Journal Gazette from Mattoon, Illinois on August 21, 1992 · Page 11
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Mattoon, Illinois
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Friday, August 21, 1992
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INSIDE: B2 Whlsman leads B3 Sports Briefs B4 Records FRIDAY "TX) August21,1992 fj) Mattoon Journal Gazette Super Quick, super fun B2 7T r j help PavMz stiop CDiiSojr ddu 6-1 worn Illllll IBM I Tracy Woodson Woodson having lots of fun ST. LOUIS (AP) Somewhere in the Triple-A bushes, surely Todd Zeile is sweating just a little bit. The St. Louis Cardinals sent the struggling Zeile to the minors earlier this month and his replacement, journeyman Tracy Woodson, is putting up some numbers that should make him envious. In his first seven games in the major leagues in three seasons, Woodson, 29, has nine RBIs and is hitting .357 ( 10 for 28). On Sunday, he hit his first home run since 1988 and had a career-high four RBIs. He enjoyed his first career four-hit game on Wednesday, driving in three runs in a 12-1 rout of the Houston Astros. Tm going to have fun whether I'm sittingon the bench or carrying the bats," said Woodson, who had two infield hits Wednesday despite a lack of speed. "I don't care." Mainly, he's just enjoying himself because it's been a while. Before being called up, Woodson's last experience in the major leagues was six at-bats for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1989. Be-forenow his only substantial ex- Berience was in 1988 with the lodgers, when he hit .249 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 173 at-bats. That's a long, long time ago. Since then, he's spent a season in Albuquerque, Vancouver and Richmond, and Woodson said he was close to giving up the game at the end oflast season after batting .277 with six home runs and a team-leading 56 RBIs for Richmond, an ! Atlanta Braves farm club. I - "Very close," he said. "Last !year, I was pretty much done. I was out talking to people, and I was going to have to finish some schooling and stuff. But I was real close." He credits Ted Simmons, now the Pittsburgh Pirates' general manager and then the Cardinals' director of player development, with keeping him around. It took several telephone calls, but Simmons finally convinced Woodson to sign a minor-league contract with the Cardinals last Dec. 26. Woodson was invited to the major-league training camp and he showed the team enough that he could be an option as well as the starting third baseman at Louisville. He was a little worried when Simmons left for Pittsburgh, but not anymore. "When Ted left I felt like I was all by myself," Woodson said. "Now, everybody else in the organization knows who I am." It didn't hurt that he batted .296 with 12 home runs, 23 doubles and 59 RBIs in 109 games with Louisville. ' Manager Joe Torre isn't about to open up the third-base job for tryouts, and Zeile is due to return with any late-season minor league callups and reclaim the job Sept 1. Zeile, once considered one of the brightest prospects in the game, was hitting .251 with 36 RBIs when the Cardinals sent him down Aug. 10. He led the team with 11 home runs and 81 RBIs last year and they decided to try a little shock therapy to snap him out of a season-long slump-Its still Zeile's job in my mind, but he (Woodson) can do a good job for us in a number of ways," Torre said. "He can possibily fit with us next year and that's one of the reasons we're taking a look at him now." At the plate, Torre said Woodson is a "throwback." "He goes out and swings hard," Torre said. "Ifhe hits it hard, fine. If he doesn't, hell be out there next time around." By The Associated Press CHICAGO Throwing the ball over the plate was not the problem for Roger Pavlik in his last start, the one in which he retired only one batter. The trouble was that too many of his pitches were too hittable. Pavlik made improvements Thursday and earned his first major league victory, coming within one strike of a shutout as the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1. Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro homered as Texas ended a five-game losing streak. Chicago had won four in a row, and won 12 of its last 13 home games. Pavlik, a 24-year-old rookie right-hander said the key was "to throw all the pitches for strikes. That was it. I just kept throwing them." "Sometimes, you're going to have a game like this," Pavlik said. Pavlik (1-1), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Aug. 13, pitched a six-hitter. The only run he allowed came on George Bell's 20th homer on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning. "I wanted the pitch out and , down,, but it came up and in," Pavlik said. Brewers 16, Jays 3 MILWAUKEE Robin Yount, trying to shake a two-month slump as he chases 3,000 hits, tripled, doubled and singled Thursday as the Milwaukee Brewers got 10 extra-base hits dIfeDasD..lhiaiin)gis By AL LAGATTOLLA StaffWriter CHARLESTON A defense already thin took a deep blow when two junior college recruits didn't show for Eastern's football team. With Charles Bryant, a defensive tackle from Florida City, Fla., and Pat Curtis, another . tackle from Pelham, Ala., either not meeting requirements or making an alternate decision, key changes have been necessary for Eastern defensive coordinator John Smith. "We were counting on those two guys on the D-line," Smith said. "But when you do recruit guys from junior college, the fact is that they not only have to graduate, but they have to meet some tough standards. They all don't. 