A's run on Cone, but not on scoreboard
TORONTO -- Blue Jays pitcher David Cone knew the Oakland Athletics would try to run on him and they did, but it didn't do them a whole lot of good in last night's 3-1 victory in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
The A's stole six bases, but they could not convert their base-running aggressiveness into anything more tangible than an interesting statistic. In fact, it may have worked against them when they got a couple of runners thrown out in the later innings.
Ruben Sierra was thrown out stealing with the potential tying run at the plate in the sixth and Walt Weiss was gunned down by Candy Maldonado when he tried to tag up from second on a fly ball in the eighth.
"We tried to do a lot of things tonight," A's manager Tony La Russa said, "but they were good enough to hold us down."
Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson came into the game with a string of 21 postseason games (13 playoff games and eight World Series games) in which he had reached base at least once. That streak ended with an 0-for-4 performance last night.
This could have been a very special series for Oakland pitcher Vince Horsman, who was born in Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and was a member of the Blue Jays' organization until the A's took him on waivers this spring.
It could have been, but Horsman was bumped off the playoff roster when veteran left-hander Rick Honeycutt returned from an injury. He didn't take the news well.
"If it wasn't for my wife, I probably would have broke some things in the hotel room," he said. "I really concentrated the last month on getting here, but they went with the guy with experience. Everybody in the bullpen has at least 5 1/2 years experience, then there's me. I had a feeling it would happen."
Morris in Game 4
This should come as no surprise, but Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston confirmed that Jack Morris will come back to pitch Game 4 on Sunday in Oakland.
"If we put Jimmy Key and Todd Stottlemyre in the bullpen, thameans we're going with a three-man rotation," Gaston said.
Gaston originally had left open the possibility that Key oStottlemyre might get a start if the Blue Jays went up 3-0, but he said yesterday that he probably wouldn't have changed even in that event.
"You might want to go for the throat in that situation," he said.
Gaston on Orioles
Gaston used the Orioles as an example when he explained why he didn't want his team looking at last night's game as a must-win situation.
"When you do think that way, you just put pressure oyourselves," he said, "and there is enough pressure in this game without doing that. When we went into Baltimore, the Orioles players were saying that they had to sweep that series. I think they put too much pressure on themselves."
But Gaston sympathized with manager Johnny Oates, who went out of his way all year to downplay individual games and series.
"It's your job to tell kids what they should and shouldn't do, but they have to live it," he said, "just like we did."
Shot at Schott
Minnesota Twins general manager Andy MacPhail didn't mince words when he heard that the Cincinnati Reds -- who won 90 games and finished second in the National League West -- had fired general manager Bob Quinn.
In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, MacPhail questioned the judgment of Reds owner Marge Schott. "He was the Executive of the Year, for God's sake," MacPhail said. "I'm sure glad Marge doesn't own the Twins. You can use that. I don't care what she thinks."