighth consecutive season. The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second when Ellis Burks led off with a double, moved to third on Mike Greenwell's single off Hrbek's glove, and scored as Tony Pena hit into a double play. The Twins tied it in the third when Fred Manrique bunted for a single, moved to third on Al Newman's single and scored as choice. The Red Sox moved ahead 2-1 in the sixth. Carlos Quintana led off with a single, went to second on Burks' infield grounder and scored when second baseman Manrique misplayed Greenwell's grounder. Yankees end 5 -game losing streak, beat Royals NEW YORK (AP) - Jeff Robinson allowed two runs over six-plus innings in his first start of the season as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 last night, snapping a five-game losing streak. Both teams are in last place, but the Royals have won seven of 10 games against the Yankees this season. Robinson (2-5) has made 32 relief appearances this season, and his last start was for Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, 1989. He allowed Kansas City four hits and walked two. Dave Righetti pitched the ninth for his 18th save. Steve Balboni and Bob Geren hit solo home runs in the fourth inning off former Yankee Pete Filson (0-1) to give the Yankees a American League 3-0 lead. Balboni led off the inning with a 428-foot drive to left field, his ninth homer of the season. Orioles 7, Rangers 6 BALTIMORE (AP) - Brad Arnsberg walked Mickey Tett-leton with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to force in the winning run and Cal Ripken set another major league fielding record as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 7-6. The Orioles entered the ninth trailing 6-5 after Texas battled back from a 5-2 deficit and took the lead on Pete Incaviglia's run-scoring double in the eighth. Mike Devereaux started the winning rally with a leadoff single against Kenny Rogers (3-5). After Brad Komminsk singled, Arnsberg relieved and gave up a run-scoring single to Phil Bradley. Bradley took second on the throw home and Arnsberg intentionally walked Randy Milligan to load the bases. Tettleton then walked on a full-count pitch. Gregg Olson (5-3) pitched the ninth inning for the win. Ripken handled his 385th straight chance without an error at shortstop, breaking the mark set by John Kerr with the 1946-47 New York Giants. Rafael Palmeiro had three hits for the Rangers, including a two-run homer. Steinbrenner sends evidence NEW YORK (AP) - George Steinbrenner sent the bulk of his evidence to Fay Vincent's lawyers yesterday, starting the timetable for the commissioner's decision in the four-month investigation of the owner of the New York Yankees. Vincent is probing the relationship between Steinbrenner, former Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield and Howard Spira, a 31-year-old New Yorker who received $40,000 in checks from Steinbrenner. The Yankees owner testified before Vincent for nine hours on July 5-6 about his relationship with Winfield and Spira. Vincent, who is vacationing on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, said yesterday that he had not yet seen the evidence Steinbrenner submitted. Steinbrenner's lawyers made the submission in New York to Harold R. Tyler Jr., a retired federal judge who is a special counsel for baseball. Bush attends game BALTIMORE (AP) - President Bush and his family flew here by helicopter last night to watch the Texas Rangers, partly owned by the president's son George, take on the Baltimore Orioles. Making the trip with the president were his wife, Barbara, sons George W. and Marvin, and daughter, Dorothy LeBlond, as well as several spouses and grandchildren. IV s midsummer, time for the Pats By Howard Ulman Associated Press SMITHFIELD, R.I. It's time for that midsummer sports ritual. No, not a- baseball pennant race, although the Boston Red Sox are involved in one. It's time for the New England Patriots, heavy uniforms and all, to get ready for the football season. They begin their training camp today with some formidable challenges. They must improve on last season's 5-11 record, their worst since 1981. They must do it without several veteran starters who were cut, signed with other NFL teams or retired. And they must do it even though some of their most important draft choices may not be signed in time for the first practice Thursday afternoon. Although no signings of draft picks have been announced, many of this year's group of 12 reportedly have agreed to terms and should sign after they arrive in camp. The likeliest holdouts would be first-round picks Chris Singleton, a linebacker, and Ray Agnew, a defensive lineman, and third-round choice Greg McMurtry, a wide receiver. The signings of first-rounders often are delayed until teams see how much players drafted a few picks before or after them get from other teams. McMurtry's situation is different He played baseball and football at Michigan and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. He wants to try both sports, but the Patriots want him to stick to football. Running backs Bob Perryman and Marvin Allen are the only unsigned veterans. It will be the Patriots' first training camp under head coach Rod Rust. Rust, their defensive coordinator from 1983 through 1987, became head coach on Feb. 27 after 14 seasons as an NFL assistant coach with four teams. He succeeded Raymond Berry, who was fired after last season. Joe Mendes, the director of player operations who ran the Patriots' draft for the first time this year, said the team is several drafts away from becoming a contender. He has