'You know that in the back of your mind, so you always take one or two more if you can, knowing they may not come." Bryant failed to meet NCAA standards and may still play at Eastern ifhe does. Curtis chose to enter the Air Force. As a result, linebacker Jason Sydnor and Brian McGarrett, a transfer from Air Force, have VmattCn By DON O'BRIEN Stafflntern TOLEDO Cumberland head coach Jim Pattenaude isn't quick to label the upcoming football season as a rebuilding year for his Pirate team. One thing that will be on the Pirates side is youth. The Pirates have only four let-termen returning from last year's 1-8 team that finished last in the Southern Illini Conference and more than half of his players are either freshmen or sophomores. "Last year's team couldn't get focused on football," said Pattenaude, who is 8-19 in three years at Cumberland. This year's team is a totaly different group. We have a lot of young players with a lot of talent. We may not have as many seniors as we did last year, but the juniorsenior group we have this year have talent" Pattenaude said that he is going to use sophomores at the varsity leveL Tm going to allow some sophomores to play some varsity, which is something that I haven't done and routed the Toronto Blue Jays 16-3. Yount, Darryl Hamilton and . Paul Molitor each drove in three runs as the third-place Brewers moved within 4Va games of the AL East-leading Blue Jays. Orioles 2, Mariners 1 BALTIMORE Brady Anderson tripled to lead off the 10th inning and Mike Devereaux followed with a sacrifice fly as Baltimore Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Seattle. Athletics 8, Yankees 6 NEW YORK Jose Canseco hit a grand slam in the seventh inning and Carney Lansford hit a three-run homer in the ninth as the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat New York. Indians 2, Twins 1 CLEVELAND Paul Sorrento doubled home the winning run with one out in the 10th inning and the Cleveland Indians beat Minnesota for a three-game sweep. The Indians managed just three hits, including two by Sorrento, and still sent the Twins to their season-worst fifth straight loss. Angels 2, Red Sox 0 BOSTON Bert Blyleven allowed three hits in 6 1-3 innings for his 286th career victory, and four pitchers combined to give the California Angels a shutout against Boston. MM been inserted to boost the line depth. "We've had to make some moves," Smith said. "Sydnor has caught all the coaches' attention. "No doubt the loss of those two junior college recruits has left us short, but some guys have picked up the slack." Dan Dee, John Vakos and Demetrius Lane remain the glue on the line. Yet Smith and staff have known of the situation for a while. "Pat Curtis called us at the beginning of the summer," Smith said. "Charles Bryant was going to summer school. Now he's going one Mens) gjooougj 'ffep.-Plpaftes in the past," he said. After unloading for 40 points in their opener against Newman last season, the Pirate offense fell flat for the remainder of the season. In their final eight games the Pirates were outscored 287-14 and forfeited a game due to a teachers strike. "You go back and look at those games we may have lost 400 nothing and the offense may have given up three of those touchdowns," Pattenaude said. "Our defense was asked to do too much." So with last season's offensive woes behind them, the Pirates are trying to turn things around. Calling the signals will be sophomore Jamie Vanetta. Despite the fact that he hasn't played a down of varsity football, Pattenaude has confidence in his young gun. Pattenaude likes Vanetta's strong throwing arm, which he hopes to use 35 to 40 percent of the time passing the football every game. The main focus ofhis practices so far has been an effort to build a Cubs' Mark Grace scores underneath Giants' catcher Kirt Manwaring Giants blow move than cool Clark's temper costs San Francisco in 6-5 loss to Cubs By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO Will Clark blew his chance by blowing his cool. The San Francisco Giants' best hitter was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a play at first base. The Giants got the tying run to third base