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C2 The Sun TUESDAY. May 21. 1991 r.1 Errors costly to Mavericks in 5-1 loss By PETE MARSHALL Special to The Sun second. Carlos Laboy then reached on an infield single. Holbert, trying to get Laboy, threw wild to first, allowing Martinez to score. Laboy took second as first baseman Jay Gainer's throw home was also astray. He also took third after Sanders' pickoff attempt ended up in center field. Jim Edmonds then walked, but was caught stealing. J.R Showalter kept the scoring going when he hit an RBI triple to left-center, after which Frank Dominguez drove him in with a double to center. Maverick manager Bruce Bochy felt the team lost the game in that fateful inning. "We really broke down in the one inning," he said. In the fifth. Palm Springs added another run. With one out, two singles, an error and an intentional walk loaded the bases. Laboy forced P.J. Forbes at home, but Edmonds was able to score Martinez with a single to left, to make it 4-0. With the score 5-0 in the eighth, the Mavericks were finally able to get to Angels starter Dave Van Winkle (5-2). Van Winkle tired, and loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks with nobody out. Matt Witkowski grounded into a double play scoring Steve Bethea, but the inning was just about killed. Matt Mieske, who also had two hits, then walked, but reliever Bruce Vegely was able to coax Gainer to ground out to end the threat. Vegely got his first save of the season with VA innings of work. The story of the game however, was the six errors by High Desert, including three by Holbert. "We're going to have games like this," Bochy said. "We've just got to keep (our) heads up." Mavericks notee The California Angels signed farmer Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valeniueia Monday. He will be making his first start at Palm Springs on Wednesday against the Mavericks at 7:05 p.m The Mavericks will be in Palm Springs through Thursday, after which they will return home tor a weekend series against the Stockton Ports. . . . Mavericks catcher John Abercrombie got his lirst stolen base of the season Monday night. He was safe at second, but Mark Gieseke was nailed at home on the delayed double steal. . . . Pitching for the Mavericks tonight is Luis Qallndez (3-1). KALEIDOSCOPE Mets, Yanks don't know who's on third About the only thing that's certain for New York's baseball teams these days is who's on first. More than a few members of the Yankees were a little confused when word came that All-Star Steve Sax was moving from second base to third to make room for rookie Pat Kelly. "I don't know what to make of it," said first baseman Don Mattingly. "I guess Steve can play third. We'll see." Sax, who be the fifth player the Yankees have used at third this year, also looked bewildered while trying to figure out what it all means. "I have a contract to play for the New York Yankees so I will do whatever they tell me," said Sax, a five-time All-Star who received a four-year. $12.4 million contract extension in December. "I can't say that I'll be comfortable at third base, though." At Shea Stadium, the Mets moved Howard Johnson from third to shortstop last season when regular shortstop Kevin Elstergot hurt. Manager Bud Harrelson intended to keep it that way this year, too. But Johnson really wanted to stay at third. Gregg Jefl'eries started the season at third, but has been struggling and is going back to second base, his natural position. Elster was activated Monday from the disabled list and will play short, while Johnson will move back to third. Dave Magadan will remain as the everyday first baseman. A Darling of a quote Add Mets: Pitcher Ron Darling, who would rather have defensive whiz Tommy Herr at second than Gregg Jefferies: "I'm a pitcher. I'm greedy. Tommy Herr is our best infielder. I want him in the game all nine innings." Drivino In rirrlps AP sports writer John Nelson, on how ABC got the rights to televise the Indy 500: "It's time again for the Indianapolis 500, which is being televised this year by ABC only because it's too boring for C-Span." PALM SPRINGS Maybe the ride was just rough. Maybe there were rocks in the infield. Maybe the ball was hit too hard. Well, whatever the reason was, the High Desert Mavericks looked plain flat as they committed six errors en route to a 5-1 loss to the Palm Springs Angels before 846 fans at Palm Springs Angels Stadium Monday night. Mavericks starter Scott Sanders (0-2) pitched well, but the lax defense (of which Sanders was a part) led to three unearned runs. It was scoreless until the fourth inning, when the opportunistic Angels turned four Mavericks errors into three runs. Ramon Martinez led off the inning by reaching on an error by shortstop Ray Holbert. When Edgar Alfonzo struck out on a wild pitch, Martinez took Redlands: 'Amateur' cyclists no easy riders Continued fromC1 Glen Road in Yucaipa, the prologue course for the Redlands Bicycle Classic that starts Wednesday and runs through Memorial Day, can quickly take its toll on any amateur. Technically, that's what the Redlands riders are amateurs. Essentially, however, the Redlands team members are pros. Yes, they are on an "amateur" team, but the level of expertise here is as amateurish as that of the UNLV basketball team. First of all, each of the Redlands riders has $2,000 Trek bikes and $175 shoes. Secondly, anyone and everyone can make money in cycling. The pros race with the amateurs all the time, just like they will during the six days of the Classic. And many times the amateurs win, too. It's just that the pros tend to make more money. While Redlands