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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 11C ft Spotlight's on... Mike Mussina, Baltimore Orioles . While some might argue that Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson or Roger Clemens is the best pitcher in the game, Mussina, 105-49 lifetime, has the best winning percentage (.682) among active pitchers and is fourth . among all 20th century pitchers with at least 90 victories. Around the horn The next Babe Ruth? Darren Dreifort, the reliever-turned-starter for the Dodgers, can't stop thinking about the damage he can do offensively with the added at-bats he figures to receive. "I'll hit about 10 homers," said Dreifort, who hit .318 with 35 homers at Wichita State. "About one every , nine at-bats. " r That's so stupid. Do you want to see a Frank Thomas, Edgar Martinez or Paul Molitor walk away from the game?" CHILI DAVIS, Yankees, on the owners' latest attempt to eradicate the DH. TRAINING Box scores Exhibition standings Marlins 13, Devil Rays 6 Mets, Orioles 2 Floyd wakes up; with four hits ) NEW YORK BALTIMORE ab r h bl ab r h bl 3 110 Alomar 2b 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Davis rf 3 0 11 3 0 10 Webster c 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Palmeiro lb 2 0 0 0 2 111 Guillen lb 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 Carter dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Ripken 3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Minor 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Reboulet ph 10 0 0 FLORIDA TAMPA BAY b r h bi ab r h bl Floyd If 5 14 0 McCrckn cf 3 2 10 Renterla ss 6 2 3 1 Cairo 2b 4 12 0 Sheffield dh 3 2 11 Doggs 3b 4 0 2 3 Eisenreich rf 6 2 2 1 McGriff lb 4 10 0 Jackson lb 4 0 0 0 Trammell If 10 0 0 Lee lb 10 12 Butler If 10 0 0 Kotsay cf 5 2 2 0 Sorrento dh 3 112 Johnson c 6 2 2 2 Flaherty c 3 0 11 Counsell2b 4 12 0 Dlfellcec 10 0 0 Booty 3b 4 12 4 Martinez rf 4 0 0 0 Stocker ss 3 10 0 Totals 44 13 It 11 Totals 31 6 7 6 McRaecf Lopez ss Alfonzo 3b Orsulak If Gilkey If Reed p Hudek p Wendell p Rojas p Olerud lb Baerga 2b MFranco dh Tatum c Spehr c Ordonez ss Paquette rf Becker rf AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. 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Boston 20 8 .714 San Diego 19 10 .655 Texas 21 10 .677 Los Angeles 18 10 .643 Baltimore 17 10 .630 New York 19 11 .633 Chicago 19 13 .594 Houston 17 10 .630 Oakland 18 13 .581 Philadelphia 16 14 .533 Seattle 18 13 .581 Arizona 16 15 .516 New York 15 12 .556 Chicago 14 16 .467 Detroit 17 14 .548 Atlanta 13 17 .433 Anaheim 16 15 .516 Pittsburgh 13 17 .433 Toronto 16 16 .500 St. Louis 12 16 .429 Kansas City 14 15 .483 Colorado 14 19 .424 Cleveland 12 17 .414 Cincinnati 13 18 .419 Tampa Bay 12 18 .400 Florida 11 17 .393 Minnesota 13 21 .382 Milwaukee 10 22 .313 San Fran. 9 21 .300 Montreal 8 22 .267 Marlins 2 111 Surhoft If 4 0 0 0 Red Sox 6, Braves 2 BOSTON ATLANTA ab r h bi ab r h bl Grcprr ss 4 110 Weiss ss 3 0 3 1 Valentin 3b 5 111 Belliard ss 10 10 Gordon p 0 0 0 0 Tucker rf 3 0 0 0 Varitek c 0 0 0 0 Edmndsn p 0 0 0 0 Vaughn lb 4 0 2 1 Perez c 10 0 0 Eckersley p 0 0 0 0 CJones3b 3 0 0 0 Benjamin 3b 0 10 0 Malloy 3b 10 0 0 Hattebergc 4 0 0 1 Galarraga lb3 I I 0 Wasdin p 0 0 0 0 Simon lb 10 0 0 O'Learylf 5 120 Klesko If 3 0 2 0 Lewis cf 3 0 10 Bautista If 10 10 Corsi p 0 0 0 0 Lopez c 3 0 0 1 Jefferson lb 110 0 Ligtenberg pO 0 0 0 Bragg rf 2 111 Embree p 0 0 0 0 Butord cf 10 10 Byrd p 0 0 0 0 Sadler 2b 4 0 10 GrWIIms ph 10 0 0 Lowe p 2 0 0 0 Wohlers p 0 0 0 0 Cummingsrf 2 0 0 0 Seanez p 0 0 0 0 A Jones cf 4 110 Grffnn 2b 3 0 0 0 Holbert 3b 10 0 0 Millwood p 10 0 0 Butler p 0 0 0 0 Pride rf 2 0 0 0 Totals 37 6 10 4 Totals 35 2 2 2 0 10 3 112 Hmmndscf 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 11 4 0 0 0 Greene c 2 0 0 0 Baines rf 1 0 0 0 Holies c 2 0 10 Bordick ss 10 0 0 2 0 0 0 Anderson cf 2 0 10 3 0 10 Totals 30 4 7 4 Totals 30 2 4 2 Florida 000 402 304 -13 Tampa Bay 010 003 200 - 6 E Trammell, Flaherty. DP Florida 2, Tampa Bay 1. LOB Florida 12, Tampa Bay 7. 