with outs in the ninth but pjnch-hitter Mike Felder, batting in Clark's spot, popped out and the Chicago Cubs hung on for a 6-5 victory. "I guess I've got to thank Will for getting himself kicked out of the game," said Chicago starter to stay there and get the number of credits he needed to get the degree and he hopes to come in the winter. He wants to be here, but we didn't give him any real guarantees." Some junior college transfers have made immediate impact. Shavez Hawkins, a defensive back from Harper College, has won a job at strong safety, while Mike Martinez, another Harper transfer, is pushing for another safety job. . "Shavez has given us a badly needed spark," Smith said. "I just -think he's really helped us. Now a lot of guys are flying around and hitting people just like he is. "Mike Martinez is still learning our system. He had a groin injury that set him back a couple of days, but he's battling with James Dorsey for a spot at the away safety. "This has been the most physical camp I've ever been involved in. We've hit every day and the guys are responding. They are coming in sore, but every day they are going back at it against a good jpffense. Our goal this year is to get some of our respect back and we think we have to earn that." Returning letterwinners for the Cumberland Pirates are Wayne Kingery, Josh Branden- -y. burg, Jason Warner and John Drum. omo '; strong offensive line. pie work for the team. This year Drum look to get a majority of the I "Building a good line is one of the kids have been easy to agree playing time. Kingery will work our top priorities," Pattenaude upon where we put them." as the Pirate tailback and Drum - said. "Last year we had a lot of in- In the Pirate backfield, senior . dividuals instead of having peo- Wayne Kingery and junior John Continued on B3 " 7 IPs Mike Harkey, who picked up the win. "I think any pitcher would rather face Mike Felder than Will Clark, seeing as Mike Felder had been sitting on the bench for seven innings and Will's been playing the whole game." Clark made an early exit from the locker room as well and wasn't around to discuss his first ejection since getting thrown out for arguing with umpire Dutch Rennert during a game against Houston on May 31, 1990. The Giants scored twice in the ninth before re liver Bob Scanlan Controversy arises at Notre Dame, again It's always something. The Notre Dame football preseason would hardly be complete without controversy involving at least one player, threatening to distract the coach and team from the job of preparing for the season. - This year, it's a reported private loan of $5,000 and gifts to Demetrius DuBose, a senior co-captain and the team's toughest defensive player. NCAA rules sharply restrict the benefits outsiders can bestow on scholarship athletes. The Los Angeles Tunes, cit ing unidentified sources, re ported DuBose had received the loan and gifts from a Seattle couple, also unidentified, who were former Notre Dame students. DuBose is a Seattle native. After hours of silence, Notre Dame issued a statement late Thursday admitting a violation occurred. Under an NCAA procedure, Notre Dame declared DuBose ineligible "a number of weeks ago," then requested to have his eligi bility restored because of T,he unique facta present in this case." The statement, quoting ath 4 ' s AP Photo induced Felder's popup with runners at first and third. Scanlan worked the final 1 1-3 innings for his seventh save. "They were coming back but at the same time I knew one or two good pitches and it's over," Scanlan said. "So I'm not out 'here thinking, 'Oh my God, they've got a rally going.' I'm just thinking, 'How am I going to get this guy out,' and that's it." Andre Dawson and Jose Vizcaino backed Harkey, who allowed one run on two hits before Continued on B3 letic director Dick Rosenthal, who was out of town, did not elaborate on those facts. Rosenthal took issue with the size of the loan, saying it was only $bO0. He said DuBose believed the loan was not a violation because he had known the couple before he attended Notre Dame. "We do not feel it is appropri ate to comment further until the NCAA eligibility staff renders its expected decision next week," he said. News of the loan sent the athletic department scrambling earlier in the day to find a copy of the story. I he normally garru lous Irish sports information machine then lapsed into utter silence, neither admitting nor denying anything. Spokesman John Heisler presented a stolid wall of no comment, refusing questions about conflicting versions, about Rosenthal's reactions, about the possible effect on DuBose's eligibility. DuBose, who starred in last season's shaky defense with 127 tackles, was silent, too. Til deal with it later," he said after practice. Coach Lou Holtz kept his silence as well. "N f. J - x m I

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