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Padres Deal Sanders, but Not for Valentin

December 07, 1996|From Staff and Wire Reports

The San Diego Padres acquired left-handed pitcher Sterling Hitchcock from the Seattle Mariners on Friday for right-hander Scott Sanders.

Earlier, a proposed trade between the Padres and Boston fell through. That deal would have sent Sanders, shortstop Chris Gomez and left fielder Rickey Henderson to the Red Sox for shortstop John Valentin.

Hitchcock, 25, was the ace of the Mariners' staff after Randy Johnson had back surgery, finishing with a 13-9 record. But he also had a 5.35 earned-run average. Sanders was 9-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 46 games for the Padres, including 16 starts.

The Padres also offered salary arbitration to outfielder Greg Vaughn, left-hander Fernando Valenzuela and infielder Craig Shipley.


Infielder Craig Grebeck, 31, who in 50 games with the Florida Marlins last season hit .211 with one home run and nine runs batted in, agreed to a $450,000, one-year contract with the Angels. To make room for Grebeck on their 40-man roster, the Angels designated catcher Scott Vollmer for assignment.


Tom Pagnozzi and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed on a $4.6-million, two-year contract after the 34-year-old catcher rejected a deal with the Chicago White Sox that he said could have been worth $9.1 million over three years. . . . Catcher Rick Wilkins and the San Francisco Giants agreed on a $2-million, one-year contract, a raise of $450,000. . . . Infielder Rafael Belliard and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a $250,000, one-year contract, down from $575,000 last season. . . . Right-hander Frank Castillo, who struggled to a 7-16 record last season, agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million with the Chicago Cubs. He made $1.6 million last season.

Water Polo

Defending NCAA champion UCLA (23-6) raced to an 8-0 lead and defeated UC Davis, 18-6, to reach Sunday's final against USC at UC San Diego.

The top-ranked Trojans (23-2), who have never won an NCAA water polo title, got four goals from Simun Cimerman to roll past Massachusetts, 21-6.


Defending champion Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia used 16 aces to beat Australian doubles specialist Marc Woodforde, 6-4, 6-4, at the $6-million Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany, tennis' richest tournament.

Ivanisevic advanced to the semifinals, where he will face Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia, a 2-6, 6-4, 8-6 winner over Jim Courier.

Boris Becker and Tim Henman will meet in the other semifinal.

Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands will have surgery on his injured right knee and will not play in next month's Australian Open.


Cincinnati basketball player Ruben Patterson surrendered to police after being accused of kicking in the door of a woman's apartment, assaulting her and stealing her purse. Patterson's attorney, John Burlew, said the case was blown out of proportion.

Grambling State has expelled five students, including four football players, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl Nov. 9 in a campus dormitory.

Michigan safety Charles Winters was arraigned on felony charges in connection with an alleged baseball bat beating of his mother's ex-husband. Winters, 22, posted $1,000 bond and was released.


Tiger Woods and Kelli Kuehne, the reigning men's and women's U.S. Amateur champions, were one shot back after the second round of the $1.5-million JCPenney Classic at Tarpon Springs, Fla., an event that teams men and women in an alternate-shot format. Woods and Kuehne shot a seven-under-par 64 to get to 130. Mike Hulbert-Donna Andrews and Scott McCarron-Pat Hurst share the lead.


An International Olympic Committee delegation arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, for the final leg of a tour to assess the bids of the 11 candidate cities for the 2004 Games. Once the sentimental favorite, Cape Town has slipped in the rankings behind Rome and Stockholm because of a lack of facilities.

The U.S. women's rowing team will relocate to San Diego's U.S. Olympic ARCO Training Center beginning in 1997, after spending the past three years training in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Names in the News

Misty Hyman won the 100-meter butterfly race in meet-record time at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships at San Antonio. Hyman, a 17-year-old from Phoenix, covered the distance in 58.69 seconds, the third-fastest time in short-course history. . . . Michael Johnson and Gail Devers won the Jesse Owens Awards that annually are given to the top American athletes in track and field. . . . Argentina's Marcelo Dominguez retained the World Boxing Council cruiserweight crown by stopping Brazilian Jose Arimateia da Silva in the eighth round at Buenos Aires.

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