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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 13, 1999 -18

Milton no-hitter gives
wins reason to smile
Former Yankee strikes out 13 Angels

Depleted Blue looks
to freshman Gay

*ton pitched a no-hitter for the
Minnesota Twins on Saturday, over-
powering an Anaheim lineup full of
late-season callups in a 7-0 victory
against the Angels.
Milton struck out a career-high 13,
fanning rookie Jeff DaVanon with a
3-2 fastball for the final out.
Milton, acquired in February 1998
from the New York Yankees in a trade
for Chuck Knoblauch, walked two.
1 retired the final 18 batters.
he 24-year-old left-hander was in
complete command in pitching the
majors' third no-hitter of the season.
Milton (7-1 l)joined St. Louis rook-
ie Jose Jimenez and the Yankees'
David Cone, who threw a perfect
Anaheim began the game last in
the AL with a team batting average
of .257, and Saturday's lineup was
sing most of its stars. Mo
*ghn, Tim Salmon, Jim Edmonds,
Darin Erstad, Garret Anderson and
Gary DiSarcina all did not play for
the Angels, last in the AL West.
The depleted lineup was mostly
the result of an early-morning start at
the Metrodome.
The first pitch came at 11:06 a.m.
CDT because stadium workers need-
ed time to get the field ready for a
night college football game between
l nesota and Louisiana-Monroe at
the park.
The Angels started four players
called up in September and one pro-
moted in August. DaVanon, the last
ut, made his first major league
start. Troy Glaus was the only
Anaheim starter who was in the line-

up Friday night when the Angels beat
Minnesota 4-2 for their fourth
straight victory. The Twins had lost
four in a row.
Milton allowed only one hard-hit
ball. In the first inning, Todd Greene
hit a line drive to left field that Torii
Hunter temporarily lost in the lights,
but he recovered in time to make the
The Angels managed only three
balls out of the infield in the first
five innings.
Milton got a standing ovation from
the crowd of about 10,000 when he
took the mound to start the ninth,
and he quickly closed out his gem.
Rookie Trent Durrington popped up
to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz
on a 3-1 pitch and Andy Sheets hit a
routine grounder to second baseman
Cleatus Davidson.
That brought up DaVanon, and
Milton ran the count full before get-
ting the rookie to swing through a
fastball. Of the 13 strikeouts, 10
were swinging.
Milton's teammates rushed out of
the dugout for a celebration on the
mound. It was the first no-hitter by
a Twins pitcher since Scott Erickson
shut out Milwaukee 6-0 on April 27,
It was the first time the Angels had
been no-hit since Kenny Rogers,
then with Texas, beat them with a
perfect game 4-0 on July 28, 1994.
Other Twins pitcher to throw no-
hitters were Jack Kralick in 1962 and
Dean Chance in 1967.
Milton walked Orlando Palmeiro
in the first inning and DaVanon in
the third. DaVanon was caught steal-

By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Writer
How do you replace a national cham-
That seems to be the question every-
one is asking the Michigan women's
cross-country team as it enters the first
year in the post-Katie McGregor era.
Though there is no obvious answer to
that question, the runners and coaching
staff feels confident that this year's
deeper team could match or exceed the
success the Wolverines had during
McGregor's era. One harrier they will
look to: freshman Lyndsi Gay.
"We've got a good group" of fresh-
men," Michigan coach Mike McGuire
said. "(Jane) Martineau and Gay are
ahead of the others now. What I saw
from nine days of camp was that they
and all of the others like to work. As
they stay in the system for a while I
think that they'll be significant contrib-
utors-for years to come."
In the first dual meet of her career at
Michigan, Gay finished in seventh
place, 51 seconds ahead of Michigan
State's top runner, Jen Dreth. But her
finish wasn't what impressed McGuire
as much as her ability to run in a pack
with Michigan's other top runners. Gay
finished 12 seconds behind second-
place finisher Katy Radkewich, and
just seven behind third-place finisher
Erin White.
"Our two freshmen finished really
strong today,' McGuire said. "They
gave us a good effort. You can't get
much tougher conditions and we
haven't yet run a hard effort in this kind
of heat."
Though "this kind of heat" shouldn't
bother Gay and the rest of the I11th-
ranked Wolverines for much longer, the
team's ability to adapt to tough climates
bodes well for a team that will face

