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Sunday, April 13, 1986
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DETROIT FREE PRESS FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 1986 11E Camacho heals body and mind C3 3 Even extra session can't give Laga a hit Tigers first baseman Mike Laga showed up early at Cleveland Stadium on Saturday to be tutored by batting coach Vada Pinson. "He was doing some good things in spring training that he's kind of getting away from now," Pinson said. "I just wanted to remind him of those things." The session didn't pay instant dividends; Laga, dropped to eighth in the batting order, was O-for-4, including three strikeouts, in the 6-2 loss to the Indians, and his batting average fell to .091 (one-for-11). Wasted on base: Dave Collins did everything you could expect of a leadoff man Saturday, reaching base four straight times, on a single and three walks. But the Tigers weren't able to score Collins, and he still has only one run scored this season. Lemon takes a rest: Slumping Chet Lemon (one-f or-1 5, .067) was given Saturday off. Collins, who has already played left field and designated hitter, made his first start of the season in center field. Lemon will be back in his familiar spot today, but Lance Parrish will get a day off from his catching duties. Dave Engle will get his first start behind the plate. Not concerned: Manager Sparky Anderson says he's not worried that his ace, Jack Morris, has given up six home runs in two games. "He really isn't at the top of his game yet," Anderson said. "He's just about rounding into shape." Nlekro fan: Even though Anderson has watched his Tigers hang five straight losses on Phil Niekro over the past two seasons, he still believes the veteran knuckleballer can still pitch and is cinch Hall of Fame material. "He'd get my vote," Anderson said of Niekro, who was beaten, 7-2, by the Tigers on Friday. "I know people talk about all the losses he has (251 ) in his career, but he has those 300 wins and he's survived all these years (22)." When Niekro was a candidate to manage the Atlanta Braves this year, he called Anderson and asked if he could get a crash course in managing a major league team. "I told him that if he was hired, he could come out to California in the off-season and spend three days with me at my home," Anderson said. The visit wasn't necessary; Chuck Tanner got the job and Niekro, cut loose by the Yankees, hooked on with the Indians as a free agent. Starter change:Don Schulze will make his first start of '86 today against the Tigers. Neal Heaton had been slated to start against Frank Tanana. Red-faced: Some of the Indians players are expressing public embarrassment over the condition of the playing surface in Cleveland Stadium. "It's a joke," outfielder Joe Carter said. "The Tigers come into town and fall down laughing at our field." The outfield is in terrible shape, particularly where the Cleveland Browns' football field is situated. In right field and right-center, there's almost as much dirt as grass. "They've had five months to get ready," Tigers outfielder Kirk Gibson said. "But to look at the field, you'd think the baseball season snuck up on them." "It's not right to have to play on a field like this; it's awful," Anderson said. Gene Guldi Sounds unbeaten: Left fielder Kim Tolman blasted a three-run homer over the left field fence in the second inning, leading the Sounds past Indianapolis, 8-2, Saturday night in Nashville. The Sounds, the Tigers' affiliate in the Triple-A American Association, are 2-0. The Indians fell to 0-2. Eric King (1-0), acquired with Dave LaPoint and Matt Nokes in the Tigers' off-season trade with San Francisco for Juan Berenguer and Bob Melvin, got the victory. Rich Stoll (0-1), who pitched for Michigan, took the loss. Nashville jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning and broke the game open in the second inning when Rocky Cusack, who walked, scored on a helder s choice by Pat Sheridan. By the numbers Morris struggles Tigers right-hander Jack Morris is 1-1 after two starts, including Saturday's 6-2 loss to Cleveland, but he has given up six home runs and his ERA is 6.28. (By comparison, he gave up 21 homers in 1985.) Here are his pitching lines: Opponent IP H R ER BB SO HR Boston (W) 7 12 5 5 i 5 4 Cleveland (L) 7Vb 7 5 5 4 7 2 Totals 143 19 10 10 5 12 6 Tigers averages Through Saturday BATTING G AB R H Bl 2b 3b HR BB SO E SB Avg tnilman 5 1 O 1 0 0 0 0 1 T"o 0 1.000 Gibson Bergman Herndon Evans Coles Whitaker Collins Trammell Parrish Laga Lemon Baker Engle Brookens 9 6 1 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 0 3 0 1 1 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .529 .500 .462 .389 .316 .304 .222 .125 .105 .091 .067 .000 .000 .000 D Hitters 20 6 7 5 0 1 2 2 3 0 1 .350 P Hitters 30 210002000 . 