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   Casa Grande Dispatch (Newspaper) - October 19, 1990, Casa Grande, Arizona                                8 Casa Grande Ariz DISPATCH Friday October 19 1990 GRANDE DISPATCH sports Battle Suns Sink Cavaliers By DON BARTO News Editor TEMPE Kenny Battle won the battle Thursday night and he may have also won the war Battle a secondyear forward fighting for a spot on the Phoenix Suns roster scored 21 points all in the second half to lead the Suns to a 111103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in an exhibi tion game at the Arizona State University Activity Center Tom Chambers and Jeff Horna cek added 18 points apiece as the Suns improved to 30 in the pre season They played without point guard Kevin Johnson sprained his rookie backup Negele Knight strained hamstring and center Andrew Lang stress frac ture of left Cleveland led by Mark Price and rookie Danny Ferry with 14 points apiece is 02 After not playing in the first two quarters Battle started the sec ond half and his aggressive play helped Phoenix quickly overcome a 4946 deficit He scored the Suns first eight points to put them ahead 5451 a minute and a half into the period His four second half steals keyed an improved Phoenix defense You dont need to light a fire under Kenny Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons said Hell light his own fire I wanted us to get more aggressive and physical and thats what we Fitzsimmons said he has not made roster decisions there are 15 players competing for 12 jobs but Battles play didnt hurt his chances of making the team If youre going to win champi onships youve got to have play ers who cannot only score but stop Fitzsimmons said Kenny does Cleveland outscored the lethar gic Suns 3020 in the first quarter but rallied in the second period on the play of Hornacek Eddie John son and rookie Ian Lockhart A threepoint goal by Hornacek tied the game 3434 with left in the half Cleveland last led 6059 midway through the third quar ter but the Suns went on a 2311 run to close the period with an 82 71 lead Phoenix led by as many as 19 points 10081 with left in the game In Kevin Johnsons absence Hornacek and Dan Majerle start ed at guard Majerle who normal ly swings between snooting guard and small forward had to play the point when Hornacek rested al though that was only seven min utes Ricky Blanton a small for ward filled in at shooting guard and scored 10 points Majerle scored 11 points and led the team with eight rebounds In addition to his 18 points Hornacek dished out 16 assists and had three steals He outplayed Price who had only one assist and one steal in 24 minutes Ferry who was traded to the Cavs last season after refusing to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and subsequently playing for II Messaggero in Rome scored all his points in the first half and fouled out midway through the Suns page 9 Suddenly Vulnerable As Searching for Quick Fix Staff Photo by Oscar Perez On Your Mark CHRIS JONES of Casa Grande gets set to swim the final leg of the 200yard freestyle relay race during Thursdays meet against Coronado at the CAC pool The Cougars won the event and went on to defeat the Dons 10163 Story page 9 By JIM DONAGHY AP Writer OAKLAND Calif The Oak land As are back on the green grass of home and that may be their only hope in the World Series The Cincinnati Reds ran through over and under the As in the first two games of the Series ruining Oaklands image of invincibility The Reds took advantage of the carpet at Riverfront Stadium to take the extra base on a confused Oakland defense at every opportunity I think the Astroturf is overrat Oakland center fielder Dave Henderson said We didnt play well so we deserve to lose Well play better at That of course remains to be seen The As are scheduled to send Mike Moore 1315 against Tom Browning 159 tonight in Game 3 Oaklands earned run average at home was as opposed to on the road Browning however was 71 on the road and only 88 at home All the signs suggest that the As are in trouble Some of those signs were even there before the Series started The As miss Walt Weiss steady defense at shortstop Jose Can seco is hurting and Mark McGwire isnt hitting Watch Canseco at bat His stance is different and he often steps out of the batters box to stretch his aching back In Game 1 the Reds destroyed Dave Stewarts invincibility with a 70 rout and on Wednesday night they took care of Dennis Eckersley with a 54 victory in 10 innings Canseco failed to catch Billy Hatchers triple in the eighth in ning in Game 2 and it turned into the tying run Some of the As Tuesdays Game Cincinnati 7 Oakland 0 Wednesdays Game Cincinnati 5 Oakland 4 10 in nings Cincinnati leads series 20 Fridays Game Cincinnati Browning 159 at Oakland Moore Saturdays Game Cincinnati at Oakland Sundays Game Cincinnati at Oakland if necessary Tuesday Oct 23 Oakland at Cincinnati if necessary Wednesday Oct 24 Oakland at Cincinnati if necessary thought Canseco wasnt hustling but a home run or two could make it all a memory It was a catch that had to be made if you want to win the manager Tony La Russa said Meanwhile Hatcher is 7 for 7 with five extrabase hits the bull pen is as nasty as ever and the Reds are running wild on the bases We feel very very Hatcher said