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Blyleven to face Yankees Tuesday night catching, the Angels staff had a 2.82 ERA entering play Friday. . . . Though he's a rookie in the American League, Gary DIS-arclna is no stranger to Fenway Park. He was born in Maiden, Mass., and attended Billerica High School, where he played on the 1983 state championship team. He had to come up with 30 tickets for family and friends on Friday. . . . Bert Blyleven said the easiest thing about rehabilitation was not reading all the stories about how he could not come back at 41. "People wantto make a big deal about age," he said. "You just have to do what you can for the team and for yourself. You can't worry what others say because it can depress you." . . . Buck Rodgers did not give the impression that he had much input regarding Robinson's departure and Blyleven's return. . . . Last add Blyleven: He will make $300,000 on this contract (plus $250,000 for the buyout option the Angels exercised this winter). Incentives can bring the total up to $1.5 million. promised the May 19 start and nothing more. Because of off days on May 21 and 25, it's a good bet Blyleven will perform some bullpen duty to keep up his arm strength. "Just as long as I can get him plenty of time to warm up and start an inning," Rodgers said. Blyleven will not worry about any of this until Tuesday. "I'll take it one batter at a time. I can't control anything except the ball when it's in my hand," he said. "Let me get the first out and go from there." Angels notes Friday was the fifth time Jim Abbott and Roger Clemens had opposed each other. Abbott won the first meeting, pitching his first shutout, and Clemens has now won the next four With Mike Fitzgerald team. "I'm nervous already." He's not the only one. To make room the Angels had to release righthander Don Robinson, who has a simP lar medical history he'd been on the disabled list with hip and back problems but is seven years younger. However, Blyleven had an agreement with the club that after "X" amount of rehab starts in the minors, the Angels would either bring him back or release him. The decision came late Wednesday after club vice president Dan O'Brien who'd watched Blyleven pitch gave the OK. "We were going to lose one of the two," Buck Rodgers said. "The feeling . . . was because Robinson had broken down before we had expected him to, we had to go the other way." Rodgers said Blyleven has been H 41-year-old right-hander to test surgically-repaired shoulder in New York. By Mike Terry Sun Sports Writer BOSTON The comeback is almost complete. Tuesday in New York will be the time and place of the test to see if Bert Blyleven can come all the way back from rotator-cuff surgery. That night the 41-year-old righthander will face more than the Yankees he also must sail through a sea of doubters. "That's the night all (the rehabilitation) will seem worth it," said Blyleven, who joined the Angels here Friday from their Triple-A Edmonton Strawberry's back sidelines him again M -4 X L V " ' ) - 1 AP WIREPHOTO ran the bases and ran in the field so he is definitely closer (to coming back)," Dodgers general manager Fred Claire said. "He'll run again (today) but I don't want to look beyond (Friday)." Reliever Jay Howell, disabled since Opening Day with a sore shoulder, threw a simulated game to Daniels, Dave Hansen and Eric Karros on Friday afternoon. "With both of them, we'll see how they are (today) but we're getting closer," Claire said. Second baseman Juan Samuel, disabled since April 30 with two fractured fingers, was re-examined by team doctors Friday afternoon as well. Claire was uncertain of his status. Dodgers notes Mike Piazza, one of the bright spots of spring training, continues to progress in the Dodgers' farm system. The 23-year-old catcher was promoted from Double-A San Antonio to Triple-A Albuquerque earlier this week. In 31 games at San Antonio, Piazza had hit .377 with seven home runs and 20 runs batted in. Piazza, who had a strong spring, had never played above the Single-A level before this season but in his first two games at Triple A he went 3 for 8 with two RBI. . . . The middle of the Mets' lineup (Howard Johnson, Eddie Murray and Bobby Bonilla) went into Friday night's game with a combined total of 65 RBI, 48 percent of the team's total. Friday night's Dodgers lineup had Mitch Webster, Eric Davis and Todd Benzinger in the third, fourth and fifth spots. That trio had a combined total of 24 RBI, 14 by Davis. . . . Going into the weekend