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4D DETROIT REE PRESSTUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1. American League WEDNESDAY'S GAMESPROBABLE PITCHERS Homo garnet thaded In gray Sparky's goal: See that losing doesn't hurt youth TIGERS' LINEUP Sparky Anderson's latest openlnQ-game lineup revision: 1. Chad Curtis CF 2. Scott Fletcher 2B 3. Rudy Pemberton LF 4.

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opp. Int 1 atarta W-L EHAl W-L IPERw-L IP ERA Dftroltat Moora(r) 11-10 8.42 1-1 12.1 8.67 10:38 Rnlay (I) 10-10 4.32 1-1 14 6.79 Minnesota at Erlckaon (r) 8-11 6.49 1-0 14.1 4.40 Boaton, 1:08 Seta (r) 8-7 3,83 Texaaat Rogera(l) 11-8 4.46 0-1 324.00 Naw York, 1:38 Key (I) 17-4 3.27 2-0 13.1 4.08 Chicago at Fernandei (r) 11-7 3.88 2-1 26 1.44 Milwaukee, 2:08 Bonea (r) 10-9 3.43 0-3 22 4.91 Oakland at Stewart (r) 7-8 6.87 Toronto, 7:36 Cone (r) 16-6 2.94 1-1 14 4.80 Baltimore at Mussina (r) 16-6 3.06 2-0 16.1 1.76 Kanaaa City, 8:08 Appier (r) 7-6 3.83 0-1 6 6.40 NATIONAL LEAGUE TODAY'S GAMEPROBABLE PITCHERS 1994 overall 1994 va. opp. laal 3 atarta W-L ERA I W-L IP ERA W-L IP ERA Loa Anoelea at Martinez (r) 12-7 3.97 1-1 17 0.63 Florida, 7:35 Burkett (r) 6-8 3.62 0-1 4.112.46 WEDNESDAY'S GAMESPROBABLE PITCHERS 1994 overall 1994 va. opp.

leal 1 atarta W-L ERA W-L IP ERA W-L IP ERA Chicago at Bulllnger (r) 6-2 3.60 1-0 13.1 1.38 Cincinnati, 2:08 Rljo (r) 9-6 3.06 1-0 14 1.93 San Francisco at Mulholland (I) 6-7 6.49 Atlanta, 4:05 Maddux (r) 18-6 1.66 2-0 17 0.00 Los Angeles at Candlottl (r) 7-7 4.12 1-0 16.2 4.02 Florida, 7:05 Rapp (r) 7-8 3.68 0-0 4 9.00 Montreal at Faasero (I) 8-6 2.99 1-0 8.2 2.08 Pittsburgh, 7:35 Lleber (r) 6-7 3.73 1-1 18 2.40 New York at Jones (r) 12-7 3.15 Colorado, 7:35 Swift (r) 6-7 3.38 0-1 8.2 9.53 Philadelphia at Schilling (r) 2-8 4.48 St. Louis, 8:05 Hill (r) 16-5 3.32 Houston at Drabek (r) 12-6 2.84 San Diego, 10:35 Benea (r) 6-14 3.86 1-2 20.2 3.92 would just start catching the ball with a little more skill, if the hitters could just cut down on the strikeouts, the Tigers could be contenders. But as this abbreviated exhibition season ended Monday, a pragmatic An Fletcher shows he's ready to contribute By Gene Guidi Free Press Sports Writer HAINES CITY, Fla. Scott Fletcher reported Mori 1 Some of those such as Danny Bautista, Chris Gomez and Sean Bergman have had major league exposure. Others, like Bobby Higginson, Rudy Pemberton and Shannon Penn, will make their major league debuts this season.

Young pitchers such as Jose Lima and Justin Thompson are expected to get their chances at the starting rotation this summer. And future hopes such as Tony Clark and Brian Maxcy are penciled in as potential members of the 1996 Tigers. "I do have expectations this year, they're just a different kind of expectations," Anderson said. For the first time in many seasons, his hopes and dreams have little to do with wins and losses. Instead, he said, his focus will be on the development of future Tigers, "This is the first time since I've been here that we've had legitimate prospects," Anderson said.

