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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Monday, July 2, 1990 BASEBALLGOLF 14 Offense favors King for a day any way By Paul Meyer Post-Gazette Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO - The pop returned to Jeff King's bat yesterday at least for a day. The third baseman, who's struggled most of the season, hit his third home run to break a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning, and the Pirates went on to an 8-5 victory over San Francisco. "I'm not saying I'm going to go on a 50-game hitting streak," King said, "but I've felt comfortable in my stance the last few days. I'd like to get on a roll and contribute. I don't want to be too tough on myself. I'll try to be positive. I hope it gets me going." It was King's first home run since May 25. Between home runs, he had only one extra base hit, a double in St. Louis June 11. "I don't know what to say," King said. "I try so hard, and I get so frustrated. If I was a little more relaxed, maybe it would help. It's nice to hit a home run, but it can get tough enjoying a home run when you're trying to battle so hard to get some hits. It seems like I'm always either behind the ball or in front of it." Win surprises Tibbs Jay Tibbs, who pitched one inning in relief of starter John Smiley, got credit for the win because Smiley didn't pitch five innings, the minimum needed by a starter to qualify for a victory. "Did they give it to me?" Tibbs said. "Tell them thank you." It was Tibbs' third appearance for the Pirates since they acquired him from Baltimore a week ago. He's pitched five innings and allowed two runs. "He needs to pitch," Manager Jim Leyland said. Can Leyland get Tibbs enough innings with the Pirates? "I don't know the answer to that, but he definitely needs to pitch," Leyland said. BUCS NOTEBOOK The Pirates have four double-headers in a month, beginning Aug. 6. Is it possible that when pitchers Bob Walk and Ted Power return from the disabled list after the AU-Star break that Tibbs might go to Buffalo to pitch before the double-headers begin? "Somebody's going to have to pitch him," Leyland said. "My arm's a hundred percent," said Tibbs, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder last September. "My arm strength is not there yet. But there's no pain or anything. I'm a little inconsistent with my pitches. The first couple of times here, I was just throwing the ball up there to throw strikes, instead of working to spots.'" Tibbs primarily has been a starter in his major league career. Now he's a middle or long reliever. "I just need to feel a little more comfortable," Tibbs said. "It's a new role for me. I have to make the adjustment." Don Robinson, coach? Former Pirate Don Robinson, 33, is signed by San Francisco through 1991. "What are you going to do when you're done?" Leyland asked him yesterday. "Quit," Robinson said. "Do you want to stay in the game? Be a pitching coach?" Ley-land asked. "I don't want to be a pitching coach," Robinson said. "I want to be a strategist. I want to sit in the dugout and make all the moves." "That's what the manager does," Leyland said. "Yeah, but I want to be a coach doing that," Robinson said. "The manager takes all the heat." Kipper coming around Bob Kipper, who had arthrosco- "m ; Mvv ' : 'MMimrm pi! Ill .. IiilSI lllii tT .... WMKiM&i John G. Mabanglo Associated Press Pirates second baseman Wally Backman bounds over Giants baserunner Will Clark after turning a double play in the seventh inning yesterday in San Francisco. pic surgery on his left elbow Feb. 9, finally seems to be gaining consistency. In his past six appearances, he's pitched 10 scoreless innings and allowed only five hits. "It's starting to come around," Kipper said. "Obviously, when I first came up May 7 I wasn't throwing like I did last year. There are a ton of reasons, but the fact is, I wasn't. But when you start getting out there and having success, it builds on itself. "And even if you have a bad outing, you still try to thrive on the positive things you've done. My arm seems to be getting stronger. The big difference is that my arm responds better the day after I pitch. I'm not saying my arm's as sound as last year, but it's getting better." No regrets for Ross Mark Ross, sent to Buffalo to make room for Smiley on the Pirates' roster, appeared in four games, pitching 7'3 innings and allowing three hits and a run. "I liked him," Leyland said. "He did a hell of a job. It's sad we have to send him down, because he hasn't done anything to deserve that." When he joined the Pirates June 20, Ross knew he probably