series, the Dodgers were 8-5 when either Strawberry or Davis had an extra-base hit. When neither has an extra-base hit, the Dodgers are 3-14. . . . Pitching matchups for the rest of the weekend have Tom Candlotti (3-2) facing Sid Fernandez (2-3) tonight and Ramon Martinez (1-1) against Anthony Young (2-2) Sunday By Bill Plunkett Gannett News Service LOS ANGELES One step forward, two steps back the Dodgers keep dancing away from a healthy lineup. Left fielder Eric Davis returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the New York Mets after missing the three-game series in Montreal with a sore hamstring (he did pinch-hit once). But another hole opened up in the middle of the batting order when Darryl Strawberry was a pregame scratch. Strawberry was sidelined once again by a strained back that bothered him throughout the Dodgers' recent road trip. Strawberry experienced back spasms and was examined by Dr. Frank Jobe, the team physician, who prescribed treatment that included medication and rest. "He had spasms in his back that were severe enough that he found it difficult to walk around," Jobe said. "I didn't find anything in the exam that would indicate anything more severe (than a strain). It just looked like the usual back spasm. There's no indication of a slipped disc." Jobe said he would re-evaluate Strawberry's condition today but the doctor didn't expect him back in the lineup immediately. "I would hate to say he won't but it's probably not likely," he said. "I don't know how long yet but it'll probably be more than one day." Meanwhile, three players currently on the disabled list moved closer to returning. Kal Daniels, disabled since April 30 with a sore right knee, took batting practice before Friday's game. "He's not going to be ready today but he took batting practice, Minnesota second baseman Chuck Knoblauch grabs a high throw from the catcher as Cleveland's Albert Belle steals second base in the second inning. Tigers beat Royals, 8-2, but lose Trammell for 6 weeks Al roundup C2 The Sun SATURDAY, May 16. 1992 Roar of the crowd Letters to the sports editor Are some rules made to be broken? To Jim Matthews and his pro-NRA, anti-everything else attitudes, especially of the use ' of federal troops to help quell a violent and outrageous riot, I have only two things to say: 1) Rules are made to be broken, Jim. .j 2) Nanny, nanny, nanny goat. KEATS GEFTER Colton Sports in brief " LeMond moves ahead as Tour Du Pont gets physical The Tour Du Pont got physical on Friday. The ninth stage ended with a punch and with Greg LeMonu w the overall leader. Australian Phil Anderson, assisted by the ; flagrant punching violation of teammate - Michel Zanoli, won his third stage and moved j- into third place, 10 seconds behind LeMond. LeMond, 30, of Wayzata, Minn., the three-time Tour de France winner, finished 23rd in the field, which completed the 120.5-mile ' Wintergreen Resort to Richmond, Va., road race in 4 hours, 23 minutes, 29 seconds. Anderson, 34, who has finished in the top three in last five stages, gained 10 finish-line bonus seconds with the victory, which was 1 marred by the second punching incident of ;i the competition for Zanoli. On Friday, the 24- year-old slugged Davis Phinney, the Coors ': Light sprinter from Boulder, Colo., in the ' nose with the back of his clenched fist about 400 yards from the finish. Zanoli, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound sprinting spe-' cialist from Holland, was ejected from the ' race, fined $662 and stripped off all money and merchandise earned in the first eight stages. MINNESOTA FATS HAS HEART ATTACK: n Legendary pool shooter Minnesota Fats re-I: mains in critical but stable condition after J; suffering a heart attack shortly after under-;: going knee surgery last week. ; Fats, 79, is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's intensive care unit. u. ', ALZADO BURIED: Lyle Alzado, who gained a reputation as one i of football's most aggressive, violent perform- ers, was buried Friday after a small, quiet and private graveside service in Portland, Ore. About 50 people, including Los Angeles Raiders owner and president Al Davis, attended the service at a sun-drenched cemetery on a hillside above the Willamette River. LAKERS EXTEND WEST'S CONTRACT: Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West, who was in the final year of his contract, has been given a long-term extension. No terms of the new agreement were announced. "I hope that this will lay to rest any further speculation