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4 SECTION JL THE SUNDAY RUTLAND HERALD AND THE SUNDAY TIMES ARGUS JUNE 26, 1988 Sox Use Big Inning To Beat Birds; Clark HR Leads Yanks Past Indians Baseball victory over the New York Mets Saturday in a game played in 103-degree heat. Shawon Dunston opened the eighth with a single off reliever and loser Rick Aguilera, 0-3. One out later, Dunston stole second, and Andre Dawson was walked intentionally before Sandberg singled sharply to center, scoring Dunston. One out later, Randy Myers relieved Aguilera, yielding a two-run triple in the right-center field alley to Mark Grace. Cardinals 4, Phillies 1 ST.

LOUIS Jose DeLeon pitched a four-hitter and rookie Luis Alicea and Willie McGee each got three hits Saturday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1. DeLeon, 5-5, retired 17 of the final 18 batters and won for the first time since May 29. DeLeon, who leads the Cardinals in victories, struck out seven and walked two in his first complete game since last Sept. 5 with the Chicago White Sox.

Kevin Gross, 8-3, gave up 11 hits in seven innings. The Cardinals got six hits during a four-run third inning. Vince Coleman led off with a single, stole second and scored on Ozzie Smiths double. McGee hit an RBI single, stole second and came home on Mike Fitzgeralds single. Alicea doubled home Fitzgerald.

Chris James opened the Phillies fourth with his 11th home run beforeDeLeon retired the next 17 batters. James ended the streak with a two-out walk in the ninth. Dodgers 6, Reds 4 CINCINNATI Mike Marshalls two-run single highlighted a five-run second inning Saturday night and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcome three first-inning homers off Fernando Valenzuela and beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4. The Dodgers won for the seventh time in eight games and solidified their hold on first place in the National League West. The fourth-place Reds have lost five of six and fell 8i games back, their biggest deficit of the season.

Braves 8, Padres 4 ATLANTA Dale Murphy hit a two-run single during a four-run fifth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Saturday night in a rain-delayed game. The victory was the Braves third straight, matching their longest streak of the season. San Diego lost its third in a row. Trailing 4-3, Atlanta scored four times in the bottom of the fifth, which was interrupted by a 40-minute rain delay. Four singles, including one by Murphy, knocked out Jimmy Jones, 5-7.

Andres Thomas hit an RBI double and Ron Gant had a sacrifice fly. Montreal pitcher Floyd Youmans has been suspended by the commissioners office after failing to comply with terms of his drug rehabilitation. Associated Press BOSTON Mike Greenwell felt the hitting became contagious. Rich Gedman figured it was from Wee Willie Keelers book of hit em where they aint. Reliever Bob Stanley just welcomed a seven-run eighth inning that carried the Boston Red Sox to a 10-3 victory over Baltimore Saturday, dampening Cal Ripkens consecutive start for the Orioles.

"The touchdown and the extra point in the rally certainly made things easy for me in the ninth, quipped Stanley, 3-0, who moved into fifth place among Bostons all-time winners with his 107th career victory. We have a lot of guys who can hit and sometimes it kind of gets contagious, said Greenwell, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a pair of singles in the Red Soxs biggest inning since Aug. 21, 1986. It wasnt a case of their guys throwing bad pitches, we just hit them where they werent," said Gedman, who had an RBI single in the decisive rally. Ripken had a two-run homer his first time at bat and later a single in becoming the sixth player in major league history to appear in 1,000 games in a row.

Im proud of the fact that I can go out there day in and day out, but I dont think thats the real reason why I do it, he said. I like to play. I dont like to sit and watch. I dont know if a day off would be beneficial. Ill just take my chances and keep on playing.

Jim Rice broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run bases-loaded single through a drawn-ln infield to key the big eighth. Mark Williamson, 1-5, replaced Baltimore starter Mike Boddicker in the eighth and was greeted by Dwight Evans single. Then, Greenwell singled and Ellis Burks walked, filling the bases. Doug Sisk replaced Williamson and Rice singled through the middle, scoring Evans and Greenwell, snapping a 3-3 tie. Yankees 4, Indians 1 NEW YORK Jack Clark hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the third inning and helped Tommy John to his 282nd career victory as the New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 Saturday night and handed Greg Swindell his fifth consecutive setback.