"Those other guys were all frauds." Anderson said he will be happy: If Lima, Bergman and Thompson make up three-fifths of the rotation in 1996. If Clark is ready to be an everyday major league player next year. If Gomez can continue to improve. If Maxcy can compete for the closer's role next season. If Penn can make the 1996 club, even as a utility player.

If Pemberton is a usable outfielder. Anderson doesn't dwell on the rampant speculation that he might not be asked back to manage in Detroit next year. He religiously uses "they" and Sparky Anderson day for his first day of work as a Tiger and was greeted by a welcome sight: his name in the starting lineup for the last exhibition game. He responded with two hits in four at-bats, scored a run and knocked one in, not "we" in any references to the Tigers beyond this season. But Anderson said that even if he isn't around to reap the benefits, it won't lessen his dedication to the young Tigers this summer.

"What we have to do is make sure that the kids who do play for us aren't destroyed by all the losses that are sure to come," Anderson said. "A lot of them are going to be scared to death, anyway, and if they see you hanging your head, what are they supposed to think?" Third baseman Travis Fryman agreed with Anderson that the team's veterans should understand and accept the Tigers' approach to the future, even if it means some lean seasons. "If we're going to go out and lose games like we have, at least we can lose them with the intent of getting bette," Fryman said. "Young players are going to make some mistakes, sure, but so what? If it helps them become better down the road, then all of this will be worth it." "I went down to the free-agent camp in Homestead with the attitude of playing myself into shape, so I think I'm ready," Fletcher said. "We played a couple of intrasquad games and also played a couple of games against a team from an over-30 league.

exhibition Standings Fletcher said about 20 free agents remain in derson said he has adopted a more modest philosophy: "Take your whippings when they come and just go onto the next game." Anderson knows the rebuilding Tigers don't have the talent to play with such American League East foes as the Yankees, Orioles and Blue Jays. If such veterans as Cecil Fielder, Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker have good seasons, the Tigers can be respectable. But first place is not in this team's immediate future; all the Tigers realistically can hope for is to tread water until an influx of their young players is ready for the majors. Homestead, including former Tiger Tim Belcher. American League National League The Tigers started thinking about Fletcher, 36, when Lou Whitaker developed a sore right shoulder last week.

When Alan Trammell's left hamstring started bothering him a couple of days ago and the need for a middle infielder grew more likely, the talks intensified, "11 happened pretty fast," Fletcher said. "They called Saturday about playing in Triple-A for a couple of PCT PCT Cleveland 8 3 .727 Chicago 9 2 .818 Baltimore 8 4 .667 New York 11 3 .786 California 6 4 .600 Philadelphia 8 4 .667 Oakland 6 4 .600 Montreal 7 4 .636 Texas 7 5 .583 Cincinnati 7 5 .583 Kansas City 6 5 .545 Los Angeles 7 5 .583 Milwaukee 6 5 .545 St. Louis 5 5 .500 Toronto 5 4 .556 Colorado 4 6 .400 Minnesota 7 6 .538 San Francisco 4 7 .364 Detroit 5 7 .417 Florida 3 7 .300 Boston 5 7 .417 Houston 3 7 .300 Chicago 4 7 .364 San Diego 3 7 .300 Seattle 4 7 .364 Atlanta 3 8 .273 New York 4 8 .333 Pittsburgh 3 9 .250 weeks, but then on Sunday, they said they needed me on the major league team. STANDOUTS1 Just how long Fletcher remains BOX SCORE with the Tigers will depend on how fast the injuries to Whit Tigers 4, Royals 0 aker and Trammell heal and whether DETROIT KANSAS CITY abrhbi abrhbi Curtis ct 3 2 2 1 McGlnnli If 4 0 0 0 Cuyler cf 1 0 0 0 Gaune ss 3 0 0 0 Fletcher 2b 4 12 1 Howard ss 10 0 0 Penn or-2b 0 10 0 Jovner lb 3 0 10 Hlgglnson rf 3 0 2 1 Hamelln ph 10 0 0 Baullsta rf 1 0 0 0 Jose rf 3 0 10 Fielder lb 3 0 3 1 Hlalt cf 3 0 10 rookie Shannon Penn is ready for major league com petition. Seattle at St.

