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The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, April 6, 19887
Oakland's blend of youth,
experience best in the West
1. Oakland The 1988 edition of
the A's gives this city its greatest
collection of heavy hitters since the
Raiders skipped town. Newcomers
Dave Parker and Don Baylor join
musclemen Mark McGwire (.289, 49
HR, 118 RBI) and Jose Canseco
(.257, 31, 113) for the offensive
fireworks, while UNC product Walt
Weiss is counted on to fill the
Oakland's pitching staff is bol
stered by the off-season addition of
Bob Welch (15-9, 3.22 ERA) to the
starting rotation. He joins 20-game
winner Dave Stewart, lefty Curt
Young and Steve Ontiveros on the
division's deepest staff. Leading the
bullpen are veteran Dennis Eckersley
(16 saves), hard-throwing Eric Plunk,
Gene Nelson and lefty Matt Young.
The A's are not a team without
weaknesses (defense and centerfield),
but they should have enough to hold
off the Royals to capture the AL
2. Kansas City The Royals boast
the best starting pitching staff in the
league, helped by newcomer Floyd
Bannister (16-11, 3.58), and a host
of rising stars (including newly
acquired Kurt Stillwell) that will help
keep the A's in sight throughout the
The pitching is strong, with Bret
Saberhagen (18-10), Charlie Lie
brandt (16-11), Mark Gubicza and
Bannister making up John Wathan's
cycle and veterans Gene Garber and
Dan Quisenberry in the bullpen.
But the Royals finished dead last
in runs scored in 1987, and this year
they'll look once again to George
Brett (.290, 22, 78) to carry the brunt
of the load. Others of offensive note
are young slugger Kevin Seitzer (.323,
15, 83) and blossoming outfielder
Danny Tartabull (.309, 34, 101), but
Frank White and Willie Wilson must
rebound from off years if the Royals
are to garner enough runs.
3. California Everybody has
these guys headed for the cellar, but
don't send them to their graves just
yet. Wally Joyner (.285, 34, 117),
Mark McLemore, Dick Schofield
and Jack Howell should be together
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Mike Witt (16-14) is the only true
starter of note in the rotation. But
a strong bullpen should keep the
Angels singing, and even if Donnie
Moore can't return to old form,
De Wayne Buice (17 saves) and Greg
Minton (10 saves) can handle the
4. Minnesota In The Land of
No Repeat, the Twins have much
expected of them, and other teams
will begin to take them seriously, but
Frank Viola (17-10, 2.90) and Bert
Blyleven (15-12) can't pitch every day.
Jeff Reardon (3 1 saves) will save what
he is served, but the rest of the bullpen
This team will score runs, with
Kirby Puckett (.332, 28 HR, 99 RBI)
and Kent Hrbek (.285, 34, 90) playing
pinball in the Metrodome once
again, but they will be lucky to finish
with 80 wins.
5. Seattle The Mariners have
no pitching depth, no bullpen and the
worst outfield in the major leagues.
Only the rapidly improving Mark
Langston (19-13, 262 strikeouts)
passed the 10-win mark for the team
Alvin Davis (.295, 29, 100) and
slick-fielding Harold Reynolds (.275,
60 stolen bases) should prevent some
runs and create enough offense to
keep Dick Williams happy.
6. Chicago This is a team that
should take a few years off until their
best prospects are ready for the big
time. Kenny Williams has been
converted from the outfield to third
base, but he might not survive the
bullets that will be whizzing by his
ears. Of course, when opponents get
hold of their inexperienced pitching,
the Chisox are prime candidates for
the 1 1 o'clock bloopers of your
favorite sports anchor.
7. Texas The Rangers have
ageless Charlie Hough anchoring the
starting rotation and little else. Mitch
Williams and Dale Mahorcic form a
tough bullpen duo, and Pete O'Brien
and Ruben Sierra are fun to watch,
but things look bleak for Texas.
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Blue Jays to make up for last
season's collapse, win East
1. Toronto The Blue Jays
came within one horrible week of
winning this division a year ago,
losing their last seven games and
a 3!-game lead in the process.
They will not forget that collapse.
The outfield is where most, if
not all, of Toronto's problems lie.
Even though 1987 American
League MVP George Bell is
unhappy with his role as desig
nated hitter, an unhappy Bell is
better than an ecstatic anyone else.
Jesse Barfield is coming off a bad
year, but should rebound.
Youngsters Sil Campusano and
Rob Ducey will fill center, with
Lloyd Moseby moving to left.
The infield should be solid, even
though Willie Upshaw is gone to
Cleveland. Cecil Fielder and Fred
McGriff will platoon at first, and
could reach 100 RBIs in tandem.
Tony Fernandez, the best short
stop in the American League, is
The Jays have had the lowest
ERA in the division three of the
last four years, and the starters
look strong again behind Jimmy
Key. Look for Dave Stieb to come
back with a strong year, and Mike
Flanagan and Jim Clancy are
capable. The bullpen of Tom
Henke, Mark Eichorn and David
Wells is one of the best in the
The Jays should fly this season.
