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Sox's season not following plan THE PANTAGRAPH, Friday, June 2, 1989 B3 CHICAGO (AP) Manager Jeff Torborg is isking for "patience and understanding" while he Chicago White Sox, a club he was certain would be chasing the pennant, try to find a way to win. ; "I genuinely believed we had a legitimate jpntender," said Torborg, who is in his first season as manager of the White Sox. "That's iot a marketing line. I really thought it." j Everything that has happened so far has been the exact opposite. ; Chicago has lost nine straight at home and tl of its last 12 games. The Sox's 18-33 record is the worst in the majors. ; A pitching staff that had been considered rolid by Torborg and General Manager Larry Himes is in shambles. ; "I'm not being Pollyanna-ish about it but after we've gone through it, it could benefit us iii the long run," Torborg said. "A lot of young guys have gotten their feet wet." Himes said at the start of the season that liiis team was capable of winning 87 games $nd the young pitching staff would only get better. Sox-Twins game nixed CHICAGO (AP) Last night's scheduled game between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park was postponed because of rain. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader to start at 4 p.m. Saturday. That theory was based on a staff of veteran Jerry Reuss, the team's leading winner with a 13-9 . record last year; and youngsters Jack McDowell, Melido Perez and Shawn Hillegas. Bill Long was to be the fifth starter, Bobby Thigpen the bullpen closer. Earlier this week, Reuss, with a 6.94 earned run average, and Hillegas, with a 1-6 record, were bounced to the bullpen. Perez was hanging on with a 6.10 earned run average and McDowell and Long had been demoted to Vancouver. Thigpen, who set a club record with 34 saves last year, is 0-2 with only seven saves. The latest starting rotation includes Perez; Reuss, who returns after failure in the bullpen; Eric King, acquired from Detroit; Steve Rosenberg, a bullpen graduate; and Greg Hibbard, who came up from Vancouver and made his first start Wednesday night. "We've been a mess, especially at home, but I know we're better than this," Torborg said. "When you're getting banged around you grasp at straws and you look for silver linings. But you must have patience. I don't like making excuses." There are few to be made. Dan Pasqua, who led the team with 20 home runs last season, missed 33 games because of a fractured wrist. He has hit two tape-measure home runs and driven in six runs since his return two weeks ago. Catcher Carlton Fisk, disabled since April 11 because of a broken bone in his hand, is expected in the lineup tonight. "I don't expect Fisk to be a miracle worker," Torborg said, "but you can't measure what he means to the team and the pitching staff. It's one of those intangibles." Sox AAA hurler eyes 3rd straight no-hitter By Scripps Howard ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Tom Drees will try to make baseball history here tonight. The 6-foot-6 left-hander for the Vancouver Canadians, AAA farm club for the Chicago White Sox, has pitched no-hitters in his past two starts. "All eyes in the baseball world are going to be on him," said Bill Weiss, statistician for the Pacific Coast League. Three pitchers have thrown back-to-back no-hitters. Johnny Vander Meer did it for' the Cincinnati Reds in 1938. Clarence Wright had two consecutive no-hitters for Dayton, Ohio, in 1901. Bill Bell did it for Bristol, Va., in 1952. Drees had a losing record , before the no-hit streak began. Now he is 4-3. "There's no way I expected to do this," said Drees, who arrived here a day ahead of his team to rest for his date with history. Drees had to be good just to win. Both were 1-0 decisions. In dreary weather in Vancouver on May 23 against Calgary, the Canadians gave him a run in the fourth inning. Last Sunday against Edmonton, in a , seven-inning game, part of a doubleheader, his support didn't come until the sixth. "Both were masterful games to watch," said Dick Phillips, Vancouver public relations director. "Tom is not what you'd call an overpowering pitcher. He's a control pitcher who doesn't strike out a lot of people. He makes people hit the ball, and lately they've been hitting them to fielders." Drees walked two, struck out four and threw just 97 pitches to beat Calgary. He issued two walks and fanned five while throwing just 78 pitches against Edmonton. Good season keeping Eisenreich in spotlight KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) In a cruel ironic twist, conquering his problem has also caused Jim Eisenreich to remain publicly shackled to it. i "When are you guys going to talk about him just as a ballplayer and leave out all that other stuff?" snorts an indignant Kansas City teammate. It's a fair question. Yet, "that other stuff" is what makes the quiet, unassuming outfielder the most stirring comeback story in the American League this year. And his courage has given inspiration to thousands who suffer with a little-known, often misunderstood condition known as Tourette's syndrome. A nervous disorder, Tourette's syndrome strikes in equal proportion the rich and the poor, the common and the talented, the brilliant and the slow. Making it especially ornery is that it affects different people in different ways, just as the medication used to treat it. When Eisenreich first came to the major leagues as a can't-miss outfield prospect for Minnesota in Robinson fans 14, but loses anyway PEORIA Peoria Chiefs righthander Brett Robinson, an Illinois Wesleyan University product, struck out 14 Cedar Rapids batters in seven innings last night but suffered a 4-2 loss in Midwest League baseball action at Meinen Field. Robinson, 8-3, allowed five hits and four runs, two of them gamed. He walked two. "He was outdueled by Cedar Rapids' Scott Jeffery, who went the distance to improve to 10-1. WHY BUY AN ORDINARY VAN CONVERSION WHEN YOU CAN OWN A WINNEBAGO? WINNEBAGO VANS The 1 Name in Recreational Vehicles Compare the technology. Compare the space use. Compare the value. You'll discover that only one van embodies the high o, Winnie J Rt. 51 South (25 minutes) "" ldl;UWil:Wlli;raiMd turn left on Rt. 10, 1 mile CLINTON 217-935-3106 HEARTS vs AURORA ALL STEEL O'NEIL PARK - FRI. & SAT. 7:30 P.M. LADY HEARTS vs. BNGSA ALL-STARS 6:00 P.M. TONIGHT 1JIV""'1 -- - -i r i ,.,.MWW,v--i-M--Tmr,r.v1i,m.l, i,iii.nilr.