C C2I The Sun WEDNESDAY. July 17. 1991 KALEIDOSCOPE A Gross injustice: Two losses a day Kip Gross had a tough day Sunday he lost - two games in two different leagues. First, he suffered the loss in the Cincinnati " Reds' 10-6 defeat by the Pittsburgh Pirates. , The same day. the Nashville Sounds completed a rain-suspended game from May 15. Gross had been the starting pitcher in that game 'and was losing when the game was halted. The Sounds, who are the Reds' Triple-A farm team, wound up losing Sunday at Denver, 6-2. - "Two losses in one day! Holy cow," Gross said VI when informed of having suffered losses 1,164 I miles from each other. "I didn't know that 'til just now. Hey, that's tough to take. That's a tough ';day." ij- But they might steal the mascot 51 Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy, on his AFC champion's low-key approach to the 1991 season: "We weren't looking to burst out of the locker room yelling, 'Beat Navy' or anything like that." In a New York state of mind New York Mets pitcher David Cone, on his ; off-beat style: "Yeah, I am perhaps borderline berserk. But if you can get away with that any-where, I think you can in New York. I think New ; York understands borderline berserk. I think j New York respects borderline berserk." Juan is not enough Contra Costa (Ca.) Times columnist Dave Newhouse, on why the Giants should not make a I trade: "Every time the Giants trade a starter like J a Dan Gladden, they get three minor-league :; pitchers named Juan." : All run, no hit ; Roger Craig, on speedy rookie Mike Benja-; min, who's 2-for-42 through last Sunday: "This guy is one of my best baserunners and I wish he i could show it. Too bad you can't steal first" : SPORTS IN BRIEF Umpire's recovery . prospects look good DALLAS Although the exact damage of American League umpire Steve Palermo's gunshot wound has not been determined, a spinal cord specialist said Tuesday prospects for his recovery appear good. i Palermo, who was shot earlier this month while aiding two robbery victims, underwent more tests Tuesday at the Dallas Rehabilitation Institute, where he was transferred Monday from Parkland Memorial Hospital. "Although the exact extent of recovery cannot be predicted, initial assessments indicated a ! very optimistic prognosis," Dr. John Milani, med- - ical director of the institute's Spinal Cord Unit, said in a prepared release issued Tuesday. Milani said Palermo will need several months of rehabilitation. Palermo was wounded in the lower section of the spinal cord region. Pro Football Hall wants to expand ; CANTON, Ohio Representatives of the Pro ; Football Hall of Fame, ready for next week's en- shrinement, are also planning an enlargement to " the home of football's greats. ; "There are definite plans for expansion," said .; Don Smith, a vice president at the Hall of Fame. - "We're going to run out of space, we need to do something, and we're going to do something." 2 The Hall of Fame has not set a timetable for ; construction, but it will include knocking down ; some walls and adding a new wing. At the mo-; nent, the Hall of Fame includes four connected buildings. The Hall of Fame will enshrine the Class of - 91 a week from Saturday. Earl Campbell, Tex Schramm, John Hannah, Stan Jones and Jan Ste- 3 nerud will swell the ranks of inductees to 160. 1 ,. . The last major Hall of Fame expansion, a $1.5 ' million project, was finished in 1978 when there - were 102 enshrinees. : -Alzado undergoes tests ; . LOS ANGELES Lyle Alzado. former All- Pro defensive end who has been battling inoper-able brain cancer, underwent tests after being hospitalized for possible dehydration, his agent said. Alzado, a 14-year NFL player with Denver, - Cleveland and the Los Angeles Raiders, was ad- mitted to an undisclosed hospital Sunday after two days in which he could not hold down food or liquids, said agent Greg Campbell. 5 "So far the doctors think he had become de-3 hyd rated," Campbell said, "But a number of tests 2 are still being taken." The agent said it was ex- pected Alzado would be able to leave the hospital in a few days. Navartilova files statement ; FORT WORTH. Texas Martina NavraUlo-' va gave a sworn statement Tuesday in a deposi-;3 tton in the palimony lawsuit filed by her former companion. 