Swindell, 10-6, the first major league pitcher to win 10 games this season but winless since May 30, had lasted a total of five innings in his two previous outings, yielding 10 runs and 15 hits. This time, he went six innings, yielding three runs and eight hits. He came away a loser when Don Mattingly singled with two out in the third, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, and Clark followed with his 14th home run for a 3-1 lead. It was the sixth home run off Swindell in 12 1-3 innings after he gave up four in his first 101 innings. The 45-year-old John, 5-2, gave up one run on eight hits in 7 1-3 innings.

He walked none, struck out five and recorded 14 of 22 outs on grounders. John left with two runners on base and one out in the eighth, and Cecilio Guante retired Joe Carter and Ron Kittle and finished for his ninth save. Cleveland scored in the second when Cory Snyder and Brook Jacoby singled and, after Carmen Castillo grounded into a double play, Ron Washington doubled Snyder home. The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the second. Clark led off with a single, Dave Winfield doubled and Clark scored on Don Slaughts groundout.

Winfield doubled for his third hit in the eighth and scored on Rafael Santanas single against Jon Perlman. Pirates 5, Expos 1 MONTREAL John Smiley pitched a five-hitter and Barry Bonds doubled to spark a four-run third inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Montreal Expos 5-0 Saturday night. The Pirates rallied against Brian Holman, making his major-league pitching debut. Holman, a 23-year old right-hander, was recalled form the Expos Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis to start in place of Floyd Youmans, suspended in-deflnetely by Commissioner Peter Ueberroth earlier in the day for failing to comply with his drug testing program. Smiley, 8-4, struck out six and walked none in pitching his third complete game.

He had tossed a one-hitter against Montreal earlier in the season. Tigers 7, Blue Jays 2 TORONTO It figured that Doyle Alexander, the former Blue Jay, would have something to do with the end of Dave Stiebs win streak. Alexander, 7-4, scattered eight hits in eight innings, and Gary Pettis hit a three-run homer to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Doyle knows the weaknesses of every hitter in the league, said Toronto catcher Ernie Whitt, who went 0-for-3. Hes able to execute to their weaknesses and very seldom does he make a mistake.

The Tigers have won 15 of 22 games during a 26-game stretch against American League East opponents to take over first place. Toronto slipped back another step, nine games behind the Tigers. A sellout crowd of 45,091 gathered in the hot, humid weather to watch Stieb go for his 10th victory in 10 decisions. Instead, the right-hander gave up six hits, four walks and five runs in three-plus innings. Athleticsi, Twins 3 OAKLAND, Calif.

Jose Canseco hit his major league-leading 19th homer, a three-run shot in the third inning, and his four RBI gave right-hander Bob Welch and the Oakland Athletics a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. The As, who lead the second-place Twins by six games, trailed 2-1 in the third before Cansecos two-out blast off Allan Anderson, 3-4. Welch, 9-4, yielded seven hits and three runs, while striking out five, in 7 1-3 innings before Dennis Eckersley came on to earn his American League-leading 23rd save. Cubs 5, Mets2 CHICAGO Ryne Sandbergs third hit of the game, a tie-breaking single in Chicago three-run eighth inning, carried the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 Youmans Suspended By Commissioner Giants 4, Astros 1 HOUSTON Mike Krukow pitched a three-hitter and Jose Uribe doubled and tripled and drove in two runs as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Houston Astros 4-1 Saturday night. Krukow, 6-4, struck out four and walked one as he pitched his first regular-season complete game since July 29, 1987, at Los Angeles.

After giving up an RBI triple to Rafael Ramirez with one out in the fifth, Krukow retired 14 out of the last 15 batters. process of his rehabilitation program. Although Youmans reasons for entering rehabilitation last October were never specified, the pitcher has talked about an alcohol problem. Last season, two female friends accused the pitcher of using drugs, but he denied the charges. In February, Youmans said in an interview that his drinking problem was diagnosed as hereditary and that it began when he was in high school in Tampa, where he was a schoolboy chum of New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden.

Gooden underwent cocaine rehabilitation in the spring of 1987. He said that during rehabilitation, he learned he would have to change his lifestyle. Thats why things have to be dull for me, so I wont drink, Youmans said. I have to stay away from the things and places that will give me the temptations. Youmans, 24, a right-hander, was 3-6 with a 3.21 ERA at the time of the suspension.

