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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 3, 2001

Diamondbacks still have faith in Kim

Diamondbacks still have faith in Kim

PHOENIX -- The D'backs weren't too concerned that Byung-Hyun Kim was worrying about his mistakes in Games 4 and 5.

They figured he was too busy sleeping.

Borderline narcoleptic? someone asked.

"Borderline is an understatement," outfielder Luis Gonzalez said.

The D'backs expect Kim, a 22-year-old from Korea, to bounce back, despite the stigma of blowing back-to-back World Series games and giving up three home runs in the process.

"Much has been made about the fact that he is only 22 years old and the pressure and all this, but I really don't think in my estimation, the way I know BK, that I'm worried about him," manager Bob Brenly said. "I think he's going to be fine. He's a very resilient kid. I know much has been made about the language difference and the culture difference and all that stuff, but baseball is baseball. He understands his importance to the ballclub.'

"I'm sure he's very disappointed he was not able to close out Games 4 and 5, but I don't think that's going to affect the way he pitches if we need him in Game 6 and Game 7."

Said Gonzalez: "We still believe in him. He's a guy we want to have the ball out there in the ninth inning, and he's going to be okay. He knows that he has the confidence of all the other guys on the team."

Kim, speaking after Thursday's game, said, "I'm sorry for my teammates. They trust me. I don't believe it."

Kim's performance was huge news in his homeland, with several Korean newspapers running front-page photos and stories. The Chosun Ilbo, one of South Korea's largest papers, ran a one-character headline that loosely translated to "Whoops!" The Korea Central Daily went with the English version -- "No!".

Even the Yankees, to a degree, felt bad for Kim. "You can't be human and not feel for what he went through," pitcher Andy Pettitte said.

INJURY UPDATE: The status of Curt Schilling's arm aside, the D'backs' biggest concern is the status of catcher Damian Miller's strained right calf. Miller was unable to play Thursday and Brenly said his status for tonight probably won't known until game time. ... Gonzalez is continuing to receive treatment in his sore wrist.

LINEUP SHUFFLE: Yankees manager Joe Torre won't be too smart again. Sunday, he benched top RBI man Tino Martinez, a left-handed hitter, against Arizona LHP Randy Johnson. Tonight, Martinez will be in the lineup, though the Yankees other top left-handers, Paul O'Neill and David Justice, won't be. Chuck Knoblauch is likely to play in left and Shane Spencer in right.

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