No games scheduled. The World Series opens Saturday night in Atlanta with the New York Yankees taking on the Braves.
STARTING EL DUQUE
New York Yankees manager Joe Torre confirmed Thursday that Orlando ``El Duque″ Hernandez will start Game 1 of the World Series on Saturday night. Hernandez went 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts against Texas and Boston and was the MVP of the ALCS. In five career playoff starts, Hernandez is 4-0 with an 0.97 ERA.
Atlanta manager Bobby Cox revealed his starters for the World Series, choosing 1995 Series MVP Tom Glavine (14-11) for Game 1. Greg Maddux (19-9) will start Game 2 for the Braves with Kevin Millwood (18-7) and John Smoltz (11-8) scheduled for Games 3 and 4, respectively, at Yankee Stadium.
By a 2-1 margin, most people think Pete Rose should be reinstated to baseball, even though many believe he did gamble on his sport, according to an Associated Press poll released Thursday. Seven out of 10 said baseball’s career hits leader belongs in baseball’s Hall of Fame, but 44 percent don’t believe him when he says he didn’t bet on baseball.
Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Tony Gwynn worked with the FBI to help catch forgers who were selling faked items in the sports memorabilia market, according to a report broadcast Thursday. During the two-year undercover investigation known as ``Operation Bullpen,″ the baseball stars helped the FBI seize several tractor trailer loads of forgeries from around the country.
SERIES HERO RETURNS
Jim Leyritz, a utility player for the New York Yankees who hit a pivotal home run in the 1996 World Series, was placed on the Series roster on Thursday in place of outfielder Shane Spencer. Leyritz was removed in favor of Spencer for ALCS due to Paul O’Neill’s injury.
Houston third baseman Ken Caminiti sustained three fractures in his lower back after falling from a deer blind during a South Texas hunting trip on Wednesday. It should take eight weeks for Caminiti to recuperate.
SEEING DOLLAR BILLS
New York mayor Rudolph Guiliani announced Thursday that the World Series could generate as much as $37.8 million in revenue for the city.
``It was bad enough (for the Braves) to beat one, I don’t want to see them beat two New York teams,″_ Orlando Cepin, a Mets fan who said Thursday he will cheer for the Yankees in the World Series.
1910 _ After three straight defeats and trailing the Philadelphia 3-2 in the ninth, the Chicago Cubs tied the score and then won 4-3 in 10 innings for their only victory as the A’s won the World Series in five games.
1972 _ The Oakland A’s won their first World Series with a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 7. It was the first championship since 1930 for the franchise, then located in Philadelphia.
1975 _ A ninth-inning RBI-single by Joe Morgan gave the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the World Series title in seven games. It was the first title for the Reds in 35 years.
1986 _ Gary Carter’s two home runs at Fenway Park gave New York a 6-2 victory and pulled the Mets even with Boston Red Sox in the World Series after four games.
1987 _ The St. Louis Cardinals won their third straight home game to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series with a 4-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins.
Today’s birthdays: Michael Barrett 23; Brad Radke 27; Hector Carrasco 30; Ariel Prieto 30; Keith Osik 31.