-ir-r.r.,rrt,:M,WmmM,ti1ii Above, (L-R) Greg Bradley, sponsor Jeff Hall of lllini Sporting Goods, Bob Ginger, Assoc. sponsor Bob Keegan of Hampton Inn and Steve King invite you to the games this weekend. 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But now, he is not only back in the big leagues, he is one of the hottest hitters in the game. An eight-game hitting streak has fattened his average to .325. Since replacing the injured Willie Wilson in center field last week, the smooth-swinging left-handed hitter has hit two triples and five doubles and scored eight runs. "It was just a matter of finding the right medicine in the right dosage," Manager John . Wathan said. "It was misdiagnosed a few times in Minnesota. But it's something we don't talk about. He's just a quiet person by nature." ' In a soft but firm voice, Eisenreich seeks to put the issue at rest. "I don't look in the past. That's no big deal to me," he said. "1 look ahead. Whatever happened long ago is history." CLINTON LAKE Striped bass continue to be caught below the dam on Heddon Zara Spooks, which are top-water baits most effective if retrieved with a jerking motion. DAWSON LAKE Action is slow, but people are catching some bluegills, crappies, bass and channel catfish. The blue-gills are running on the small side. Bluegills and crappies are being caught at the south end of the lake near the dam while catfish are coming in at the north end on cheese-baits touching the bottom. Most of the crappies have been caught with tube jigs or minnows. A boating safety class will take place here June 6-7 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. There is no charge. Boaters under age 17 must pass this class in order to legally operate a motor boat. For further information, contact Normal's Jim Barlow. LAKE BLOOMINGTON Jeff Bean of Bloomington caught 32 pounds of crappies here on night-crawlers and minnows. LAKE CARLYLE Catfish are spawning near the rocks. Fishing by pole or trout line have both produced. Pole fishermen are using shad guts and stink baits while trout liners are using leaches. Catfish are also being caught in the tail waters using nightcrawlers and stink baits. White bass, crappies and bluegills are hitting on crickets and red worms along the riprap. Fresh water drum are excellent on worms and minnows. FARM PONDS Bass are hitting on buzz baits and spinner baits dragged across the surface. FOX RIVER Rain and the silting it causes should slow fishing here for a week. White bass had been hitting well on white twister tails, white jigs and small nepp spinners. Smallmouth bass have also been caught. HEIDEKE LAKE Walleye have been caught here on nightcrawlers. Repalas, jigs and minnows have also produced. One 18-inch walleye was caught this week as well as a 12-pound hybrid stripped bass. The size limit on walleyes is 14 inches. HOMER LAKE Rain-caused silting has devastated the fishing here. LAKE SHELBYVILLE The water level is 7 Inches above normal. Bass fishing is good using brownish, clear plastic worms in flooded vegetation. The hottest spots are at Lithia Springs, the cove north of Findlay Marina and Campfield Branch. Smallmouth bass are being caught around sand bars near the tail waters using nepps, spinners and rooster tails. Bluegills are hitting on red worms and crickets near fallen timber where the trunks still lay on the banks. Walleye are fair using crankbaits or nightcrawlers on the flats next to the river channels. Hot-spots include Point Six, the Coal Shaft Bridge, Whitley Creek and the mouth of Wolf Creek. Crappies are fair on minnows in flooded timber. The tail waters are producing good crappie fishing at night on minnows. Carp and buffalo are being caught in the tail waters on dough bait. LAKE OF THE WOODS A few smallmouth bass and bluegills have been caught near the man-made brush piles. Fish have gone deeper because of the warm weather. LASALLE LAKE Bluegills, some as large as 8 inches and 8 ounces, are being caught near the riprap on tube jigs with wax worms or nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass fishing is slow and the walleye are spotty. Catfish are as plentiful here as always. MACKINAW RIVER A lot of catfish are being caught near Coon's Bridge and Route 51 using plastic worms dunked in Bow-ker's Cheesebait. Also effective Is Lucky 7 Bloodbait. POWERTON LAKE Channel catfishing is great while fishing for other species is poor. One fisherman caught a catfish he couldn't weigh because his scale didn't go higher than 40 pounds. Estimates put the fish at 45 pounds. SALT CREEK One 9-pound stripper, three 6-pounders and two 4-pounders were caught close to the Clinton Lake dam using medium minnows and white twister tails. SPRING LAKE Fishing continues excellent. Channel catfish and bullheads are being caught on cheesebait, cut shad and dew worms in the afternoons after 1 o'clock. Bluegills are taking red worms. Bass are hitting strong on weedless spinner baits. SOURCES: Illinois Department of Conservation, lake manager and ana bait and tackle shops mm i o) 0) L on Get upfront opinions and inside stories from Sports Editor Bryan Bloodworth. 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