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Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Eagles girls get hoop drills at clinic

PECOS, July 26, 2000 -- About two dozen Pecos Eagle basketball players took advantage  of a two-day camp conducted by former Sul Ross State University coach  Chet Sample, which was held Monday and Tuesday at the Pecos High  School gym.

"We had 27 here on Monday, but a couple of them had to work today," said Veronica Valenzuela, the new Pecos Eagles' varsity coach. UIL rules kept Valenzuela from participating in the clinic, as Sample ran the girls through drills during a pair of three-hour sessions.

"Yesterday (Monday) he mostly worked on offensive skills and drills. Today they also did some work on offense but they're also going over defense," Valenzuela said. "It's a lot to cover in two days, but they've picked up a couple of new things."

Pecos has gone nine years without advancing to the playoffs, and last season picked up just one win, with a lack of offense being the team's main problem in recent years. Valenzuela said of last year's varsity squad, six players were among the 24 working out at the gym on Tuesday.

"We've got a lot of young players out here," she said. "They're mostly freshmen and sophomores, and we've got a couple of eighth graders."

Pecos' boys, who are coming off a winless 1999-2000 campaign, have been getting in their workouts as part of an area summer basketball league, competing against teams from Monahans, Fort Stockton, Odessa, Rankin and other area cities.

"We may be going with a five-guard offense," said coach  Tino Acosta, who - like Valenzuela - can only watch the summer workouts  from the sidelines. He has most of his guards back from last year's squad, but going into the 2000-2001 season will have no player taller than 6-foot-1 on his roster.

Rangers alter style without Rodriguez

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 26, 2000 (AP) — Texas Rangers manager  Johnny Oates says he's going to do things a little differently with All-Star  catcher Ivan Rodriguez out for the season with a right thumb injury. 

Oates is known to sit back and wait for the three-run homer, but he played hit-and-run twice in the eighth inning as the Rangers scored three times Tuesday night to break a tie and score a 9-6 victory over the Anaheim Angels.

"We've lot our MVP, our No. 4 hitter, so we might have to gamble more and change how we approach the game," Oates said. "You're not going to replace him. Life goes on. But you're going to have to do things a little differently."

Pinch-runner Scarborough Green hustled across the plate with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on an outfield overthrow and Gabe Kapler had a two-run triple later in the inning.

Rodriguez underwent a one hour and 20 minute operation Tuesday to repair three fractures at the base of his right thumb, an injury suffered in Monday night's 6-5, 12-inning loss to the Angels.

Before Tuesday night's game, Oates spoke to several team leaders on the importance of remaining focused over the final two-plus months of the season.

"His injury has a huge impact on this club," said Rangers closer John Wetteland, who pitched the ninth for his 26th save after wasting a three-run ninth-inning lead Monday night

In the eighth, David Segui singled with one out off Mike Holtz (0-2) and Green came in to run.

Green raced to third on Bill Haselman's hit-and-run single off Mark Petkovsek, and when left fielder Darin Erstad's throw to third eluded Troy Glaus, Green scored to snap a 6-6 tie.

Haselman went to third on Erstad's error, and Kapler drove in two runs with a triple on another hit-and-run call by Oates.

Kapler also homered and is in the midst of a hot streak with a nine-game hitting streak and three homers in his last seven games.

"I'm pleased with how things are going," said Kapler, who's added a leg-kick in an effort to improve his timing at the plate.

"I still have a lot of work to do. I've gotten excited in the past so I don't want to jump to any conclusions."

Rookie Doug Davis (4-2) pitched 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief for the victory. Davis had allowed 10 hits and eight runs in his previous 5 2-3 innings.

"He was in command," Oates said. "They didn't hit one ball well off of him."

Rafael Palmeiro hit his 387th career homer in the first inning for the Rangers. Palmeiro is in 37th place on the career list, two behind Johnny Bench.

Frank Catalanotto and Rusty Greer also homered for the Rangers, who had four homers and seven extra base hits.

Anaheim's Tim Salmon hit his 20th homer and 24th for his career against Texas, his most against any opponent. He has 23 against Cleveland.

Erstad maintained his blistering pace at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a triple and a double. It was the 13th time in 19 games he's had at least two hits.

Even though the Rangers are buried in the AL West standings, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Texas is a team to be respected.

"That's a terrific offensive ball club over there," Scioscia said.

"You can't take anything for granted with them. Even with Pudge out, there are still a very good offensive team. You start making mistakes and they'll make you pay."

Jr. high physical forms needed

PECOS, July 26, 2000 -- Crockett Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball  players need to have their physical forms filled out by a doctor and  returned before they can begin practice for the 2000 season.

Workouts will start on Monday, Aug. 14, and coaches must have the forms back before any workout clothes will be handed out.

Crockett football players also have to have their forms filled out and returned to their coaches before starting practice on Aug. 14, while high school football, volleyball and tennis players need to have their forms in the week of Aug. 7, when practice for ninth through 12th grade players gets underway.

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