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i tm t i n n" i i ' ' 1 THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 11C Around the horn Ml 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. V&Qr 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. 1 IN 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 Floyd wakes up; Exhibition standings Red Sox 6, Braves 2 Marlins 13, Devil Rays 6 Mets 4, Orioles 2 ATLANTA NEW YORK ab r h bi ab r h bl BALTIMORE ab r h bl Alomar 2b 3 0 0 0 Weiss ss with four hits 3 0 11 3 0 3 1 10 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Belliard ss Tucker rf FLORIDA ab r h bi Floyd If 5)40 Renterla ss 6 2 3 1 Sheffield dh 3 2 11 Eisenreich rf a 2 2 I Jackson lb 4 0 0 0 Davis rf Webster c 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 Edmndsn p Palmeiro lb 10 0 0 10 0 0 3 0 0 0 TAMPA BAY ab r h bl McCrckn cf 3 2 10 Cairo 2b 4 12 0 Oogos 3b 4 0 2 3 McGrltf lb 4 10 0 Trommell If 10 0 0 Butler If 10 0 0 Sorrento dh 3 112 Flaherty c 3 0 11 Difellcec 1000 Martinez rf 4 0 0 0 Stocker ss 3 10 0 Totals 31 a 7 t Perez c C Jones 3b Malloy3b 10 12 Guillen lb Carter dh Ripken 3b Minor 3b 10 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BOSTON Grcprr ss Valentin 3b Gordon p Varitek c Vaughn lb Eckersley p Benjamin 3b Hatteberg c Wasdin p O'Leary If Lewis cf Corsi p Jefferson lb Bragg rf Buford cf Sadler 2b Galarraaa lb 3 1 10 4 110 5 111 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 12 0 3 0 10 0 0 0 0 110 0 2 111 10 10 Lee lb Kotsay cf Johnson c Counsell 2b Booty 3b AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. Boston 20 8 .714 Texas 21 10 .677 Baltimore 17 10 .630 Chicago 19 13 .594 Oakland 18 13 .581 Seattle 18 13 .581 New York 15 12 .556 Detroit 17 14 .548 Anaheim 16 15 .516 Toronto 16 16 .500 Kansas City 14 15 .483 Cleveland 12 17 .414 Tampa Bay 12 18 .400 Minnesota 13 21 .382 5 2 2 0 6 2 2 2 4 12 0 4 12 4 ab r h bi 3 110 10 0 0 3 0 10 10 0 0 2 111 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 111 3 112 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 2 0 10 2 0 0 0 3 0 10 30 4 7 4 Reboulet ph 10 0 0 Surhoff If 4 0 0 0 McRae cf Lopez ss Alfonzo 3b Orsulak If Gilkey If Reed p Hudek p Wendell p Rojas p Olerud lb Baerga 2b MFranco dh Tatum c Spehrc Ordonez ss Paquette rf Becker rf Totals NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. San Diego 19 10 .655 Los Angeles 18 10 .643 New York 19 11 .633 Houston 17 10 .630 Philadelphia 16 14 .533 Arizona 16 15 .516 Chicago 14 16 .467 Atlanta 13 17 .433 Pittsburgh 13 17 .433 St. Louis 12 16 .429 Colorado 14 19 .424 Cincinnati 13 18 .419 Florida 11 17 .393 Milwaukee 10 22 .313 San Fran. 9 21 .300 Montreal 8 22 .267 Simon lb 10 0 0 Klesko If 3 0 2 0 Bautista If 10 10 Lopez c 3 0 0 1 Ligtenberg pO 0 0 0 Hmmnds cf i 13 1 11 Totals 2 0 10 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 11 Greene c Baines rf Hoiles c Embree p guvw 0 0 0 0 Byrd p 10 0 0 Bordick ss 10 0 0 GrWIIms ph Anderson cf 2 0 10 Florida 000 402 304 -13 Tampa Bay 010 003 200 - 4 E-Trammell, Flaherty. DP-Florido 2, Tampa Bay I. LOB Florida 12, Tampa Bay 7. 