wouldn't be here long. "Terry Collins the Buffalo manager told me when I came up, 'Don't expect too much,'" Ross said. "I probably got more time than I expected, so I can't complain. It's been good. It gave me a chance to pitch a little bit. I feel I did a good job. Hopefully, if the situation comes up again, they won't hesitate to use me." PIRATES STATS Batting AB R H2b3b HR RBI Avg. Slaught 123 18 47 10 2 4 20 .382 Bonds 236 51 78 20 3 14 bb 331 Lind 249 24 76 17 2 0 28 .305 VanSlyke 23931 72 10 3 7 37 .301 Backman 172 31 50 11 2 2 17 291 Bream 173 17 48 9 1 6 29 .277 Reynolds 109 15 30 5 1 0 12 .275 Bomlla 288 58 79 18 4 17 55 .274 Bell 264 37 72 16 5 3 24 .273 Belliard 22 6 6 1 0 0 1 .273 UValliere 11514 31 4 0 1 12 .270 Redus 107 9 28 6 2 1 10 .262 Merced 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .250 King 144 18 32 6 0 3 13 .222 Drabek 30 3 6 0 0 1 4 .200 Power 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 200 Reed 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 .167 Walk 20 2 3 0 0 0 1 .150 Terrell 26 0 2 0 0 0 0 077 Smiley 17 0 1 0 0 0 1 .059 Heaton 29 2 1 0 0 0 1 .034 Patterson 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Landrum 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Kipper 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 000 Belinda 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Rusk in 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Ross 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Pitching WIS IP H ER BB SO ERA Ross 0 0 0 4'i 1 0 1 1 0.00 Landrm 2 1 12 39 33 7 11 24 1 62 Reed 1 0 1 24 18 6 4 20 2.19 Power 0 2 4 24V4 21 7 5 22 2 59 Belinda 2 2 3 18 12 6 11 17 2.89 Ruskin 2 1 2 31 29 10 19 22 2 90 Tibbs 1 0 0 3 5 1 1 2 3 00 Drabek 8 4 0 96 92 35 29 48 3.26 Paltrsn 4 3 1 49 47 18 12 37 3.31 Heaton 10 3 0 89 86 33 21 38 3 32 Walk 4 4 0 71 80 28 22 44 3.53 Smiley 3 3 0 49 50 22 5 30 3.99 Kipper 3 1 1 26 20 13 12 18 4.44 Terrell 2 6 0 75 88 47 30 32 5 62 HOME ATTENDANCE (32 dates) 1990 710.835(Avg. 22.214) 1989 556.946 (Avg. 17,405) 1981 604.423 (Avg. 18.888) PIRATES DATA Agricultural report: BUFFALO (45-35) lost to Rochester, 1 1-3, Saturday night. Vicente Palacios (5-6) pitched five innings and allowed live hits, live walks and five runs (four earned). Left fielder Steve Carter hit his third home run and drove in three runs. HARRISBURG (39-34) fell to Canton-Akron, 13-4. Jim Tracy (7-3) lost. Third baseman John Wehner had two hits. SALEM (29-50) lost to Peninsula, 4-1. Center fielder Greg Sims went 3-for-4. AUGUSTA (45-38) won at Asheville, 10- 2. Third baseman Austin Manahan had two hits, including his seventh home run, and drove in four runs. Shortstop Willie Greene had three hits. Second baseman Roman Rodriguez drove in three runs. WELLAND (5-5) lost to St. Catharines, 6-2. Left fielder Wes Grisham had a hit and RBI. BRADENTON (6-4) beat the Rangers, 11- 7. Second baseman Charles Tooch went 3-for-4. AL isn't laughing in review of Seattle-Milwaukee brew-ha-ha By Jim Cour Associated Press Writer SEATTLE - As baseball brawls go, this was a doozy. ..There were no injuries after Saturday night's battle between Seattle and Milwaukee,' which saw eight players ejected, but fines from the American League this week should be sizable. There could even be a few suspensions. ." The brawl occurred in the eighth inning when, with the Mariners ahead 6-2, the Brewers' Bob Sebra hit Tracy Jones with a pitch. .' , Twenty-five minutes later, eight players four from each team had been ejected by umpire crew chief John Shulock. "I've been in the game 17 years and I've never seen one like that," Shulock said. "Depending on your perspective, it was the best or the worst ever," Milwaukee Manager Tom Trebelhorn said. "It was a big one all right," Mariners Manager Jim Lefebvre said. "It was all over the place. It was totally out of control." " Just imagine what AL President Bobby Brown's reaction might be after he's briefed on the situation. Here's what happened: The Mariners had taken a 6-2 lead in the eighth after Jeffrey Leonard's second homer of the game. Then, Edgar Martinez hit a bloop double, bringing up Jones. Sebra promptly hit Jones on the arm. "I drilled him, I hit him on purpose," said Sebra, almost certain to receive a fine along with a possible suspension for his remarks. : "Things haven't been going right for me or the team lately. It was time for someone to take a lump. I wasn't trying to hit him in the head, but I was trying to drill him." At that point, both benches emptied and several pushing and shoving matches ensued. When order was restored, Sebra, catcher B.J. Surhoff, third baseman Gary Sheffield