But we know we are playing against the world champions and they had won 10 consecutive postseason games so were not going to be overconfi dent Were going to have to keep playing fundamentally sound The As swept the Boston Red Sox by hanging in there for six or seven innings and then wrecking the relievers That strategy just wont work with Norm Charlton Rob Dibble and Randy Myers waiting in the Cincinnati bullpen In the first two games the Reds bullpen gave up no runs and five hits with nine strikeouts in 9 1 3 innings For eight postseason games the pen has given up one earned run and 13 hits in 27 23 innings while fanning 31 Its no secret they have a good La Russa said We knew that coming into the Series You have to get the early lead to keep them from using Dibble My ers and No team has ever rallied from a 30 deficit and its up to Moore to make sure the As dont have to try It doesnt matter what the situ ation is tied or down two games to Moore said I just have to do my job Im not going to put any more pressure on At least Moores postseason his tory suggests the As are in good shape for Game 3 The right hander is 40 in the playoffs and World Series the last two seasons including two wins against San Francisco last year Moore was 1911 for the As last year but dropped to 1315 this sea son with a ERA At home he was 710 Its a confidence booster for me to get a chance in this Moore said I know there were times I struggled during the The As will have designated hitter Harold Baines back in the lineup for Game 3 with the Series moving to an AL park and his presence should help their sag ging offense Naturally youre happy to see the pitcher come up because hes not going to be as good as the hit ters in the Browning said Canseco Says Flap with La Russa Not Major AP Laserphoto JOSE CANSECO of the Oak land As gets ready for bat ting practice Thursday after noon at the Oakland Coliseum By TIM LIOTTA AP Writer OAKLAND Calif Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa believes in being forthright with his opinion That belief may have spurred a flareup between La Russa and As slugger Jose Canseco La Russa was critical of Canse cos play on an eighthinning fly ball hit by Cincinnatis Billy Hatcher in Game 3 of the World Series Wednesday night in Cincinnati One thing Ive tried to do is keep my La Russa said Thursday When someone asks me about a play I tell them Thats how I saw While the As went through their workout Thursday La Russa and Canseco met for 55 minutes to dis cuss their postgame comments Wednesday night Canseco took one turn at batting practice and La Russa only came out on the field after the practice This is not a major Canseco said I dont want this getting in the wrong hands and having it blown out of After Game 2 La Russa ques tioned Cansecos play on Billy Hatchers eighthinning triple which led to the Reds scoring the tying run With the As leading 43 Hatch er led off the eighth inning by hit ting a fly ball to deep right field After a slow start Canseco raced back to the warning track raised his glove up but was only able to deflect the ball Hatcher raced all the way to third before the As retrieved the ball He scored Cincinnatis tying run two batters later on pinchhit ter Glenn Braggss bouncer up the middle That ball has to be La Russa said after the game If you want to win the game you have got to make that play He did not get a good jump on the ball and I dont know Later back in his office La Russa said If he gets a decent jump any kind of decent jump he catches that When informed of La Russas critique of the play Canseco steamed Well if thats what he says thats his said the As slugger If hes going to hang the game on one play hes totally Canseco went on to say the com ments did not sound like La Russa Thats definitely out of charac Canseco said Have you ever heard Tony make a state ment like that against one of his players But you always blame the guy who makes the most because hes the one who is supposed to be do ing the most When youre frustrated you say a lot of La Russa said after the As practice Thursday that maybe hes guilty of overestimating Cansecos abilities I have a tendency to think theres not too much he cant do out La Russa said of Can seco Maybe I expect too much from him In a nineinning game or a 10inning game there are a lot of things that decides who wins Im not saying that was the only thing that cost us the However Dave Stewart said af ter Game 2 that he thought Can seco appeared distracted I think too many other things are becoming an interference for him to concentrate for a whole nine Stewart said Mainly battling with umpires and questioning balls and strikes You cant concentrate on what you have to do up there His con centration level is just When asked Wednesday night if he thought Canseco appeared dis tracted La Russa said I agree I think distracted is a good Stewart declined to comment on the incident Thursday When he finally did appear for the As practice Thursday Can seco said his meeting with La Russa went We talked about baseball and Canseco said smiling When asked if he thought the criticism was warranted Canseco said I dont think anybody is criticizing anybody on this team Its nothing new I felt I got a good jump on the ASUOregon Tilt Lacks Anticipated Importance By BOB BAUM AP Writer EUGENE Ore At