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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2004

Gavenus, Peters win run

Homer sophomore Erika Gavenus and Homer graduate Andrew Peters won the Mariner Miler Saturday at the cross country trails at Homer High School.

Gavenus finished the 1.5-mile course in 10 minutes, 49 seconds for her victory, while Peters finished in 7:48.

Mariner Miler

Saturday

at Homer High School

1.5 miles

Girls: 1. Erika Gavenus, 10 minutes, 49 seconds; 2. Melanie Mach, 11:14; 3. Allison Horazdovsky, 12:00; 4. Julie Seneff, 12:17; 5. Samantha Halpin, 12:31; 6. Tia Halpin, 12:31; 7. Thorey Monro, 12:38; 8. Hartley Kelly, 13:13; 9. Sara Arsenault, 13:32; 10. Johanna Spaeder, 13:32; 11. Hannah Harrison, 13:58; 12. Terri Mach, 16:31; 13. Cindy Farrens, 18:16; 14. Suzanne Haines, 18:16.

Boys: 1. Andrew Peters, 7:48; 2. Luke Peterson, 8:44; 3. Ben Hawkins, 9:04; 4. Colin McArthur, 9:10; 5. Dani Elster, 9:51; 6. Tyler Haas, 9:51; 7. Mike Farrens, 10:16; 8. Peter Walsworth, 10:19; 9. Logan Kelly, 10:39; 10. Peter Sheppard, 12:40; 11. Joe Spaeder, 14:01; 12. Robert Dineen, 16:31.

Mets place Piazza on 15-day disabled list

NEW YORK Mike Piazza was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of inflammation in his left knee, leaving the New York Mets without their best hitter as they try to stay on the edge of the NL playoff race.

The move was made retroactive to Aug. 7. Piazza had an MRI exam Tuesday and received a shot in his knee. He said it probably will need to be drained.

''The doctor was careful because he said after catching for 13 years and even more in the minor leagues, they look pretty good. But there is some wear and tear,'' Piazza said.

Giambi eager to return to Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. Jason Giambi expects to make a full recovery from health problems that have slowed him this summer and is confident he will return to the New York Yankees' lineup before the end of the season.

The five-time All-Star declined Wednesday to discuss details of his condition or the benign tumor found in an undisclosed spot in his body last month, but did say it was not related to an intestinal parasite the Yankees diagnosed earlier in the year.

''It's been a pretty traumatic experience,'' Giambi said during a news conference at Legends Field, the club's spring training home.

''The biggest thing is I'm going to recover 100 percent. ... I don't want to get into the specifics. That's something I'm going to deal with with my family. I'm excited to get down here, get back playing again, getting a chance to start over. It's been a tough two months.''

Giambi was cleared medically to resume baseball activities on Tuesday, when he arrived in Tampa to begin working himself back into playing shape. The slugger spent about 90 minutes in the weight room Wednesday before meeting with reporters, and he plans to begin swinging a bat early next week.

The first baseman, who has felt weak for most of the season, has not played since July 23. The Yankees at first diagnosed him with the intestinal parasite, then said July 30 that he had a benign tumor, without disclosing where it was located.

Giambi has been working out and throwing occasionally for about two weeks. Now that he's in Tampa, he's on a daily schedule designed to build the strength and endurance necessary to be a productive everyday player.

''We'd like to get him back before the season is over, get him a chance to swing the bat and then we'll get a better feel,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ''He should be able to play a handful of games. That he feels good enough to do this is a good sign.''

There's no definitive timetable for his return.

''My goal is to be back on the field before the end of the year. There's no doubt about that. It's going to be how quick my body bounces back,'' Giambi said.

''I also want to be the player I can be. I don't want to just be a body like I was before out there. It was nice to see your name in the lineup. But when you're a player that people are expecting big things from and I expect them from myself also that's what I need to be.''

Giambi conceded it was scary not knowing what was ailing him. Still, he continued to play.

''I felt like a lab rat during those times. ... The not knowing, that was the worst part of it. You start to go, 'Why am I not getting better?''' he said.

''It eventually came to a point where I just wasn't helping the team. I wasn't being the Jason Giambi I can be. That's what the New York Yankees signed me to be. I want to be that guy.''

Giambi had difficulty keeping food down for much of June and July. Before he was put on the disabled list, he was hitless in 21 consecutive at-bats, dropping his average to .221. He has 11 homers and 36 RBIs after batting .250 with 41 homers and 107 RBI's last season.

The Yankees star said his condition is ''absolutely not'' related to steroids.

''And that's about all I can really say about that,'' Giambi said.



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