The Berkshire Eagle from Pittsfield, Massachusetts on June 29, 1990 · 27
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The Berkshire Eagle from Pittsfield, Massachusetts · 27

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Friday, June 29, 1990
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The Bgfe Eagle Scoreboard D2 m Mm Jr mt. D Classified D3 L J I W Wjk LJ Comics D9 A Friday, June 29, 1990 Associated Press New No. 7 for the Boston Celtics is guard Dee Brown, who holds up his new uniform during news conference yesterday at Boston Garden. Celtics hope for great 'Dee-fense' from draft pick By Howard Ulman Associated Press BOSTON In college, Dee Brown's nickname was "Dee-lightful" for his cheery personality. In the pros, the Boston Celtics hope the chant will be "Dee-fense" whenever he takes the court. His optimism and ability to shut down opponents are two reasons the Celtics, who had one of the NBA's poorest defenses, drafted him. Coach Chris Ford thinks the lightning-quick Brown can be a decent scorer and an effective point guard, but he would be happy if all he did at the start was stifle opposing scorers. "If you're asking a young kid to come in and really do what he does best, and that's defense, then that's less pressure on an individual," Ford said yesterday. The 6-foot-l Brown, who played small forward and point guard at Jacksonville, set a Sun Belt Conference record last season with 88 steals in 29 games. "I love to play defense," he said. "I always volunteered to guard the best player on the opposite team." Celts last in forcing turnovers Last season, Boston played 82 games, and the only Celtic with more than 88 steals was Larry Bird. Boston also was last in the NBA in forcing turnovers. "Our defense has been horrendous, and this is a guy who can create maybe some havoc out there," Ford said. "If you create the havoc, you can get some easy baskets." He said the veteran Celtics "need a shot in the arm. They need a guy with this kind of enthusiasm, this kind of quickness, this kind of defensive ability to give them that shot, and I think that he will make them better players." Boston was thrilled that Brown was available when its only pick, the 19th, came up Wednesday night. Brown was similarly ecstatic. He thought Houston might take him with the 12th choice. "If they didn't," he said, "I just prayed I could stick around to 19." At his first meeting yesterday with Boston reporters, his enthusiasm for basketball was evident in his smile, continuous chatter and detailed descriptions of his workout routine and studious defensive style. Steals result from "anticipation and knowing the other player's game," Brown said. "You try to force them to their weakness. "If I didn't play basketball, I'd still love the game. It's exciting." Sox complete sweep of Jays Clemens wins 12th as Boston earns 7th win in a row By Dave O'Hara Associated Press BOSTON - Boston's Roger Clemens posted his 12th victory despite a pair of homers by Toronto's Fred McGriff and the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Blue Jays 4-3 last night. Clemens (12-3) gave up eight hits but struck out nine and walked just one as the Red Sox improved their lead over Toronto in the American League East to 3 games. Clemens tied Oakland's Bob Welch for the most victories in the majors. Jeff Reardon pitched a hitless ninth for his 13th save. The Red Sox broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fifth inning off Todd Stottlemyre (8-7) and equaled their season high with a seventh consecutive victory. It was the Red Sox's first sweep over Toronto in Fenway Park since 1985. The Blue Jays began the series with a 15-game winning streak in Boston, beginning in 1987. McGriff, who had four singles on Wednesday night, extended his streak to seven straight hits with his 14th and 15th homers and a single. In his final time at bat in the eighth, McGriff grounded out to first, ending a bid to tie the Toronto club record of eight consecutive hits by Ranee Mulliniks in 1984. Wade Boggs gave Clemens a quick 1-0 lead by leading off the bottom of the first with his fifth home run. McGriff tied the score in the second with his 14th homer into the bleachers beyond the Toronto bullpen in right field. In the Boston fifth, Ellis Burks doubled and scored the tie-breaking run on Tony Pena's double. Pena went to third on a single by Luis Rivera, who took second on the throw to the plate. Boggs was walked intentionally, filling the bases, and Jody Reed popped out, but Mike Greenwell singled to score Pena and Rivera. I i I MM Ik Jl f Associated Press Red Sox shortstop Luis Rivera takes the throw that beats Blue Jays' Junior Felix to second base, forcing him out during third inning of last night's game at Fenway Park. ..&lmmmW:: Vasquez hurls Mets to 2-0 win Pitts field ace fans 11 in second complete-game victory Ed Vasquez Pitches shutout for Mets UTICA, N.Y. - Ed. Vasquez has, staked his claim as the ace of the Pittsfield Mets' staff. Vasquez tossed a two-hitter, striking out 11 as the Mets disappointed an overflow crowd of 6,439 at Donovan Stadium last night with a 2-0 win over the Utica Blue Sox. In winning, the Mets claimed the rubber game of the three-game series. The Utica facility was dedicated last night in honor of New York state Sen. James Donovan, who helped get state funds for renovations. The Mets return to Wahconah Park tonight to open a six-game home stand. Pittsfield will host the Auburn Astros at 7 in the first of three games. The Elmira Pioneers, a Boston Red Sox farm team, will be at Wahconah Park Monday through Wednesday. In pitching his second consecutive complete-game victory, Vasquez (2-0) had a no-hitter for 5V3 innings. He lost it when Adam Sanders hit a hard grounder deep to Joe Arredondo at third. Ar-redondo's throw eluded first baseman Nicky Davis, and the official scorer awarded a single to Sanders, who moved to second on the error. Sanders moved to third on the second out. Vasquez then walked Dan Monzone, but struck out Dean Teterian to end the threat. The Mets starter allowed only one baserunner in the first five innings, retiring 12 consecutive batters early in the game and seven straight to end it. The Pittsfield righthander walked only two. Vasquez, a 6-foot-l hard thrower from the Bronx, has allowed no earned