2 ' - Attorneys said they still have more questions 'for the tennis star. . BRIEFLY NOTED: A Houston financing group interested in buying the Astros has re- newed talks with the franchise's owner, reviving '. efforts to keep the team in Houston. . . , Detroit shortstop Alan Trammell sprained his right an- kle Tuesday night as he ran out a grounder lead-- ing off the third inning of the Tigers' game 2 against the Texas Rangers. . . . New Jersey Nets ; officials said the team is near an agreement to release guard Reggie Tbeus from the final year t of his contract Theus reportedly has been of- fered a 3-year, $4 million deal with Ranger Va- rese in the Italian League. . . . David Bergaala J Jr. of Sylmar had six birdies and one bogey for a 5-under 67 and two-stroke lead after two rounds at the 66th U.S. Amateur Public Links Champl- onship. . . . Gene Stns, who overcame two heart a bypass operations before Joining the senior J bowling tour this year, won six straight games ; and pulled away to a 279-pin lead in the $70,000 AMF Cobra Bowling Classic. From Sun News Services L'il AVput together big oP streak By MARC STEIN Sun Sports Writer SAN BERNARDINO Basketball practice with foam ball, on five-foot hoop began early Tuesday, in a shady corner of Fiscalini Field. The Modesto A's were trying a new sport . Dunks came without challenge. Jumpers, too. Because their baseball routine had become just that the L'il A's, as they're known at home, were improvising rather than bashing. They were saving their forearms for later. America's hottest team, which might also be the loosest, has grown fond of having fun. These things happen when you win 16 consecutive games, a streak that finally ended Tuesday with a 6-5 loss to the Spirit "I try to let it go for a while," A's manager Ted Kubiak said of the pre-game three-point contests. "It makes them play better." For much of the first half (35-33) and the start of the second, Kubiak preferred seeing his players spend additional time in the batting cage or in meetings. But a 1-8 start in the second half convinced him a new approach was worth considering. "Things were just getting too heavy," Kubiak said. "Plus we weren't winning. There was no sense pushing it so we just backed off." The calm-atmosphere policy was instituted at the start of the month, then enhanced by the arrival of several newcomers. Tavarez's homer helps Spirit win By MARC STEIN Sun Sports Writer SAN BERNARDINO Someone will have to work on home-run trot of Jesus Tavarez, which he introduced Tuesday night at 100-yard dash speed. Too fast, surely, for Tavarez to enjoy the moment His fifth-inning homer, after 694 professional at-bats without one, was the shock that helped end a streak. For the first time in July, the Modesto A's were unable to win. The Spirit used Tavarez's rare blast, four double plays and base coaching from legendary comic Max Patkin to beat the A's 6-5 before 2,340 at Fiscalini Field. Actually, Modesto came close to making it 17 in a row. After falling behind, 6-2, the A's scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh. But they couldn't complete the rally. Spirit closer Troy Kent followed Doug Fitzer's two innings of run-free relief with a scoreless ninth to earn his 14th save. And in doing so, Kent prevented two streaks from continuing. Modesto, having matched the 16-game run of the South Atlantic League's Augusta Pirates, fell one victory short of baseball's longest unbeaten stretch on 1991. San Bernardino starter Marcos Garcia, having lost four consecutive decisions, won for the first time since June 12 to improve to 6-9. For that Garcia can also thank Tavarez, whose catch at full speed in the third inning turned Eric Booker's gap-bound flyball into a long double play. Two innings later, Tavarez crushed his surprising homer, which began a three-run inning that gave Garcia a sizable cushion. Mavericks get boost from Mieske, win By PETE MARSHALL Special to The Sun ADELANTO The big games by Matt Mieske, who has carried the Mavericks most of the season, had been forgotten for a while as the slugger went 2-for-2 1 in seven games last week. Tuesday, against Salinas, the Mavs rediscovered the big bat of Mieske as he went 2-for-4 with a run and eight RBI, leading them to a 13-6 win before 2,846 at Maverick Stadium. The Spurs took an early 5-0 lead against Scott Sanders (6-4), but the Mavericks came roaring back behind Mieske's bat and scored 12 runs in their last three at-bats for the victory. J.D. Noland also had a big game for High Desert going 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Salinas knocked around Sanders for five runs in the fourth. Brian Palma singled to right and went to second when Jim Eppard walked. Jim Bishop singled to left to score Palma for a 1-0 lead. Todd Cruz reached on a fielder's choice, with Bishop going to second. Hideyukl Yasuda hit a fly ball to Mieske in right who dropped it but was able to force Cruz at second with Bishop