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eV4cGwire blasts 65th; just misses No. 66

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Mark McGwire hit his
major league record 65th home run yesterday, then
had an apparent No. 66 taken away by an umpire's rul-
ing in the St. Louis Cardinals' game against
McGwire pulled two ahead of Sammy Sosa with a
first-inning shot off Milwaukee lefthander Scott Karl.
Everybody but second-base umpire Bob Davidson
*ought McGwire had No. 66 in the fifth inning, when
he sent a line drive deep to left-center field off rookie
Rod Henderson.
But Davidson ruled that a fan had interfered by
reaching over the yellow railing at the 392-foot sign
and pulling the ball in. McGwire was forced to stop at
second with a double - he rounded the bag, looking
for a signal - as the crowd jeered and Cardinals man-
ager Tony La Russa protested briefly.
TV replays were inconclusive.
The yellow pipe was installed about 18 inches
Wove the outfield wall padding after the 1982 World
Series, when a fan reached down and snatched a ball
from Ben Oglivie's grasp.
It has been the source of several disputes since,
mostly because there's a chain-link fence between the
padding and the yellow rail, making it difficult for

It's over!
While the assault on baseball's single-season
home run record remains in full swing, the
extension of another one of the national
pastime's most hallowed records has ended.
Baltimore Oriole third baseman Cal Ripken, Jr.'s
consecutive games played streak ended last
night when he was scratched from the starting
lineup. For more coverage, see Page 3B.
umpires to tell for certain whether a ball clears the rail,
hits right in front of it and bounces over or even if a
fan reaches over.
McGwire, who struck out four times Saturday
night, took a curtain call after giving St. Louis a 2-0
lead. His 423-foot homer in the first followed a single
by Fernando Tatis.
Although most of his teammates took regular bat-
ting practice, McGwire hit in the batting cage beneath
County Stadium.
Before the game, La Russa said he had no doubt
his slugger would bounce right back after his first
four-whiff game of the year.
"If you're talking about the mental aspect of the

game, you never have to worry about Mark," La Russa
said. "He's been very strong mentally. He's been the
same every day, all year."
On a 2-1 pitch, McGwire sent a no-doubt drive
into the left-field bleachers, setting off a scramble for
the ball. Charles Dombrowski, 21, of Wisconsin
Rapids, came up with it.
Karl also was victimized for long balls by Pat
Kelly, Ron Gant and pitcher Manny Aybar before leav-
ing the game after three innings trailing 6-0.
McGwire had an 18 at-bat homer drought after
breaking Roger Maris' record Sept. 8, but has three
homers in his last five games.
The last two have come at County Stadium, the
ballpark where Hank Aaron hit his final home run for
the career record.
McGwire, who broke a tie for the home run lead
Friday with a 417-foot two-run homer off Milwaukee
rookie Rafael Roque, skipped batting practice yester-
day after hitting nine homers in 18 swings Saturday
Last night's homer was the 451st of McGwire's
career, tying him with Carl Yastrzemski for 20th on
the career list. He has 176 homers the past three sea-

St. Louis Cardinals' slugger Mark McGwire watches his league-leading 65th home
run leave Milwaukee County Stadium on Sunday. McGwlre appeared to hit his 66th
home run later in the game, but it was ruled a fan Interfered with the ball.





