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Spring Training Roundup

March 14, 1998

Those bad feelings between Bip Roberts and the Kansas City Royals did not disappear during the winter.

Roberts, who called the Royals ``losers″ after they traded him last summer, was hit in the ribs by a pitch from Kansas City’s Jose Rosado in the first inning of Friday’s game against Detroit.

Roberts, clearly angered, was restrained as he walked to first base. The Tigers retaliated when A.J. Sager hit Jed Hansen with a pitch leading off the Royals second. Umpire Dale Ford warned both sides to stop it.

The bad blood between Roberts and the Royals has been brewing since last July when his 15-year-old son, Lantavio, was in an automobile accident in San Diego. Roberts, then playing for Kansas City, traveled home immediately to be with his son.

But the Royals ordered him back to Kansas City, and that soured his relationship with them.

Lantavio made a full recovery. But after Roberts was traded to Cleveland for the Indians’ pennant stretch run, he spoke publicly about his dislike for the Royals. Roberts joined the Tigers in the offseason.

``I think there were a lot of people in this organization that didn’t like what he said about this organization and this team,″ Royals manager Tony Muser said. ``We were just sending him a message, I guess. I don’t know. If you’re going to say things about an organization ... we’re going to stay as a group.″

Roberts said he and Rosado were friends. He said he was certain the order to hit him with a pitch came from Muser.

``I think Muser has personal problems,″ Roberts said. ``The first time I met him, we had problems. I never had problems with anybody in all the time I’ve been in baseball until I met him. ... If it happens again, if he goes after my head, it’ll go off the field.″

Detroit manager Buddy Bell also was upset.

``I’m not a big fan of that. If there’s a problem you have with somebody personally, you should take care of it in a way that doesn’t get somebody else hurt. Go somewhere else. Don’t come in here and do it. That’s all I’m going to say about it.″

Tony Clark hit a two-run homer as Detroit beat a split squad of Royals 6-2 at Lakeland, Fla.

Marlins 11, Braves (ss) 3

At Melbourne, Fla., the Marlins broke their nine-game losing streak behind big hits by Gregg Zaun and John Cangelosi.

Zaun went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, an RBI single and a double for Florida. Cangelosi drove in two runs with a double and a sacrifice fly against Atlanta’s split squad.

Braves (ss) 6, Royals 0 (ss)

At Haines City, Fla., Denny Neagle pitched four scoreless innings and extended his spring shutout streak to nine as Atlanta’s split squad defeated Kansas City.

Neagle (2-0), who led the NL with 20 wins last season, allowed two hits. Curtis Pride homered and drove in four runs.

Dodgers 4, Orioles 0

At Vero Beach, Fla., Hideo Nomo bounced back from two poor outings to pitch four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, walked none and struck out five in Los Angeles’ win over Baltimore.

Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza was hit by a pitch in the right forearm, and later strained his left Achilles while running the bases. He said he might be out for a couple of days.

Mets 14, Astros 1

At Kissimee, Fla., Bill Pulsipher and Armando Reynoso combined on a four-hitter that led New York over Houston.

Pulsipher pitched five innings and allowed three hits. Rich Becker’s two-run homer keyed a five-run eighth inning.

Rangers 9, Yankees 1

At Port Charlotte, Fla., Roger Pavlik and Rick Helling each pitched four scoreless innings in Texas’ win over New York.

Mark Little hit a bases-loaded triple for the Rangers.

Blue Jays 14, Indians 2

At Winter Haven, Fla., Jose Cruz Jr. hit a grand slam, Felipe Crespo had a three-run homer and Juan Samuel hit a two-run shot for Toronto.

Cleveland starter Melido Perez, attempting a comeback after elbow surgery sidelined him most of 1996 and all of 1997, gave up three hits and three runs _ one earned _ in three innings.

Devil Rays 13, Phillies 2

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Quinton McCracken, Paul Sorrento and Bubba Trammell had two-run doubles for Tampa Bay, which got 17 hits against Philadelphia.

Reds 1, Twins 0

At Sarasota, Fla., Damian Jackson singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for Cincinnati.

Mike Remlinger pitched six scoreless innings against Minnesota.

Red Sox 3, Pirates 0

At Bradenton, Fla., Butch Henry pitched four innings before injuring a hamstring while running the bases as Boston beat Pittsburgh.

Henry was trying to score in the fifth inning when he pulled up about 20 feet from home plate. He was to be re-examined later.

Cardinals 2, Expos 1

At Jupiter, Fla., Dustin Hermanson kept his ERA at zero in spring training, pitching for scoreless innings for Montreal. Willie McGee got St. Louis’ only hit off Hermanson.

Angels (ss) 15, Athletics (ss) 0

At Phoenix, Tim Salmon drove in four runs and Cecil Fielder had three hits as Anaheim defeated Oakland in a split-squad game.

Ken Hill gave up four hits in five scoreless innings to earn the victory.

Giants (ss) 7, Mariners 1

At Peoria, Ariz., Kirk Rueter pitched four strong innings and Stan Javier went 3-for-3 as San Francisco’s split squad beat Seattle.

Giants relievers John Johnstone, Dean Hartgraves, Ricky Pickett and Cory Bailey combined to blank the Mariners on three hits in five innings.

Rockies 8 (ss), Athletics 6 (ss)

At Tucson, Ariz., Larry Walker continued his strong spring with two triples and three RBIs as Colorado beat Oakland in a split-squad game.

Walker missed Colorado’s first 12 games because of offseason elbow surgery but has made a quick recovery. The reigning National League MVP is 7-for-10 with three RBIs and 13 total bases.

Rockies (ss) 8, Giants (ss) 7

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Nelson Liriano hit a three-run triple in Colorado’s win over San Francisco in a split-squad game.

Giants starter Orel Hershiser went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

Cubs 11, Brewers 10

At Mesa, Ariz., Sandy Martinez singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Cubs defeated Milwaukee.

Starters Terry Mulholland of the Cubs and Scott Karl of the Brewers both got hit hard. Karl lasted just 2 1-3 innings, giving up 10 hits and seven runs. Mulholland went four innings, allowing nine hits and four runs.

Angels (ss) 11, White Sox 9

At Tucson, Ariz., Troy Glaus went 3-for-4, hit a two-run homer and drove in five runs to lift Anaheim’s split squad over the White Sox.

Albert Belle was 3-for-3 with three RBIs for Chicago and Magglio Ordonez was 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Jack McDowell started for Anaheim and gave up seven runs and 10 hits in four innings.

Diamondbacks 3, Padres 2

At Yuma, Ariz., Brian Anderson pitched four scoreless innings for the second straight outing and Matt Williams drove in two runs for Arizona.

Anderson has allowed only one run in 12 innings this spring.

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