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24- The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 8, 1995

Cleveland
clinches
tie for title
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP)- The
Cleveland Indians, symbols of base-
ball futility for four decades, clinched
at least a tie for the AL Central title
Thursday night, beating the Seattle
Mariners, 4-1.
The Indians need one more win, or
one more Kansas City loss, to guaran-
tee their first postseason appearance
since they were swept by the New
York Giants in the 1954 World Se-
ries. Their 85 wins are their most in
any season since 1968, when they
won 86.
Charles Nagy wonhisthird straight
start, and Carlos Baerga homered for
the Indians, winners of 11 straight
home games and 13 of their last 15
overall.
Seattle dropped six games behind
California in the AL West and one
gane behind Kansas City in the wild-
card race.
,Nagy (13-5) gave up one run and
five hits in seven innings, including
Jay Buhner's career-high 28th home
run. Nagy, who struck out seven and
walked three, has struck out a total of
26batters in his last three starts, cov-
cring 20 2-3 innings.
.k Jim Thome put Cleveland ahead,
2-0, in the first with a bases-loaded
double off Chris Bosio (9-8).
Rangers 2, White Sox 0
ARLINGTON, Texas - Roger
Pavlik threw a three-hitter for his first
career shutout as the Texas Rangers
halted the Chicago White Sox' eight-
game winning streak with a 2-0 vic-
tory Thursday night.
Pavlik (8-9) had lost three of his
previous four decisions, but he was in
command against a hot-hitting White
Sox lineup that was batting .342 with
a .558 slugging percentage over the
eight-game streak, Chicago's longest
since 1991. The complete game was
Pavlik's first of the season and fourth
of his career.
Pavlik pitched out of a ninth-in-
ning jam by making Robin Ventura
ground out to short with runners on
first and second.
, Texas ended a four-game losing
steak and moved within two games
of idle Kansas City in the AL wild-
card race.
I 4 -

Lions' Brown
signs new deal.
One-year contract worth $2.7 million

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -
Lomas Brown was back in a Detroit
uniform Thursday after signing a
one-year deal with the Lions.
Although he will be activated
for Sunday's second game, against
Minnesota, it was uncertain how
much playing time he might see.
The Lions said their starting left
tackle had agreed to a one-year con-
tract for $2.7 million, minus the pay
for missing the season-opener
against Pittsburgh.
"He's going to make us a better
team," running back Barry Sanders
said after the signing. "I think most
people thought it (the holdout)
would come to a halt the first couple
weeks of the season."
The Lions have insisted since
last winter they can afford to pay
Brown only $2.5 million on a one-
year contract under salary cap limi-

tations. Brown has been holding out
for a $6 million, two-year deal or
$3.5 million for one year. He skipped
training camp.
Brown, in his 11th year outbf
Florida, made the Pro Bowl the past
five seasons and has started 149
games for Detroit.
He was the Lions' sixth selec-
tion in the 1985 NFL draft. The 2
foot-4, 275-pound Brown helped
open holes last season as Sanders
led the league with 1,883 yards rush.
ing.
Brown's agent, Lamont Smith;
said the 32-year-old Brown has bdtn
working out to stay in shape for i
return.
Brown had been designated tht
Lions' franchise player, meaning he
couldn't negotiate with another
team, but the club reportedly n'6W
will drop the designation.

The Cleveland Indians' 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners Thursday night clinched at least a tie for the AL
Central title for the traditionally hapless club. One more win assures them of a post-season appearance.

Pavlik struck out five and walked
four in outdueling Wilson Alvarez (7-
8), 0-7 on the road this season.
Braves 6, Marlins 3
Marlins 5, Braves 1
MIAMI (AP) - Pat Rapp pitched
61-3 no-hit innings and Gary Sheffield
and Jeff Conine smashed home runs

