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MLB Spring Training Roundup

March 9, 1998

Jack McDowell returned to the mound for the first time since elbow surgery last May, and the Anaheim Angels were impressed.

``They didn’t hit the ball hard, for the most part,″ McDowell said Sunday after helping an Anaheim split squad to a 9-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Tempe, Ariz.

McDowell allowed one hit in four innings, throwing 55 pitches _ 33 for strikes. He gave up a second-inning homer to Jorge Fabregas after rookie third baseman Troy Glaus dropped a popup, making one of the runs unearned.

``I was very, very impressed as I’m sure everybody was,″ said Anaheim manager Terry Collins. ``We are really excited and we think we’ve got ourselves a tremendous signing.″

Anaheim scored seven runs in the fifth off loser Clint Sodowsky.

Mariners 12, Rockies 7

At Peoria, Ariz. , Jay Buhner hit a tape-measure, two-run homer as Seattle’s first 10 batters reached base and the Mariners scored 11 first-inning runs. Buhner’s two-run drive went completely out of Peoria Stadium and was estimated at 450 feet. Ken Griffey Jr., who went 2-for-3, added a walk and a three-run homer in the inning, helping Seattle win its seventh straight. Colorado starter Roger Bailey failed to retire a batter, allowing 10 runs, seven hits and three walks.

Angels (ss) 9, Giants 7

At Las Vegas, Gary DiSarcina hit a two-run double off the glove of a diving Bill Mueller at third base during a four-run second inning. Anaheim capitalized on the wildness of rookie starter Darrin Blood, who walked five of eight batters he faced. All five scored as Anaheim built a 6-1 lead after two innings.

White Sox 9, Giants (ss) 1

At Tucson, Ariz., Albert Belle hit a three-run homer off Kirk Reuter, and Greg Norton and Chris Snopek added two-run shots. Reuter gave up five runs _ four earned _ and four hits in three innings.

Cubs 9, Athletics 5

At Mesa, Ariz., Sammy Sosa hit his first two home runs of the spring. Sosa connected off loser Kenny Rogers in the third and Gil Heredia in the fifth. Rogers, acquired in the offseason following two unhappy years with the New York Yankees, was pounded for six runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Brewers 8, Padres 2

At Phoenix, Darrin Jackson hit a two-run homer, and Antone Williamson and Scott Krause added solo shots. Marquis Grissom went 3-for-3 as Milwaukee won for just the third time in 12 games this spring.

Expos 11, Dodgers 7

At Vero Beach, Fla., Vladimir Guerrero hit a grand slam and drove in five runs. He is 8-for-21 (.381) this spring with three homers and eight RBIs. Hideo Nomo was knocked out after one-plus innings, allowing five runs, three hits and four walks. Nomo has been tagged for eight runs _ seven earned _ and eight hits in three innings this spring.

Red Sox 12, Orioles 9

At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nomar Garciaparra had two doubles and a triple, and drove in two runs. Boston took advantage of the wildness of Orioles pitchers, drawing 10 walks. Six came in a six-run second, when Boston drew four consecutive bases-loaded walks and erased a 3-1 deficit. Roberto Alomar, batting from the right side for the first time since May 31, had a pair of RBI singles.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5

At Dunedin, Fla., Felipe Crespo hit a two-run double off Joe Borowski in the ninth. Darryl Strawberry went 3-for-4 for the Yankees with two doubles, including one that drove in two runs in the seventh. Toronto starter Pat Hentgen allowed one run and four hits in four innings with five strikeouts.

Tigers 10, Indians 5

At Winter Haven, Fla., Brian Hunter hit a three-run homer in a seven-run fifth. Jason Jacome allowed all seven runs and six hits. Rich Batchelor allowed two more hits as Detroit sent 12 men to bat in the fifth. Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Cleveland, and Jim Thome followed with a solo shot.

Reds (ss) 6, Twins (ss) 4

At Sarasota, Fla., Eric Owens had two hits and three RBIs. Cincinnati starter Dave Burba struck out eight in five innings, allowing one run and six hits. Gabe White got the win despite giving up three runs and seven hits in three innings.

Twins (ss) 4, Reds 1 (ss)

At Fort Myers, Fla., LaTroy Hawkins got his second win of the spring, allowing two hits in four innings. Eric Milton, acquired last month from the New York Yankees in the Chuck Knoblauch deal, gave up two hits in three innings. Mike Trombley completed the six-hitter for his first save, allowing Barry Larkin’s leadoff homer in the ninth.

Pittsburgh 8, Texas 4

At Bradenton, Fla., Jose Silva, bidding for a spot in Pittsburgh’s starting rotation, allowed two hits in four scoreless innings, and Jason Kendall had three hits. Will Clark and Fernando Tatis hit solo homers off Elvin Hernandez in the sixth.

Phillies 9, Devil Bays (ss) 4

At Clearwater, Fla., Billy McMillon started a five-run eighth inning with a wind-aided leadoff homer. Mike Lieberthal and Gregg Jefferies also homered for the Phillies, who have won seven in a row since losing their first three spring games. Phillies center fielder Lenny Dykstra, coming back from a 1 1/2-year layoff, was 0-for-3 and dropped to 1-for-15 this spring.

Braves 3, Marlins 0

At Kissimmee, Fla., Denny Neagle combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, sending Florida to its fifth consecutive loss. Andres Galarraga hit a two-run homer, his first of the spring, in the third inning. Ryan Klesko had put the Braves ahead with an RBI single in the first off Rafael Medina.

Devil Rays (ss) 0, Mexico City Tigers 0

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Bubba Trammell threw out Ivan Montalvo at the plate to end a ninth-inning threat in a game called after nine. Jose Paniagua, John LeRoy, Ramon Tatis, Scott Aldred and Rick White limited Mexico City to four hits.

Mets 5, Cardinals 4

At Jupiter, Fla., Jeff Brantley made his first appearance of the spring, allowing a run in his only inning. Brantley, who had 44 saves in 1996, didn’t pitch after May last year due to a shoulder injury. Brian Hunter homered twice for the Cardinals, who have lost three straight after a 6-0 start, connecting off Mark Mimbs in the seventh and Turk Wendell in the ninth.

Royals 9, Astros 4

At Kissimmee, Fla., Rodney Myers had three of Kansas City’s 15 hits and Sal Fasano homered. Royals starter Kevin Appier got the win, allowing one run _ unearned _ and four hits in three innings. Loser Mike Hampton gave up four runs _ two earned _ and six hits in three innings.

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