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Friday, October 15, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Major League Baseball
Notebook: Posada to stop abusing "Diamond Cam"

By The Associated Press

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BOSTON — New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada won't stomp on Fox's Diamond Cam anymore.

The lipstick-sized camera was planted in front of home plate during the opener of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night, and Posada thought it left a hole in the dirt large enough to affect a bunt play or a throw from the outfield.

So he kicked dirt over the lens, preventing Fox from showing viewers the unique angle. A worker cleared the dirt, but that only made it much worse, according to Posada.

"The second time they came and made a big mess," he said yesterday. "The hole was even bigger — so I buried 'em."

That's when he stomped on the camera and broke it. Fox and the commissioner's office weren't happy, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke with Posada. The All-Star catcher said the network did a very good job of hiding the camera in Game 2.

Yankees manager Joe Torre had a simple explanation for Posada's actions.

"Jorge is a passionate guy," Torre said. "He just likes to be able to play baseball without people interfering, I guess. He just felt that that was a problem. ... We talked to him about it and as far as I know, it's not an issue."

Fox plans to keep using Diamond Cam during the series.

"We think the angle provides a very compelling shot that we weren't able to bring to the 15 million people who were watching the game," Fox spokesman Lou D'Ermilio said.

Soggy Series?
 
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Heavy rain is forecast tonight for Game 3 of the Yankees-Red Sox series in Boston, which could give the players plenty of rest after yesterday's regular off day.

"It looks pretty dicey right now," said Bob Thompson, chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.

The game at Fenway Park is scheduled to start at 8:19 p.m. EDT. Thompson said rain is expected to begin shortly before game time, and will continue through midnight.

If the game is rained out, the teams would play Game 5, if it's needed, starting at 5:10 p.m. EDT Monday, currently an off day.

The forecast for tomorrow and Sunday calls for clear, cool weather. Another storm is possible Monday.

Olerud a dad again

Kelly Olerud was at Yankee Stadium and watched her husband, John, hit a big home run for the New York Yankees in their 3-1 win on Wednesday, then gave birth to their third child yesterday morning. Jessica Olerud weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Olerud, an ex-Mariner, hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Boston's Pedro Martinez that made the score 3-0.

Notes

• ESPN's Jeremy Schaap reported that, according to a New York City police source, preliminary results of the autopsy performed on Ken Caminiti show that the ex-big-leaguer died of a drug overdose.

Caminiti, 41, died Sunday. His agent, Rick Licht, said at the time Caminiti died of a heart attack.

• Despite the optimism expressed by injured Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter on Wednesday, the team remains pessimistic that he'll get a chance to pitch in the postseason.

• Yankees RHP Orlando Hernandez, sidelined since Oct. 1 with a tired right shoulder, will get the ball in Game 4 — weather permitting.

• Atlanta Braves SS Rafael Furcal, who is serving a 21-day jail sentence for being arrested while on probation, pleaded guilty to his second drunken-driving charge.

Furcal's latest sentence will run concurrently with the remaining 19 days of his current jail term in Cobb County, Ga.. He entered jail Tuesday, the day after the Braves lost their division series.

After his release from jail Nov. 1, Furcal, 26, also must enter in-house alcohol treatment, serve about 10 months of probation, complete 240 hours of community service and attend a 20-hour course about drunken driving.

• Left-field umpire Ed Rapuano felt dizzy and left Game 2 of the National League Championship Series yesterday, and Houston and St. Louis played on with a five-man crew.

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