is an amateur team, it is not an amateur outfit. Backman, Kristensen and Steve Klasna pocketed their winnings from their first-, third- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, at the Death Valley race on May 12. Riding is their job, but it doesn't pay much. The team's annual budget is $65,000 and that doesn't go very far when it's split about 10 ways among the top riders, while also supporting a junior program. Steve and Trent have been living with Peter and Vicki Brandt for the past three months. Peter is the founder of the team and on the five-member board that runs it. The Brandts are also housing Kristensen, who is from Denmark, and Backman, who is from Sweden, but who had been living in Denver. During the Classic, in addition to the Redlands riders, the Brandts will host a five-member Danish pro team. As the group progresses to a 6 percent rise on the 3.3-mile prologue, the Redlands team members haven't even broken a sweat. They make the ride look amazingly easy and it's natural to hate them for it. It's nothing personal, just like Jose Canseco would probably like to kill Nolan Ryan after Canseco has struck out on an 86-mph curveball. There's nothing more primal than a cyclist. These five guys show it in the way their conversation is dominated by when they're next going to eat and where they're going to be staying in two weeks. They are in survival mode all the time. There's very little charm in training more than 200 miles a week for a possible couple of hundred dollars in a weekend race. Even if one of them wins each stage of the Classic, takes the individual and team titles, while also picking up the sprint and King of the Mountain purses, the most he could make from a week's worth of racing is $3,470. But even Greg LeMond couldn't pull off all that. Still, that's what the riders focus on, even when out just for an "easy ride," while any true amateur is focusing on just finishing the ride. " Not another soap opera : . :JS..L'.ij.l :.7.'l'.w.'v.i'l - - 'j.i ... 1 wV. -lX :.' t 'iP' 'kiiii AP WIREPHOTO " ESPN and Sports Illustrated: "Baseball is the best sport for a writer to cover, because it's daily. It's ongoing. You have to fill the need, write the daily soap opera." ' Just tooling around Boston shortstop Luis Rivera chases down Dale Sveum of the Brewers after Sveum got caught in a rundown Monday night. The Red Sox won the game, 3-0, at Fenway Park. Reardon earns 300th career save Coors Light team manager Len Pettyjohn, on AL ROUNDUP . his accommodations in the Tour De Pont: "It was . in the Poconos. I had a honeymoon suite with our mechanic." SPORTS IN BRIEF Backup QB Pagel, over visiting Baltimore, the Orioles' fi lth loss in six games. MARINERS 8, ROYALS 6: Jeff Montgomery threw a wild pitch that scored the tie-breaking run in the ninth inning as Seattle beat host Kansas City for its seventh victory in eight games. BLUE JAYS 1, ATHLETICS 0: David Wells outdueled Bob Welch and Mookie Wilson drove in the only run with a two-out double in the sixth inning as visiting Toronto downed Oakland. From Sun News Services JelTReardon got his 300th career save and Steve Lyons and Jack Clark homered as the Boston Red Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-0, Monday night at Fenway Park to end a three-game losing streak. Matt Young (3-1) got the victory despite walking five in six innings. Reardon pitched the ninth and got his 13th save this season. It tied him with Bruce Sutter for third place on the career list be- hind Rollie Fingers (341) and Rich Gossage (307). INDIANS 3, YANKEES 1: Eric King pitched six strong innings for his first win in five home starts and Chris James hit a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning as Cleveland handed New York its fifth loss in the last six games. TIGERS 11, ORIOLES 5: Pete In-caviglia hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, leading Detroit iiigns with Rams ' ANAHEIM Quarterback Mike Pagel, re- .ieasea Dy ine cieveiana crowns iasi monin. Rams. No terms were announced. Padres use homers to beat Braves, 7-3 ragei, ju, started tnree games lor tne Browns f last season and otherwise served as a backup to Bernie Kosar. Pagel completed 69 passes in 148 r. attpmnts mr R1Q vnrns anri thrpp f nnphHrtunc Associated Press in 111a iiiiitr-vvrcu 11 iu vdi cci . r auci ima luiii 1 . -J nn a .1 , ,ei r n tnc i- I n touchdowns. TVitn Rome glen annrtttnnot tha ctcTninrf nP9jl. Whitson sacrificed and Bip Roberts doubled. Gwynn opened the sixth with his second home run and McGriff hit his 10th homer of the season in theeighth off Mike Stanton. Jeff Parrett's wild pitch allowed Whitson to score from third base in the ninth with the final run. hits in his second complete game this season. He struck out four and walked none. John Smoltz (1-5) allowed five runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out 10 and walked one. With the scored tied 3-3 in the fifth, San Diego went ahead for good when Paul Faries singled, ATLANTA Tony Fernandez, Tony Gwynn and Fred McGriff homered as the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta, 7-3, Monday night and sent the Braves to just their second loss in the last nine home games. Ed Whitson (3-4) scattered 11 " year-old safety Mike Babb, who attended Weber 'i State. NCAA baseball field selected i OVERLAN D PARK, Kan. The Southeast-, ern Conference minus defending champion 'j Georgia had four entries Monday in the 48- Dodgers happy for Fernando ; team Daseoan tournament neia aomi- By STEVE DILBECK Sun Sports Writer i nated by the Southeast and the West. 3 USC (44-15), an 1 l-time NCAA champion, will 1 be the host and No. 1 seed