2B-Renteria, Kotsay, Cairo. HR Johnson (2), Booty (3), Sorrento (3). SB- 4 0 10 2 0 0 0 Lowe p 30 2 4 2 Cummingsrf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 110 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 Wohlers p Seanez p AJones cf Grttnn 2b Holbert 3b 100 003 000 -4 000 Ml 010 -2 New York (N) Baltimore Renteria, snettieio, noisay t. ar-poggs. IP H R ER BB SO Florida 10 0 0 Millwood p 0 0 0 0 (NOTE: Split-squad garnet count In the standings; games against non-major league teams do not.) E Becker. DP Baltimore 2. LOB New York 5, Baltimore 5. 2B McRae, Olerud. HR-Baerga (I), Hoiles (1). SB-Paquette, Anderson. CS-Spehr, Hammonds. S-Olerud. . Butler p Pride rf Totals Ludwick W.2-0 5 4 3 3 2 3 Gonzalez 1 1 3 3 5 0 Darensbourg 1 10 0 11 Henriquez 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 35 2 9 2 001 100 121 -6 000 011 000 -2 Boston Atlanta IP H R ER BB SO IP H R ER BB SO Tampa Bay New York 5 1 0 0 0 4 IVj 11111 1U 2 1110 IVj 0 0 0 1 0 E-Hatteberg 2, Pride. DP-Boston 1. LOB-Boston 9, Atlanta 7. 2B-Vaugh, Sadler, Weiss, Galarraga, Klesko. 3B-Gar-ciaparra. HR-Valentin (3), Bragg (2). Reed W.2-0 Hudek Wendell Rojas S.2 SB-Lewis, AJones. si- HaTteoerg. H R ER BB SO IP Baltimore 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 GorecklL,l-2 5 7 4 4 2 7 Springer m 7 5 5 3 0 Lopez ' 0 0 0 1 0 Talis 1 1 0 0 0 1 Hernandez ' 4 4 4 1 1 Yan V 0 0 0 0 1 Ludwick pitched to 1 batters in the 6th, Gonzalez pitched to 2 batters In the 7th, Lopez pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. HBP-by Tatis (Lee). WP-Goreckl, Hernandez. PB Johnson, Difelice. T-3:I4. A-13,050. Drabek L.2-2 3 3 1 1 0 2 Kamieniecki 4 4 3 3 1 2 Rodriguez 2 0 0 0 2 2 Reed pitched to 1 batter In the 6th. HBP-by Hudek (Alomar), by Kamieniecki (Gilkey). by Drabek (Baerga). T-2:39. A-29,107. Boston IP H R ER BB SO Lowe 4V 6 1112 Corsi W,l l 1 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 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 Cleveland 4, Atlanta 3 bad Arizona vs. Oakland, ccd., Royals 7, Twins 5 Expos 4, Cubs 3 CHICAGO MONTREAL ab r h bl ab r h bl Morandinl 2b 4 1 1 1 Grdzlnk ss 4 0 0 0 4 1 1 1 3 Vl 3 Millwood Butler Edmondson Ligtenberg L,l-1 Embree Byrd Wohlers Seanez MINNESOTA ab r h bi KANSAS CITY ab rhbi 4 0 10 Marlins 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, Eisenreich 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. L0WLIGHT: 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 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 Astros 10, Rangers 5 5 0 2 0 Urbina p 0 0 0 0 110 0 McGuire lb 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 Carrcf 4 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 Stovall rf 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 Fullmer lb 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Bennett p 0 0 0 0 3 111 White If 2 0 10 4 0 2 0 Telford p 0 0 0 0 3 0 10 Vidro ph-2b 110 0 3 0 0 1 Sntngl 2b 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 3 0 3 0 0 1 3 0 11 110 0 3 0 0 0 10 10 3 0 0 1 Blauser ss Sosa rf Mieske rf Grace lb Mahaffey p Houston c Rodriguez If Orie 3b Brown cMb Servaisc Stevens p Adams p Nixon cf Lawton cf Meares ss Gates 3b Molitor dh Cordova If Coomer 3b Hocking ss Merced lb Ortiz lb Steinbach c Valentin c rVhoa rf TEXAS Damon cf Offerman 2b Halter 2b Morris If Young rf King lb Vitiello lb Pendleton dh Palmer 3b Hansen 3b Sutton rf-lf Sweeney c Macfarlane c 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 ab r h bi McLmr 2b Today's games ab r h bl 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 110 10 0 0 3 12 1 0 