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10 The Michigan Daily Wednesday, April 9, 1997

Blue baseball hopes to move
Wright along against Raiders

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
Most people don't know where
Wright State is. Perhaps that's why the
Michigan baseball team is hosting the
Raiders, and not the other way around.
Whatever the reason might be, the
Raiders (11-18)
will visit Ray L.
Fisher Stadium this T
afternoon to square
off against the "
Wolverines (7-3 IS IMPU4E
Big Ten, 17-12
overall) at 3 p.m. "S
Michigan isn't play at (A
going anywhere
for a while. The
Wolverines will be M it
playing the part of
host for next week.
This afternoon's game marks what
would have been game two of a seven-
game homestand. The elements decid-
ed otherwise, as yesterday's game
against Central Michigan was "colded
After playing 18 of their first 19 on
the road, the homestand is a welcome
change for the Wolverines. Michigan is
most recently returning from a weekend
in Minnesota, in which Michigan man-
aged to split an abbreviated series with
the Golden Gophers.
"The homestand is important for us,"
Michigan senior second baseman and
captain Kirk Beermann said. "We've
played many games away and only a
few at home, so it's nice to play at Ray
The road has been friendly to the
Wolverines. Michigan is 12-11 away


from Ann Arbor. Although that figure is
just above .500, the Wolverines had to
contend with the likes of No. 5
Alabama to begin the season, along
with other teams in warm-weather
states who have the luxury of practicing
outdoors early in the season.
Wright State
just visited
Indiana State and
Pmestand suffered a two-
game series
sweep. Although
they have lost
three of their last
27 !four games, the
Raiders can boast
irk Beermann shortstop Dusty
higan captain Beam, who is
15th in the coun-
try in batting at
"We don't really know much about
them," Beermann said. "We don't real-
ly try to adjust to the other team. We
just worry about executing and doing
our own job well."
The starting pitcher for the
Wolverines could be either of two
sophomore righthanders, Brian
Berryman (2-2 with 8.10 ERA) or Ryan
Kelley (1-3, 8.10 ERA). Both had solid
outings in their last appearances. Kelley
pitched three solid innings in his last
outing, a no-decision against Eastern
Michigan, while Berryman gave up one
run and three hits against Bowling
Bryan Cranson may get the nod
instead. The freshman lefthander has
been one of the more successful starters
of the younger pitchers, and notched his

first Big Ten victory this weekend
against Minnesota.
However much success the
Wolverines have had on the road, home
is where the heart is and has been where4
the wins are. The Wolverines are 5-1
within the friendly confines of Fisher
"We had a nice crowd last week, and
that's good to see" Beermann said.
By the way, Wright State is located in
Dayton, Ohio.


Pitcher Brian Berryman and the rest of the Wolverines will face the Raiders of Wright State this afternoon after being "coided
out" yesterday at home. Weather permitting, today's game will start at 3 p.m.

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yesterday denounced as "baseless" a
book's claim that heavy gambling
losses by Isiah Thomas and James
Edwards raised questions about point
shaving during two Detroit Pistons
games in 1989.
Jeffrey Mishkin, the league's chief
legal officer, called "absolutely
false" the contention in the book
"Money Players" that the NBA
recently reopened an investigation
into point-shaving in the late 1980s.
Mishkin said the only investigation
occurred after the book's authors -
ABC -correspondent Armen
Keteyian, New York Times sports
columnist Harvey Araton and Sports

Illustrated reporter Martin Dardis -
sent letters to Thomas and Edwards,
questioning them about point-shav-4
The book, which cites five primary
unidentified sources - four of them
gamblers - quotes both Pistons
players denying any involvement.
"I've never, ever been involved in
point-shaving, betting on games,"
Thomas said in the book.
Joe Dumars, who played for the
1989-90 team and is still with the
team, said he never saw anything to
substantiate the charges in the book. 1
"I never saw anything to indicate to
me that would even possibly be the
case," Dumars said.

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