one time or another this season Arizona State and Oregon have been ranked among the nations top 25 college football teams So what are they doing tied for last place in the Pacific 10 Conference Certainly we didnt think we were going to be 02 in conference Arizona State coach Larry Marmie said and Im sure Ore gon didnt feel that way either Thats the kind of year its Arizona State 23 overall 02 Pac10 and Oregon 42 02 meet Saturday in the first nighttime college football game at Autzen Stadium in 12 years The kickoff was moved to 7 to accommo date cable television Thats not a concern for Marmie said because we do play night games all the time Our guys are used to Oregon coach Rich Brooks ob vjously doesnt like night games Thats why his team hasnt played one at home since 1978 My stomach has a hard time waiting all day to play a tie said Thats the only reason I dont like night The quarterback position is the hot topic of conversatipn for both this week Oregons Bill Musgrave the Pac10s leader in total offense suffered a strained abdominal muscle in his teams 3817 pound ing at the hands of Washington last weekend and is listed as doubtful But Marmie isnt expecting the Ducks star to sit out a game that seems crucial to Oregons hopes for a bowl appearance I fully expect him to Marmie said If Musgrave doesnt play or is unable to play for long hell be replaced by junior Jon Okken who has thrown only five passes in his collegiate career Marmie meanwhile will give redshirt freshman Bret Powers his first start Powers directed three secondhalf scoring drives last week in the Sun Devils 3124 loss to California We thought he did a nice job under the Mar mie said Hes got a nice feel for the Powers replaces Kurt Lasher who was unable to move the team in the early stages of the loss to California Powers completed 7 of 18 passes for 99 yards and was in tercepted once He was driving Arizona State for what would have been the winning touchdown be fore he fumbled the ball away at the Cal 17yard line with Football Forecasts ED PETRUSKA Last Week 64 Season 4425 This Weeks Predictions Casa Grande 38 North 6 Sahuarita 14 Coolidge 12 Ray 20 Florence 16 Santa Maricopa 0 Arizona 24 Southern California 22 Oregon 35 Arizona State 17 Northern Arizona 31 Montana 27 Notre Dame 28 Miami 27 Auburn 17 Florida State 16 New York Giants 30 Phoenix Cardinals 13 JOE E CERVI Last Week fi4 Season 41281 This Weeks Predictions Casa Grande 28 North 6 Coolidge 14 Sahuarita 6 Ray 18 Florence 14 Santa Cruz 42 Maricopa 0 Southern California 28 Arizona 21 Oregon 34 Arizona State 17 Montana 35 Northern Arizona 17 Miami 30 Notre Dame 28 Florida State 28 Auburn 27 New York Giants 35 Phoenix Cardinals 21 Wildcats Mental Frame Concern for USCs Smith remaining The Sun Devils have been with out star quarterback Paul Justin since the third game of the sea son when he suffered a dislocated shoulder He will not make the trip to Eugene Brooks is most concerned about slopping Arizona State tailback Leonard Russell who rushed for 186 yards on 25 carries last weekend I havent seen too many backs In our league break as many tack les as Russell has Brooks said Hes just a tremendous football LOS ANGELES AP Todd Marinovich of I5thranked South ern Cal threw for 338 yards last weekend against Stanford but Trojans coach Larry Smith thinks his sophomore quarterback may have more difficulty Saturday against Arizona They have an outstanding sec ondary in terms of both hitting and Smith said of the Wildcats Its just like throwing into a tigers teeth back Cornerback Darryl Lewis who leads the Pac10 in interceptions with five and is fifth in punt turns with an average is Ari zonas leader in the secondary Hes just done everything you can ask of a defensive Wildcats coach Dick Tomey said I think hes playing as well as any defensive back in the country right The Wildcats 42 overall 22 Pac10 suffered a humiliating 35 21 loss last week to previously winless Oregon State Arizona led in the third quarter but the Bea vers scored 21 unanswered points to beat the Cats for the first time in 24 years Smith worries that the Wildcats may want to work off some frus tration at the expense of the Tro jans 51 The thing that makes Arizona so dangerous is that they were where we were against Washing ton Thats the way I look at he said They had a disaster We came back the next week against Ohio State and played one of our best games ever I think theyre very capable of doing USC suffered its own humbling loss Sept 22 when Washington dismantled Marinovich and the Trojan passing game and won 31 0 I know two things about Arizo Smith said One is that they always play great football in the Coliseum Secondly Arizona has always played great football after a disastrous loss I think we can expect a completely different Ari zona team in Tomey hopes so You hope you can learn from he said We have to find a way to learn from it and get Two quarterbacks senior Ron nie Veal and sophomore George Malaululu are expected to share duty for the Wildcats against the Trojans Veal who started the first five games was replaced against UCLA by Malaululu who ran for 52 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown The sophomore started against Oregon State and Tomey said both will see action Saturday   
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