2B Renteria, Kotsay, Cairo. HR Johnson (2), Booty (3), Sorrento (3). SB Renteria, Sheffield, Kotsay 2. SF Boggs. Florida IP H R ER BB SO Ludwlck W.2-0 5 4 3 3 2 3 Gonzalez I 1 3 3 5 0 Darensbourg 1 10 0 11 Henriquez 2 1 0 0 0 1 Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO (NOTE: Split-squad garnet count In the standings; games against non-major league teams do not.) New York (N) 100 003 000 -4 Baltimore OOP 001 010 -2 E Becker. DP Baltimore 2. LOB New York 5, Baltimore 5. 2B McRae, Olerud. HR-Baerga (I), Holies (1). SB-Paquette, Anderson. CS Spehr, Hammonds. S Olerud. New York IP H R ER BB SO ReedW,2-0 5 1 0 0 0 4 Hudek Vh 11111 Wendell V,l 2 1110 Rojas S,2 Vh 0 0 0 1 0 Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO Drabek L.2-2 3 3 1 1 0 2 Kamieniecki 4 4 3 3 1 2 Goreckl L, 1-2 Springer Lopez Totis Hernandez 5 Wt V 1 '4 Saturday's results Houston 11, Florida 1 Montreal 2, St. Louis (ss) 1 Tampa Bay 8, St. Louis (ss) 7 New York Mets 4, Baltimore 0 Boston 10, Minnesota 5 Detroit 8, Kansas City 4 Philadelphia 7, Toronto 6 Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 1 Cleveland 4, Atlanta 3 Yan Boston 001 100 121 -4 Atlanta 000 011 000 -2 E Hatteberg 2, Pride. DP Boston 1. LOB-Boston ?, Atlanta 7. 2B-Vaugh, Sadler, Weiss, Galarraga, Klesko. 3B-Gar-ciaparra. HR-Valentin (3), Bragg (2). SB-Lewis, AJones. SF Hatteberg. Boston IP H R ER BB SO Lowe 4"3 6 1112 Corsi W.l-l Wt 1110 1 Eckersley 1 1 0 0 0 0 Gordon 1 1 0 0 0 1 Wasdin 1 0 0 0 0 0 Atlanta IP H R ER BB SO Ludwick pitched to 2 batters In the 6th, 0 0 0 Rodriguez Gonzalez pitched to 2 batters in the 7th, Lopez pitched to I batter in the 8th. HBP-by Totis (Lee). WP-Goreckl, Hernandez. PB- Johnson, Difellce. T-3:14. A-13,050. Reed pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. Sunday's results Florida 13, Tampa Bay 6 St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 2 Montreal 4, Chicago Cubs 3 Boston 6, Atlanta 2 New York Mets 4, Baltimore 2 Toronto 4, Philadelphia 1 Kansas City 7, Minnesota 5 Cincinnati 9, Detroit 0 Houston 10, Texas 5 Seattle 8, Colorado 7 Oakland 6, San Francisco 0 New York Yankees at San Diego, ccd., rain Los Angeles 4, Anaheim 2 Cleveland 13, Milwaukee 7 Chicago White Sox 3, Arizona 0 HBP-by Hudek (Alomar), by Kamieniecki (Gilkey), by Drabek (Baerga). T-2:39. A-29,107. bad Arizona vs. Oakland, ccd.. Expos 4, Cubs 3 CHICAGO MONTREAL ab r h bl ab r h bi Morandini 2b 4 1 1 I Grdzlnk ss 4 0 0 0 Millwood Butler Edmondson Ligtenberg L., 1-1 Embree Byrd Wohlers Seanez Blauser ss 5 0 2 0 Urbina p field conditions Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee, ccd., bad field conditions Texas 14, Chicago Cubs 10 Colorado 8, Seattle 6 New York Yankees 6, San Diego 6, 6 innings, rain Anaheim 7, Los Angeles 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 report HIGHLIGHT: In the fourth inning Sunday, Mark Kotsay was on first and Jim Eisenreich on third with one out. Charles Johnson swung and missed Rick Gor-ecki's pitch for strike three, and Kotsay, running on the pitch, ; was probably going to get thrown out at second. But he stopped , short of the base and turned back, forcing Devil Rays shortstop Kevin Stocker to throw to third to make sure Eisenreich didn't score. Kotsay made it . to second safely, Ei- , senreich was safe at third and Tampa Bay -walked Craig Counsell intentionally to get to Josh Booty, whose bases-loaded single gave the Marlins a 4-1 lead. LOWLIGHT: Left-handed reliever Gabe Gonzalez hadn't walked a batter all spring. Sunday, he walked five in . one inning. PROSPECT WATCH: Reliever Oscar Henriquez pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit. Dan Graziano Royals 7, Twins 5 KANSAS CITY MINNESOTA ab r h bi ab r h bl Damon cf 4 12 1 Nixon cf 4 0 10 Oflerman 2b 4 110 Lawton cf 10 0 0 Halter 2b 110 0 Meares ss 4 2 2 0 Morris If 3 13 0 Gates 3b 0 0 0 0 Young rf 2 0 2 0 Molitor dh 5 2 3 0 King lb 2 111 Cordova If 3 0 0 1 Vitiello lb 2 0 2 1 Coomer3b 30 11 Pendleton dh 4 0 12 Hocking