2. Boston The Red Sox are
loaded with pitching, which they
are going to need. They have little
firepower, except for the ageless
Jim Rice. Youngsters Ellis Burks,
Sam Horn and Mike Greenwell
got plenty of at-bats last year and
will be a big help this year. Wade
Boggs, the hitter's hitter, is back,
but Dwight Evans, after a brilliant
1987, should fall on his face in
Roger Clemens, Dennis Boyd
and Bruce Hurst. That's all you
need to say about the Sox' pitching
corps. The pen is strong with Lee
Smith, who was virtually stolen in
the offseason from the Chicago
Cubs. Left-handed relievers are
something the Sox are in dire need
of, and the middle of the infield
(Spike Owen and Marty Barrett)
does not have very much range.
Nevertheless, Boston should win
3. New York If Dave Win
field's book does not disturb this
team too much, look for Billy
Martin's boys to win a lot of
games. New York has the most
power of any lineup in the East,
with Don Mattingly, Jack Clark,
Winfield, Rickey Henderson and
Mike Pagliarulo. Willie Randolph
is not too shabby, either.
The pitching, with Rick
Rhoden, Richard Dotson, John
Candelaria, rookie Al Leiter and
Ron Guidry (who will not be
available until May because of
shoulder surgery), is solid. The
Yanks also have bullpen ace Dave
Righetti for the last two or three
New centerfielder Roberto
Kelly can fly, but no one knows
if he can hit big-league pitching.
If George Steinbrenner will leave
Martin alone, the Bronx Bombers
should wind up close to Boston
and Toronto, but not close
4. Detroit Kirk Gibson has
departed to Los Angeles, and he
probably took the Tigers' pennant
hopes with him. Sparky Anderson
still has Jack Morris and three
other decent starters in Doyle
Alexander, Frank Tanana and
Walt Terrell, but the starters might
have to go all the way in order
to expect a victory.
Willie Hernandez can no longer
get anyone out, so that leaves
Mike Henneman as the stopper.
Alan Trammell is great at short
and teams with Lou Whitaker to
form a veteran double-play
5. Milwaukee Last year's 20-
3 start was definitely a fluke, but
this club is pretty strong. The
Brewers have a bonafide rookie-of-the-year
prospect in Joey
Meyer. (No, he did not come from
DePaul.) Meyer collected 92.RBIs
in only 79 games at Triple-A
Denver last year.
What has not been said about
Paul Molitor? He will make a
strong run for MVP this year. Jim
Gantner moved to third so Mol
itor could protect his fragile arm
at second, so look for some early
Watch out for Milwaukee in the
future. They have the best farm
system in the major leagues, and
may be only a year or two away
6. Cleveland The Tribe can
surely score runs, but they cannot
stop anyone, either. Last season,
Cleveland pitchers gave up 5.28
earned runs a game and this year
does not look to be much better.
Manager Doc Edwards invited
46 pitchers to spring training, but
did not find anyone to ease his
pain. Southpaw starter Greg
Swindell will be good in time, and
if Tom Candotti can control his
knuckler, Cleveland will have two
solid starters. The pen is virtually
non-existent, with only Doug
Jones and Greg Harris. H arris is
such a good athlete he hurt his
arm last year flicking sunflower
7. Baltimore The only thing
the Orioles have this year is the
best sibling double-play combo in
the majors, with Billy and Cal
Ripken playing second and short
Right-hander Mike Boddicker
is a combined 36-41 over the last
three years, but will rebound this
year. The No. 2 starter is Mike
Morgan, who lost more games in
the last two seasons than any other
major leaguer. Needless to say, the
once pitching-happy Orioles have
nothing this year.
Manager Cal Ripken, Sr., may
not last the season at the helm of
the flightless Orioles.
State -hrompers'doom Tar Heels
By ANDREW PODOLSKY
N.C. State's Dell Ahalt crushed a
dramatic three-run, pinch-hit home
run with two away in the ninth inning
to beat back a UNC rally as the
Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 10
8 Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium.
The win pushed N.C. State's record
to 27-10, 4-4 in the ACC, while the
Tar Heels dropped to 17-13 and 4
5. Larry Price earned the win while
Jeff Edmonds suffered the loss,
UNC's fifth in its last six games.
MIt was a fastball right down the
gut. I was just looking for a pitch
I could drive some place," Ahalt said.
WI knew he had to go after me."
UNC outhit the winners 15-10,
including two homers. However, four
of State's hits went long, proving why
they are among the nation's team
home run leaders with 85. The
Wolfpack took full advantage of
those four round-tnppers, too, as
seven of their 10 runs came from their
UNC's Brad Woodall went 4-for-5
with a homer, double and two RBIs
to pace the Tar Heels, while Tom
Nevin, Ron Maurer, Matt Wooten
and Jesse Levis added two hits apiece.
The two teams exchanged one-run
leads early on, but State scored single
runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth
despite only having one hit in each
The squads entered the bottom half
of the eighth with State comfortably
ahead 7-2, but the Tar Heels rallied
to set the stage for Ahalt's heroics.