adverse running conditions all year
"It's a lot easier to deal with thce
kinds of conditions when you hlxe
teammates around you," McGuire >ai.
"We stayed together pretty well for
quite a while so it makes it a lot easier
when you see the people that you've
practiced with around you, but I realy
don't think that we'll have to run in con-
ditions this extreme all year--- until e
have it this extreme the opposite wa
when it's cold."
Gay's performance in the tough con-
ditions also impressed Michigan State
coach Jim Stintzi.
"She's a good runner, she was
impressive," Stintzi said.
Staying with the top of the pack will
get harder as the year goes on for the
The change from high school to col-
lege competition usually takes its toll
on freshmen runners. They often hit a
wall as the year progresses. But sum-
mer training has prepared the freshmen
for the task. For now, the team's and
Gay's focus will continue to be running
as a pack.
"We just got back from camp," Gay
said. "We all know each others' abili-
ties and it was neat at the beginning of
the race to run as a pack. I've never
been like that before because my high
school team was never good so there
was never anyone for me to run with
but it was nice to be able to look
around and see all Michigan uniforms
around you."
Though the Wolverines have a high
national ranking and impressive season
opener, the team could be even better
down the road.
"If everyone keeps training hard
we're going to be very tough. Look out
when we're all seniors, we're going to
be a good team."

.t . .. _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Eric Milton no-hit the Anaheim Angels Saturday. The Twins' lefthander, embraced
by catcher Terry Steinbach, fanned 13 in the majors' third no-hitter this season.

Milton's previous low-hit game
was a three-hitter, which he has done
twice, including in an 8-0 win over
the Angels on July 31. His previous
career .high for strikeouts was 12
against Toronto on Aug. 11.
Denny Hocking drove in three runs
with a single and his seventh home
run of the year for the Twins.
Angels starter Ramon Ortiz (1-2)
was ejected in the bottom of the fifth

for hitting Matt Lawton with a pitch
after Hocking's two-run homer gave
Minnesota a 6-0 lead.
Notes: The Angels have not won
five straight since Aug. 22-26, 1998.
... The Twins have grounded into
nine double plays in the last five
games. ... Because of the early start,
the Twins offered fans who wore
pajamas to the game a discount on
their tickets, but very few seemed to
take advantage of the offer.

Griese debuts tonight against dad's team


'rom staff and wire reports
So, Bob, who are you

rooting for

Last season, the unbeaten Denver
roncos needed three more wins to
ethrone the 1972 Miami Dolphins as
he last undefeated team in the NFL -
nd Bob Griese, the commander of that
*eam, was not afraid to express his
ias against the'Broncos.
The Broncos lost to the New York
ets and fell three games short of a per-
ect season, preserving Griese's legacy.
But as of tonight, the tables may
ave turned. When Brian Griese makes
is first NFL start tonight, Bob will
ave reason enough to cheer for the
More significantly, he'll have reason
cot against the Dolphins
Griese, the recently appointed suc-
essor to the retired John Elway, will
ebut against his father's club and start
pposite his father's prolifid successor,
an Marino.
The Miami quarterback recalled his
irst start, in 1983, against Buffalo in
he sixth game of the season.
"Joe Ferguson was the quarterback
f the Bills and we lost in overtime,"
no recalled. "I had a pretty good
Marino competed 19 of 29 passes
or 322 yards and three touchdowns
ith two interceptions. He kept right
n going and, unlike most young quar-
erbacks, never seemed to experience
rowing pains.
Marino, the NFL leader in passing
ardage (58,913) and touchdown pass-
s (408), begins his 17th season when
l olphins play the two-time defend-
n hampion Denver Broncos at Mile
igh Stadium.
The only gap in his resume is the
bsence of a Super Bowl title, some-
hing his counterpart, Elway, didn't
chieve until his final two seasons.
"I feel I have accomplished pretty
uch everything any quarterback
ould accomplish individually," he
aid. "I've been very consistent for a
ong period of time and have had a
' i career.
'"Obviously, I want to know what it
eels like to win a Super Bowl. I don't
now if there will be a huge hole in my
areer because you have to be with the
pght team and have cances to win it.
Hopefully, 1 will have that opportuni-
Marino, who turns 38 on
Wednesday, said he has given no sen-
ous thought to retiring, as Elway did
"At this stage of my career, you have
to take it one year at a time and see how
your body feels, see what kind of team
you have, whether you have a chance to
win or not, what your family situation
is," he said. "But right now, I haven't

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