taking third. Arihito Muramatsu walked to load the bases before Ryo Kawano doubled home two and Harry Shelton added a two-run single for a 5-0 lead. Ozzie Sanchez took a offering from Spur starter Carlos Carrasco downtown in the fourth to put the Mavs on the board 5-1. Sanchez' home run was his 12th of the season. The Mavericks continued to battle back in the sixth. Noland drew a lead-off walk and went to third on a double to right by Steve Martin. Mieske hit a sacrifice fly to center, sending Martin to third and chasing Carrasco. Jay Gainer greeted Dennis Livingston with another sac fly, this time to left to cut the deficit to 5-3. In the seventh, the Mavs put together a big inning to take the lead. Steve Bethea singled to center with one out and John Abercrombie and Ray Holbert walked to load the bases. Noland hit a two-run single to center to tie the score and knock out Livingston (0-1) in favor of John Stewart Martin walked to reload the bases, and then Mieske crushed a bases-clearing double to left and the Mavs led for the first time, 8-5. After being held scoreless by Sanders since the five-run fourth, the Spurs got back into the scoring column against Saul Soltero in the eighth. Eppard hit a lead-off double and went to third on a ground out before Cruz singled to center to make the score 8-6. In the eighth, the Mavs put the game away against Yukio Ohtsubo. Bethea singled with one out and went to second on a ground out before Holbert walked. Noland and Martin walked to score one run and bring up Mieske, who hit a slam to left and an insurmountable 13-6 lead. MODESTO A'S WINNING STREAK The results ' of games won by the California League's Modesto Athletics during their current 16-game winning streak: . July 1 : Modesto 4, Salinas 1 July 2: Modesto 8, Salinas 2 July 3: Modesto 5, Salinas 4, 10 Innings July 4: Modesto 10, Reno 6, 1st game July 4: Modesto 4, Reno 2 , 2nd game July 5: Modesto 7, Reno 5 July 6: Modesto 8, Salinas 5 July 7: Modesto 9, Salinas 5 July 8: Modesto 25 Salinas 7 July 9: Modesto 13, Spirit 1 July 10: Modesto 7, Spirit 2 July 11: Modesto 8, Spirit 1 July 12: Modesto 9, Palm Springs 2 July 13: Modesto 1 1 , Palm Springs 5 July 14: Modesto 16, Palm Springs 5 July 15: Modesto 12, Spirit 2 Aggregate score: Modesto 152, Opponents 55 Four came from Double-A Huntsville; all have contributed. The eight new arrivals combined to offset the loss of all-star outfielder Kevin Dattola and shortstop Kurt Abbott who were promoted. First baseman Fred Cooley, with 30 RBI in 27 games, shortstop Francisco Matos, at .383 in 13 games, and outfielder Marcos Armas, with eight homers in 97 at-bats, have added stability to Kubi-ak's lineup. And Russ Cormier, also from Huntsville, has won each of his four starts, with an ERA of 0.96. "We're pitching well and hitting well at the same time." said A's first baseman Mike Messerly. "That's really the only reason we're on this winning streak." r The run of success started July 1, and included a doubleheader sweep of Reno on Independence Day. At almost the same time, Modesto catcher Henry Mercedes began a hitting streak, which he extended to 15 on Tuesday with a second-inning RBI double. Unbelievable as it sounds, this was a month without a loss for the A's before they fell to the Spirit for the first time in five second-half games. "I don't know what the (heck) I'm doing to keep this going," Kubiak said before Tuesday's game. "I'm just glad to be in charge." . SplfttltQlM Left-hander Mike Itamploa, who on May 31 threw the first no-flitter In franchise history, has been sent to short-sesson Belllngham (Wash.) of the Slngle-A Northwest League. Aside from his hltless gem sgainst Vlsalia, he struggled as the league's youngest pitcher. The 18-year-old tost his other seven decisions. "Hws took the top live arms In the Cal League, Mike Hampton would be on that list," Spirit manager Tommy Jones said. "He was an accomplished football player In high school, and I (wanted) him to take some of that football Intensity to the mound with him. Sometimes, he left It in the clubhouse. Hampton is scheduled to start Saturday tor Belllngham Right-hander Charleo WHey haa been promoted from Bellingham. Wiley, scheduled to start Tuesday tor Bellingham, and Trey Kent are Jones' only available right-handed relievers. . . . Tonight at 6, on KABC7, a segment on area minor-league baseball featuring San Bemsdlno.HIgh Desert and Palm Springs will be shown. INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP For Dr. KarraaV World Known Negotiating Course Call Today TomRlos Karrass Diit. 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