On the field: Two of the best control pitchers may or may not have engaged in a battle of intimidation. Jimmy Key hit Braves DTC rookie Andruw Jones in the back leg with a pitch in the second inning, and in the bottom of the third, Braves right-hander Greg Maddux hit Yankees rookie Derek Jeter just above the left wrist with a fastball, his first hit batsman since July 15. Maddux, you may recall, brushed back Eddie Murray in the World Series last year, causing a brief confrontation.
In the dugout: X-rays on Jeter's wrist proved negative, but Yankees manager Joe Torre said he won't know for sure until today if Jeter can play tonight. "He got hit pretty good," said Torre, "but the kid is tough."
In the clubhouse: David Cone left a plane scheduled to fly to Atlanta after it was delayed by mechanical trouble. Because of this, Cone flew to Atlanta with the Yankees last night, and wasn't supposed to get in until 3 a.m. or so. Will that bother him in Game 3? "It won't be the first time I've been up until 3 o'clock in the morning," he replied.
Pub Date: 10/22/96