UNC sent all nine batters to the
plate in that stanza, pushing home
four runs to make the score a tight
7-6. After Maurer singled, Steve
Estroff ripped a two-run shot and
Woodall sandwiched a double
between a strikeout and a ground out.
After NCSU brought in Mark;
wenaei, two-out lightning struck as
Wooten singled home Woodall and:
Darin Campbell singled to left-center ;
to allow Wooten to strut m. ;
With a man on second and one;
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intentionally walk All-American.
Turtle Zaun, who had earlier drilled:
his 17th homer of the year, a three-:
run shot to left. :
Roberts then brought Woodall in:
to pitch out the inning, and after Bill:
Wood flew out deep, the stage was?;
set for Ahalt, who then launched his!-'
10th dinger of the season. :
In the Tar Heels' last gasp, Woo-:-dall
ripped a two-out, two-rur. blast:;
to reach the final tally, before Chris'
DeFranco weakly tapped out to:
second to end the game. :t
North Carolina faces Wake Forest
today at 3 p.m.
The DTH Campus Calendar is a daily
listing of University-related activities
sponsored by academic departments,
student services and student organiza
tions officially recognized by the Division
of Student Affairs. To appear m Campus
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announcement is to run. Saturday and
Sunday events are printed in Friday's
calendar and must be submitted on the
Wednesday before the announcement is
to run. Forms and a drop box are located
outside the DTH office, Union 104. Items
of Interest lists on-going events from the
same campus organizations and follows
the same deadline schedule as Campus
Calendar. Please use the same form.
Noon UNC Sociology
Club Dee Gamble to
speak at brown bag
lunch in 218 Student
Union. Topic: Social
Work. All majors and
non-majors invited to
Institute of Latin .
Recharte, visiting pro
fessor from the Pontifi
cia Universidad Catol
ica del Peru,
Department of Anthro
pology, on "Peasant
Gold Mining Strategies
and State Gold Mining
Policies in Peru."
2 p.m. The Curriculum of
Peace, War and
Defense will show
movies about Afghanis
tan in 226 Union.
3 p.m. UNC Law School
and Carolina Gay
and Lesbian Asso
ciation will host
speaker Jeff Levi of the
National Gay and Les
bian Task Force on
"AIDS as a Crisis of
Law," in Room 05 of
the Law School.
presents Robert Bly,
one of America's finest
poets, reading from his
work in Gerrard Hall.
3:30 p.m. Carolina Athletic
meet in 205 Union.
Articles due today.
Group is sponsoring a
talk by Rusty King,
Take Seriously Distinc
tions Between Per
son?" in 208 Caldwell
Peace, War and
Defense will have a
Implications and Rami
fications of Soviet
The panel will be
chaired by Professor
Louis Dupree in the
tee on Central
America will present
Alexander Cockburn, a
radical journalist and
who will speak to jour
nalism and political
science students in Toy
Lounge, Dey Hall.
4 p.m. The Media Board
will meet in 226 Union.
Carolina Women in
Business will present
"Dress for Success," a
Show, slides and dis
cussion in 208 Union.
Sponsored by Montal
do's. Reception to
will meet in 211 Union
to hold officer elections
Services will hold a
freshmen-juniors in 209
Hanes Hall. Learn how
to get a job with your
5:30 p.m. The Newman Cen
ter welcomes all stu
dents to its weekly stu
dent nightdinner at
218 Pittsboro St.
(behind the Carolina
Inn). Applications for
committee heads now
6 p.m. Wesley Foundation
invites all students to
hear Dr. Robert
Daniels speak about
Native American Indi
ans at 214 Pittsboro St.
7 p.m. UNC Water Ski
Club will hold general
meeting for all old, new
members. New 1988
Ski Nautique is here!
209 Manning. Be
Alpha Chi Sigma
Meeting for all broth
ers. Elections will be
Circle will hold its
regular group meeting.
All members or pros
pective members are
encouraged to attend.
7:30 p.m. Carolina Gay and
tion will host speaker
Jeff Levi of the "
National Gay and Les-
bian Task Force on
campus activism in 208 1
Carolina Commit- '
tee on Central
America presents J
Cockburn, radical jour-
nalist and political com-
mentator, who wiil
speak at Hanes-Art
Center Auditorium. He
will speak on "Reagan,
the Press and the Peo
ple: The Battle Over
Open to the public.
The Carolina Surf
Club will meet 3rd
floor Union. Bring
dues! $17 and $5
monthly fee. T-shirts
ready. New members
welcome. Call 968-8624.
Items of Interest
Student Part-Time Employ
ment Service will host the
Employment Securities Commis
sion every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.
to help students locate part-time
and summer jobs. Or go by 217E
(Suite C) Union or call 962-0545.
The Health Professions
Advising Office is now taking
applications for office peer advisor
for next year. Applications are
available in 201 D Steele Building
for those seniors who are pre-med,
pre-dent or pre-vet.
UNC Cheerleading will hold
varsity cheerleading open gym
practice before tiyouts April 4-6
from 7-9 p.m. in Fetzer Gym Gym
Senior Information Day 10
2 p.m., Great Hall. Last chance to
get senior and graduation info.