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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2006
On one end of the clubhouse stands a ring of reporters around an empty locker, waiting for San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds to appear and maybe, just maybe, offer words of surly wisdom - or at least an expletive. Five lockers down sits another veteran player, another guy who is chasing history and a longevity record set by a Hall of Famer. He sits by himself. A perfect contrast in the imperfect world of sports. While every move of Bonds' is chronicled despite his contempt for the media, his always-approachable teammate, shortstop Omar Vizquel, remains virtually unnoticed, drinking a power shake and organizing his sanitary socks.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2006
On one end of the clubhouse stands a ring of reporters around an empty locker, waiting for San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds to appear and maybe, just maybe, offer words of surly wisdom - or at least an expletive. Five lockers down sits another veteran player, another guy who is chasing history and a longevity record set by a Hall of Famer. He sits by himself. A perfect contrast in the imperfect world of sports. While every move of Bonds' is chronicled despite his contempt for the media, his always-approachable teammate, shortstop Omar Vizquel, remains virtually unnoticed, drinking a power shake and organizing his sanitary socks.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1996
CLEVELAND -- It wasn't just the heart of Cleveland's order that gave the Orioles a pounding yesterday. It wasn't only Albert Belle's muscles that squeezed at least one more game out of this American League Division Series.No, the Indians dug a little deeper than that -- all the way down to the last two hitters in their lineup.The Killer V's -- shortstop Omar Vizquel and second baseman Jose Vizcaino -- were murder on the Orioles yesterday, combining for five hits and an RBI in Cleveland's 9-4 victory at Jacobs Field.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2003
In the Cleveland Indians' youth-heavy lineup, two names stand out as players who have seen just about everything in major league baseball: Omar Vizquel and Ellis Burks. Until the bizarre "snow ball" yesterday at Camden Yards. "I've played in snow before, but maybe not that bad," said Burks, whose bloop fly to right field in the third inning scored Vizquel to highlight a three-run rally and give the Indians a lead they didn't relinquish until the eighth. "You couldn't see it at the plate and I told that to the umpire.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1997
CLEVELAND -- As soon as he hit it, Cleveland Indians catcher Sandy Alomar thought the ball was gone. But as he broke into his home run trot, he glanced at New York Yankees right fielder Paul O'Neill, who appeared to be positioning himself for a possible catch."
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June 10, 1998
Quote: "Everybody in the ballpark was hoping we didn't go 17 innings again, including me." -- Marlins manager Jim Leyland, whose team won in the 17th on Monday and in the ninth last night.It's a fact: "Omar Vizquel Salsa" hit the shelves in Cleveland. Vizquel painted the artwork for the label.Who's hot: The Blue Jays' Carlos Delgado has a 19-game hitting streak.Who's not: The Cardinals' Brian Jordan was 0-for-4 and has only five hits in his past 30 trips to the plate.On deck: The Red Sox's Pedro Martinez (6-2)
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August 28, 1999
Angels: Slugger Mo Vaughn missed the game to attend a funeral.Devil Rays: Jose Canseco was a last-minute scratch due to back spasms.Indians: Shortstop Omar Vizquel removed himself after three innings because of the flu.Rangers: Texas has won nine of Rick Helling's past 11 starts. Helling is 4-0 and has allowed just 11 earned runs in 48 1/3 innings against Toronto, a 2.05 ERA.