ss 110 0 Palmer 3b 3 0 0 0 Merced lb 3 0 0 0 Hansen 3b 1 0 0 0 Ortiz lb 10 10 Sutton rf-lf 5 110 Steinbach c 3 0 0 I Astros 10, Rangers 5 Sosa rf 110 0 McGuire lb Mieske rf 3 0 0 0 Carr cf Grace lb 3 0 2 0 Stovall rf Mahatfey p 0 0 0 0 Fullmer lb Houston c 1 0 0 0 Bennett p Rodriguez If 3 111 White If Orie 3b 4 0 2 0 Telford p Brown cf-lb 3 0 10 Vidro ph-2b Servaisc 3 0 0 1 Sntnal 2b By Dan Graziano Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG Cliff Floyd strung it out to the very end the very last game of the Grapefruit League season. But on Sunday, he finally looked like a leadoff hitter. The Marlins outfielder went 4-for-5 and got on base five times in Florida's wild 13-6 victory against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Pretty good for a guy who had just eight hits in his first 21 spring games and had struck out 25 times. "I really didn't care about the hits," Floyd said. "I just wanted to feel good at the plate. And today, I felt really good at the plate." Hitting coach Milt May said Friday he'd been working with Floyd on shortening his swing, and that it was just a matter of his having some success with it in a game (as opposed to the batting cages) before things started to go well. "He's relaxed a little bit, and he's seeing the ball a little better," Marlins manager Jim Leyland said. "He'll be fine." Floyd said the confidence Leyland demonstrated in him by anointing him the starting left fielder on the first day of camp helped him as he struggled through his nightmarish spring. "I'm just glad Leyland stayed with me," Floyd said. "Whoever hits .500 in the Grapefruit League and then struggles in the season, what are you going to remember? I'd rather be playing well now than two weeks ago." B Booty call: And the 3 10 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 0 110 0 3 0 0 0 HOUSTON TEXAS ab r h bi Biggio2b 2 110 McLmr 2b ab r h bl 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 110 10 0 0 3 12 1 Stevens p 0 0 0 0 Mordecai ss 10 0 0 Adams p 0 0 0 0 Andrews 3b 3 12 0 Sweeney c 2 0 10 Valentin c 0 0 0 0 Macfarlane c 2 1 1 0 Ochoa rf 4 0 2 0 Martinez ss 5 0 2 0 Walker 2b 40 10 Bogar2b 3 12 0 Hall lb Belldh 5 12 3 Aiicea3b Bagwell lb 2 110 Tatls 3b Howell lb 2 0 0 0 Greer If Everett rf 5 3 3 0 Newson If Alou If 2 112 Gonzalez rf Clark If 3 2 2 1 Sheldon 2b Hidalgo cf 5 0 3 3 Clark lb 2 0 0 0 2 112 10 0 0 3 0 2 1 Hernandez ph 10 10 Widgerc Steenstra p 2 0 0 0 Chavez c Lowery ph-cf 2 0 0 0 Vazquez p May If 40 7 17 5 Totals 36 5 11 3 Totals 2 0 0 0 3 111 10 10 33 4 I 3 Totals 35 3 10 3 Totals 2 0 12 Gutierrez ss 5 0 2 1 Haselman c 2 0 0 0 Spiers 3b 5 0 10 Rodriguez c 2 0 10 Ausmus c 3 0 10 Simms rf 2 0 0 0 Eusebto c 1 0 0 0 Stevens dh Elster ss Cedeno ss Norman cf 4 0 10 10 10 2 10 0 3 10 0 Chicago (N) 200 001 000 -3 Montreal 000 004 OOx -4 E Telford, Mieske, Blauser. DP Montreal 1. LOB Chicago 9, Montreal 8. 2B Carr, May, Blauser. HR-Morandinl (1). SB Hernandez. CS-Grace. Chicago IP H R ER BB SO Steenstra 5 5 0 0 0 1 Mahatfey to 0 3 3 3 0 Stevens L.l-2 IV. 2 110 0 Adams ) 1 0 0 0 1 Kansas City 202 0O0 030 -7 Minnesota 202 000 010 -5 E Damon, Nixon, Haney, Hocking, Vitiello. DP-Kansas City 1, Minnesota 1. LOB-Kansas City 11, Minnesota 7. 2B-Molitor, Martinez, Vitiello, Ortiz. SB-Nixon, Hansen. CS Morris, Ochoa, Young. SF King, Cordova, Steinbach. Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO Haney 5 8 4 1 0 3 Montgomery 1 1 0 0 0 1 Pittsley w, 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 1 Whisenant 1 110 0 0 Service S,2 1 0 0 0 0 0 Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO Today's games Ottawa vs. Montreal at Jupiter, 12:35 p.m. Omaha vs. Kansas City at Haines City, 1 1 a.m. Syracuse vs. Toronto at Dunedin, 12:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, 1:05 p.m. San Diego at Mobile, Ala., 1:05 p.m. Anaheim vs. Cal State-Fullerton, 6 p.m. Tuesday's games REGULAR SEASON BEGINS AMERICAN LEAGUE Chicago (Navarro 9-14) at Texas (Burkett 9-12), 2:35 p.m. Kansas City (Belcher 13-12) at Baltimore (Mussina 15-8), 3:05 p.m. Detroit (Thompson 15-1 1) at Tampa Bay (Alvarez 13-1 1), 5 p.m. Cleveland (Nagy 15-1 1 at Seattle (R. Johnson 20-4), 7:05 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE Chicago (Tapani 9-3) at Florida (L. Hernandez 9-3), 4:35 p.m. Philadelphia (Schilling 17-1 1) at N.Y. Mets (Jones 15-9), 1:40 p.m. San Diego (Brown 16-8) at Cincinnati (Tomko 1 1-7), 2:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Eldred 13-15) at Atlanta (Maddux 19-4), 4:10 p.m. Los Angeles (R.Martinez 10-5) at St. Louis (Stottlemyre 12-9), 4:10p.m. San Francisco (Estes 19-5) at Houston (Hampton 15-10), 5 p.m. Colorado (Kile 19-7) at Arizona (An. Benes 10-7), 10:05 p.m. 43 10 19 10 Totals 34 5 9 5 Montreal H R ER BB SO IP Vazquez 4 4 2 2 1 4 Telford W.2-2 2 3 1 1 1 3 Urbina 1 1 0 0 0 0 Bennetts,! 2 2 0 0 1 1 HBP-by Vazquez (Brown). T-2:36. A-6,425. Radke 5 9 4 3 2 4 Ritchie L,0-l 3 8 3 2 1 3 Aguilera 1 0 0 0 1 1 HBP-by Service (Gates). T-2:55. A-3,749. Houston 500 020 111 -10 Texas 012 200 000 - S E Howell, Ausmus, Schourek, Cedeno. DP Houston 2, Texas 1. LOB Houston 7, Texas 7. 2B Bogar, Everett, Alou, Clark, Hidalgo 2, Clark, Rodriguez. 3B Gutierrez. HR Bell (2), Gonzalez (3). CS-Bogar, Gutierrez. SF McLemore. Houston IP H R ER BB SO Schourek W, 1-1 4 7 5 4 3 4 Magnante 1 0 0 0 0 0 Cabrera 1 0 0 0 0 1 Henry 1 1 0 0 0 1 Wagner I 1 0 0 0 2 Lima 1 0 0 0 0 1 Texas IP H R ER BB SO Oliver L.3-1 5 12 7 7 0 2 Pavlik 1 1 0 0 0 2 Santana 1 2 110 0 Gunderson 1 2 1110 Crabtree 1 2 110 0 HBP-by Henry (Allcea). WP-Oliver. Cardinals 3, Pirates 2 Blue Jays 4, Phillies 1 TORONTO PHILADELPHIA ab r h bl ab r h bl Baseball updates Call 511 and enter Gonzalez ss 3 0 0 0 Glanville cf 3 0 0 0 Adriana2b OOOOHudlerct 10 00 Fernandez 2b 3 0 0 0 Dawkinscf 0 0 0 0 Plesac p 0 0 0 0 Jefleries If 3 0 0 0 Escobar p 0 0 0 0 Amaro If 10 0 0 Fletcher ph 1 0 0 0 Rolen 3b 2 10 0 Indians 13, Brewers 7 MILWAUKEE CLEVELAND ab r h bl ab r h bl Vina 2b 5 12 0 Lofton cf 2 110 DJones p 0 0 0 0 Sexton rf 2 0 0 0 Clrillo 3b 3 110 Vlzquel ss 2 0 0 0 Loretta 3t 2b 110 0 Wilson ss 2 0 2 2 Jaha lb 2 0 0 0 Justice dh 4 10 0 Hamelin lb 2 10 0 MRamlrez rf 2 1 1 2 Burnltz rf 3 3 11 Berroa If 3 0 10 Grlssom dh 3 0 3 1 Thome lb 3 0 0 0 Hughes ph 3b 10 0 1 Lovuiio 3b 1110 Valentin ss 5 0 2 1 Fryman 3b 2 110 Newfleld If 3 0 12 Manto3b-lb 12 10 Ownes cf 4 0 0 0 Giles If-cf 4 2 2 2 Mathenyc 2 0 0 0 Alomar c 2111 Levis c 2 0 0 0 Borders ph-c 12 12 Dunston 2b 2 0 10 Branson 2b 2 12 3 Totals 36 7 10 4 Totals 35 13 15 12 0 0 0 0 Anas 3D-SS 10 0 0 Myers p Risley p 0 0 0 0 Lieberthal c 2 0 11 these codes to hear final 5111 ST. LOUIS PITTSBURGH Green rf Herrero rf Canseco If Crespo If Stanley lb 2 0 0 0 Parent c 10 10 2 0 0 0 Brogna lb 3 0 10 2 111 Bottalico p 0 0 0 0 2 110 Winston p 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Royster ph 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 Lewis 2b 3 0 0 0 ab r h bl ab r h bl Clayton is 3 0 10 Womack 2b 2 0 0 0 American League 3211 Baltimore 3216 Boston 3221 Anaheim 3226 Chicago 3321 Cleveland 3326 Detroit 3241 Kansas City 3281 Tampa Bay 3251 Minnesota 3256 New York 3261 Oakland 3266 Seattle 3281 Tampa Bay 3271 Texas 3276 Toronto National League 3301 Atlanta 3376 Arizona 3306 Chicago 3311 Cincinnati 3316 Colorado 3321 Florida 3326 Houston 3331 Los Angeles 3376 Arizona 3336 Montreal 3246 Milwaukee 3341 New York 3346 Philadelphia 3351 Pittsburgh 3356 St. Louis 3361 San Diego 3366 San Francisco Samuel pr-1b Howard ss 110 0 Strange 3b 10 0 0 DeShields 2b 3 0 2 0 Polcovich ss 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 Flores2b 0 0 0 0 Bell ph-2b 1 0 0 0 Martin If 3 0 0 0 McGwire lb 3 111 Chrstnsn p 0 0 0 0 Hunter lb 10 0 1 Wilkins p 0 0 0 0 recaps for all spring training games. Lines updated immediately following the games. 