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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 2Bi1 HeraldZeitlmg O Sunday August 3 1997 Spoils I 1 y Baseball Stturctayt Late Games Not Included Kansas City 10 Boston 3 Minnesota at Yankees n Baltimore at Oakland n Toronto at Detroit n Seattle at Milwaukee n Cleveland at Texae n Chicago White Sox at Anaheim n Cincinnati 5 San Francisco 1 Pittsburgh 8 Colorado 5 St Louis 2 Philadelphia 1 Houston 6 Mets 0 Los Angeles at Chicago Cubs n Atlanta at Florida n San Diego at Montreal n American League At A Glance All Times CDT By The Associated Press East Division Baltimore New York Toronto Boston Detroit Cleveland Milwaukee Chicago Minnesota Kansas City W 67 62 51 52 49 L 39 44 55 57 57 Pet 632 585 481 477 462 Central Division W 55 54 53 48 44 L 48 52 54 59 61 Pet 534 509 495 449 419 West Division W 61 60 50 43 L 48 48 57 68 Pet 560 556 467 387 GB 5 16 16 18 GB 4 9 12 GB 10 19 Anaheim Seattle Texas Oakland Fridays Games Toronto 7 Detroit 5 Yankees 8 Minnesota 3 Milwaukee 8 Seattle 3 Boston 10 Kansas City 3 Cleveland 8 Texas 5 Anaheim 9 Chicago White Sox 1 Oakland 2 Baltimore 1 Saturdays Games Late Games Not Included Kansas City 10 Boston 3 Minnesota at Yankees n Baltimore at Oakland n Toronto at Detroit n Seattle at Milwaukee n Cleveland at Texas n Chicago White Sox at Anaheim n Sundays Games Toronto Williams 69 at Detroit Blair Minnesota Hawkins 36 at Yankees Gooden Seattle Johnson 143 at Milwaukee Mercedes Boston Wakefield 512 at Kansas City Bones Baltimore Krivda 10 at Oakland Wengert Cleveland Colon 25 at Texas Sturtze 0 Chicago White Sox Baldwin 711 at Anaheim Finley Royals hit seasonhigh five homers in 103 win KANSAS CITY Mo AP Dean Palmer homered twice and drove in four runs and the Kansas City Royals hit a seasonhigh five homers in beat ing the Boston Red Sox 103 Saturday Palmer who was dealt from Texas to Kansas City on July25 is 12for34 with two home runs and eight RBIs since the trade The five home runs the others were by Chili Davis Mike Macfarlane and Yamil Benitez were the most by Kansas City since the Royals hit five at Minnesota Aug 6 1995 Tim Belcher 119 scattered eight hits and allowed three runs in 6 23 innings Aaron Sele 108 lasted just 2 23 innings and allowed four runs on five hits The Red Sox scored two unearned runs in the top of the first on Reggie Jeffersons tworun double but it took the Royals just two pitches to tie the game in the second Cardinals 2 Phillies 1 PHILADELPHIA AP Mark McGwire got his first NL hit and also scored the goahead run Saturday as the St Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 21 Todd Stottlemyre 117 pitched eight strong innings and the Cardinals snapped a fourgame losing streak Philadelphias seasonhigh fourgame winning string ended The Cardinals scored twice in the sixth Pinchhitter Ron Gant walked with the bases loaded forcing home McGwire for a 21 lead McGwire traded by Oakland to the Cardinals on Thursday went lfor3 with a walk Hitless on Friday night he got his first hit for St Louis in the sixth an infield single Willie McGee led off the sixth with a double and McGwire followed with his hit Gary Gaettis RBI single tied the score at 1 and Danny Sheaffer sin gled to load the bases After Mike Difelice struck out Gant walked on a 32 pitch from Matt Saturdays Games Beech PlnrtM 8 Rockies 5 PITTSBURGH AP Joe Randas tworun triple was one of only two Pittsburgh hits in a fiverun fifth inning and the Pirates held off a four run Colorado comeback in the eighth to beat the Rockies 65 Saturday Larry Walker homered for the third straight game and also had an RBI double for Colorado The Rockies lost despite outhitting Pittsburgh 135 Francisco Cordova 86 left with a 61 lead after seven innings but the Rockies scored four times in the eighth against reliever Marc Wilkins Clint Sodowsky retired Neifi Perez on an inningending grounder with the bases loaded in the eighth and Rich Loiselle pitched the ninth for his 17th save The Pirates staying six games behind divisionleading Houston in the NL Central scored their first two runs in the fifth without a hit on three walks by Rockies starter Bill Swift 4 5 and second baseman Eric Youngs throwing error Reds 5 Giants 1 CINCINNATI AP Brett Tomko struck out a careerhigh 10 batters Saturday as he returned to the Cincinnati starting rotation and the Reds hit three homers off Mark Gardner for a 51 victory over the fad ing San Francisco Giants Tomko relegated to long relief for his last three appearances as the Reds showcased their veteran starters for trades held the Giants to a pair of hits over seven innings and pitched out of a oneout basesloaded threat in the fourth Barry Bonds solo homer his 28th provided San Franciscos run in the sixth Jeff Shaw pitched two perfect innings to complete the twohitter and close out only the Reds fourth victory in their last 14 games National League At A Glance All Times CDT By The Associated Press Eastblvlslon W L Pet GB Atlanta Florida New York Montreal Philadelphia 69 62 61 55 34 41 45 46 52 72 627 579 5 570 6 514 12 321 33 Central Division W L Pet GB Houston 59 50 541 Pittsburgh 53 56 486 6 St Louis 51 57 472 7 Cincinnati 45 61 425 Chicago 43 67 391 West Division W L Pet GB Los Angeles 60 49 550 San Francisco 60 49 550 San Diego 53 56 486 7 Colorado 52 58 473 Fridays Games Los Angeles 13 Chicago CUbs 9 Florida 3 Atlanta 2 12 innings Colorado 7 Pittsburgh 6 San Francisco 8 Cincinnati 7 San Diego 8 Montreal 2 Philadelphia 4 St Louis 1 Mets 8 Houston innings Saturdays