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May 13, 1986

TORONTO (AP) _ Veteran right-hander Doyle Alexander, Toronto’s winningest pitcher over the last two seasons, is also the Blue Jays’ highest-paid player this year.

Pat Gillck, the club’s vice-president of baseball operations, confirmed on Monday a story in the June issue of Sport magazine which includes Alexander as a member of the major leagues’ Millionaires Club.

It was the general consensus of most observers that either reliever Bill Caudill or ace right-hander Dave Stieb topped the team’s annual salary list, but Alexander’s salary was reported to be $1.25 million.

When Alexander was released by New York during the 1983 season, he had two additional years (guaranteed) on his Yankee contract and an option on a third. He was a bargain because the Blue Jays had only to pay the major-league minimum ($40,000 in 1983-84 and $60,000 last year) and the Yankees provided the rest.

But prior to spring training in 1984, Alexander staged a brief holdout.

″He could have demanded a trade at the end of the 1985, just like he did when he went from Atlanta to San Francisco,″ Gillick said. ″So we worked out a deal.

″It was not really salary, more like a signing bonus ($500,000).″


NEW YORK (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew O’Rourke told residents of Willets Point, Queens, he would help them fight a plan to build a domed stadium in their neighborhood. He also linked Gov. Mario Cuomo’s support for the project to the city’s corruption scandal.

″It’s obviously the wrong thing in the wrong place,″ O’Rourke, the Westchester County executive, said Monday after speaking to the Willets Point Business Association. ″There are 2,000 jobs, 70 percent of which are minority, and second- and third-generation families here that are going to be displaced so that Donald Trump can make a killing.″

The Urban Development Corp. chose the Willets Point site for a $150 million domed stadium to be built by Trump, a real estate developer.

O’Rourke said the location was approved by his expected Democratic opponent, Gov. Cuomo, as a favor to the late Queens Borough President Donald Manes.

″Everyone knows it was being done for the Queens connection, for Donald Manes,″ O’Rourke said.

Manes, implicated in the city’s Parking Violations Bureau scandal, committed suicide March 13.


PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Kim Bauer, who wasn’t among the top five in the first round of the Futures Golf Tour’s $14,000 Prescott Classic, shared the second-round lead with Dawne Kortgaard.

Bauer, of Conroe, Texas, was the winner a week ago in Lake Havasu City and hoped to make it two in a row in the absence of the defending champion, Tammie Green, who has been tied up with a Japanese tournament.

Bauer posted a 2-under 70 Monday to Kortgaard’s even-par 72, but both were at 142 for 36 holes, two under par over the 5,950-yard Prescott Country Club course. Kortgaard, of Calgary, Alberta, was tied at second after the first round.

One back at 143 after a 70 on Monday was Liz Ornelas of Austin, Texas, another who wasn’t among Sunday’s first-round leaders.


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