50 for up to five minutes. See 2A for Sprague 3b Evans pr-3b Cruz cf Sanders cf Brown c 1 0 0 0 Sefcik rf 3 0 0 0 3 10 0 Relaford ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Huff 3b 10 0 0 3 12 2 Green p 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Spradlin p 0 0 0 0 201 001 300 -7 122 104 30 X -13 Milwaukee Cleveland Williams p Grebeck 2b-ss 1 0 0 0 Jordan lb 10 0 0 Lanklord cf 4 12 0 Tabaka p 0 0 0 0 Jordan rf 3 0 0 0 Gregg ph 10 0 0 Mabry rf 1 0 0 0 Young lb 4 0 0 0 Gant If 3 0 2 0 Ward cf 4 0 2 0 Aybar p 1 0 0 0 Guillen rf 4 110 Looper p 0 0 0 0 Garcia 3b 3 0 10 Gaetti 3b 4 0 0 0 Miyake 2b 0 0 0 0 more details: E -Alomar, Martin, Manto. DP-Mil-waukee 4, Cleveland I. LOB-Milwaukee 8, Cleveland 3. 2B Grlssom, Giles, Branson 2. HR Giles, MRamirez, Alomar. SB Vina, Clrillo, Dunston. SF-Newfield, Totals 29 4 4 4 Totals 30 I 3 I Toronto 010 000 300 -4 Philadelphia 100 000 000 -1 E Gonzalez, Relaford. DP Toronto I. LOB-Toronto 2, Philadelphia 4. 2B-Lie- Hughes. Lampkinc 4 0 3 0 Osikc 3 122 Mercker p 2 0 0 0 Loaiza p 2 0 0 0 McGee If 2 0 0 0 Smith If 10 10 Totals 36 3 11 2 Totals 32 2 8 2 IP H R ER BB SO Milwaukee berthal. 3B-Crespo. HR-Canseco (3), Wll- Brown (1). CS Sprague, Gonzalez. S- liams. Toronto 4 I Mi Vi l'S Mercedes L, 2-1 Woodard Fox Myers Wlckman DJones Dome sweet dome: The Marlins got their first look Sunday at Tropicana Field, where the Devil Rays will play their home games. The reviews were mixed. "I'm impressed," Ley-land said before the game. "It's definitely the brightest dome I've been in." But some of the outfielders said the ball was especially difficult to pick up against the white dome ceiling, which was made whiter because it was a day game and the sun was shining. "It was tough," Floyd said. "The balls get up there, and you can't tell the height, or how deep to go. It's not worse than the Astrodome, but it's tough." Noteworthy: Pitcher Brian Meadows will stay behind in Melbourne and pitch today in a minor-league game. Meadows is scheduled to make his major-league debut Saturday, when he starts for the Marlins against Milwaukee at Pro Player Stadium. IP H R ER BB SO 5 110 12 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 10 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 Williams Plesac W, 1-0 Sanders Myers Risley S, I Marlins' RBI leader for spring training 1998 is . . . That's right. Josh Booty. Booty, who will start at third base on opening day for the injured Bobby Bonilla, hit his third home run of the spring and drove in four runs Sunday, upping his Grapefruit League RBI total to 18. "When I swing at strikes, good things are happening," Booty said. "I'm sure there are going to be times I go 0-for a series, but I've just got to keep going. If I keep learning that (strike) zone, I'll be a good hitter someday. Maybe." Booty drew his third walk of the spring, and said he was almost prouder of the walk than the home run, since the walk meant he was laying off Dennis Springer's horrendous knuckle balls out of the zone. Of course, the homer came on a knuckle ball, too. IP H R ER BB SO Cleveland H R ER BB SO Karsay W,M Shuey Martin Morman Philadelphia Green St. Louis 002 000 100 -3 Pittsburgh 010 010 000 -2 E -Garcia, Mercker. DP St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh I. LOB-St. Louis 9, Pittsburgh 4. 2B-Lampkin 2, Polcovich, DeShields. HR McGwire (7), Osik (2). SB-Lanktord. CS-DeShields. SF-Hunter. St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO Mercker 5 6 2 2 1 3 Aybar W, 1-2 3 2 0 0 0 3 Looper S,4 ' 0 0 0 0 0 Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO Loaiza 6 8 2 1 1 7 Christiansen L.0-1 1 2 1110 Wilkins I 1 0 0 0 0 Tabaka 1 0 0 0 0 0 White Sox 3, D'backs O Mesa HBP-by Mercedes (Lofton). Spradlin L,0-2 Bottalico Winston T-2:03. A-3,565. eny. T-151. A-12,974. NL notebook Post Staff and Wire Reports Atlanta Braves: Dennis Martinez was one of four non-roster players named to the Braves' 25-man squad for opening day. Martinez, 42, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since he was released by Seattle last May 24. The other non-roster players to make the team were outfielder Curtis Pride, infielder Rafael Belliard and pitcher Adam Butler. Cincinnati Reds: Steve Cooke had a 2. 