667 TOTALS - 174 23 47 17 10 2 5 15 23 2 3 Game-winning RBIs (2)-Bergman, Gibson. PITCHING W L G IP H R ER BB SO ERA Campbell Cary O'Neal LaPoint Terrell Tanana Petry Morris Hernandez 1 1 1 2 0 3 3 2 1.2 0 9 5.1 7 1 000 0 000 0.00 000 2.00 5.06 5.14 14.1 19 10 10 5 12 6.28 22 4 2 2 1 2 6.75 .270 Sv 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 TIGERS, from Page 1E his mind wasn't far behind. After two appearances against the Tigers to open the 1985 season, Camacho was in a hospital bed last April 13, awaiting the first of two arm operations. The next few months were filled with anguish, a prescription drug problem that left him near paranoia and a crisis of confidence that left many doubting the stability of his body and his mind. "The brass here said I was crazy," he said. "They didn't believe me when I said my arm hurt. It turned out I was right. They injected me. They gave me an operation I didn't need. They gave me four times the amount of cortisone any human being should have." THE FIRST OPERATION was to remove bone chips from his right (throwing) elbow. Camacho said it solved nothing and may have worsened things. "They had me throwing two weeks after, and that was crazy," Camacho said. "No one knew what I went through. I went through hell." Much of the "hell" came from drugs that were prescribed for him. "I had bottles and bags full of medication," he said. "If they did a drug test on me, they would have put me in an institution. They would have said, 'Son, your blood isn't even blood anymore.' " Camacho spoke in front of his locker in the corner of the Indians' clubhouse. His soft voice has the lilt of his native California with just a touch of a Spanish accent. He wore baseball spikes and pants, gold, wire-rimmed glasses and, on his bare, brown chest, a gold necklace featuring No. 13, the one he wears on his uniform. HE CONTINUED the story, telling of how his arm never started getting better until Halloween, when he underwent a second operation. According to Camacho, another doctor then told him the first operation had been unnecessary. The second operation was to remove a cyst and to correct problems with his muscles and tendons. i "Dr. John Pappas did a miracle on my arm," Camacho said. "I could pitch with pain, but not with injury. Nobody wanted to believe me. The brass didn't believe me. My teammates turned against me. I guess I can see why. Until then, who were they to believe? A doctor with 20 years' experience or me?" Camacho spent six weeks with his arm in a cast. Then he went through what he called "grueling" physical therapy over the winter in Cleveland. Some of his mental angst was a result of simple geography. "I stayed in Cleveland the whole winter," he said. "First time I've ever seen snow. I didn't react to it very well." 1 yyf I ! Free Press Pholo bv MARY SCHROEDER Ernie Camacho has battled back from more than just arm problems. BUT THE PROBLEM was more than climate. Although his arm started to feel better, his mind wasn't right. He had set Cleveland's single-season save record of 23 in 1984 and had just turned 30, but Camacho felt the Indians were trying to get rid of him. He was married in February and his wife, Elena, began to read medical literature about the legal, medicinal drugs he was taking. She was concerned about the side effects they might be having on his mind and his mood. Camacho insists, "I was not depressed," but admits some things weren't right. He sought professional help and began talking it out with friends, including teammate Andre Thornton. Thornton lost his wife and child in a car accident nine years ago. Thornton was a comfort, as was another friend, Mike Peticca, a local sports writer for the Associated Press. . "Ernie says he wasn't depressed, but he was paranoid," Peticca said Saturday. "He thought everyone was against him and didn't want him to come back. I'd just tell him on the phone, 'Ernie, that's not true. There's nobody else on this team who can do what you can do.' " LATE LAST WINTER, Camacho arrived at training camp, where teammates said manager Pat Corrales was babying him. That lasted until the final week of camp, when Corrales fined him $500 for being late for practice. "I'm kind of his pet project," Camacho said. "The ball players tease me about it. He (Corrales) wanted me when no one else wanted me. I was a has-been." In the ninth inning Saturday, Corrales visited the mound. According to Camacho, the manager said to stop wasting time and to challenge the Tigers. "He said, 'Ernie, don't fiddle-faddle. Throw it right down Broadway.' " So Camacho began to throw fastballs, one every seven or eight seconds. The batters took many pitches and began to step out of the box, trying to upset his rhythm. ' "That just instills confidence in me," he said. "If I thought I could hit somebody, I'd be up there hackin'. I just thought to myself, 'Ernie, you have good stuff. They don't want to hit you.' " LOU WHITAKER, the last batter of the game, fell behind in the count, 1-2, then stepped out of the batter's box and called time out just as Camacho was about to throw with two men on base. The next pitch was a ball. On the following pitch, Whitaker went down swinging and Camacho jumped off the mound to slap backs and shake hands with his catcher, his manager and his teammates. Almost an hour later, as he talked with several reporters, a teenage boy who works in the visitors' clubhouse approached timidly, handed him an Ernie Camacho baseball card and said, "Lou Whitaker asked you to sign this." Camacho signed as he continued to talk of baseball, adversity and life. Game 5 Indians 6, Tigers 2 CLEVELAND abrhbi 2 0 10 Duller cl 4 0 3 0 Franco ss 1 0 0 0 Carter rl 4 0 0 0 Thornton dh 4 110 Jacobv 3b 4 11? Hall II 4 0 10 Castillo oh 4 0 0 0 Nixon II 4 0 0 0 1 abler lb Bernazard ?b Allanson c 33 ? 