By BRUCE LOWITT
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 17, 2000
SEATTLE -- All but lost in the Mariners' Game 5 victory over the Yankees was the perfect eighth inning David Cone pitched for the Yankees, his first appearance in the post-season.
"It felt good. My arm felt a lot better, and I was able to make some pitches," said Cone, hit hard several times after separating his left shoulder Sept. 5 in diving for a bunt.
Cone got Mark McLemore and Raul Ibanez on grounders and Mike Cameron on a foul pop, mopping up in the Mariners' 6-2 victory Sunday in Seattle that sent the American League Championship Series back to New York for Game 6 tonight.
"It was a chance to make an impression," Cone said. "I don't know what that means for the future, but I felt good about it.
"I was really anxious to get out there and see what I had. ... I'm thankful Joe (Torre, the Yankees manager) gave me that chance. I'm happy that it went well and that my stuff was much better than it's been. I'd welcome any opportunity to get the ball again."
BYE-BYE: When Alex Rodriguez waved to the fans Sunday as he returned to the dugout following his decisive two-run single, and again as the Mariners walked off the field after securing the win, he may have been waving goodbye as well.
He will be a free agent after the World Series, and he could conceivably command a $20-million-a-year salary. One young fan at Safeco Field held up a sign, a plea of sorts, for Rodriguez to remain a Mariner. "Money Can't Buy You Love," it read.
The man called A-Rod admitted to being ... well ... sleepless in Seattle on Saturday as the emotions of maybe his last game as a Mariner caught up to him.
"I don't really know what the future holds for me," he said. "For the most part this season I've been able to put that behind me and worry about the present. But for the first time last night, I had a hard time sleeping, thinking about the possibility this could be it. ... It was very emotional for me out there."
TWO MORE CHANCES: The Yankees couldn't be happier with Orlando Hernandez on the mound tonight. "El Duque" is 7-0 in eight career starts in October.
Hernandez won Game 2 of the ALCS, limiting Seattle to six hits in eight innings. And he's had his usual four days of rest.
"I like our chances," Torre said, "because we have two of our best going (Andy Pettitte would pitch Game 7) and, hopefully, only one is enough."
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