1 7 ERA in 29 innings this spring. Colorado Rockies: MVP Larry Walker finished spring AL notebook Post Staff and Wire Reports Anaheim Angels: Jack McDowell allowed four runs and six hits in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Dodgers. Baltimore Orioles: Doug Drabek gave up one run and three hits in three innings in his final spring outing. Boston Red Sox: Jason Varitek (one major-league game), who will share catching duties with Scott Hatteburg ahead of veteran Jim Leyritz, hit .387 this spring (12-for-31). Detroit Tigers: Tim Worrell finished the spring with a 5-0 record and a 3.60 ERA. Kansas City Royals: Lee Smith, the all-time saves ab r h bl 4 0 0 0 4 0 10 3 0 10 4 0 0 0 Athletics 6, Giants O SAN FRANCISCO OAKLAND ab r h bl ab r h bl Hamilton cf 3 0 2 0 Henderson If 2 I I 2 Diaz cf 1 0 0 0 Mack It 110 1 Mueller 3b 3 0 10 Hlnch c 2 0 10 Howard 3b 10 10 Molina c 10 0 0 Bonds If 3 0 0 0 Ardoin lb 10 0 0 Benard If 1 0 0 0 Grieve rf 3 13 2 Kent 2b 3 0 10 Voigt rf 2 0 0 0 Delgado2b I 0 0 0 Stairs dh 30 11 Snow lb 3 0 10 Mitchell dh 10 10 Maynec 1 0 0 0 Giambi lb 3 0 0 0 Javier rf 3 0 0 0 Berryhill c 10 0 0 JaCruz rf 1 0 0 0 Magadan 3b 1 0 0 0 Hayes dh 3 0 10 Wood ss 2 10 0 Johnson c 4 0 10 Spietio 2b 2 10 0 Aurilia ss 1 0 0 0 Bournigal ss 2 0 0 0 Sanchez ss 2 0 0 0 Blowers 3b 2 12 0 Chrstnsn cf 2 0 0 0 McDonald cf 1 0 0 0 Totals 34 0 8 I Totals 32 4 9 4 Dodgers 4, Angels 2 ANAHEIM LOS ANGELES ab r (i bl ab r h bi Edmonds cf 3 0 10 Young 2b 2 0 0 0 Palmeiro cf 2 0 0 0 Guerrero 2b 2 0 0 0 Holllns3b 3 0 1 0 Vizcaino ss 2 0 0 0 Bollck 3b 1 0 0 0 Castro ss 2 0 0 0 Salmon rf 3 12 1 Konerko lb 3 0 0 0 Mashore rf 1 0 0 0 Bruske p 0 0 0 0 Fielder lb 4 0 0 0 Zeile 3b 2 12 1 Anderson If 3 0 10 Ingram 2b 10 0 0 Thurman If 1 0 0 0 Mondesi rf 2 12 0 Walbeck c 1 0 0 0 Dreifort p 0 0 0 0 Heltand c 110 0 Luke ph 10 0 0 Eenhoorn 2b 3 0 10 Flores p 0 0 0 0 DiSarcina ss 3 0 0 0 Lankford p 0 0 0 0 Scarsone 2b 1 0 0 0 LoDuca c 10 0 0 McDowell p 2 0 0 0 Hllndswrth If 3 0 0 0 Erstad ph 1 0 0 0 Prince c 3 110 Olivares p 0 0 0 0 Hubbard cf 3 113 Hasegawa p 0 0 0 0 Devereaux cf I 0 0 0 Nevin ph I 0 I I Park p 10 0 0 Howard rf 2 0 0 0 Totals 34 2 1 2 Totals 30 4 6 4 CHICAGO Durham 2b Cameron cf FThomas lb Norton lb Belle If Snopek 3b Ventura 3b Foulke p Karchner p MOrdonez rf JAbboft If O'Brien c Rizzo p Sierra rf Caruso ss Sirotka p Baldwin p Kreuterc ARIZONA ab r h bl 3 10 0 DWhlte cf 2 111 JBell ss 3 0 2 1 TLee lb 1 0 0 0 MWIIms3b 4 0 10 FRdrgz p 0 0 0 0 YBenltez If 4 0 0 0 K Garcia rf 0 0 0 0 Stinnett c 0 0 0 0 Fabregasc 3 0 0 0 Cr Jones rf 1 0 0 0 Brede It 3 0 0 0 Batista 2b 0 0 0 0 Dellucci ph 1 0 0 0 Suppan p 4 110 Adamson p 10 11 Meulens ph 1 0 0 0 Manuel p 1 0 1 0 Fox 3b 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 10 3 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 10 0 0 10 0 0 10 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Sosa's off-season regimen involved boyhood haunts 34 9 8 8 Totals 32 3 7 3 Totals 100 000 001 -2 -4 Anaheim Los Angeles By Paul Pederson Special to The Palm Beach Post E Eenhoorn, DiSarcina, Prince. DP Anaheim 1. LOB Anaheim 8, Los Angeles 4. 2B-Edmonds, Prince. HR -Salmon (6), Zeile lit. Hubbard (2). CS-Salmon, Guer JUPITER Sammy rero. San Francisca 000 000 008 8 Oakland 101 300 01x -4 E Kent, Johnson, Giambi. DP San Francisco 2, Oakland 1. LOB-San Francisco 9, Oakland 9. 2B Henderson, Grieve, Blowers. SB Howard, Henderson. SF Mack San Francisca IP H R ER BB SO Gardner L,0-1 5 6 5 4 4 1 Rodriguez 1 1 0 0 2 0 Reed I 1 0 0 0 0 Tavarez 1 1110 1 Oakland IP N R ER BB SO HayneiW.4-1 3 2 0 0 2 3 Small 2 3 0 0 0 2 Groom 1 0 0 0 0 0 Mathews I 1 0 0 0 2 Taylor I 1 0 0 0 0 Fetters I 1 0 0 0 1 Sosa remembers his roots and refuses to leave them behind. The Chicago Cubs right Chic.oe(A) 119 919 900-3 Arizona 909 909 000-9 E Fabregas. DP Chicago 1, Arizona 1. LOB Chicago 5, Arizona 9. 