Louis, inc. Texas at Houston, Inc. San Diego at California, inc. TODAY'S GAMES Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota, 1:05 NY Mets at Toronto, 1:05 White Sox at Chi.

Cubs, 2:20 Seattle at St. Louis, 4:05 San Diego at California, 4:05 Cleve. at Buffalo (AAA), 6:05 MONDAY'S RESULTS Detroit 4, Kansas City 0 Atlanta 12, NY Yankees 4 Baltimore 5, Philadelphia 2 Boston 10, Montreal 9 Cleveland 10, Cincinnati 4 Milwaukee 9, Colorado 3 Minnesota 13, Pittsburgh 7 NY Mets 6, Los Angeles 5 San Francisco 3, Oakland 3 Chi Cubs at White Sox, Inc. Stubbs pr-lb 1 0 0 0 Gaettl 3b 3 0 0 0 Gibson dh 2 0 0 0 Nunnally If 0 0 0 0 Clark dh 2 0 0 0 Vltlelk) dh 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 JAVIER LOPEZ, Braves: Drove In five runs with two homers and a single In a 12-4 rout of the Yankees. MARK WHITEN, Red Sox: Hit a three-run homer in a 10-9 victory over Montreal.

MARK McGWIRE, Athletics: Homered for a third consecutive game ft three-run shot in the first inning as the Athletics and Giants played a 3-3 tie called after nine Innings. McGwire, who missed most of last season with a heel Injury, finished 4-for-12, all home runs, with eight RBIs. DERRICK MAY, Brewers: Hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs in a 9-3 victory over Colorado before 30,127 at Coors Field. "I wish I had had the option of playing here," said May, who signed as a free agent from the Chicago Cubs. "I hit well at the other park (Mile High), too.

I guess It's the Rockies' pitching." BRADY ANDERSON, Orioles: Had three hits, including a two-run homer, in a 5-2 victory at Philadelphia. BROOK FORDYCE, Mets: Singled over a drawn-in infield to cap a three-run ninth inning in a 6-5 victory over Los Angeles. Former Tiger Rico Brogna went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He led the Mets with nine RBIs. Fryman 3b 3 0 0 0 Borders Samuel 3b 0 0 0 0 Mavne Pemberlon 3 0 10 Randa 2b Steverson If 10 0 0 Gomez ss 3 0 0 0 Baez ss 10 0 0 Flaherty 3 0 0 0 Tlnoley 10 0 0 Totals 35 4 10 4 Totals 29030 EXHIBITION BOX SCORES Detroit -101 010 010 -4 Kansas City 000 000 -0 Gublcza.

DP: Detroit Kansas City 1. LOB: Detroit 5, Kansas City 3. 2B: Fielder, Fletcher. Brewers 9, Rockies 3 Mets 6, Dodgers 5 Tram on 15-Day dl- As expected, the Tigers placed Trammell on the 15-day disabled list Monday and replaced him on the season-opening roster with Fletcher. They back-dated Trammell to the last game he played, April 20, so he will be eligible to come off the DL on May 6 one day after Whitaker, who also HR: Curtis (3).

SB: stubbs (I). RER BB SO Detroit MILWAUKEE COLORADO LOS ANGELES NY METS abrhbi abrhbi abrhbi Vlns 2b Hamilton cf 6 2 3 1 Klngery cf 4 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 Weiss ss 3 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 Castillo 3b 2 0 10 abrhbi 30 11 52 11 5 12 1 3010 4 110 Otero cf 0 0 0 0 Vlicalno ss 1 0 0 0 Brogna lb 3 110 Bonllla 3b DeShields 2b Chapa Gwvnn ph-K OHerman ss Schofleld ss 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 110 0 0 0 0 1 3 Wells (W 1-1) Blomdahl Whiteside Gardiner Kansas City Gubicza (L 0-1) Linton Buncfi Brewer 2:10. 1,125. 0 0 0 1 Kent 2b 3011 Mondesi cf 3 0 0 0 Gunderson 0 0 0 0 Near sellout expected for tonighfs opener Free Press Wire Reports MIAMI By the time John Burkett throws the first pitch of the season tonight, 257 days will have passed since the last pitch that mattered, the biggest gap between games in baseball history. South Florida fans appear eager to welcome back baseball.