0 0 0 Mordecai ss 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 Andrews 3b 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 4 0 10 0 1 0 Widgerc Hernandez ph Hall lb Alicea 3b Tatis 3b Greer If Newson If Gonzalez rf Sheldon 2b Clark lb Walker 2b HOUSTON Biggio 2b Bogar 2b Bell dh Bagwell lb Howell lb Everett rf Alou If Clark It Hidalgo cf Gutierrez ss Spiers 3b Ausmus c Eusebioc Martinez ss 2 0 0 0 2 112 10 0 0 3 0 2 1 33 4 1 3 Totals 36 5 11 3 2 110 3 12 0 5 12 3 2 110 2 0 0 0 5 3 3 0 2 112 3 2 2 1 5 0 3 3 5 0 2 1 5 0 10 3 0 10 10 0 0 7 17 5 40 Totals 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. Steenstra p 2 0 0 0 Chavez c Lowery ph-cf 2 0 0 0 Vazquez p May If Totals 35 3 10 3 Totals 2 0 0 0 3 111 10 10 2 0 12 2 0 0 0 Kansas City 202 000 030 7 202 000 010 -5 Minnesota Haselman c Damon, Nixon, Haney, Hocking, Vi 200 001 000 000 004 OOx Chicago (N) Montreal Rodriguez c 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 Simms rf tiello. DP-Kansas City I, Minnesota 1. LOB-Kansas City II, Minnesota 7. 2B-Molitor, Martinez, Vitiello, Ortiz. SB Nix- E Telford, Mieske, Blauser. DP Montreal 1. LOB-Chlcogo 9, Montreal 8. 2B-Carr, May, Blauser. HR-Morondlnl (1). Tuesday's games 4 0 10 10 10 2 10 0 3 10 0 34 S 9 5 Stevens dh Elster ss Cedeno ss Norman cf Totals Hansen. cs Morns, ucnoo, xuuuy. King, Cordova, Steinbach. SB-Hernandez, is-orace. SF IP IP H R ER BB SO H R ER BB SO K,ntat City Chicago 5 5 0 0 0 1 500 020 111 -10 012 200 000 - S Houston Texas Steenstra Mahaffey Stevens L, 1-2 Adams S 0 3 3 3 0 t'i 2 110 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 Haney 5 Montgomery 1 Pittsley W.1-0 1 Whisenant 1 Service S,2 1 IP H R ER BB SO Montreal 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." Booty call: And the 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. 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-Gutier-rez. HR Bell (2), Gonzalez (3). CS-Bogar, Gutierrez. SF-McLemore. H R ER BB SO IP Minnesota 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 1 5-1 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 1 2-9), 4: 10 p.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. Vazquez 4 4 2 2 14 Telford W.2-2 2 3 1 1 1 3 Urbina 1 1 0 0 0 0 Bennett S,l 2 2 0 0 1 1 HBP-by Vazquez (Brown). T-2:36. A-6,425. H R ER BB SO IP Radke 5 9 4 3 2 4 Ritchie L.0-1 3 8 3 2 1 3 Aguilera 1 0 0 0 1 1 HBP-by Service (Gates). T-2:55. A-3,749. Houston Schourek W.l-l Magnante Cabrera Henry Wagner Lima Blue Jays 4, Phillies 1 Indians 13, Brewers 7 PHILADELPHIA IP H R ER BB SO Texas CLEVELANO TORONTO ab rh bl ab r It bi Glanville cf 3 0 0 0 ab r It bl Gonzalez ss 3 2 110 Adriana 2b MILWAUKEE ab r h bl Vina 2b 5 12 0 DJones p 0 0 0 0 Cirillo3b 3 110 Loretta 3b-2b 110 0 Oliver L.3-1 Pavlik Santana Gunderson Fernandez 2b Lofton cf Sexton rf Vizquel ss Wilson ss Justice dh 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 2 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 4 10 0 Baseball updates Call 511 and enter Hudier cf Dawkins cf Jefferles If Amaro If Rolen 3b Ariat 1h-tt Crabtree HBP-by Henry (Alicea). WP-Oliver. Jaha lb 2000 Hamelin lb 2 10 0 10 0 0 1 ipherthal c 2 0 1 1 3 3 11 3 0 3 1 Cardinals 3, Pirates 2 Parent c 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 I 1 I I 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 these codes to hear final 5111 