Outfielder expected to play this week

Originally Published: April 1, 2004
Associated Press

New York Yankees-Detroit Tigers: Bernie Williams went 1-for-3 and drove in a run in his first major league spring training game this year in the Yankees' 7-7, 10-inning tie with the Tigers.

Williams had played in eight minor league games since having his appendix removed Feb. 26. Manager Joe Torre anticipates Williams will play when the Yankees resume the regular season Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

Yankees starter Jose Contreras allowed six runs and 10 hits over 4 2-3 innings in his last outing before his first regular-season start Friday against the White Sox. He threw 94 pitches.

Bobby Higginson and Ivan Rodriguez homered for the Tigers. Rondell White had a two-run double.

Kenny Lofton was the Yankees' designated hitter with Williams starting in center and went 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly.

Torre said Lofton will hit leadoff in Tuesday's game. He had batted ninth during the Japan trip.

Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi played in the field after being the DH in the second Japan game because of a sore knee. He expects to play first in both upcoming games against the Devil Rays.

Yankees RHP Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez threw batting practice at the team's minor league complex for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery last May.

Pittsburgh Pirates-Minnesota Twins: Ryan Vogelsong capped a solid spring with four strong innings in the Pirates' 7-4 victory over the Twins.

The right-hander gave up one run and struck out seven in the final four innings for the win. He finished spring training with a 2.05 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 26 1-3 innings.

Despite the loss, Minnesota wrapped up one of its best Grapefruit League seasons. The Twins finished spring training 20-11.

The Pirates finished 12-20-1, their worst showing since going 6-18 in 1985.

Pirates left-hander Sean Burnett, one of the team's top pitching prospects, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, and right-hander Rick Reed was reassigned to minor league camp. The final two spots in the rotation went to Vogelsong and struggling left-hander Oliver Perez.

Reed, 39, missed about two weeks because of back problems and was 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in four starts. He had to leave his start Friday after two innings when he took a line drive off his upper left thigh. The Pirates have asked Reed to go to Nashville and build up innings, but it was not known whether he will accept the assignment.

The Pirates will go with two rookie left-handers in the bullpen, John Grabow and Mike Johnston.

St. Louis Cardinals: Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the Cardinals' 5-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds.

It was the second of two exhibition games between the Cardinals and their Triple-A affiliate. Memphis won 7-3 on Friday night.

Jeff Suppan gave up one run and struck out five in six innings for the win. He held the Redbirds to just two hits. Ray King, Steve Kline and Mike Lincoln combined for three scoreless innings of relief for St. Louis.

Cardinals shortstop Edgar Renteria started after leaving Friday's game with a bruise above his right eye. He was injured after fouling a ball off his face.

Cincinnati Reds-Baltimore Orioles: Sean Casey drove in a run and scored on a passed ball in the Cincinnati Reds' 5-3 victory over the Orioles, the final spring training game for both teams.

Jose Acevedo allowed one earned run and six hits in four innings for the Reds.

In the seventh, plate umpire Darren Spagnari credited Baltimore's Keith Osik with a three-run homer before reversing his decision when Reds manager Dave Miley came out and questioned the ruling.

Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli argued, but the reversal stood.

Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora each had an RBI double for Baltimore, 12-16-1 in spring training this year.

The Orioles granted Mark McLemore his release and purchased the minor league contracts of catchers B.J. Surhoff and Keith Osik and infielder Luis Lopez, adding them to the 40-man roster.

Lefthander Omar Daal (shoulder surgery) was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Second baseman Jerry Hairston (fractured ring finger) and outfielder Marty Cordova (ligament reconstruction surgery) were placed on the 15-day DL.

The Reds finished 18-16-1 for their first winning spring since 1997.

Baltimore hosts the Red Sox on Sunday night in its regular-season opener. Cincinnati opens Monday at home against the Cubs.

Arizona Diamondbacks-Chicago Cubs: Richie Sexson hit his fifth homer of the spring and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 8-7 in the teams' final game before the start of the regular season.

Sergio Mitre, the Cubs' No. 5 starter until Mark Prior comes back from the disabled list, pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

Arizona starter Elmer Dessens held the Cubs scoreless on one hit through three innings, but Chicago scored six off him in the fourth.

Cubs starter Matt Clement allowed four runs on six hits in three innings.

Sammy Sosa was 1-for-3 and wound up hitting .406 in spring training.

Prior, sidelined with inflammation in his right Achilles' tendon, went through delivery motions using a towel instead of a ball. He will be evaluated Monday to determine the next step in his rehabilitation.

Casey Daigle will make the jump from Double-A to the Diamondbacks' rotation, and Shane Reynolds will begin the season in the bullpen.

Daigle will be the team's No. 4 starter, manager Bob Brenly said, and knuckleballer Steve Sparks will be No. 5. Both are right-handers.

Kansas City Royals-Houston Astros: The Royals roughed up Wade Miller for six runs in three innings of a 9-5 victory over the Astros.

Miller, Houston's No. 4 starter, allowed a single over his first 2 2-3 innings before Kansas City got six straight hits.

Craig Biggio doubled and scored for the Astros. Jeff Bagwell homered to the opposite field for his first of the spring. New closer Octavio Dotel had a 1-2-3 eighth.

