- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 1, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. Angels reliever Scott Schoeneweis apologized for saying the Anaheim fans acted like 4-year-olds when they threw cups, water bottles and other debris onto the field a night earlier.
Many in the crowd of 29,959 still booed Schoeneweis, also the team's union player representative, when he took the mound in the eighth inning Friday night. But he got the final four outs for his first major league save as the Angels beat Baltimore 6-2.
There was only cheering as he and his teammates walked off the field.
"I got booed?" he said in mock disbelief. "Hopefully, they got it out of their system. Normally, I do something bad on the field to get booed. Hopefully we can move on now."
The fans the previous night had expressed their displeasure over the prospect of a players' strike. A settlement between the players' union and team owners was reached Friday.
Before the game against the Orioles, Schoeneweis said he regretted making his remarks about the fans, saying that he was talking only about those who got rowdy and added, "Our fans have been tremendous to us."
Schoeneweis, who earlier this season was dropped from the starting rotation, got Chris Richard to fly out to end the eighth inning with two runners on, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Rookie Mickey Callaway held Baltimore hitless until the sixth inning and Darin Erstad homered as Anaheim increased its AL wild-card lead to 1 games over Seattle, beaten 5-1 by Kansas City.
Callaway, getting his second major league win and first in more than three years, had faced just one batter over the minimum before Geronimo Gil lined a single down the right-field line with one out in the sixth for the Orioles' first hit.
Mike Bordick followed with a two-run homer, his sixth.
Callaway was replaced by Brendan Donnelly after giving up a leadoff walk to Richard and a single to Tony Batista in the seventh.
Callaway (1-0) struck out five. The walk to Richard was the only one he allowed, although he plunked the second batter of the game, Jerry Hairston.
Baltimore starter and player rep Jason Johnson (4-11), who gave up five runs on nine hits in six innings, at least was relieved to be able to play the game.
"I'm very glad to get this behind us. It was good to see fans in the stands and get back to playing ball again," Johnson said. "I think everybody was a little bit mentally and physically tired from everything that has gone on the last few days.
"We had a long night last night flying here. But I don't want to blame anything like that on the way I threw. I just didn't have the control tonight that I expected to have."
The 26-year-old Callaway, called up from ClassAAA Salt Lake to replace the injured Aaron Sele in the rotation, was making his sixth major league start. Callaway is 2-2 in the majors and his only other win was June 12,1999, when he was with Tampa Bay and beat Montreal 5-3.
Callaway was delighted that the strike was averted and he was able to make his scheduled start.
"I think it's a great day in baseball and a great day to see the fans out there," said Callaway, who left the game to a standing ovation.
Note
Schoeneweis said some of his teammates were still half-asleep when he phoned them early Friday morning to tell them about the labor settlement. "I said, 'Go to work.' A couple of them said, 'Right now?' I said, 'No, No,'" Schoeneweis said, laughing.
Angels RF Tim Salmon, sidelined with a bone bruise in his left hand, could, "in a best-case scenario," be ready to play again by the middle of next week, manager Mike Scioscia said. Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said he stayed up until 4a.m. watching TV for news on the labor negotiations.
He said he finally went to bed without knowing if there would be a strike, "But I knew that when I woke up, there was going to be an answer and that was comforting."


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