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NL notebook: S.F. like Arizona, Sanders says

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published October 4, 2002

ATLANTA -- A year after he won a championship ring playing outfield for the Diamondbacks, Reggie Sanders is at it again.

Only this time the 34-year-old is with the Giants.

"It's basically the same," Sanders said Thursday at Turner Field. "Last year there was a lot of heart, there was a lot of desire, urgency. This year there's a lot of heart, a lot of desire and there's a lot of urgency. I really don't see a big difference as far as with the Diamondbacks and Giants."

For his defensive steadiness and offensive production, Sanders has been well worth the $2.25-million the Giants spent to sign him. He batted .250 with 23 homers and 85 RBIs during the regular season.

"This team is very strong mentally. . . . This is a veteran clubhouse that's trying to get to the ultimate goal, and that's trying to get to the World Series."

STATUS CHECK: Braves reliever Chris Hammond, who strained a muscle in his neck fielding a bunt the sixth inning of Game 1, was questionable for Game 2.

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Giants manager Dusty Baker was asked before the game if he would be satisfied with the series tied at 1 heading to San Francisco.

"I remember one time Pete Rose asked me how many hits I was going to get (one) night and I told him I felt like a 2-for-4. He promptly cursed me out and asked me why not 4-for-4? Why give away two at-bats before you even get to the plate?" Baker said.

"So why assume the split when you have the chance to win the game? So that's why Pete Rose has 4,000 hits and I got 2,000."

GIANTS: The team can remove a scoreboard sign featuring Enron Corp.'s tilted E logo from the team's stadium, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled.

METS: Former executive Russell Richardson, three of his co-workers and two other suspects surrendered to face charges of stealing $2-million from the team between 1994-2000, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Richardson is charged with using his insider's position to illegally make $600,000, Brown said. Also, pitcher Grant Roberts met with prosecutors investigating his accusation that a woman used a picture of him smoking marijuana in an extortion attempt.

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