to lead the Florida Marlins to a 5-1
win over the Atlanta Braves Thurs-
day night and salvage a split of a
shortened doubleheader.
Fred McGriff broke up Rapp's no-
hitter in the seventh with a towering
home run to centerfield, his 24th. In
the opener the Braves took 21 min-
utes to beat the Marlins 6-3 in a
completion of a suspended game de-
layed four months, two days, and 54
minutes.
Rapp, (10-7) allowed one run on
four hits with five strikeouts and two
walks to win his fifth straight comple-
tion.
Sheffield's home run, his 10th, and
the fourth in the five games since he's
been back from a hand injury, came
after Chuck Carr reached first on an
infield single after a headfirst slide.
In the sixth inning, Conine hit his
22nd homer off struggling Steve
Avery, (6-12) with Carr and Sheffield
aboard. Carr's single was the first hit
offAvery since the first inning. Avery,
who gave up six hits and seven
strikeouts and no walks in seven in-
nings, lost his third straight. The
Braves' lefthander has given up 20
home runs this year.
In the first game the winning pitcher
was in the minor leagues and a ninth-
inning hero was in St. Louis as the
Braves quickly completed the win.
Luis Polonia who was with the
New York Yankees when the first
game started May 4, singled in the tie-
breaking run in the top of the ninth.
After Polonia's single scored Mark

Lemke, Marquis Grissom hit a two-run
homer off Robb Nen (0-5), who al-
lowed all six runs. Lachemann said he
wantedtopitchthe Braves aggressively.
Brad Woodall (1-0), who is now at
Triple-A Richmond, earned his first
major league victory - the Braves'
fifth straight - with one shutout in-
ning. Greg McMichael pitched a per-
fect ninth for his first save ofthe season.
Four months after the 3-3 tie was
suspended due to a downpour, the
game was delayed by rain for another
54 minutes before play resumed in
the drizzle.
Cardinals 5, Padres 2
Ray Lankford drove in four runs
with a double, triple and sacrifice fly
and Allen Watson pitched six shutout
innings as St. Louis snapped a five-
game losing streak with a 5-2 victory
over San Diego Thursday night.
Lankford, who matched a career-
high forRBIs in a game, also stretched
a hitting streak to nine games. He's
batting.469(15-32) during the streak.
Watson (6-7) allowed four hits,
struck out two, walked two and hit a
batter in 6 1-3 innings. He lost his
shutout and was lifted when Marc
Newfield and Eddie Williams hit con-
secutive doubles with one out in the
seventh.
Tom Henke pitched a scoreless
ninth for St. Louis to earn his 31st
save in 32 opportunities.
Padres starter Glenn Dishman (4-
7) continued a pitching slump, allow-
ing four runs in five innings. He has
an 8.10 ERA over his last eight starts.

Red Wings
re-sign veteran
defender Fetisovt111.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman.
Vyacheslav Fetisov to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.
Fetisov, 37, was acquired last April 3 from New Jersey for a third-round
pick in the 1995 Entry Draft.
He played in 14 of Detroit's final 15 regular season games, posting a plus-
3 mark with three goals and 11 assists, including a career-high six-garme
scoring streak April 13-23.
"We really liked what he brought to our team down the stretch last season,"
said Red Wings Senior Vice Presidet Jinm Devellano. drf.
"He's also a quality person who brings leadership and character to tour
team."
With Fetisov's signing, the Red Wings have retained the core six defenseman
who finished last season - Paul Coffey, Vladimir Konstantinov, Nicklas
Lidstrom, Mike Ramsey and Bob Rouse.
Fetisov had become a free agent after the 1993-1994 season, his fifth with
New Jersey, but opted to return to the Devils and signed as a free agent last Feb.
23.
Before the trade, he had one assist and was minus-2 with New Jersey in four
games.
The Moscow native was New Jersey's sixth choice in the 1983 draft. ie
joined the club in the 1989-1990 season after a career in his native Russia.
Michigan forward
Herrnamaed tojunior
national squad.

From Staff Reports
Michigan sophomore forward
Matt Herr has been named to the
1996 United States National Junior
Team, which will play in the 1996
World Junior Hockey Champion-
ship.
The tournament will be played
Dec.26, 1995, through Jan. 4, 1996,
at six venues in Massachusetts.
Herr, who is 19, produced 11
goals and eight assists in 37 games
during his first season with the
Wolverines.

The 6-foot-1,188-pound forward
was picked by the Washington Capi-
tals in the fourth round of the 1994
NHL Entry Draft, going 93rd over-
all. He is originally from New.
Windsor, New York.
Herr is one of nine players named
to the team already; the rest of te
22-man roster will be filled by Dec.
1.
The two other NCAA players
named to the team are forwards Chris
Drury and Mike Sylvia,both of Bds
ton University.

AP PHOTO
Kurt Abbott of the Marlins throws to first in a game against the Braves.

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