and utilityman Mike Felder were the ejected Brewers. Jones, shortstop Jeff Schaefer and pitchers Gene Harris and Randy Johnson were Mariners kicked out. Jones, who beat the Brewers with a two-run double Friday night, was the second Mariners player hit in the game. Martinez was hit by a pitch from Teddy Higuera after Leonard homered in the first inning. Jones seemed more upset with Surhoff's reaction, to him being hit. "He told me, 'What if he did try to hit you?' " Jones said. The troubles between the Mariners and the Brewers began at spring training in 1989 when they fought twice in the same day. Bill Spiers ran into Seattle catcher Dave Valle at the plate in a game in Milwaukee May 28, 1989. Valle tore ligaments in his right knee and didn't get back until July 6, 1989. Lefebvre said the Mariners weren't looking for any fights with the Brewers. "But we're not going to back down," he said. "If they want to fight, we'll fight." Schaefer was a target of some of the bigger Brewers. "Big men with big egos go after little nannU " Ciknfnp oiA "TUrt.. it,..,,, cav.' tomahawks at me but I ducked the big blows." Lefebvre accused Trebelhorn of prolonging the melee. "I kept saying, 'It's over, it's over,'" Lefebvre said. "Trebelhorn kept saying, 'It's not over, it's not over.' There shouldn't be fighting like that. It's not a hockey game." Trebelhorn said he hoped the brawl would help turn around his struggling team. "Whenever you have events that brine 1..L. t 1 , , ........ yuur uuo lugeuier, u can De Denenciai, ne said. Trevino nips Nicklaus to take Senior Open FROM PAGE 11 '"I knew I had to shoot a low round to catch Jack," said Tt-evino, who started the final 18 holes one stroke back of his old rival. ' "I didn't think 67 would be good enough." But it was. Nicklaus, winner of two of his three previous starts among the seniors, got away to a slow start, spotted Trevino two shots at the turn and couldn't catch up. He twice closed to within one stroke in the two-man battle over the back nine, but each time cost himself dearly with a bogey on the following hole. The one on the 17th - with Trevino already in a television booth and tossing out some mild barbs was the killer. A 12-foot putt on the 16th gave Nicklaus his third birdie in four holes and fourth in six. On the 17th, a par-5 that usually requires three shots to reach the green, Nicklaus played two long-iron shots into an excellent position short of the putting surface. But with rain starting to fall again, his third shot was short of the green. "If Jack had kept up with the pace of play ," said Trevino, who finished about one-half hour in front of Nicklaus, "he wouldn't have to play in the rain." Nicklaus chipped to about 4 feet, then missed the par putt. It dropped him two strokes back with one hole to go and Trevino had his trophy. Nicklaus, like Trevino a rookie among the seniors, finished with a 2-under-par 70 and a 277 total. No one else was even close. Gary Player, who beat Nicklaus and Trevino for the PGA Senior title earlier this year, took himself out of it over the back nine, shot 73 and was tied at 281 with Mike Hill and Chi Chi Rodriguez. Rodriguez closed with a 66. Readers may be victims of stand C FROM PAGE 11 are going to boycott a news event, why compromise by sending a surrogate from a wire service in place of your own reporter? Does less taint attach to the AP reporter than to your own? As further evidence of its displeasure with the PGA's policies, will the Press limit coverage of the PGA championship to, say, 10 column inches daily? And will it bury those stories on the third page of the sports section, under a tire ad? Will it take literally its pledge to use AP dispatches, or will it augment the AP reports with material provided by the Scripps-Howard and Knight-Rid-der wires? Your guess is as good as mine. As a jock journalist, I am taken aback by the notion that newspapers will staff an event or fail to do so because they approve or disapprove of the people making the news. I was comfortable with the old way of doing business, in which such decisions were predicated solely on the newsworthiness of the event. Was the story important to our readers? How good would our coverage be if we ser a reporter? Might it BRUCE KEID AN be iess than adequate if we did not? Did the difference justify the expense? Where do the readers' interests fit into the new scheme of things, I wonder? And when editors begin to take the high moral ground in assigning news stories, where does it end? If we do not approve of the Soviet Union's actions in Lithuania, do we so signify by refusing to staff the Goodwill Games? When we send our reporters to cover a Mike Tyson fight, do we condone brutality to women? Do we give our tacit approval to Tyson's promoter, Don King? Somehow, I have a hard time imagining this sort of journalistic response posture becoming fashionable outside the Fun & Games Department. Read my lips: Much as the editors of The Pittsburgh Press may disapprove of political candidates who break their campaign promises after being elected, they will not boycott theOP convention in 1992. imm VMM ' mmmm'"mitrmmm..u nwmmwmwm . i miiuiiwiimiimiiiiwiiiimiiwwim M no " "ll ' '"' JF .''s sS jy W-,J . Si J, " $ iiwal - "ft-! 