7B Cameron, Bene. SB Cameron. Caruso. Kreuter. Chicago IP M R ER BB SO Sirotka W.3-2 2 3 0 0 0 1 Baldwin 4 2 0 0 1 2 Rizzo I 2 0 0 0 0 Foulke 1 t 0 0 0 0 Karchner S.I 1 1 0 0 0 1 Arizona IP H R ER BB SO Suppan L.l-3 3 4 2 2 1 3 Adamson 4 3 1111 Manuel I 0 0 0 1 0 FRodriguez 1 0 0 0 0 2 Late Saturday Angels 7, Dodgers 6 Anaheim IP H R ER BB SO McDowell L.l-2 e 6 4 4 1 5 Olivares I 0 0 0 0 0 Hasegawa 1 0 0 0 1 1 Las Angeles IP H R ER BB SO Park W.2-0 3 2 1 1 0 2 Dreifort 2 2 0 0 1 2 Flores 2 1 0 0 2 1 Lankford 1 0 0 0 0 0 Bruske S.I I 3 10 0 1 fielder spends much of his off-season in the Dominican Republic where he grew up, Berryhill. WP-Fetters PB-T-2 38 A-13,777. WP-McOowell. T-217. A-24,721. getting reacquainted with people who were his friends before he became a power- Reds 9, Tigers O hitting star. CINCINNATI ab r h bl akrsM DETROIT Hunter cf Sosa, when not in his 2 0 10 Stynes rf 4 110 3 2 19 Miami or Chicago homes, 2 8 0 0 Greene lb 3 0 10 Sullivan p 1 0 0 0 White 8 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 leader with 478, still hopes : to catch on with another i team. Smith refused a : request Friday to go to Class ; AAA Omaha so that the team could protect pitchers Jim ; Pittsley and Brian Bevley. "I ; don't want to go to Triple A . for a month or so ... " Smith ' said. "That's kind of a weak act for somebody with 18 years in the big leagues to be waiting for somebody to screw up." New York Yankees: Hideki Irabu, who refused to negotiate with the Padres after they obtained his rights from the Japanese League in 1 997, finally will pitch in San Diego today - against San Diego State. Oakland Athletics: Rickey - .Henderson, making his first appearance before his hometown fans since signing with Oakland in January, had a two-run double in a 6-0 win against San Francisco. Seattle Mariners: MVP Ken Griffey finished spring Vith a .377 average with four homers and 25 RBI. travelsthree hours four days a week from his house in 8 0 0 0 RSanderspk 1112 0 0 8 0 Watkins If 0 0 0 8 Bartee ph-cf Randa 3b Roberts ph Brocail p Jones p Incaviglia ph Higginton rf Clark lb SiddaH lb kindle old friendships and improve his conditioning. "I work out at my orginal stadium with those I grew up with and who followed me through my career," said Sosa, who has 178 home runs as a Cub (207 total), the ninth-highest in club history. "I have old friends w ho pitch to me, work out with me and some who come out just to watch me." Sosa, who's career average is 257. finished the spring hitting .424 with nine home runs and 25 RBI. "This is the best spring he's ever had," said Chicago manager Jim Riggleman. "The reasons are that he's an extremely talented guy and, knock on wood, he has not gotten hurt. With the ability he has, even sitting out all winter, he can put it back together quickly when he gets going in spring training." Noteworthy: The Expos will play an exhibition game against Class AAA Ottawa at 12:35 p.m. today at Roger Dean Stadium. General admission scats will be LOS ANGELES ebrhbi akrkM 3 110 EcYoung lb 3 110 1 0 0 8 Lanklord p 0 9 9 9 1 2 2 3 Guthrie p 9 0 9 9 10 10 Howard rf 0 0 0 0 119 0 Ashley ph 19 0 0 1 9 9 9 Ingram rf 0 0 0 0 2 0 11 Hllndswrth If 4 13 1 4 0 0 0 Piazza c 4 110 1 0 0 0 Radinsky p 9 9 9 9 4 9 9 9 Znle lb 3 119 4 0 0 0 Mondesirf 3 12 1 9 9 9 0 Devereaux rf 0 9 9 9 4 12 2 4 111 8 9 0 0 Mariners 8, Rockies 7 SEATTLE COLORAOO ab r h bl ab r h bl Cora 2b 3 2 3 1 Goodwin cf 4 I I I Huson 2b-3b 2 0 0 0 Bates u 3b 4 111 Rodriguez SS 4 0 0 9 Walker rf 10 0 0 Franklin p 0 0 9 9 Clemente rf 4 9 I I Brito 2b 1 0 9 9 Bichette If 1118 Grittey Jr cf 3 113 Burks ph 10 9 0 Gipson cf 1 0 0 0 Munoz p 8 0 0 9 Segui lb 3 0 0 0 Brown ion p 0 0 0 0 Wilkins lb 2 119 Dipo'o p 9 9 9 0 Buhner rf 3 111 CesMle 3b 19 10 Cradle rf lilt Sexton ss-tf 1199 Hill It 1 9 9 9 Helton lb 4 9 10 Espine 1 0 9 9 Perez pr-SS 19 0 9 Davis lb 4 0 0 0 Linano lb 4 119 Ayala p 9 9 9 9 Maflwarmg c3 I I I Mariano c 9 9 9 9 Wright p 19 9 9 Wilson c 3 119 Veres p 9 9 9 9 Spolieric p 9 9 9 9 Colbrunn lb 1 I I I Chrysler p 9 9 9 9 Cloud 19 19 ossy s 19 9 9 Totals 39 9 tl 9 Totals 15 1 19 8 1 8 0 0 Young lb 3 0 0 0 Perez It 1 8 8 0 Belinda p 1 0 0 9 Shaw p Santo Domingo to his first residence