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10/28/2001 04:42 AM ET
Schilling still possible Game 4 starter
By Steve Gilbert
MLB.com
Schilling threw 102 pitches in his Game 1 start.
PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Bob Brenly kept his options open when questioned about his pitching rotation for the rest of the World Series.

Curt Schilling threw 102 pitches in seven innings to earn the victory in Game 1, a relatively low total for him. When asked if Schilling was now the probable pitcher for Game 4 in New York, Brenly laughed.

"He could be," the manager said. "I don't mean to be a smart aleck, but our game plan all along has been Schilling one, (Randy) Johnson two, (Brian) Anderson three and (Miguel) Batista four. If we can go out and plug along the way we have been, that's the way we will continue to do it, but I've said all along we are willing to make adjustments and the fact that we were able to keep down his pitch count will certainly make it a lot easier to bring him back on short rest."

The obvious factor in making adjustments would be if the D-Backs fell behind 2-1 in the series. Brenly would have a tough call to make about whether to bring Schilling back on three days rest for Game 4. Schilling and Johnson volunteered earlier in the week in a meeting with Brenly to pitch on short rest if needed.

"There's no question if we get down 2-1 that it gets a little dicer there and I'm not sure exactly what we'd do then," Brenly said. "(Curt) has expressed his willingness to do that and if we feel that's the best option than we may have to do it."

With Brian Anderson getting the nod in Game 3, he's would be on track to start a possible Game 7. Brenly said that didn't play a role in his decision.

"When you get to a Game 7 everyone's available," Brenly said. "That's always been the way it is and this is no different."

MORE WEAPONS FOR BK: Closer Byung-Hyun Kim has been effective with his unorthodox submarine delivery and has added another pitch to his arsenal.

Kim has twice in a game thrown a curveball from a three-quarters arm angle that has befuddled batters. That means that in addition to his fastball he's also got a slider, an "upshoot" pitch, a splitter, a changeup and now a curve.

Don't expect to see Kim throwing the curve often, but if a hitter has fouled off a number of pitches, it could be something Kim uses to finish him off.

"It's just got the perfect rotation you'd like to see on a right-hander's curveball," Brenly said. "Every time he's thrown it, which is only a couple of times, he's thrown it for strikes. He loves to do it and he has a lot of confidence in it."

FANS RESPOND: A crowd of 49,646 attended Game 1, the largest crowd in Bank One Ballpark history, eclipsing the old mark of 49,584, which was set in Game 1 of the 1999 NL Division Series.

"I think they showed very well for themselves tonight," Brenly said. "They were into the game, even before the game started. They stayed to the very end. They cheered at the right times, they booed at the right times. I'm very proud of the way our fans showed up for us tonight and I'm proud of the way my team played for the fans."

FIRST GAME, FIRST WIN: The D-Backs won their World Series debut. The last team to accomplish that was the Florida Marlins in Game 1 of the 1997 Series against Cleveland.

CELEBRITIES: The World Series always draws celebrities and Saturday was no different. Actors Tom Arnold, Billy Crystal and Richard Schiff along with singers Jon Secada and Vanessa Williams, and Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount were among those in attendance.

Jewel sang the National Anthem, while Williams performed "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.

The series puts Crystal in an interesting position. He is an investor in the D-Backs, but has a lifelong allegiance to the Yankees.

SIGNS DECEIVING: Fans watching the Fox telecast of Game 1 probably noticed the many changing advertisements on the backstop wall of Bank One Ballpark.

In order not to distract the pitcher or middle infielders, those ads are superimposed. The wall is actually a solid shade of green.

LINCOLN ON MY MIND: Anyone who's been in Arizona's clubhouse more than 10 minutes knows where pitcher Brian Anderson would've been Saturday if the D-Backs weren't playing the Yankees in the World Series.

It's a question that has only one answer.

"Honestly? I'd have been in Lincoln (Neb.) for the Oklahoma game. No question," Anderson said, coming off the field following batting practice before Game 1.

To understand Anderson -- and not even his wife, Anna, or his closest friends and teammates truly do -- is to watch a man obsessed with Nebraska football.

His locker is a shrine to Cornhusker football, topped by a Nebraska helmet. He was in the clubhouse early Saturday morning to watch the Huskers defeat the Sooners, 20-10, in the nationally televised contest, and was recounting big plays for anyone within earshot.

"That was the one trip I scheduled early," Arizona's Game 3 starter added. "I said, 'If we're in the World Series, great. If we're not, I'll be in Lincoln. Either way I was going to have a fun Oct. 27. This is a whole lot more fun, but I was booked up for sure this weekend no matter what happened."

Despite living in the Cleveland area, Anderson was turned on to Nebraska as a youngster watching the then Big 8 school play in the Orange Bowl on New Year's. He's followed their exploits ever since.

"It's pretty easy to get a flight into Omaha, and get a car rental there -- from Cleveland anyway," he said.

Among other D-Backs, the answers to the same question were a little more surprising.

"I'd be at home, hanging out with the kids," second baseman Jay Bell said.

Would Bell be watching the Series?

"No, but Laura [his wife] would," he said. "It would be on, but I wouldn't be sitting there watching. It's not that important to me.

"Laura would watch it a lot more than I would. She's a real big baseball fan. I just enjoy playing."

Right fielder Reggie Sanders said he'd be home in Atlanta.

"I'm getting ready to sell my house at the end of this month," he said.

And would Sanders be watching the Series?

"Oh yeah," he said, "but I don't have to now, you know."

Typically, Game 2 starter Randy Johnson offered a quick succinct answer.

"Working on my golf game."

Steve Gilbert is the site manager of azdiamondbacks.com.
Gary Rausch, site reporter for azdiamondbacks.com, contributed to this report.