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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 15, 1995 - 11

Johnson wins Cy Young

The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Like his mentor
Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson wanted to
be known as more than a guy who
merely fired 100 mph fastballs. After
doing what Ryan never did - winning
a Cy Young Award- he just might be.
"My teammates now come up and
ask when I'm pitching, instead of ask-
ing when I'm throwing," Johnson said
after his overwhelming victory for the
AL honor Tuesday.
Johnson, whose intimidating fastball
and improved control led Seattle to the
playoffs for the first time, became the
first Mariner player to win a major
postseason award in the team's 19-year
The 6-foot- 10 lefthandercame within
one victory of becoming the first AL
player since Hal Newhouser of Detroit
in 1945 to win pitching's Triple Crown.
Johnson went 18-2, led the majors in

strikeouts for the fourth straight year
with 294 and led the league with a 2.48
Johnson got all but two of the 28 first-
place votes in selections by the Base-
ball Writers Association of America.
He was the only pitcher listed on every
ballot and finished with 136 points.
Johnson, who led the AL in walks for
three consecutive years, has seen his
walk total decrease for four straight
seasons. His new found confidence,
plus an outstanding curveball, enabled
him to win the pitching award that al-
ways eluded Ryan.
Johnson, 32, set a league record for
the best winning percentage by a pitcher
with at least 20 decisions. The only
pitcher ever to better Johnson's .900
percentage is Greg Maddux, who went
19-2 this year for Atlantaand unani-
mously won his fourth straight NL Cy
Young on Monday.

t's Griddest Drop off your picks at The Michigan Daily sports desk at 420 Maynard by 4 p~m.
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.Micbigan at Penn14. Colorado at Kansas State
. MIowaatPcnin t15. Kansas at Oklahoma State
2. iow a at Wisconsin 16. Iowa State at Missouri
3. Minnesota at illinois 17. California at Stanford
4. Northwestern at Purdue 18. UCLA at Southern Cal
5. Indiana at Ohio State 19. Oregon State at Oregon
6. Florida State at Maryland 20. Washington State at Washington
7. Virginia Tech at Virginia. 21. Alabama at Auburn
8. Clemson at South Carolina 22. Vanderbilt at Florida
0. Duke at North Carolina 23. Tennessee at Kentucky
10. North Carolina State at Wake Forest 24. Columbia at Brown
11. Rutgers at Temple 25. Notre Dame at Air Force
12. West Virginia at Miami (Fla.) Tie Breaker - Michigan at Penn State, total
13. Boston College at SyracuseponAH

AP rMuu
Seattle's Randy Johnson won the American League Cy Young Award yesterday.

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play in the upcoming contest.
"In Botterill's case, I really question
that (the penalty) should have been
called fighting," Berenson said. "There
was no way Botterill (instigated) or
participated in the fight. The linesmen
need to be a little more aware of what
the situation is on the ice. It's easy to
pick Botterill out because he's so big
and he has a lot of penalty minutes from
last year. That was an unfair call. Now
he has to suffer the consequences and
ourteam has to suffer the consequences.
"Luhning was a little different situa-
tion. The guy was jabbing him or what-
ever he was doing to (Luhning) in front
of the net and finally Luhning (retali-
ated). He was wrong and he under-
stands that now."
Luhning and Botterill are key com-
ponents to the Michigan power play
unit. Both players skate on the No. I

unit and their absence Friday will result
in major changes on the ice.
"This really changes the physical
presence of our lineup," Berenson said.
"It changes the experience level of our
lineup and our power play. Some of our
other players will have to pick up the
slack. Now without (Luhning and
Botterill) we have to look toward our
veteran players."
INJURY UPDATE: Left wing/center John
Madden did not practice Monday or yes-
terday and will skate for only half of
practice today. He is suffering from groin
and lowerabdominal injuries which Mad-
den said occurred last Thursday.
"Madden hasn't been 100 percent,"
Berenson said. "He should be ready for
the weekend."
moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 in the
WMEB College Hockey Media poll after
sweeping Miami this past weekend. Lake
Superior State, previously No. 3, fell to
No. 7 after losing to Bowling Green and
Western Michigan, 3-2 and 6-5, respec-

Continued from Page 11
The Wolverines, on the other hand, are
making their third-straight appearance at
the national championships.
"This year it's different than past years,"
senior and two-time tournament veteran
Rob Holt said. "We need to look at (the
tournament) not just as fun, but we have
a job to do. We are more serious because
we really have a chance of going far in the
The tournament schedule is demands a
lot from teams, physically.
"If we are going to make it to the finals,
which is really our mindset right now,
(we have to play) six games in three days,
which can be tough to do," Burns said.
The Wolverines have practiced in-
tensely since the regional tournament,
preparing to play the six games.
"We have really been conditioning,"
Holt said. "(Sunday) We just ran and
didn't even touch a ball. Everyone was
really dedicatedandpushingthemselves."

Training has been difficult with the
fickle weather and the changes in the
team's practice schedule.
"(Practicing indoors at Oosterbaan
Fieldhouse) has been tough because late
practice times are throwing our rhythm
off and it's been equally as tough out-
doors in the 30-degree weather in the
wind or snow."
The change in weather may be what
some players need for instant therapy.
Senior Rick Weinberg's status is ques-
tionable as a back injury, which kept him
out early in the season, flared up in the
regional tournament. Weinberg'spossible
absence concerns Burns.
"If he can't play, it's not only a disap-
pointment for him in his senior season,
but he is really a player that play goes to.
His style on the field is really the style of
the team. Without him, there is a big
Holt, who also missed games in the
regular season, is dealing with a lingering
hamstring injury, which has been nag-
ging him in the cold weather.
"We looked at the weather in Phoenix
and it was 85 degrees (yesterday) and I
think his hamstring will be just fine,"
Burns said.





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