in San Pedro de Macoris. with a .429 average with three homers and 13 RBI Houston Astros: Had six consecutive hits to start the game in Sunday's 10-5 victory against Texas. Los Angeles Dodgers: Outfielder Billy Ashley, who has spent the past six seasons as a part-time left fielder and pinch-hitter with the Dodgers, refused an outright assignment to Class AAA Albuquerque and elected to become a free agent. New York Mets: Traded right-hander Juan Acevedo to St. Louis for left-hander Rigo Beltran. Acevedo was 3-1 with a 3.59 ERA in two starts and 23 relief appearances last season, striking out 33 in 47 innings. Beltran pitched in 35 games with St. Louis in 1 997, going 1 -2 with a 3.48 ERA. Pittsburgh Pirates: Keith Osik's home run Sunday was the Pirates' first in seven games. St Louis Cardinals: Mark McGwire hit his seventh homer of the spring in the Cardinals' 3-2 victory against the Pirates. San Diego Padres: Andy Ashby, whose final spring start was rained out Sunday, will throw on the side today when the Padres play Class AA Mobile and will start Thursday in Cincinnati. ANAHEIM Erstad lb Hale lb Edmonds cf OPaimeirocf Mashore cf Homns3b Scarsone 3b Salmon rf Thurman rf GAndersonlf Martin 7b Percivel p Nevin c MeHendc DiSarcina ss Eenhoorn ss KMM p James p Detucia p Horn p 2 0 8 9 Nunnally cf Eastey 7b 9 9 9 9 4 113 4 0 19 3 9 8 9 "I'm never going to for Catalanotto 2b 1 8 1 0 Harris ?b Gonzalez If 2 0 0 9 Fordvce c 99 90 Alroso It 18 10 Osune p get where I came from," said 1 8 0 8 TauDenseec 10 0 9 2 0 0 8 Jackson u 3 0 0 8 1 8 8 0 Reese pn-u 189 9 2 110 1119 Sosa, who was 0-for-l with a walk and a run scored in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the 1000 4 114 4 90 9 3 9 00' 9 99 9 19 9 9 199 1 0 8 0 Prince C 3 110 Konertto lb 1 0 0 8 Hubbard cf 119 0 Vizcaino sa 9999 Castro ss 1 9 99 Nomop 9 9 9 9 Guerrero 2b 9 9 9 9 1119 1 8 4 ratals 1 8 0 0 Cooke P 1 8 0 8 A Boon 3b 1889 0 8 8 0 10 0 8 9 8 8 9 19 9 9 Oliver c Casanova c Ripken ss Fanes ss SSanders p Miles p Mora ph Duran p os3 Tetajs Detroit Cincinnati 171 Seam Colorado Botick Rt Montreal Expos on Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium. 31494 3S 9 11 8 21 9 3 9 Totals at an 1 si9 909 aze-4 W c -f La Angeles "Just because of the play E-Cloude. Ayala LOB-Settl i. Colorado M 28 Cora I Buhner. Castitla. Bates. Clement. Cotbrunn HR-Buhnr (71. Cradle ill SB-Goodwm CS-ood- wm. Cas'itia S-Ctoude. WrgM, Lirieno Seattle IP H ER BB SO E tnorem. Ze-ie. Castro DP Anaheim I. er that I am. I don't want to E Rios OP-Detroit I. Cincinnati 1. LOB-Detroit t Cincinnati TB-Kafftfa. Catalanotto 3B-RSndrs HR-fwnnily (21 CS-Hunter Los Aige 9 LOB Anaheim Los Angeles I TB-tdmOno. Moiiendsworth MR Edmonds lit konenio li) SB Scarsone. Zeile forget my people," said Sosa. CS Maie. Monoev 29. "It's mv pleasure to trav CR BB SO Detroit Cloude Franklin Avaia Spoiiaric W.3-9 Chrysler S I el back and forth to see them over a couple months." SSanrtL.9-3 Miles Ouren BroraM Jones Cetera ER BB SO H R Sosa, who is the only Cincinnati (P N R ER BB SO Anahewn IP H R ER BB SO KHiU 5 4 4 4 19 James I 191 Driucia I I koto 1 I Prcivi 14 "i I 9 9 1 Lee Angelas fP H B E R BB SO Nomo 5 1 5 3 3 1 Lanxer 1 1 1091 Gumne ( 1 9 9 i Osuna Hi 9 4 9 9 1 BaainsavLH I 2 199 player in Cubs history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases Texas Rangers: Jose Guzman ended his comeback with Texas by retinng. Guzman, 34. was 1 -0 with a 2.53 ERA in six appearances this spnng after signing a minor-league contract with the Rangers in Japuary. $5. Sunday's game between the Expos and Cubs was the first Grapefruit League game between the two teams. Wr.gM S 9 4 4 3 1 Veres I 9 9 9 9 1 Munoz 1 9 9 9 9 9 B'ownson I 1 9 9 9 1 D.pctoL-! 1 1119 1 HBP-bv Cloud fMenwerlng). by Wf 91 i M II ) WP-Ayaia. Brewnso PB Marian T-3 02 A -72 J? Coot W.l-l 5 Siitl'ven I Whit t Belinda I Shew I WP-SSear T-l A-1197 in one season (he did it twice in 1993 and '95). uses his time in his homeland to re

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