3r 5 f f 4,; ' - ; , - Levi shoots final 67, wins Hartford by two strokes Associated Press Cathy Johnston jumps for joy after sinking a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole at the LPGA Classic in Kitchener, Ontario. By The Associated Press CROMWELL, Conn. - Wayne Levi, twice a runnerup in the Greater Hartford Open, shot a 67 yesterday to beat Mark Calcavecchia and three others by two strokes for his third victory of the season. Levi, who lost last year when Paul Azinger chipped in from 40 feet on the final hole, completed 72 holes at 267, 13 under par for the 6,531-yard Tournament Players Club of Connecticut course. He had five birdies and two bogeys in the final round in becoming the PGA Tour's first three-time winner this year. Levi, who hadn't won in five years, won the Atlanta Golf Classic and the Western Open over a three-week period. Levi, who won $180,000, had consecutive birdies on 13 and 14 to take the lead and survived a bogey on 16. Calcavecchia, the defending British Open champion, appeared to take control after running off three straight birdies, getting to 14-under after a near eagle on 13. But he double-bogeyed the 17th when he put the ball into the water and then three-putted for bogey on 18. Calcavecchia shot a final 67 to finish at 269 with Greensburg's Rocco Mediate, Brad Fabel and Chris Perry. Mediate shot a 65, Fabel, co-leader after the third round, had a 70 and Perry, son of former major league pitcher Jim Perry, shot a 69. Walton cops French Open CHANTILLY, France - Irishman Philip Walton parred the second playoff hole to defeat Bernhard Langer and win the $595,000 French Open for his first victory on the European Tour. Walton shot 1 -under in the final round to finish at 275 over the 6,383-meter Chantilly course. Langer, of West Germany, shot 67 in his final round. Langer had to watch as Walton birdied the 18th to tie. At the second playoff hole, Langer hit a short iron into a bunker and failed to get up and down. Eduardo Romero of Argentina shot 70 for a total 276 and third place. Britain's Nick Faldo failed to win a third successive title, finishing two sjiots behind at 277. GOLF ROUNDUP Garner garners title HAMILTON, N.Y. - Tom Garner birdied four holes, three on the back nine, and finished with a final-round 4-under-par 68 to win the 5100,000 Ben Hogan Central New York Classic. Garner, of Orlando, Fla., collected birdies on holes 7, 10, 12 and 13 to finish the tournament with a 9-under-par score of 207 over three rounds. Three other players Brian Watts of Oklahoma City, Ed Hu-menik of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Andy Morse of Needham, Mass. were one stroke back at 8-under 208. Garner earned $20,000 for finishing first. All three second-place finishers won $8,666.66 apiece. Garner took control with his birdie spree on the back nine and then held off a late charge by Humenik, who eagled the last hole. Watts, a co-leader after the second round, started with a bogey before making an eagle and a birdie on the front nine, then parred out on the back side. Doyle does it again JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Allen Doyle, 41, a golf-course manager from La Grange, Ga., cruised to a two-shot victory over three-time Sunnehanna champion Jay Sigel of Berwyn, Pa., to win the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for the second consecutive year. Doyle fired rounds of 68-67-68-71 for a six-under par 274 total. In becoming the sixth man to win the prestigious crown twice, Doyle needed four fewer strokes than when he won last year. Sigel shot rounds of 67 in each of the last two rounds but couldn't catch Doyle. Johnston claims title KITCHENER, Ontario - Cathy Johnston completed an impressive wire-to-wire performance, beating Patty Sheehan by two strokes in winning the LPGA du Maurier Classic. Johnston shot a 2-under-par 71 to complete four rounds at 276, 16 under for the 6,415-yard course at the Westmount Golf and Country Club. r

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