,Michigan runs
over Eastern for
~&.; :Wfyrf.. By Jim Rose
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Daily Sports Editor
First, it was Anthony Thomas off right tackle. Next, it was
Thomas over right guard. Then, it was Thomas off right guard
+ g--again. Then, in a surprise move, it was Thomas off right guard
one more time.
' It was the kind of creative play-calling you'd expect from
any Michigan football team.
It was also a touchdown.
It was, in its entirety, the Wolverines' first drive of the game
x' against Eastern Michigan. And more importantly, it was a pre-
view of things to come for the
Wolverines, who rolled to a 59-20 MIchigan 59
victory in front of 110,438 at .
Michigan Stadium on Saturday. s EMU 20
Michigan improved to 1-2
' -with the victory, which halted the team's first season-opening
two-game losing streak in a decade. The Eagles fell to 1-2.
The Wolverines finally got their running game in gear
against Eastern Michigan, thanks in large part to the fact that
they were playing Eastern Michigan. But whomever the oppo-
nent, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was no doubt happy to final-
.. .,\ ly put a notch in the win column. You wouldn't catch him say-
3ing itthough.
"We gave up too many big plays and we didn't tackle well
at times, he said. "We still have a lot of improving to do.'
And despite his team's lopsided victory, Carr's concerns
were legitimate. Once again, Michigan's defense struggled.
The Wolverines were aided by Eastern quarterback Walt
Church's four interceptions, but Church nonetheless gave
Michigan's secondary fits. He completed 32 of his 45 pass
attempts for 343 yards and a pair of touchdowns - and, like
Jarious Jackson and Donovan McNabb before him, looked at
4. .4 ~times like a world-beater against Michigan's defensive backs.
S 4 ."We competed better than I'd thought we would," Eastern
n R^ h brit fi ' coach Rick Rasnick said. "When you move the ball 80 yards
on Michigan's defense, you must be doing something right.
t 4 That's pretty good:'
S. Tom Brady played the majority of the game for the
Wolverines at quarterback, going 14-for-19 for 128 yards and
w guiding the offense on five separate scoring drives. Freshman
Drew Henson saw limited action until the fourth quarter, but
m completed 3 of 6 passes, one of which was a 32-yard touch-
9..v'e.,-:'-r down pass to another freshman, wideout David Terrell.
Terrell had his best game as a Wolverine, making four
catches for a total of 65 yards and two touchdowns. Seven
MARGARET MYERS/Daiy other players had receptions as well.
Freshman wide receiver David Terrell scores the first of his two touchdowns on Saturday. Terrell led the charge for the Wolverines with four receptions for 65 yards, as the Wolverines ran to a For the first time this season, Michigan was able to consis-
59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan . With the win, Michigan heads into next week's contest against rival Michigan State with an unexpected 12 record. I See EAGLES, Page 6B

Suggestions orfightzgfourth-quarter boredom

W 're three games into the season, and there
has yet to be a fourth quarter worth watch-
ing. No game has
offered anything worthy of
sticking around for, other than
watching Drew Henson.
Seriously, that's really all
anybody cares about at this
point in a young season. The
loudest cheers in Michigan
Stadium, arguably, are when SHARAT
Howard King announces "now RAJU
at quarterback for the Sharat
Wolverines ..." . in the Dark
Other than that, there's real-
ly nothing worth watching in the fourth quarter of a
Michigan football game this season. In light of this

the season.
Hold tryouts for spots in the defensive back-
The departure of Charles Woodson to the pros cou-
pled with Marcus Ray's suspension leaves the
Wolverines with an inexperienced secondary.
Dewayne Patmon, James Whitley and Andre Weathers
have been having some problems.
So, whether you are in the stands at the Big House
or in your own house watching the game, grab some
people and hold a short tryout session. It isn't hard -
all you need is an open area. And if the first three
games are any indication, that won't be hard to find.
But make sure you include a 40-yard dash, vertical
leap and flexibility test. Oh yeah, a teaching session
on how to turn and look for the ball when it's in the air
also needs to be included. That's big.

of the end zone so that you can catch a Hayden
Epstein kickoff and get a free ball.
This may prove hard to do, since the freshman
placekicker is booting the ball nearly out of the stadi-
um. Also, getting onto the playing field isn't so easy
because officers have been known to use mace on
occasion. But hey, you've got a whole season so you
may as well design an attack plan.
It doesn't matter, because if you get an Epstein-
kicked ball, it will just have a gaping hole in the side,
anyway. Rendered useless.
. Perfect your "I-don't-care-if-we're-not-going-
title-last-year" face.
If you're confused about this particular look, call
someone at Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes have been
using that excuse for more than a decade now.

Wreshman sensa-
tion Drew Henson
passed for 53
yards Saturday,.
32 of which came
on a fourth-quar-
ter touchdown
pass to fellow


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