Cardinals' Calero gets win

Updated: November 5, 2004, 11:19 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- David Ortiz picked up where he left off, this time on the other side of the world.

Ortiz, who helped lead the Red Sox to their first World Series title since 1918, drove in a pair of runs Friday at the Tokyo Dome to lead a team of major league stars to a 7-2 victory over Japanese counterparts in the opener of an eight-game exhibition series.

Kiko Calero of the Cardinals got the win for the major league stars, working just one-third of an inning in relief of starter Roger Clemens. Padres closer Akinori Otsuka pitched a perfect ninth to wrap things up for the visitors in his return to Japan.

Toronto's Vernon Wells also had a pair of RBIs, while Moises Alou of the Cubs and Texas' Hank Blalock both went 3-for-5.

Clemens went 4 2/3 innings in his first action since taking the loss in Game 7 of the NLCS, when the Astros lost 5-2 to the Cardinals. The Rocket looked rusty at times Friday, struggling with his control and walking four. He allowed four hits and two runs, while striking out four.

"I did as much as I could out there," said the 42-year-old Clemens. "I was pleased after not touching a ball for a few weeks. I was just glad to get through that game."

Earlier in the day, Clemens and Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson spent some time at a Tokyo elementary school, taking part in calligraphy classes and a Japanese tea ceremony. Clemens thrilled a class of fifth graders when he passed his 2000 Yankees World Series ring around the room.

"Hopefully, one day Hideki Matsui will bring one of these home," Clemens said of his former teammate on the Yankees.

The teams play Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo before hitting the road for games in Fukuoka, Osaka, Sapporo and Nagoya. The series winds up back in Tokyo on Nov. 14.


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