Ticket sales were approaching a sellout Monday, -4" nmmmm which would mean Hi Willi lWrN trf'Vl 1 crowd of 46,000 urn to watch the Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers (7:30, ESPN). The Dodgers will start Ramon Martinez. Locked-out umpires plan to picket the game after they made no progress Monday afternoon in contract talks. Replacement umps are scheduled to work. BOSTON: First baseman Mo Vaughn avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, contract.

Vaughn hit .310 with 26 home runs last season and made $675,000. COLORADO: Right-hander David Nled, scheduled to work in Monday's final exhibition, again experienced discomfort in his elbow. An exam showed a strained muscle; It has limited him to two innings. CLEVELAND: Catcher Sandy Alomar probably will miss the first week of the season because of soreness in his left knee. Righthander Tim Delgado, 27, of Southfield will miss the season after his pitching arm was injured as he batted in an exhibition game for Triple-A Buffalo.

He will undergo reconstructive surgery. LABOR: Owners received a May 1 1 hearing date in their attempt to overturn the injunction that caused players to end the strike. MINORS: Former Tiger Ron LeFlore is managing Newburgh, N.Y., in the Northeast League, an independent league in its first season Toledo Mud Hens left-hander Randy Marshall is International League pitcher of the week for a three-hit shutout of Norfolk. NY YANKEES: Owner George Stelnbrenner will miss Wednesday's opener against Texas after undergoing surgery to repair a detached retina in his right eye. He was hit with a tennis racket.

OAKLAND: The Athletics released right-hander Bob Welch, 38, who was trying to make the team under a minor league contract that would have paid him $225,000 if he did. He won 27 for Oakland in 1990. Right-hander Steve Ontlveroa left In the third inning Monday after aggravating a bruised right thigh. ST. LOUIS: First baseman Todd Zelle went on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed tendon in his left hand.

He had feared a fracture. Second baseman and leadoff man Geronlmo Pena suffered a pulled right hamstring after doubling in the first inning Monday. Strawberry avoids prison Free Press Wire Reports WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Former outfielder Darryl Straw- Mieske rl Seilzer lb Mav If Ward rl Hulse cf Clrillo 3b Matheny Valentin ss vauohr, dh Jaha prrdh Hoilandswlh rf 2 0 1 I Boeer If 2 0 10 Plana 2 113 Seoul If 3 010 Hernandei 10 10 Franco 0 0 0 0 3 10 0 Bichette If 4 0 0 0 5 1 3 6 Galarraga lb 4 0 10 2 0 10 Castellano lb 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 Walker rl 2 12 1 4 110 Talum rf 0 0 0 0 4 12 1 Glrardl 4 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 Bales 3b-s 2 0 0 1 2 0 10 Reynolds 2b 2 0 0 0 3 110 Meila 2b 2 0 11 Vender Waldhl 000 Young ph-dh 2 0 0 0 Totals 42 9 12 8 Totals 32 9 3 rVMwaukas 340 001 -9 000 101 010 -3 Colorado Pena 1 0 0 0 Fordyca 10 11 Karros lb 3 0 0 0 Everett rf 4 12 0 Ingram 3b-2b 1 0 0 0 Hundley 3 12 1 HRodriguei rf 3 0 0 0 Minor 0 0 0 0 Coomer 3b 1 0 0 0 Stinnett ph 10 0 0 Ashlev If 3 10 0 Henry 0 0 0 0 Sengeago 0 0 0 0 Harnlsch 0 0 0 0 Hansen 3b-lb 4 110 Atlonio 2b 2 110 Parra 10 0 0 Treadwav ph 1 0 0 0 FRodriguei 0 0 0 0 Websier ph 10 0 0 RWilliams cf 0 0 0 0 Totals 35 56 5 Totals 35 6 14 6 Los Angelas 300 000 002 -5 NY Mets I20 000 003 -6 One out when winning run scored. Bonilla 2, AHonio, Minor.