In 14 appearances, Youmans pitched 84 innings and allowed 30 earned runs on 64 hits. Youmans was 0-3 in his first six starts this year with an ERA of 5.24, averaging just six innings per start. Manager Buck Rodgers indicated then that Youmans might be running out of chances with the club. Its a situation where a young man has to assume responsibilities for his actions, Rodgers said. Youmans gave up four runs in the sixth inning of his sixth start against the Houston Astros on May 8 and probably would have been relieved, but he got ejected from the game and stormed off the field.

By JOHN NELSON Associated Press NEW YORK Floyd Youmans, the troubled Montreal Expos pitcher who underwent alcohol rehabilitation last fall, was suspended indefinitely by the commissioners office Saturday for failing to comply with his drug testing program Although Commissioner Peter Ueberroth confirmed that Youmans had been undergoing periodic drug testing, his office would not say how Youmans had violated the program Youmans had been scheduled to pitch Saturday night against Pittsburgh. In a brief statement, Ueberroth said the suspension is indefinite pending further evaluation. On March 30, Ueberroth suspended Eddie Milner of the Cincinnati Reds after he admitted using cocaine. Milner, who had undergone rehabilitation last season, returned to action on June 19. The Expos revealed on Thursday that Ueberroths office had been investigating Youmans for several days, but club President Claude Brochu refused to say whether the investigation had anything to do with drug testing.

On Saturday, club spokesman Rich Griffin said Expos officials met with Youmans after the suspension was announced and "it hasnt been decided yet what the next step for Floyd is. Griffin said the Expos would help Youmans with anything that might come up in terms of medical assistance. Youmans will remain in Montreal but will not be with the team, Griffin said. Ueberroth's statement said Youmans had been undergoing testing "as part of the aftercare Minor Leaguers Play To Bitter End He determined that his stint on the air surpassed the eight-hour, seven-minute broadcast of the first 32 innings of the Pawtucket-Rochester game. The one thing youve got is plenty of at-bats to go over.

You can kill 30 seconds right there, Musterer said. "I have a feeling if I had to listen to it, there were a few silly things that might have been said. The West Virginia-based Orioles checked out of their motel prior to the game and were forced to take a four-hour bus ride home. That was just before their Saturday game with the Elizabethtown Twins. The longest game in major-leagUe history was a 26-inning 1-1 tie between Brooklyn and Boston on May 1, 1920.

The longest game by time was a 25-inning game between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers on May 8-9, 1984, that lasted 8:06. The White Sox won 7-6. We were sitting there talking about the longest game, hopfng we werent going to be in the same boat, Nash said. Twenty-eight was bad enough." Ojeda, currently with the New York Mets, was the winning pitcher. Burlington general manager Marty Nash arrived at the ballpark at 8:30 Friday morning and stayed until the games conclusion.

He was back at the park Saturday afternoon, getting ready for a night game against Bristol. He said he tried to reach league president Bill Halstead in his office in Bristol, seeking advice on whether to play or stop. No one answered the phone, and there was nothing to do but go on. Seemed like when we got to the 20th inning, it was kind of a blank, Nash said in a telephone interview. It was something I wouldnt want to go through again.

Champs single, a bloop over the second basemans head, broke a tie that had existed since the bottom of the eighth, when the Indians tied the rookie-league game. Luis Mercedes scored the game-winning run. The losing pitcher, Don Williams, is usually a catcher. Bucci said he used Williams, "because I had used every pitcher I had available for at least five innings. With 18-and 19-year-old kids, you have to be careful.

We wont sacrifice a kids arm for one game. Williams was the fifth Burlington pitcher. The winner, Arthur Rhodes, was the sixth pitcher used by Bluefield, which won for the first time in six games this season. The loss was the first in six games for Burlington. The Appalachian League season began last Sunday.

About 2,200 people were in the stands for the first pitch. There were only about 50 when the game ended. "It was amazing to me to see anyone in the stands at that hour. They were quiet. I think they were in disbelief in what they were seeing, Nash said.