regarding Jerry's future with the Los Angeles Lakers," team owner Jerry Buss said Friday in a statement. "As I said before, as long as I own the Lakers, he will be our general manager." COURIER WINS; SAMPRAS, CHANG LOSE: Jim Courier, the No. 1 seed, struggled with his game and the slippery court conditions Friday before reaching the semifinals of the Italian Open with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Christian Miniussi of Argentina. Second-seeded Pete Sampras blew several leads and lost to No. 8 Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. In other matches, fifth-seeded Michael Chang lost to Carl Uwe Steeb of Germany, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, and Carlos Costa of Spain beat Jaime Yzaa of Peru, 6-4, 6-0. BRIEFLY NOTED: Precautionary X-rays of Patrick Swing's sprained left ankle were negative Friday, and the New York Knicks center underwent ice and ultra sound treatment for the injury suffered in Game 6 of the NBA playoffs against the Chicago Bulls Steffi Oraf needed just 45 minutes to beat Julie Ha-lard of France, 6-1, 6-0, on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Berlin Open. Also winning were Jennifer Capriati, Mary-Joe Fernandez and Arantxa Sanchez Vlcarlo Former heavyweight boxing champ Trevor Berbick was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for raping a family baby sitter Denver Nuggets general manager Bernle Blckeretaff has told Los Angeles Clippers assistant Mack Calvin that Dan Issel will get the job as coach of the Denver Nuggets, a Denver television station said Friday Shannon Miller of Ed- mond, Okla., led the women's compulsory portion of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Friday. Miller, 15, of the Dynamo Gymnastics, had a combined score of 47.22 points after the four events. Kim Zmeskal of Houston was second with 47.01. From Sun News Services For the record It was incorrectly reported in Friday's Sun that the San Bernardino High School baseball and softball teams did not reach the playoffs. In fact both teams did. The softball team finished 8-6 and tied for third with Colton in the San Andreas League, but won the tie-breaker. The baseball team finished 9-7 and is in sole possession of third place in the SAL. Tony Phillips hit a three-run homer as the visiting Detroit Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Friday, but it was a costly victory. Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell suffered a fractured right ankle when he stepped on first base while beating out an infield single in the first. Trammell, a six-time All-Star, will be out at least six weeks. He was due to fly back to Detroit to have his right ankle examined by team physician Dr. David Col-Ion. "They told me it would be about a six-week thing," Trammell said. "It's a real clean break. They might want to put a screw in there." Also Friday, Bill Gullickson, the Tigers' only effective starter this year, was hit in the right thumb by a Gregg Jefferies line drive. But X-rays showed no serious injury and he might be able to make his next start. BREWERS 7, RANGERS 3: Franklin Stubbs, battling a 2-for-30 slump, hit the third grand slam of his career as Milwau- kee beat visiting Texas in 10 innings. ORIOLES 2, WHITE SOX 0: Mike Mussina allowed four hits in 82a innings as Baltimore won at Chicago for its 12th victory in 15 games and fifth consecutive road win. MARINERS 2, BLUE JAYS 1: Dave Fleming, who has all three of Seattle's victories in its last 16 games, won his fifth consecutive decision as the Mariners won at Toronto to stop and eight-game road losing streak. YANKEES 3, ATHLETICS 2: Scott Kamie-niecki outpitched Bob Welch and New York beat visiting Oakland for its third straight victory and the A's third consecutive loss. INDIANS 5, TWINS 0: Charles Nagy pitched a six-hitter for his second career shutout, and Carlos Baerga and Mark Lewis drove in two runs each as Cleveland stopped visiting Minnesota's five-game winning streak. From Sun News Services Mavericks crush Visalia, 11-1 The Sun VISALIA The High Desert Mavericks started off a three-game road trip aginst their favorite team in the Cal League the Visalia Oaks and true to season form the Mavericks came out on top, routing the Oaks 11-1 before 1,552 at Recreation Park. The Mavericks own a 6-2 record against the first-place Oaks but are only 8-20 against the rest of the league. With the victory High Desert moves into a tie for last place in the Southern Division with the San Bernardino Spirit, which lost 8-6 to the