2B: Everett, Hundley, Segul, Broona. 3B: Vlicalno. HR: Plana (2). SB: DeShields (5). Harnlsch 2.

SF: Otero, Schofietd. RER BB SO will open the season on the disabled list. The Tigers reported that the New York Mets claimed pitchers Brian Edmondson and Phil Stidham on waivers. Both pitched in the Tigers' system last season; Stidham was up with the Tigers briefly and appeared in five games. Neither figured prominently in the Tigers' plans.

Wells Goes Six Good Innings: Left-hander David Wells had the best outing of any Tigers starter when he pitched the first six innings of a 4-0 victory over the Royals. Wells allowed two hits and didn't walk a batter. "That's as good as you're going to see him throw," manager Sparky Anderson said. Wells is scheduled to start Saturday night in Seattle. GIBSON EJECTED: Kirk Gibson was ejected after being called out on a close play at first base.

Gibson managed to work out after being tossed: He put on tennis shoes and ran through the corridors in the basement level of Baseball City Stadium. TIGERS EXHIBITION AVERAGES Final berry was sentenced Monday to three years' probation and six months of house confinement, and he must pay about $350,000 in back taxes for federal tax evasion. Strawberry avoided going to prison, even after he and the government had agreed to a plea bargain Feb. 9 under which he would spend three months there. But U.S.

Judge Barrington T. Parker Jr. gave Strawberry a lighter sentence. Marvin Smilon, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, said ignoring the agreement was "very rare, but certainly not unprecedented." Strawberry is allowed to play baseball, including traveling to games and practices.

But he is ineligible until June 24, when his 60-day major league suspension for a positive cocaine test runs out. He last played for the Giants. He admitted evading $101,000 in taxes, mostly from cash he accepted for autograph shows in the late 1980s. Contrary to reports last week, he has not agreed to cooperate with prosecutors investigating other players for not reporting income from autograph shows. Strawberry told the judge he used cocaine a violation of his pre-trial probation because "for the first time, I felt afraid that I was actually going to jail.

It was difficult to deal with." 4 2 2 Los Angelas Parra FRodriguez Chapa Sangeago (L 01) NY Mets Harnlsch Gunderson Franco Minor Henry (W 1-0) 1-3 5 1 1 1 Bales 2, Galarraga, Weiss, Reynolds. DP: Milwaukee 2. LOB: Milwaukee 11, Colorado 9. 2B: Vina, May, Clrllk), Walker. HR: May (2).

SB. Maineny (I), Bichette (2). CS: Walker. SF: Walker. IP RER BB SO Mlwaukee Wegman (W 2-0) 4 3 1111 Miranda 1 1-3 1 1 1 2 0 Mercedes 12-3 2 0 0 3 0 Llovd 11-3 3 1 1 0 I Reves 2-3 0 0 0 0 0 Colorado Olivares (L 1-1) 4 6 4 1 2 3 Bailev 2 3 4 1 1 0 Thompson 1 1 0 0 0 1 Holmes 1 0 0 0 0 1 Rutfin 1 2 110 3 Twins 13, Pirates 7 MINNESOTA PITTSBURGH abrhbi abrhbi Knoblauch 2b 3 1 1 0 Brumfleld cf 6 0 10 Reboulel 2b-c 3 110 Cummlngs rf 5 0 0 0 Meares ss 5 111 Martin It 5 2 2 1 Walbeck 3 1 2 1 King 3b 3 112 Merutlo 2 2 2 2 FGarcIa 3b 10 0 0 Cote cf 0 0 0 0 Merced lb 3 0 0 0 Munoi rf 5 2 2 0 Urlano ss 4 12 0 Cordova cf-K 5 2 3 2 Slauohl 0 10 0 McCarty lb 1111 Parent 3 0 10 Maas ph-lb 10 0 1 CGarcIa 2b 4 13 1 Clark -3b 5 1 2 2 Aude dh 3 113 Leius 3b 2 0 10 Hale ph-3b-2b 3 0 0 0 Puckell dh 5 12 2 Totals 43 13 II 12 Totals 36 7 11 7 Minnesota ........401 002 240 -13 Pittsburgh 211 100 002 1 Llriano 2.

