A distraught female fan seeking a relationship with Roberto Alomar went to the SkyDome with a loaded pistol Sunday intent on killing the Toronto Blue Jays second baseman.
Tricia Miller, 31, a factory worker from Port Hope, Ontario, was arrested at the SkyDome hotel while Alomar was playing in Toronto’s game against Baltimore.
Alomar was removed from the game in the ninth inning because police wanted to speak to him immediately.
Miller arrived at the hotel at 2 p.m. acting despondent and asked hotel security for medical assistance. Guards found the .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver in her purse and called police.
Police took Alomar to his room at the SkyDome hotel, where they found a box left by the woman. It contained several hundred plastic-encased baseball cards, a gold chain with Alomar’s No. 12 and a letter to Alomar, the contents of which were not revealed.
Some former Negro League players say the Detroit Tigers’ plans to honor them before a game this week is an insult because the team refuses to pay most of the players for attending.
“I think it’s an insult, not a compliment,” Melvin Duncan of Ypsilanti told The Detroit News. He said he plans to boycott the ceremony Saturday before a game with the Kansas City Royals.
“I just came back from Cleveland and we got $1,000 a man. And I’m going to go for nothing?” said Cecil Kaiser, who also plans to skip the game.
Mike Dietz, Detroit’s director of marketing, said the Tigers plan to compensate the athletes who will be signing autographs or travelling from out-of-state.
“They’re being invited to come to the game,” Dietz said. “We’d introduce them if they’d like to be introduced. And if they don’t want to be introduced, they don’t have to.”
Indians 7, Twins 0
Mark Clark pitched five shutout innings and Manny Ramirez homered, doubled and singled to lead Cleveland past Minnesota.
Clark (4-2) allowed five hits, walked none, struck out six and lowered his ERA from 8.24 to 7.12.
Red Sox 12, Tigers 11
Boston, which overcame a five-run deficit and then blew a five-run lead, beat Detroit on Lee Tinsley’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth.
Tiger outfielder Chad Curtis matched his careerhigh 18-game hitting streak with a single in the third.
Orioles 9, Blue Jays 7
Manny Alexander homered and hit a two-run single in the ninth inning as Baltimore rallied for seven runs, helped by a pair of two-out errors, to beat Toronto.
Baltimore sent 11 batters to the plate in the ninth against Toronto’s beleaguered bullpen and won a game it trailed 7-0 in the eighth.
Angels 7, Athletics 1
Mike Bielecki allowed two hits over eight shutout innings and Jim Edmonds hit his 12th home run to help California end its threegame losing streak.
Brewers 7, Yankees 6
The best and worst hitters in Milwaukee’s lineup had big days as B.J. Surhoff went 3-for-4 and Greg Vaughn had three RBIs to help down New York.
Surhoff, batting .367, scored two runs and drove in one. Vaughn went 2-for-3 to raise his average from .196 to .203.
ChiSox 6, Royals 5 (10)
Kansas City, Mo.
Reliever Billy Brewer’s first pitch of the game was a wild pitch that allowed Tim Raines to score the deciding run in the 10th inning as Chicago beat Kansas City.
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