7 2 Totals Detroit 000 000 200- 2 Cleveland .300 000Q3- o Came-winning RBI Carter (I). DP-Delroit 1, Cleveland 1 I OB Detroit 9, Cleveland 6. 2B-Whilakcr, Bernazard. HR-Carler (2), Trammell (I), Jacobv (II, Tabler (I). SB-Carler (II. 5-Gibson, IP H R ER BB SO DETROIT Collins cl Wlnlakcr ?b Gibson rl Parrish c t vans dh 1 1 ammi'll ss llenidon If I .ma lb Coles 3b Totals abrhbi 4 0 0 0 3 100 4 2 2 2 4 0 0 0 3 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1000 0 0 0 0 3 111 4 0 3 0 4 0 10 32 5 Detroit Morris (L l-l) 7 1-3 7 Hernandez 2-3 2 Cleveland Sihrom (W 2-0) 6 6 Noles I 0 r. i, 1 1 Sc In oni Dili hed lo I bailers in in, Noies pneneo id i bailor in 8lh WP-Morris. PB-Allanson. T-3:12r A 17,426. Umpires-Home, Brinkman, lb, Cobnev. ?b, Palermo, 3b, Kaiser. .ur,,ni How they scored FIRST INNING A1"! Cleveland: Morns pitching. jivi&.-.i siitick out. franco walked. Carter lioineied to left. Thornton flied oUt'icr"' contor. Jacoby walked. Hall walkedji Ja-ir col y to second. Tabler walked, Jacotiy 10 " third, Hall lo second On wild pitch, Jacoby scoicd, Hall to third. Tabler to second.. liernaard struck out. Indian 3, Tiger ' o. ; SEVENTH INNING . Detroit: Schrom pitching. Evans sin- . led to right. Trammell homered to left.' Notes relieved Schrom. Herndon ground- ' ed out to first. Laga grounded out to first. Coles lined out lo center. Indians 3, Tigers 2. ; EIGHTH INNING Cleveland: Carter singled to left. : Thornton popped lo shortstop. Jacoby; homered lo right. Hernandez relieved Mor- lis. Castillo, pinch-hitting for Hall, struck - out. Tabler homered to left. Bernazard:, singled lo loll. Allanson grounded into" lieldei's choice to third, Bernazard forced:? at second, third to second. Final score: Indians 6, Tigers 2. Yomiuri lips Ilashin ' TOKYO (AP) Tatsunori Hara hit a three-run home run and Sugufti-I'.gawa allowed five hits in 73 innings,' leading the Yomiuri Giants to a 6-3;: Japanese League victory over the Han-shin Tigers on Saturday. Egawa is 2-0. Luis Sanchez, former-., ly with the Montreal Expos, posted his. second save. Former major leaguer Pat Putnam singled in the winning run in the bottom of the first inning, triggering the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 7-2; victory over the Lotte Orions. - U i i 1 JIW1I1UM 1 V . IU rtt ' jffl - w A.vv.'' UPl Photo Indians first baseman Pat Tabler scoops up Darnell Coles' grounder in the seventh inning. Tigers squander opportunity, 6-2 TIGERS, from Page 1E The inning was a nightmare for the right-hander. After striking out leadoff hitter Brett Butler, Morris walked Julio Franco on a 3-2 pitch. Joe Carter then drove one over the 377-foot sign in left-center field and the Tribe had a 2-0 lead. Andre Thornton flied to center for the second out, but the inning was far from over. Morris walked Brook Jacoby, Mel I lall and Pat Tabler, loading the bases. With the count 2-2 on Tony Bernazard, Morris' wild pitch allowed Jacoby to score the Indians' third run. MORRIS SAID the Cleveland Stadium mound was higher than most in the American League, but he wouldn't use that as an excuse for his control trouble. "I don't know what the problem was," Morris said. "I just couldn't find the plate. On the home run to Carter, I found too much of the plate. And as has happened so far this season, when I make I mistake, I pay for it. Six mistakes, six home runs." Morris settled down, retiring nine batters in a row and blanking the Indians from the second through the seventh innings. Meanwhile, Trammell drove a two-run homer off of Indians starter Ken Schrom in the seventh inning, bringing the Tigers within 3-2. Then came the Tigers' blown opportunity in the eighth against reliever Ernie Camacho. "I was going all the way in that spot with Ernie," said Indians manager Pat Corrales. "I didn't care anything about righty against lefty or anything like that. He's the best I have and I was going to stick with him." After Camacho wriggled out of the jam, the Indians rewarded him with another three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth. Jacoby brought home two with a homer off Morris the sixth Morris has allowed in two starts this season and Tabler reached reliever Willie Hernandez I I v Soften the hardest floors with cushion-wedge-soled RED WINGS. Crepe rubber sole softens shock Cushion wedge supports your arch " Sweat-resistant leather insole keeps feet dry Quality Red Wing construction for longer wear and repairability All day comfort comes in 1 25 sizes & widths to fit you! AAA I AA l A B I C I D I E EE EEEE 10-15 9-15 714-16 7-16 6VS-15 5-16 6-15 6-14 5VM4 Dearborn MONROE SHOES & REPAIR 5131 Schicttr 584-2212 Drayton Plains TONY'S SHOE REPAIR WMHileHwy. 674-3325 Flint RED WING SHOE STORE 3023 So linden 732-1290 Garden City RED WING SHOE STORE 33145 Ford M. 522-5350 . 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