2b: Walbeck 2, Parent, Reboulet, Indians 10, Reds 4 CLEVELAND CINCINNATI abrhbi abrhbi Amaro cf 5 2 2 1 DSanders cf 3 0 10 Vlzouel ss 5 12 1 Harris lb 2 0 0 0 Baerga 2b 5 3 3 2 Branson ss 4 13 0 Belle If 3 2 3 5 Morris lb 2 0 0 0 Giles If 2 0 0 0 Walton cf 10 0 0 Murray lb 4 0 0 0 Hunter If 4 112 Ramirez rf 3 0 10 Howard rf 4 110 Thome 3b 2 111 Boone 2b 2 12 0 Esolnoza 3b 2 0 0 0 Lewis ph-2b 2 0 0 0 Pena 3 110 Santiago 2 0 0 0 Levis 2 0 0 0 Taubensee 2 0)0 Wlnfleld dh 4 0 10 Greene 3b 4 0 0 0 Gant dh 10 12 Berrvhillph-dh3 0 1 0 Totals 40 10 14 10 Totals 36 4 11 4 Cleveland 301 600 000 -10 Cincinnati 020 000 020 4 2B: Murray, Ganl, Baerga, Pena, Amaro, Branson. 38: Branson, HR: Belle 2 (4), Thome (1), Baerga (5), Hunter (2), CS: Branson. Ferris State sof tball coach forfeits over bats Munoz, CGarcio. HR: Kino (2), McCarty (2), Martin 13), Puckell (1), Merullo (1), Aude II). SB: Knoblauch 13), CGarcio (1).

SF: Aude, Maas. ER BB SO Cleveland IP RER BB SO Minnesota Mahomes Willis Horsman (W 1-0) Robertson Campbell Pittsburgh Neagle Manzanlllo Wilson (L 0-1) Plesac Micell 5 7 2 I 1 2 1 1 Hershlser (W 2-0) Cook Assenmacher Shuey Cincinnati Schourek (L 0-1) Jarvls Carrasco Mabry WP: Mabry. 31-3 11 22-3 1 1 0 2 2 Giants 3, Athletics 3 Red Sox 10, Expos 9 MONTREAL BOSTON abrhbi abrhbi Lansing 2b 3 112 Alices 2b 3 2 0 0 Fonvllle 2b 3 10 1 Shumperl 3b 10 0 0 Cordero ss 3 0 10 Valentin ss 4 2 3 2 Tarasco If 12 10 SRodrlguez 2b 1 0 0 0 SAN FRANCISCO OAKLAND abrhbi abrhbi 3 0 10 Bordlck ss 2 0 0 0 1111 Harris ph 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 Teiada ss 0 0 0 0 Lewis cf Fanevte cf Patterson 2b Benismln 2b Kelly cl 2 0 0 0 Greenwell If 3 12 1 Grudzlelnk ss 1 1 1 2 O'Leary If 1 0 0 0 Javier cf 110 0 Alou rf 2 0 10 Vaughn dh 3 0 11 Tomberlln cf 0 0 0 0 Bonds dh 2 0 0 0 3 2 10 4 113 0 0 0 0 4 13 1 BY bill l. roose Free Press Sports Writer Ferris State softball coach Sue Dils-worth is fighting a crusade over bats. Last weekend the Bulldogs (29-19, 6-8 Great Lakes Conference) forfeited four games in the conference round-robin tournament at Grand Valley State over titanium alloy bats.

Dilsworth thinks the players particularly pitchers and third and first basemen are in danger. "It's a safety issue; the game is meant to be fun and I'm not going to put my players in jeopardy," said Dilsworth, whose Bulldogs had won 19 of their last 21 before the tournament. Ferris State sports information director Ted Halm said Dilsworth has the backing of athletic director Larry Marfise and Bulldogs players. "It's obviously not the situation that I wanted to get into," Dilsworth said. "But alcohol and guns are legal, too, and put in the wrong hands are dangerous.