runs in his two starts and has given up only seven hits in those two games. The Mets got the only run they'd need in the fourth inning, cashing in with the bases loaded. With one out, Jason King worked a walk out of losing pitcher Rodney Bolton (1-1) and Jeromy Burnitz followed with a single to left. After Nicky Davis moved the runners up with a ground out to METS, continued on D10 Yanks win, but not tough-luck Leary NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Leary 's luck has been so bad this year, he no longer expects to win. He's just happy not to lose. Leary, despite allowing only four hits and one run in seven innings yesterday, ended up with a no-decision in the New York Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Bob Geren won it with a two-out single in the ninth. "I'm just happy we won the American League game," said Leary, who still has a 3-10 record and six-game losing streak. "Wins are overrated. It's nice to get a win, but it's just one stat. I did my job." Leary, supported by two runs or less in nine of his 15 starts this season, left the game with a 2-1 lead. He did lower his earned run average to 3.38. Lee Guetterman pitched a scoreless eighth and Dave Righ-etti took over to start the ninth. Gary Sheffield led off with his second home run of the season, making it 2-all, and Righetti (1-0) wound up with the victory. Steve Balboni batted for Matt Nokes to open the Yankees' ninth and reliever Bob Sebra (1-2) replaced Dan Plesac. Balboni singled and pinch runner Deion Sanders advanced on Jesse Bar-field's sacrifice. Sanders moved to third on a groundout and scored when Geren sliced a drive into the right-field corner for his first hit in five at-bats. "It was no big deal," Geren said. "It's just that the timing is right. It was a fastball down and away, and I hit that pitch pretty YANKEES, continued on D10 Lendl shows some 4zaz' By Steve Wilstein Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Ivan Lendl, a stickler for precision in tennis and language, insists the proper word for his great passion to win Wimbledon is not "obsession," as many have claimed, but rather, "zazrany." Never heard of zazrany (pronounced, "za-zhra'-nee")? According to a Czechoslovakian dictionary, the word is based on the verb "zrat," which means to gulp, devour or eat noisily like an animal. Metaphorically, zazrany means an ingrained yearning or, in Lendl's definition, a stubborn desire. OK. So Lendl played like an animal yesterday in devouring his second-round opponent, Czechoslovakian-born Jakob Hlasek, and is not obsessed, in a psychologically compulsive sense, with capturing the only Grand Slam title to escape his clutches. Lendl chewed up Hlasek, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0, in 78 minutes of near-perfect tennis, opening with an ace and closing with another ace and two service winners. In between, Lendl attacked the net as never before at Wimbledon, rapping volley winners forehand and backhand, left and right, against a bedazzled Hlasek. "He made me look bad because he played so good," Hlasek, a solid player who beat Lendl at the 1988 Masters and took him to five sets with four tie-breakers at the '89 WCT finals, said. "He ias really improyed on Wimbledon Tennis grass. The whole game the volley, the serve, the confidence. Everything." Lendl, who failed to win Wimbledon in 10 previous attempts, has repeatedly said that capturing the title is his final mission in tennis. But he rebuffed a suggestion that he is the sentimental favorite this year. "It's nice to be the favorite, but it's for the wrong reason," he said. "I would rather be the villain with five titles under my belt." So involved was Lendl in his one-sided match that he was oblivious to the commotion away from Centre Court. Officials suspended play on three courts while the police bomb-squad investigated a leather case found near the main gate. It turned out the case contained only a camera, but worried officials weren't taking chances after a bomb exploded in a London club on Wimbledon's opening day. Navratilova breezes Martina Navratilova, another former Czechoslovakian, also showed terrific zazrany in beating Anne Smith 6-2, 6-3 in a second-rounder to pursue her quest for a record ninth Wimbledon title. Sporting a bandage on her sore left knee but playing aggressively, Navratilova won the WIMBLEDON, continued on D10 Volvo tough to sell in new Conn, home Less than half its tickets have sold Associated Press Second-seeded Martina Navratilova shows some emotion during yesterday's Wimbledon victory over Anne Smith. NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -The director of the Volvo International says that he's finding it harder than he expected to sell tickets and find sponsors for the $1 million tennis tournament, but that he still believes moving the tournament from Vermont to New Haven was a good decision. "A lot of companies are saying, 'Why did you leave Vermont, and why New Haven?' It's a bum rap. I think New Haven has a lot to offer," James Westhall, the tournament director, said Wednesday. Pittsfield, Mass., was once considered as a possible new home for the tournament. Still, Westhall said the tournament, which has been one of the most successful on the circuit, could lose money its first year in New Haven. "I came down here thinking I'd do well. I didn't expect the first year to be this hard," he said. "It's been a rocky road." "If this trips, it will be a long time before this area gets another big-time event," he said. With the tournament only six weeks away, less than half of the tickets have been sold. The event is to be held Aug. 13-19, with qualifying competition on Aug. 11 and 12. The field includes Ivan Lendl, Michael Chang, Mats Wilander, Brad Gilbert, Tim Mayotte and Jimmy Connors. The past three years, when Westhall ran his tournament at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, the 11,000 seats for the seven sessions were sold out months in advance. In New Haven, the tournament will have 12 sessions, including morning and afternoon matches Monday through Friday. At 14,000 tickets per session, Westhall has 168,000 tickets to sell. He has sold 79,000. The top seller has been the Saturday semifinals, with close to 9,000 sold.

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