Houston optioned RHP Brandon Backe and LHP Mike Gallo to Triple-A New Orleans and purchased the contract of RHP Jared Fernandez. The Astros begin the season Monday night at home against San Francisco with Roy Oswalt scheduled to start against LHP Kirk Rueter.

Andy Pettitte will start Tuesday, followed by Roger Clemens on Wednesday.

The Royals open the season Monday at home against the White Sox with LHP Brian Anderson facing LHP Mark Buehrle.

Kansas City could become the first team in major league history to start four left-handers in its first four games, with Darrell May, Jeremy Affeldt and Jimmy Gobble following Anderson.

Oakland A's-San Francisco Giants: Jermaine Dye homered and drove in five runs to help the Athletics rally past the Giants 11-10.

The teams combined for 14 runs in the final two innings. Dye tied it at 7 with a three-run homer off Felix Rodriguez in the ninth, then won it with a two-out, two-run double in the 10th.

With the A's leading 4-3 entering the ninth, manager Ken Macha summoned new closer Arthur Rhodes. After striking out his first batter, Rhodes gave up four runs and six hits, increasing his ERA to 6.42.

With the Giants ahead 7-4 in the ninth, manager Felipe Alou brought in Rodriguez, filling in for injured closer Robb Nen. But after walking two batters, Rodriguez gave up a three-run shot to Dye.

Mark Redman started for the A's and pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out four.

Giants starter Dustin Hermanson was equally effective, pitching five solid innings. He gave up two runs and six hits.

A day after being hit in the helmet by a pitch and needing six stitches for a cut, Oakland OF Eric Byrnes appeared unaffected.

"I was fine after they stitched me up," Byrnes said. "If this had been hockey, I could have played the third period."

Alou said the Giants will start Kirk Rueter, Brett Tomko, Jerome Williams and Hermanson in their first four games.

Boston Red Sox-Atlanta Braves: Closer Keith Foulke finished a rocky spring by giving up two runs while getting only one out in a 5-0 loss to the Braves.

Foulke finished the spring with a 15.59 ERA, giving up 17 hits and 15 runs in 8 2-3 innings. Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who had expressed concern about a drop in Foulke's velocity, insisted the right-hander threw better Saturday despite giving up a home run to Marcus Giles, the first batter he faced.

The Red Sox open their season Sunday night at Baltimore.

Braves starter John Thomson allowed three hits and struck out four in three shutout innings. He's scheduled to start Thursday night against the Mets.

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield allowed only one baserunner through three innings. He's slated to start Thursday night at Baltimore.

The Braves kept left-handed hitting DeWayne Wise as their fourth outfielder while Eli Marrero opens the season on the disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle.

The Braves also placed pitchers Armando Almanza and Paul Byrd on the disabled list. Juan Cruz, Will Cunnane and C.J. Nitkowski earned the final spots in Atlanta's bullpen, while pitchers Trey Hodges, Tim Drew and Ryan Glenn were assigned to Triple-A Richmond.<

Francona said Lenny DiNardo will be placed on the disabled list Sunday. He is working his way back from a strained left shoulder. Boston CF Johnny Damon was back in the lineup after missing Friday night's game with a strained hamstring.

The Braves open their season at home Tuesday night, the team's first home night game for a season opener since 1991. Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt will throw out the first pitch.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays-Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Hendrickson pitched six solid innings against his former team, and the Devil Rays beat the Blue Jays 7-5.

Hendrickson allowed one run and two hits while walking one and striking out two. He threw 55 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

Toronto starter Ted Lilly allowed four runs, one earned, and four hits in 4 1-3 innings.

The Devil Rays went 1-1 during a season-opening series against the New York Yankees in Japan. Victor Zambrano (1-0) will pitch against Mike Mussina (0-1) again Tuesday at Tampa Bay. Paul Abbott faces Kevin Brown (1-0) on Wednesday.

Hendrickson goes Friday, followed by Jeremi Gonzalez on Saturday against Baltimore.

Toronto opens its season Monday against Detroit with AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay on the mound.

LF Frank Catalanotto will rejoin the team in Toronto after missing the final three spring training games to be with his wife, who gave birth to a baby girl.

2B Orlando Hudson missed the last five games because of a mild oblique strain.

Tampa Bay plays Triple-A Durham on Sunday at home. The Devil Rays finished their Grapefruit League schedule 11-8, their first winning spring in franchise history.

Anaheim Angels-Los Angeles Dodgers: Barry Wesson hit a three-run homer, Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia got a home run call reversed by the umpires, and the Angels beat the Dodgers 10-4 in the second game of the Freeway Series.

Kelvim Escobar (2-2) allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings, finishing the spring with a 4.01 ERA. The right-hander, who signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract after compiling a 58-55 record in seven seasons with Toronto, makes his Angels regular-season debut Thursday afternoon at Seattle.

The Angels aren't certain whether LF Jose Guillen will be able to play in Tuesday's season opener at Seattle because of a deep bruise on his hand, the result of an errant pitch by Jeff Weaver on Friday night.

Dodgers C Paul Lo Duca, who cut the middle finger on his right hand on Friday while opening a box, started as the DH.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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