This bat is no different, and someone is going to get hurt." Dilsworth's concern is based on independent studies conducted at Penn MWIIIIams 3b 3 0 0 0 Sierra rf 2 110 Scarsone 3b 1 0 0 0 Herrera rf 2 0 10 Batting PLAYER AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB 80 SB BA Trammoll 35 1 3 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 0.600 Fletcher 1 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.500 Tlngley 48040000010 0.500 Pembertn 9 19 3 9 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 0.474 Stubbl 11 22 6 10 3 0 2 9 4 1 0 1 .455 McGrlft 4 9 2 4 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 0.444 Samuel 8 13 3 5 1 0 1 4 1 1 1 1 .385 Fielder 7 21 3 8 3 0 1 4 0 5 0 0 .381 Hlgglnson 12 30 10 11 1 0 2 7 6 7 0 0.367 Clark 9 26 5 8 1 0 2 9 4 7 1 0.308 Gibson 7 19 350100340 1 .263 Tackeft 7 12 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0.250 Cuyler 12 26 3 6 3 0 0 1 1 11 0 0.231 Curtll 10 31 7 8 10 3 3540 1 .214 Fryman 12 39 3 8 0 0 0 2 6 10 4 0.205 Penn 12 30 7 6 2 0 0 3 2 4 4 3.200 Baet 7 11 22100 1041 0.182 Bautlsta 11 19 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 6 1 0.158 Steverson 9 14 32101 1060 0.143 Flaherty 7 15 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.133 Gomez 12 34 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 10 1 0.059 Whitaker 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 Zlnter 56 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0.000 Pitching PITCHER 08 IP ER HR BB 80 ERA Barnet 002 0 44 1 0 0 0 2 4 0.00 Greene 001 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 Knudten 001 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 Lima 001 0 2 000001 0.00 Maxcy 001 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 Whiteside 004 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 2 0.00 Gardiner 004 0 5 5 1 1 0 0 1 1.80 Wlthem 0 1 2 1 5 7 2 1 0 1 2 1.80 Wlckander 102 0 4421034 2.25 Weill 113 3 11 13 6 3 0 3 5 2.31 Bottenfld 1 1 2 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 3.00 Thompson 002 0 4' 6 3 2 2 1 5 4.15 Bergman 103 2 8 6 4 4 1 5 2 4.50 Henneman 103 0 4 542133 4.50 Henry 0 1 2 0 2 4 2 1 1 1 0 4.50 Lira 002 0 6 6 3 3 0 1 1 4.50 Leach 002 0 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 4.50 Moore 0 1 2 2 6'A 10 4 4 0 3 3 5.71 Doherty 002 2 6 9 8 4 0 3 3 6.00 Blomdahl 0 0 4 0 5 7 6 5 1 3 3 7.94 Boever 003 0 3 4 3 3 0 2 2 9.00 Bohanon 013 1 6 97725 6 10.50 Stidham 014 0 354423 4 12.00 Groom 002 1 3655011 15.00 Edmondsn 001 0 4 4 4 0 0 0 27.00 Saves (2): Boever, Henneman. Shaw 0 0 0 0 Whilen DFWcher 2 12 2 Mahay rf Roias 0 0 0 0 Jefferson lb White K-cf 4 0 0 1 Madarlane 2 0 1 1 Andrews 3b 3 2 2 0 Haseiman 1112 "Does the bat leave players at risk? I don't know. But you can't tell a kid that bought the bat, that is legal, that she can't use it." Manufacturers Easton and Worth make variations of titanium bats that retail between $500 and $600. GLIAC commissioner Tom Brown said the conference can't change the rules midway through the season. "The conference's stand at this point is that the bat is legal and approved by the NCAA and the ASA (American Softball Association)," Brown said.

"We follow the NCAA policies, yet as I understand it some conferences the Pac-10 and Big Ten agreed not to use it. The issue didn't come up in the GLIAC until last week. We're halfway through the season and I can't penalize the teams that have been using it," Brown said. Lake Superior State beat Ferris State, 3-2, on Saturday without using titanium bats. Lakers coach Don Myers said he understands Dilsworth's stand but would let his hitters use a titanium bat if they had one.

