Hits and misses

September 13, 1997|By Roch Kubatko

On the field: Roberto Alomar, continuing his comeback from a pulled groin muscle, made a diving stop of a grounder up the middle from Bernie Williams in the first inning. He couldn't get the out, flipping the ball late to second, then stayed on his knees for a couple of seconds before rising slowly.

In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson, assured that Arthur Rhodes no longer was bothered by a strained muscle on his right side, brought in the left-hander in the third inning. It was Rhodes' first appearance since Sept. 4 in New York.

In the clubhouse: Johnson said he never looks back on a season wishing he had done something differently. "If I did that, that means I hadn't prepared myself to make the decisions I did make. You're always looking forward, what you can do today to get the team in better shape for tomorrow. Lord willing, we're going to be in the playoffs. We need to keep an eye on how we're shaping up and get mentally prepared for the big finish. That's what you go through this grind for."

Pub Date: 9/13/97

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