in the West Regional - at Los Angeles. Seeded second behind Miami will be Stanford (37-21) in the West II. Cal State 5 Northridge (41-16-1) won a No. 4 seed in the J West II regional after finishing second last year in the Division II championship. "I don't think he was getting scared," Morgan said, "If somebody didn't manage their money well and were worried about getting back in baseball to take care of their family, they might be worried. He didn't need the money. "He wasn't scared. He just wanted to pitch and probably to prove a few people wrong here. We all know it came down to the financial situation with his contract. If he was only making a million, he'd still be here." Valenzuela had signed a $2.55 million contract with the Dodgers. After he was released during spring training and cleared waivers, he became a free agent. He reportedly spurned big offers from Japan, because he wanted to continue pitching in the major leagues. "I'm happy for him," said pitcher Tim Belcher. "I'm happy for the Angels. I think he can still pitch. He'll do well for them." "He's a guy, that from day one that he got released here, still belonged in the big leagues," said pitcher Orel Hershiser. "His competitive nature and his work habits and his ability will keep him in baseball for a long time. I still think he can be a consistent winner at the big league level." Tommy Lasorda has managed Valenzuela thoughout his entire career. "It's good for him," Lasorda said. "I figured somebody would take him. I wish him nothing but the best and I thank him for all the memories." HOUSTON The Fernando Valen-zuela news spread quickly in the Dodgers clubhouse. His former teammates didn't hide their surprise. Some acted almost shocked. Not that Valenzuela had finally signed with another major-league club but that the team was in the American League. "I'm surprised Fernando went to an AL club where he can't swing the bat," said catcher Mike Scioscia. "He loves to hit." "That must have been the tough part in getting him signed," said pitcher Mike Morgan. Valenzuela, a 10-year Dodger veteran before being released in spring training, took his services across town on Monday when he signed with the California Angels. And no one with "Dodgers" across their chest seemed to doubt that he will again win major-league games. "It's about time," Scioscia said. "I wondered what took so long. "I know he's going to come back, do a good job and have a great year for them." Morgan, his closest friend on the team, said despite two months going by without a team stepping forward with an offer, Valenzuela hadn't been concerned he might not return. RedindS BICYCLE CLASSIC The Redlands Bicycle Classic is seeking volunteers to serve as Race Marshals in Redlands Sunday, May 26. Volunteers will receive official Redlands Bicycle Classic Race t-shirts. 1 Copeland wins in Ohio 1 CLEVELAN D, Ohio Jim Copeland, a U.S. ' Olympian and the 1990 National Criterium Champion who will participate in the Redlands Bicycle Classic, took first place in the Men's Pro U.S. Cycling Federation Class 1 & 2 50-kilometer feature race Sunday at the Revco-Cleveland Cri-terium. Graf nips Vicario J BERLIN Steffi Graf continued her domi- nation of the Lufhansa Cup, winning it for a fifth time with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) decision over Ar- antxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain on Monday. 1 BRIEFLY NOTED: Car owner Junior John-tson, crew chief Tim Brewer and driver Tommy J Ellis received 12-week suspensions Monday by I NASCAR for using an engine that violated J Winston Cup rules in Sunday's race at Charlotte, N.C. ... The University of Washington named Barbara Hedges, associate sports director at ;USC, as its new athletic director Monday. ... Jeff Tarango upset top-seeded and fellow-Amer-'ican Derrick Rostagno, 6-4, 6-1, Monday in the -opening round of the Bologna tennis tourna-'.ment. ... St. Louis Blues right wing Brett Hull, ;who led the NHL with 86 goals, Monday was named NHL player of the year by The Sporting INews. The publication also named Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Ed Bclfour as rookie of .the year. Tom Webster of the Los Angeles Kings ;was named coach of the year and Craig Patrick of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named executive of the year. . . . Defending champion ;Andres Gomez of Ecuador has withdrawn from .the upcoming French Open because of a thigh ,'injury, organizers said Monday. . . . Pete Run-nels, who won American League batting titles Iwith the Boston Red Sox in 1960 and 1962, died ; Monday, three days after he had a stroke. He wai63. ' From Sun News Services Fire beats Knights, both tied for first WORLD LEAGUE Birmingham's defense scored two touchdowns on turnovers and punter Kirk Maggio threw a 65-yard touchdown pass as the Fire held off the New York-New Jersey Knights 24-14 Monday night at Birmingham, Ala. The victory moved Birmingham (4-5) into a first-place tie with San Antonio in the WLAF North American West and dropped the Knights (4-5) into a first-place tie with Montreal and Orlando in the WLAF North American East. THUNDER 20, SKYHAWKS 14: Errol Tucker returned the opening kickofT95 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass in the end zone with 1:08 left, leading Orlando to victory over Raleigh- Durham. Tucker, a cornerback, picked ofTa pass intended for Raliegh-Durham's Clarkston Hines to snuff out the Skyhawks' attempt at their first win of the season. Raleigh-Durham dropped to 0-9 in a game played in front of a soggy crowd of 4,207. From Sun News Services

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