Bakersfield Dodgers on Friday night. Right-hander Brian McKeon went the distance, scattering four hits. He struck out three. Second baseman Billy Hall went 4-for-4, stole a base and scored four times and Steve Gill added a 3-for-5 day with two runs batted in. Tookie Spann drove in three with a single, groundout and sacrifice fly. Comeback Cards rally in 9th to win at Houston, 7-5 Ml roundup Henderson nears Olympics berth The Sun ALBANY, N.Y. Apple Valley's Dan Henderson, wrestling in the United States Greco-Roman Olympic Trials in Albany, N.Y., is one win from qualifying for the Olympic team. Henderson, 21, will wrestle Ryan Jibben, representing a sector of the U.S. Army team from New York, for the final spot in the 180-pound weight class. Jibben is the national champion at 180 pounds. If Henderson wins today, he will travel to Concord to meet U.S. team member John Morgan to decide who gets the top spot at 180 pounds on the Olympic team. The St. Louis Cardinals have this comeback thing down pat. Felix Jose's go-ahead two-run homer off reliever Doug Jones sparked a four-run ninth inning as the Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 7-5 Friday night for their sixth consecutive victory. Last weekend, the Cardinals rallied twice to beat Atlanta overcoming a 9-0 deficit in one game and they came back to defeat Cincinnati on Tuesday. "You can't count on comebacks, but we just keep doing it," manager Joe Torre said. "The more you do it, the more confidence you have." Jeff Bagwell, who hit a three-run homer in the third, had given the Astros a 4-3 lead with a run-scoring double in the eighth offCris Carpenter. Ozzie Smith led off the ninth with a single and Jose followed with a homer to right field off Jones (2-2). Brian Jordan added an RBI triple in the ninth and scored on Todd Zeile's single. Lee Smith got the last three outs for his 13th save in 15 opportunities. CUBS 5, GIANTS 3: Dave Righetti walked Sammy Sosa to force in the go-ahead run and threw a wild pitch for another run as Chicago rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat San Francisco, ending the Giants' four-game winning streak. BRAVES 4, EXPOS 2: Ron Gant drove in two runs to increase his league-leading RBI total to 31 and Terry Pendleton extended his hitting streak to 12 games as Atlanta defeated visiting Montreal. PADRES 9, PIRATES 2: Gary Sheffield hit a two-run double in a three-run first inning, Tony Gwynn had four hits and Benito Santiago had three of San Diego's club record-tying seven doubles in the win. PHILLIES 8, REDS 0: Terry Mulholland, Philadelphia's last healthy starter, pitched a five-hitter for his third consecutive complete-game victory and Ricky Jordan drove in four runs in the victory at Cincinnati. From Sun News Services I PICTURE PERFECT ENTERTAINMENT J HBO & EODJSIHEQ "UCH 0KI 70 LIVE SPOUTS PAY-PER-VIEW SUPER SYSTEM 0 With Built-in Descrambler DOWN PAYMENT Spirit beaten by Bakersfield, 8-6 YEARS OF CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE 714882-2351 1200 E. Highland Ave. San Bernardino BE8I0EMTIAL SATELLITE OF AMERICA OPEN 7 DAYS STOP AND COMPARE SATURN WITH THE COMPETITION Manufacturer's Suggested KOTOM Kite.. ams and Dave Waldenberger on base. The Spirit then called on Scott Schanz to hold the lead. After Schanz (0-1) struck out the first batter in the bottom of the sixth, Ira Smith tripled, Henry Blanco singled to score Smith, and Hector Ortiz singled to put runners on first and third with one out. After Don Meyers popped out to first for the second out, Ortiz stole second base, Lonny Webb singled to center scoring Blanco and Ortiz, and Webb took second on the throw home. Juan Castro then singled home Webb for an 8-6 Bakersfield lead. Al Maldonado (4-1) earned the victory, pitching two innings of relief. He gave up one hit, struck out one and walked one. The Sun BAKERSFIELD The San Bernardino Spirit couldn't hold an early lead and fell back into last place in the Southern Division of the California League Friday evening with an 8-6 loss to the Bakersfield Dodgers. The Spirit scored two unearned runs in the second and added another run in the third to open up a 3-0 lead. But the Dodgers scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth off Spirit starter Kyle Duke to take a 4-3 lead. The Spirit came right back in the top of the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead when Tommy Robertson connected for his first home run of the season, with Tommy Ad w - ' J tr0 . -0l-fH

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