Spring Training Baseball Roundup
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are making this spring seem a lot like last summer.
McGwire and Sosa each hit their eighth home runs Sunday to remain tied for the spring training lead. McGwire’s two-run shot came off A.J. Burnett in the third inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 10-4 loss to Florida Marlins split squad at Jupiter, Fla.
Sosa’s three-run homer came in the second inning of the Chicago Cubs’ 10-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Mesa, Ariz.
``He’s ready, I’m ready. He’s got to do a job, I’ve got to do a job,″ Sosa said. ``For me, it doesn’t take too long to get ready. I’ve been relaxed and patient at home plate and that’s helping me not to swing at pitches I shouldn’t be swinging at.″
Meanwhile, New York Yankees manager Joe Torre was released from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. According to pathology reports, his cancer was limited to his prostate gland and there is no trace of the disease in the lymph nodes.
He is not expected to rejoin the team for 6-to-12 weeks, but he will head to Florida to recuperate, according to family friend Jeff Wehling.
``He wants to be near the team, but he also thought it would be better to be there because the weather is much warmer than in New York, and he can get out and do his walking,″ Wehling said.
At Port Charlotte, Fla., the Texas Rangers said reliever John Wetteland may start the season on the disabled list. Wetteland has been slowed by an ankle injury last month and muscle spasms in his lower back.
``The delivery that I saw on Thursday, I didn’t like it at all,″ manager Johnny Oates said. ``He just can’t push off on that ankle well enough for me.″
At Dunedin, Fla., the Boston Red Sox said shortstop Nomar Garciaparra won’t return to the team until at least Wednesday while he undergoes tests on in California on his injured right elbow.
Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Anaheim Angels physician, and Dr. Tony Daley will examine Boston’s top offensive threat, hurt March 11 in a game against Toronto.
``He just needs to get checked out now,″ Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said Sunday.
At Clearwater, Fla., the Philadelphia Phillies made a second contract offer to 40-year-old right-hander Orel Hershiser, who is in camp with the Cleveland Indians.
``We’d love to have Orel,″ Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. ``But there’s no job for him.″
At Peoria, Ariz., Country singer-turned-baseball player Garth Brooks got his first hit of spring training, singling up the middle off Mike Sirotka in the San Diego Padres’ 11-8 loss to the Chicago White Sox. It was his 10th plate appearance.
``I bet that base hit to him means more than if he sells another million records,″ Padres general manager Kevin Towers said.
In other games:
Dodgers 7, Expos 5
At Vero Beach, Fla., Gary Sheffield returned to action for Los Angeles for the first time in more than a week, going 0-for-2. Devon White, hitting cleanup for the first time this spring, homered twice, and Kevin Brown got his first win this spring despite allowing a three-run homer to Vladimir Guerrero in the fourth.
Yankees 11, Braves (ss) 10
At Tampa, Fla., Roger Clemens allowed five runs _ three earned _ and seven hits in four innings. Keith Lockhart had a two-run double. Andruw Jones and Marty Malloy had RBI doubles and Gerald Williams added a run-scoring single as Clemens threw 45 pitches in the first.
Phillies 2, Indians 1
At Clearwater, Curt Schilling allowed three hits in five shutout innings. Cleveland’s Dwight Gooden gave up one run and three hits in 4 1-3 innings, striking out six _ including the first four batters of the game.
Orioles 6, Twins 4
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Brady Anderson hit a three-run homer and Mike Bordick and Willis Otanez added solo shots.
Tigers 11, Royals 7
At Haines City, Fla. Tony Clark hit a three-run homer as Detroit piled on 14 hits.
Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
At Dunedin, Lou Merloni hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Billy Koch in the sixth, and Cecil Fielder hit his second homer of the spring for Toronto.
Pirates 8, Devil Rays 3
At Bradenton, Fla, Francisco Cordova limited Tampa Bay to one run in five innings, and Pat Meares and rookie Warren Morris homered.
Rangers 5, Reds 3
At Sarasota, Fla., Pete Harnisch, projected as Cincinnati’s opening day starter, was bothered by a stiff back and limited to four innings. He gave up one run and six hits while throwing 52 pitches.
Marlins (ss) 6, Mets (ss) 3
At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Livan Hernandez gave up two runs and seven hits in four innings. Rickey Henderson ended a 28-at-bat hitless streak with a two-out double in the seventh off Vic Darensbourg.
Braves (ss) 3, Astros (ss) 1
At Kissimmee, Fla., Mark Wohlers had his best outing of the spring, striking out two of four batters and throwing nine of 15 pitches for strikes.
Astros (ss) 13, Mets (ss) 11
At Kissimmee, Carlos Hernandez had three hits and scored two runs.
Rockies 11, Diamondbacks 10, 10 innings
At Tucson, Ariz., Randy Johnson allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings, striking out eight. Mike Lansing had a three hits and four RBIs.
Angels 7, Athletics 6
At Phoenix, Tim Unroe hit a two-run homer off Chad Harville in the ninth.
Mariners 12, Brewers 4
At Phoenix, Scott Karl, Milwaukee’s scheduled opening day starter, gave up six runs and eight hits in four innings. Russ Davis and John Mabry each homered and drove in three runs.