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By Terry Pluto and Terry Pluto,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | October 13, 1997
CLEVELAND -- Do you have the feeling that something bigger than all of us is happening here?Even when the Indians do something wrong, it's coming out right.Think about that.Think about how the Indians won the third game of the series.Think about how nothing in your life as an Indians fan has prepared you for what you are seeing in these playoffs.Think about the final play, the difference in this 2-1 victory in 12 innings over the Orioles.Omar Vizquel is at bat.Marquis Grissom is on third base.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1997
CLEVELAND -- Omar Vizquel could afford to smile. The Cleveland Indians had just scored a huge playoff victory and he was at bat when the winning run crossed the plate, but he was TC well aware that he had just caught the biggest break of his life.He had just tripped over the fine line between success and failure and landed in clover."I was ready to kill myself," he said, "and then I turned around and saw Marquis running across the plate."Marquis Grissom had nowhere else to go. He had broken from third base on a suicide squeeze play, which means that if the batter misses the bunt, the runner generally is tagged out at the plate and everyone gets second-guessed all the way into the winter.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1997
CLEVELAND -- Omar Vizquel could afford to smile. The Cleveland Indians had just scored a huge playoff victory and he was at bat when the winning run crossed the plate, but he was well aware that he had just caught the biggest break of his life.He had just tripped over the fine line between success and failure and landed in clover."I was ready to kill myself," he said, "and then I turned around and saw Marquis running across the plate."Marquis Grissom had nowhere else to go. He had broken from third base on a suicide squeeze play, which means that if the batter misses the bunt, the runner generally is tagged out at the plate and everyone gets second-guessed all the way into the winter.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2002
MILWAUKEE - The 73rd All-Star Game had everything you could want in a Midseason Classic - lots of runs, lots of hits and a couple of bonus innings, which isn't bad when you paid $175 for your seat. What it didn't have was an outcome. The game went into extra innings and both the American League and National League teams ran short of pitching, prompting hometown baseball commissioner Bud Selig to huddle with the managers and umpires and order the game to be called after 11 innings with the score tied 7-7. The announcement was made over the public-address system in the bottom of the 11th, as the National League tried to scratch out a decisive run. The sellout crowd of 41,871 booed loud and long, then broke into a lusty chant.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2001
The Houston Astros entered the weekend with a four-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central, which should buy them just enough time to finish piecing their strong starting rotation back together for the tough final weeks of the division race. Right-hander Pedro Astacio just went on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, but the club was heartened to learn that a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed no structural damage. Astacio, who is 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA in four starts since being acquired from the Colorado Rockies, should be back in action in a week or so. The Astros also hope to have veteran starter Shane Reynolds back from the DL in the next few days.
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April 8, 2000
Quote: "I seem to concentrate more with the bases loaded." -- Indians' Omar Vizquel after hitting his fourth grand slam It's a fact: The game at Tampa Bay was the first in the majors played on FieldTurf, a new artificial surface that looks and plays more like grass. Who's hot: The Rangers are averaging 8.6 runs after five games. Who's not: The Angels' Kent Mercker is 46-47 since pitching a no-hitter for the Braves six years ago. On deck: Former Yankees teammatesDavid Wells and Kenny Rogers are the starters today when the Blue Jays visit the Rangers.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2000
He wasn't supposed to return until June at the earliest, but there was Kenny Lofton in center field for the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards yesterday, creating havoc for the opposition as usual. "We never thought Kenny was going to start the season," said Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel, the defensive hero of the 4-1 victory that spoiled the Orioles' opener. "He insisted he was going to be on the opening-day roster and we didn't believe it." Believe it. His recovery from a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder climaxed with a go-ahead home run off Mike Mussina and run-scoring single in the eighth inning that capped Cleveland's clinching rally.
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August 28, 1999
Angels: Slugger Mo Vaughn missed the game to attend a funeral.Devil Rays: Jose Canseco was a last-minute scratch due to back spasms.Indians: Shortstop Omar Vizquel removed himself after three innings because of the flu.Rangers: Texas has won nine of Rick Helling's past 11 starts. Helling is 4-0 and has allowed just 11 earned runs in 48 1/3 innings against Toronto, a 2.05 ERA.
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By Jim Henneman VTC and Jim Henneman VTC,Sun Staff Writer | June 14, 1995
Pitching against the Cleveland Indians, it seems, is like trying to endure one of those all-day picnics. If the thunder doesn't get you, the mosquitoes will.He probably didn't need the reminder, but Kevin Brown found that out the hard way Monday night, when the dreaded thunder (Albert Belle and Eddie Murray) accounted for only one run and the pesky mosquitoes (Omar Vizquel, Tony Pena and Wayne Kirby) produced three.It isn't supposed to happen that way. If you control the heart of the Indians' lineup, the rest should be routine.
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