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Tucson Citizen from Tucson, Arizona • 43

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Friday February 23 1996 Tucson Citizen BASEBALL 30 Salary cap benefits catcher more than $2 million this year General manager Bob Gebhard needed to find some money to resign veteran Walt Weiss the slick-fieldmg shortstop who keys the Colorado defense you keep Giruidi or re-sign Weiss'" Gebhard asked knowing what the answer would be got a lot of confidence in Jayhawk Last year the GM opted not to keep veteran Charlie Hayes and turned the third base job over to the inexperienced Vinny Castilla who responded with 32 home runs and a 309 batting average This year the only major lineup change will be behind the plate While Girardi certainly was a more experienced handler of pitchers he never has been a power hitter even in the ranfied atmosphere of Denver Last year he hit but eight home runs Owens got 45 at-bats late in the season and collected four round-tnppers looks even stronger this said Gebhard think I Owens said lifted weights dunng the off-season Owens started his career as an outfielder after being a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota (COLORADO ROCKIESf Jayhawk Owens is starting after Joe Girardi is traded to the Yankees By JACK RICKARD Crtizen Spoftswrrter Jayhawk Owens was driving to his Castle Rock Colo home last Nov 20 hen he heard the The Colorado Rockies had traded their No 1 catcher Joe Girardi to the New York Yankees The heir apparent was Owens who had only 54 games of mjor league experience behind the plate three seasons of part- time w'ork of the guys had said it was going to Owens said was very exciting It put me to the level that been trying to get to Before been trying to stay up and survive Owens benefited from the $37 million payroll limit the Rockies have Girardi has a salary of ON -GOUvCAR GOLF CARS STILL NOW AN EVEN BETTER VALUE WITH REBATES Rincon Desert View AVENUE BUICK REGAL BUICK PARK ZZs! Jir-qjg BUICK LeSABRE JTV The Nortel Open Golf Tournament is aver but we still 1 have a great selection of Special By JIM FEROUE Citizen Correspondent Just two of 10 teams have managed to escape losing the Cowboy Up Baseball Tournament putting them on track for four-team championship round Rincon High School beat Douglas 3-2 yesterday after a 13-0 win against Palo Verde the day before to remain unbeaten Desert View and tournament host Amphi matched up in final game to determine the other 2-0 team Desert View came having surprised Nogales 7-4 while Amphi had slipped past Mohave High School 9-7 The Panthers struggled defensively dunng most of the game against Mohave but pulled out some clutch defense in the final two innings The opposite seemed to happen yesterday as Desert View won 3-2 to also improve to 2-0 1 996 Buicks Please Huiry the Tuicks with the lowest miles iff best equipment will sell first! BUICK 3fie Dealership 3 fiat Different (HIGHSCHOOUI With the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the seventh inning Amphi committed three straight errors to load the bases then forced in the wanning run by hitting batter Vince Magallames made some errors and it cost Amphi coach Danny Hernandez said Desert View coach Bill Godbout was somewhat bashful about the gift victory "We made a lot of mistakes and they made a lot of mistakes You hate to win this he said what the Hernandez downplayed the ending noting his relative inexperience more concerned about the mental he said made some mental mistakes on the bases that took some sconng opportunities (SPRING TRAINING! Terms of the deal were not released and agent Don Nomura could not be reached for comment think this deal is the best deal for Nomo said through an interpreter at Vero Beach Fla is what I Nomo a 27-year-old righthander struck out a league-leading 236 batters and held opponents to a league-low 182 batting average on Tw ms even though he as a catcher at Middle Tennessee State University of my speed and power they wanted me in the outfield and to hit home runs" said Owens After tw minor league seasons in which he hit 236 and 245 and only 1 1 home runs Owens asked to return to catching That proved to be his ticket to Show feel nervous not said Owens just trying to get my mechanics down I may (get nervous) once the games start But the veterans are there for me to talk to We joke around an easy atmosphere His first name Jayhawk does not come from any connection ith the University of Kansas from an Indian heritage with his grandmother on his side being a full Cherokee He has a grandfather named Iowa and aunts named Florida and Nevada a name proud of politely ask you to call him Jayhawk not Jay my name I'm Claude Jayhawk Owens he says also a starting major leaguer on a club that have any major holes to fill unbeaten In half of the seventh the Panthers had runners at first and second with one out third baseman Lee Joplin sent a long fly ball into center field After the catch Phil Hansen broke for third and Danny Onero headed for second Onero never had a chance Realizing the situation he forced a rundown to give Hansen a chance for the go-ahead run but Onero was tagged out before Hansen could score In other tournament games Rincon beat Douglas 3-2 Buena beat Catalina 6-3 Nogales beat Palo Verde 10-2 and Mohave beat Cholla 10-5 In a non-conference game Tucson High Magnet School beat Sabi-no 5-3 Baseball summaries 7D Today schedule 7D his way to finishing 13-6 with a 254 ERA in 28 starts Meanwhile Dairyl be heading for Boston The Red Sox who expressed some interest over the winter in adding Strawberry as a nght field-erdesignated hitter have decided against it comfortable with who we have at that Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said yesterday Boston will use Jos6 Canseco Troy and Reggie Jefferson to fill those roles ma? (23231 LA hands Nomo multiyear contract The Associated Press Neither Sandy Koufax nor Don Drysdale got one Fernando Valenzuela either Yesterday Hideo Nomo became the first pitcher the history of the franchise to receive a multiyear contract following his rookie season The reigning National League Rookie of the Year the fourth straight for Los Angeles agreed to a three-year contract believed to be worth about $43 million Coming this weekend: Online grapevine People in Blacksburg Va use their computers for everything from banking to bargain-hunting to back fence chats Arc they wired to the future or just lost in cyberspace? Find out this week in USA WEEKEND 0m BUICK CENTURY pofyjtoc pr'hi'l Pa Am? ftvg'a Add Tax T'te 1 I nr wm mf i Kfrurttri ten ilfrn Harass (ifrirs iktttib Qua Repreten A1 JL Is fn Tucson Citizen illil nfttf lir itiir Art Ift Miif fp rn wt't irmf.

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