Games Late Games Not Included Cincinnati 5 San Francisco 1 Pittsburgh 6 Colorado 5 St Louis 2 Philadelphia 1 Houston 6 Mets 0 Los Angeles at Chicago Cubs n Atlanta at Florida n San Diego at Montreal n Sundays Games Colorado Wright 57 at Pittsburgh Lieber San Diego Ashby 67 at Montreal St Louis Osborne 13 at Philadelphia San Francisco Estes 144 at Cincinnati Morgan Mets Clark 77 at Houston Reynolds Atlanta Millwood 22 at Florida Los Angeles Valdez 69 at Chicago Cubs Trachsel Astros blank Mets HOUSTON AP Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker and pitcher Mike Hampton gen erally agree on when the left handers confidence started to turn around this season They just disagree on why Whatever Hampton continued his streak of success Saturday with a threehitter to beat the New York Mets 60 Hampton 97 won his sixth straight decision tying a career best set in 1995 He struck out seven and walked three in his second career shutout and his fifth complete game in the last seven starts Hampton who was 50 with a ERA in now 70 at home But he was 37 overall in late May when Dierker decided to have him miss one turn in the rotation I was trying to find a way to get him to get his confidence Dierker explained I wanted him to sit down a while and take a look at the big picture I told him hed won three games and I thought he was still going to win a ton of them But instead of wal lowing in the mire I wanted him to take a step back and think about it To me that was the turning point because it helped him get his confi he said Hampton said he wasnt thinking about big picture when he missed that start I think that was my turning point he said But actually what it did was tick me off The next game in San Francisco I walked the bases loaded and walked in a run Id never done that before and I really got mad then I started pitching better then and now that I look back on it it was a good move to sit me down for one start But Im not going to lie to you It really upset me I guess you need that he said i Jeff Bagwell hit his 29th home run to start the scoring for Houston in the first Derek Bells tworun double keyed a fourrun third inning Hall of Fame to induct artful Dodger manager from Page 1B oCasex Stengels 63 And it lor licing one of baseballs best Ambassadors Also being inducted into the Hull are winner Phil Niekro by the Baseball Writers Association of America second base inan Nellie Fox elected like Lasorda by the committee on veterans and IMegro Leagues Willie Wells was a native of Austin Texas The Taylor Spink award will go 1o longtimeNew York and Pittsburgh sports writer Charley Feeney and the Tord Frick Award will be presented Jimmy Dudley voice of the Cleveland Indians from If Lasorda were a salesman heel win the incentive trip to Hawaii every year lie knew how to sell the Dodgers to America and the players to themselves Tommys a very psychologically astute said longtime Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia now a coach with the team He knows how to read people and knows what they need to get them going And thats what made him a great There were of course the emotion al embraces in front of the dugout public displays olatlection that made Lasordas Dodgers baseballs huggin gest team They were according to Scioscia not always all they seemed to be I think thats probably the biggest misconception the public he said To run a club it s not just all hugging You have to know who to pat on the back when to pat him on the back when you have to kick them in the bun and when you have to stroke them a little bit And Tommy had that gift to know what players needed what And the timing was always on the money with Perhaps Lasorda the psychologist was at his best with pitcher Orel Hershiser who looked like a comput er programmer and threw like one When the manager was done Hershiser was nicknamed Bulldog and later set the record for consecu tive scoreless innings Orel is a real deep thinker very cerebral and it didnt really look like he had that intestinal fortitude that was going to make him match his physical talents and be such a great Scioscia said He had a great arm but it takes more than that to Lasorda of course knew all about pitchers He loves to tell the story about being the last cut by his beloved Dodgers in 1955 because the team needed roster space for another left hander named Sandy Koufax The leftover lefthander pitched until then turned to coaching and managing He succeeded Walt Alston as manager of the Dodgers at the end of 1976 and won National League pennants in his first two full seasons 1977 and 1978 In 1981 and 1988 Los Angeles won the World Series Lasorda now a vice president with the team always preached the Dodgers as family He knew the names of players parents wives and children everyone it seemed except the dry cleaner and gardener All of this was viewed with some skepticism by players on other teams who thought nobody could be that enthusiastic about his team Brett Butler was one of the doubters until he got to Los Angeles in 1991 I thought it was all a he said I mean I thought all this Dodger Blue and I bleed Dodger blue was all kind of a facade I thought it was a He found out otherwise It was actually Butler said Tommy actually loved the Dodgers and baseball more than anything in the whole world I think Tommy actu ally loved the Dodgers more than he loves life That raises the question of Jo Lasorda the exmanagers wife of 47 years Early on Lasorda reportedly made things 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