If fans were in disbelief, Burlington play-by-play announcer Richard Musterer was experiencing deja-vu. He was in the press box when the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves in a 19-inning Fourth of July 1985 classic, 16-13. Two years ago, Musterer called a first-round NCAA regional game between Georgia Tech and Navy that went five hours and 14 innings. I said, I probably wont do one of those again, Musterer recalled. By TOM FOREMAN Jr.

Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. Burlington and Bluefield would have gladly ended their Appalachian League game, but there was nothing to stop them nothing at all for more than eight hours. At 3:27 am. Saturday, the Bluefield Orioles scored on Jeff Champs RBI-single in the top of the 27th inning and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Burlington Indians. The game lasted 8 hours and 16 minutes, just nine minutes short of the record for the longest professional baseball game.

At one point, 1 asked if there were any curfews, Burlington manager Mike Bucci said. The umpires said they wanted to see how long it could go. They said there were no city, county or league curfews." The longest game ever played was the International League marathon between Pawtucket and Rochester in 1981 that went 33 innings. On April 18, the two teams played 32 innings and were tied 2-2. When the game was resumed on June 23, Pawtucket won in the bottom of the 33rd inning.

Bob i Simplicity Premium Lawn Tractors Starting At 1699 (10 hp, 36 in.) Hydrostatic Starting At Jones Does A Lot With A Little For Indians By BEN WALKER Associated Press NEW YORK Dan Quisenberry and his submarine sinker. Goose Gossage with his heater. Bruce Sutter and a split-finger fastball. Great relievers with great pitches. Now make room In the record book for a journeyman named Jones who challenges batters with a changeup.

All I do is make them hit the ball and hope they catch It. And I throw strikes," Clevelands Doug Jones said. Vlts nothing spectacular." Its been enough, however, to accomplish what no other pitcher has ever done. Jones set a record with his 14th save in 14 tries Friday night as the Indians held off the New York Yankees 7-5. Jones, pitching on his 31st birthday, broke the mark of 13 established by Philadelphias Steve Bedrosian last year.

He retired all seven batters he faced. "I wasnt worried about the record. I tried to shut it out, he said. "But I day, Edwards said. He made the team." Jones, drafted by Milwaukee in 1978, made his major league debut with the Brewers in 1982.

He did not make it back to the majors until 1986, the year after Cleveland signed him as a free agent. It Just goes to show you theres some pretty good pitchers bouncing around for a long time in the minors, said Mike Pagliarulo of the Yankees. With Jones, the Indians are good. He has been their savior, part of the reason they are playing their best ball since 1966. Opponents are hitting .150 against Jones, lowest among AL relievers.

He has 18 saves overall, a 1.75 ERA and has blown only two save opportunities. During his save streak, he has pitched 22 1-3 innings and given up just one run on nine hits. He has struck out 22 and walked three. Its the same old thing. Throw strikes, he said.

It doesnt always work. I did that against Oakland and gave up six runs before I knew what happened. Usually, though, Jones is successful. He relies on his changeup to set up an 87 mph fastball, and the result is often a ground ball. "The bottom line is he throws strikes," said catcher Andy Allan-son, who enjoys a good chemistry with the bullpen ace.

"Its not like Jonesy broke out a thumb-ball or something. Edwards, a former catcher, has seen the battery of Jones and Allan-son lead the Indians all season. "They work well together. They seem to know what they want to do and break down hitters, Edwards said. Edwards' main concern is that Jones doesnt break down.

"As long as I can give him a day off, I can keep him strong, he said. Because every save opportunity, Hes gotten it. think I can relax a little now." That might make the first time Jones has taken it easy. Jones, who spent part of 10 years in the minors, was one of 46 pitchers the Indians brought tc spring training. He had a 3.15 ERA in 49 games as a rookie for Cleveland last season and figured he had a certain job.

"I was coasting with the wrong attitude, he recalled. I thought I had a spot made. I shouldve known better." The Indians had reshuffled their front office during the winter and the new bosses werent familiar with Jones. I knew what he could do, Cleveland manager Doc Edwards said. But the new eyes hadnt seen anything to impress them.

Two days before spring training ended, Edwards called Jones aside. I said, Son, youve got one more chance. He went out and threw 25 minutes of batting practice the next day and two shutout Innings the next i.

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