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World Series Notebook -- Blue Jays' Alomar Shows Off Defensively With Diving Catch


TORONTO - Roberto Alomar reminded everyone of his great-glove, great-bat reputation when he saved a huge run while knocking in two in Toronto's 8-5 victory over Philadelphia last night at SkyDome in the opening game of the 90th World Series.

Phillies' Manager Jim Fregosi summarized Alomar's stellar play in one sentence.

"He's a heck of a second baseman," Fregosi said.

Alomar's main gem opened the fifth inning. With the score knotted 3-3, Lenny Dykstra hit a looper directly over the head of John Olerud. The first baseman began to retreat, stumbled slightly, and quickly realized he had no chance to make a play or even come close.

With virtually any other second baseman in the American League, Dykstra would have been standing at second with a leadoff double. Not with Alomar. He raced toward the line, then made a desperate, perfectly-timed lunge for the ball. He was fully extended when he snared it to the joyous disbelief of 52,011 spectators - and Olerud.

"I turned the wrong way. I just couldn't get it," Olerud said. "I turned around and saw Robbie diving for it. It was a great play."

Even Alomar was stunned by his acrobatic grab.

"When I went for the ball, I thought I had no chance," he said. "But as I got closer and closer, I thought I had a chance and I caught the ball."

That proved to be a run-saving catch because Mariano Duncan followed with a triple and scored on Juan Guzman's wild pitch, giving Philadelphia a 4-3 edge.


Toronto Manager Cito Gaston wasn't sure what Al Leiter's role in the World Series would be. After Game 1, he knows.

There was some speculation that Leiter might start Game 4 because he is a left-hander, and the Phillies have a tougher time against southpaws. But Leiter relieved Juan Guzman after five innings last night and ended up the winning pitcher as the Blue Jays beat Philadelphia 8-5.

Leiter gave up no runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings before Duane Ward relieved in the eighth and finished for the save.

During the season, Leiter was 9-6 with a 4.11 ERA. He appeared in two games during the playoffs.


Guzman threw another wild pitch last night. He had three in the first game of the AL playoffs and set a major-league record with 26 this season, breaking Jack Morris' mark of 24. The wild pitch last night resulted in a run in the fifth inning.


-- The Blue Jays have allowed 17 steals by the opposition in 20 attempts during the World Series.

------------ WORLD SERIES ------------


Best-of-seven series

(Toronto leads 1-0)

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1 Toronto Blue Jays, 8-5

Day Site Time


2 Today Toronto 5:29 p.m.

Mulholland (12-10) vs. Stewart (14-8)


3 Tuesday Philadelphia 5:12 p.m.


4 Wednesday Philadelphia 5:12 p.m.


5 Thursday (1) Philadelphia 5:12 p.m.


6 Saturday (1) Toronto 5:12 p.m.


7 Sunday (1) Toronto 5:29 p.m.


(1) If necessary.

TV: Games on KIRO (Channel 7). Radio: Games on KIRO (710 AM). Note: Records are overall for 1993.

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