"We don't have the budget to spend $500 on a bat, but I think Sue has a genuine concern," Myers said. "If she is truly doing this because of the safety factor, I salute her." balls jump off titanium bats with a 4-12 percent greater velocity than from conventional aluminum bats made without titanium. The bats used were the same weight and length; the significant difference in exit velocity was because of the titanium. "Sure, the ball will go 62 feet further off this bat, but that's not my concern," Dilsworth said. "It comes off faster; that concerns me.

Last year I had a girl hit a (Detroit Mercy) pitcher in the nose, breaking it. It's scary to wonder what could have happened if she was using a titanium bat. Yet the coaches in our conference want to look the other way, and I don't know why." Wayne State, Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State and Hillsdale won by forfeit against Ferris State, dropping the Bulldogs out of the conference lead to third place. Tartars coach Gary Bryce said the bat won't make bad hitters into good ones but will turn good hitters into great ones. He still has safety concerns, but in a different area.

"I've never been in favor of the yellow ball we've used," said Bryce, in his 14th season at Wayne State. "The NCAA has approved the use of the ball and the titanium bat. The batting averages have improved, but I think it's because of the liveljer ball. 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 Berry 3b 2 110 Naehrlng 3b Floyd lb 3 0 10 Brown ss Laker 4 0 11 Tlnsley cf Hill rf 3 0 0 0 McGwire lb 2 113 Brav cf 1 0 0 0 Cesar 2b 10 0 0 Carreon If 3 0 10 Berroa dh 3 0 0 0 Reed 10 10 Gales ph 10 0 0 Phillips lb 2 0 0 0 Harper 4 0 0 0 Benzlnger lb 2 0 0 0 Broslus 3b 2 0 10 Clayton ss 2 0 10 GWIIIIams ph 1 0 0 0 Perez ss 2 0 0 0 Guerrero If 0 0 0 0 Manwaring 1 0 0 0 Galiego 2b 2 0 0 0 Lampkin 1 2 0 0 Akfrele ph-lb 10 0 0 Paouelte H-3b 3 0 1 0 Heiland ph 10 0 0 Totals 32 36 3 Totals 2935 3 San Francisco 000 Ml 020 -3 Oakland 300 000 000 -3 Galiego 2, Perez. 2B: Sierra, Carreon, Faneyle.

HR: McGwire (4). Javier, Tomberlln. SF: Patlerson. Scott 0 0 0 0 Spehr 10 0 0 Rueter 0 0 0 0 Schmidt 10 0 0 Frazier rf 2 0 0 0 Totals 37 912 9 Totals 36 10 12 10 Montreal 030 001 140 9 Boston 431 000 SOX -10 Cordero, Whiten. 2B: Lansing, Laker, Tarasco, Grudzielanek.

HR: Whiten 12), Valentin (2), HawNman (1), DFIelcher 12). SB: Cordero 12), Floyd (2). Rueter, SF: While. IP RER BB SO San Francisco ER BB Wilson 3 3 3 3 3 State and the University of Arizona. Rueter (L 1-1) 12-3 1 7 6 2 2 Schmidt 21-3 2 1 1 1 0 Shaw 2 0 0 0 0 0 Scott 1 2 2 2 0 0 Roias 1 0 0 0 0 2 Boston Smith (W 1-0) 12-, 3 2 2 1 1 Pena 1-3 1 10 0 0 Hanson 1 0 0 0 0 1 Vanegmond 21-3 3 1 1 0 2 Loon-v 22-3 4 5 5 5 1 Pierce (i 2) 1 1 0 0 0 1 Burgos Rossetll Dewev Gomez Burba Torres Oakland Ontiveros Harkey Reves Von Poppel Acre The other six Great Lakes coaches 21-3 1 32-3 1 1 1 1 2 I 1 have used, or would let their players use, the titanium bat, which is legal.

In January, the biomechanics lab oratory at Penn State found soft- rf.

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