stockpiled choices over the next few years, hoping to speed that process. Younger players must come through now that several of the Patriots' top players from the past decade are gone. Cornerback Raymond Clayborn, the top interceptor in club history, and linebacker Lawrence McGrew, a starter the past eight seasons, signed as free agents with Cleveland. Stanley Morgan, the Patriots' leading career receiver, wasn't re-signed. Ron Wooten, a starting guard for seven seasons before a neck injury sidelined him all last season, retired. Defensive end Kenneth Sims, the top pick in the 1982 NFL draft, was released after being out of shape and being arrested on a drug charge in Texas. Mike Baab, last year's starting center, signed with Cleveland. Two veterans who did stay - Steve Grogan and Marc Wilson - are expected to see most of the work at quarterback. The Patriots hope rookie quarterback Tom Hodson, a third-round pick from Louisiana State, can be brought along slowly as their quarterback of the future. The entire 80-man squad is due to report today. Physical examinations and conditioning tests are scheduled for tomorrow. Practices begin Thursday. Rust plans just one practice daily, from about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Under Berry, who ran one of the easier training camps in the NFL, the Patriots practiced twice a day. Associated Press A hot ride American cyclist Greg LeMond (center) unzips his jersey during the 15th stage of the Tour de France. LeMond is third, two minutes, 24 seconds behind Italy's Claudio Chiappucci. Celtics win appeal in Shaw dispute BOSTON (AP) - A U.S. appeals court ruled in favor of the Boston Celtics in the team's contract dispute with guard Brian Shaw yesterday. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston affirmed a lower court decision that Shaw must terminate his contract with II Mess-aggero, an Italian team. The agent for Shaw, who signed a five-year, $6.2 million contract with the Celtics on Jan. 26, sent the Celtics a letter on June 6 saying Shaw intended to honor the second year of his less-lucrative contract with II Mess-aggero. U.S. District Judge A David Mazzone ruled June 27 that Shaw must honor his Celtics contract and terminate the two-year, $1.7 million deal he signed with II Messaggero last August. A federal appeals court heard arguments in the case last Wednesday, and agreed with Mazzone's decision in a ruling issued yesterday. "We have examined the arbitration award, the district court's determination, the briefs and the record. We conclude that the district court's decision is lawful, and we affirm it," the appeals court ruled. Shaw's attorney in Boston, Laura Carroll, said she had not spoken with Shaw by last night. "Obviously, we have to talk to our client to s.ee what he wants to do next," Carroll said. Shaw had refused to comply with Mazzone's order. He also had not complied with a clause in his Italian contract requiring him to inform the team of his intention to return to Rome for a second season, which expires on July 20. In his ruling, Mazzone enjoined Shaw from playing with any other team but the Boston Celtics from 1990 to 1994. Mazzone rejected nearly all of the arguments presented by Shaw's attorney, Martin Silfen, including that independent NBA arbitrator Daniel G. Collins was not empowered to uphold the Celtics' contract; that the ruling should not be expedited as requested by the Celtics, who wanted a decision before the draft; and that Shaw's absence from the NBA arbitration hearing denied him due process. The next step may be another appearance before Mazzone, over a motion filed by the Celtics yesterday asking the court to appoint somebody to stand in for Shaw and cancel his contract with the Italian team, Carroll said. Jamestown drubs Pittsfield JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - The Jamestown Expos snapped a seven-game losing streak Sunday against the Pittsfield Mets with a convincing 12-3 victory. Last night, the Expos fattened up again on Pittsfield pitching with a 9-3 win at College Stadium. N.Y.-Penn League Jamestown starter Chris Haney pitched 5V3 innings to gain his third victory of the year without a defeat. The Expos' second-round draft pick had entered the game with an ERA of 0.46. while giving up just one run over 26 innings. And while the Mets were able to knock out Haney in the sixth, Expos' reliever Ralph Diaz proved equally as formidable hurling the final 3 innings to claim the save. Pittsfield will play the third game of its extended 10-game road trip tonight at 7 against the Erie Sailors. The Pittsfield pitching staff was generous with 10 allowed walks and the defense committed three errors behind the moundsmen. This was more than enough to help Jamestown snap a 1-1 tie in the fifth when they plated four runs and iced the game in the eighth inning with another four runs. A quick lead Pittsfield took a quick 1-0 lead in the third inning on Tom Allison's first home run of the season. But Jamestown came back to tie the game 1-1 in its half of the third when Met catcher Todd Kinyoun committed a passed ball with the bases loaded and two out Jamestown broke open the game in the fifth when they knocked out Pittsfield starter Juan Castillo (1-5). Dan Hargas' two-run double and Mike Fried-land's sacrifice fly were the big hits in the inning. Pittsfield came back to cut the lead to 5-2 with a solo score in the sixth inning. Nicky Davis was hit by a Haney pitch and Robbie Guzik delivered Davis with a long triple to right-center. The Expos went to Diaz after the Guzik triple.

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