ST. LOUIS Burnitz rf Grissom dh Hughes ph 3b Valentin ss Newfield If Ownes cf Matheny c Levis c MRamirez rf 2 1 1 2 Berroa If 3 0 10 Thome lb 3 0 0 0 Lovullo 3b 1110 Fryman 3b 2 110 Manto3b-1b 12 10 Giles If-cf 4 2 2 2 Alomar c 2 111 Borders ph-c 12 12 Dunston 2b 2 0 10 Branson 2b 2 12 3 Totals 35 13 15 12 10 0 1 5 0 2 1 3 0 12 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 Plesac p Escobar p Fletcher ph Myers p Risley p Green rf Herrera rf Canseco If Crespo It Stanley lb Samuel pr-lb Sprague 3b Evans pr-3b Cruz cf Sanders cf Brown c Williams p ab r h bl 3 0 10 110 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 PITTSBURCH ab r h bl Womack 2b 2 0 0 0 Strange 3b 10 0 0 Polcovich ss 4 0 1 0 Martin If 3 0 0 0 Chrstnsn p 0 0 0 0 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 3 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 30 1 3 1 Brogna lb Bottalico p Winston p Royster ph Lewis 2b Flores 2b Sefcik rt Relaford ss Hull 3b Green p Spradlin p Jordan lb Totals Wilkins p recaps for all spring training games. Lines updated immediately following the games. 50C for up to five minutes. See 2A for more details: Milwaukee 201 Ml 300 -7 122 104 30 X -13 Cleveland Clayton ss Howard ss DeShields2b Bell ph-2b McGwire lb Hunter lb Lanktord cf Jordan rt Mabry rf Gant II Aybar p Looper p Gaetti 3b Lampkin c Mercker p McGee If Totals llu.., Martin AAntft flP AAil- 0 0 0 0 0 0 44 4 3 0 2 0 10 0 0 3 111 10 0 1 4 12 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 3 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 36 3 11 2 Grebeck 2b-ss 1 Totals 29 waukee 4, Cleveland I. LOB-Milwaukee 0, .... .l-.. 1 tO !... Ilia BrinlAH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 4 110 3 0 10 0 0 0 0 3 12 2 2 0 0 0 10 10 32 2 8 2 Tabaka p Gregg ph Young lb Ward cf Guillen rf Garcia 3b Miyake2b Osik c Loaiza p Smith If Totals iievcianu .. to uf'muiii, ... ......... 010 000 300 -4 100 000 000 -1 Toronto Philadelphia 2 HR Giles, MKamirez, tomar. ao- Vina Cirillo, ounston. sr wewneia, Hughes. E Gonzalez, Relaford. DP Toronto 1. LOB Toronto 2, Philadelphia 4. 2B Lieberthal. 3B-Crespo. HR-Conseco (3). Brown (1). CS-Sprague, Gonzalez. IP H R ER BB SO Milwaukee M2 000 100 -3 010 010 000 -2 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 the Milwaukee Brewers. St. Louis Pittsburgh IP Toronto Mercedes L.2-1 Woodard Fox Myers Wickman D Jones i. xa.bar no-t milt 1. H R ER BB SO 110 12 0 0 0 0 2 AL notebook NL notebook l'i Pittsburgh 1. LOB-St. Louis 9, Pittsburgh 4. 2B-Lampkin 2, Polcovich, DeShields. HR McGwire (7), Osik (2). SB-Lonkford. Williams Plesac W.1-0 Sanders Myers Risley S.l IP H R ER BB SO Cleveland CS-DeShields. St--Hunter. H R ER BB SO IP H R ER BB SO St. Louis Philadelphia Karsay W.1-1 Shuey Martin Morman 4 2 5 0 0 1 0 I 0 0 0 1 0 I 0 5 6 2 2 1 3 313 2 0 0 0 3 Vj 0 0 0 0 0 Post Staff and Wire Reports Anaheim Angels: Jack McDowell allowed four runs and six hits in Sunday's 4-2 Mercker Aybar W.l-2 Looper S.4 Mesa Green 6 Spradlin L.0-2 1 Bottalico 1 Winston 1 T-2 03. A-3,565. HBP-by Mercedes (Lofton). PB-Math- IP H R ER BB SO Pittsburgh eny. T 2:51. A-12.974. Athletics 6, Giants O Loaiza 6 8 2 1 7 Christiansen L.0-1 1 2 1110 Wilkins 1 1 0 0 0 0 Tabaka 1 0 0 0 0 0 White Sox 3, D'backs O Dodgers 4, Angels 2 SAN FRANCISCO ab r h bi I nt ANGELES OAKLAND ab r h bl Henderson If 2 1 1 2 ANAHEIM Edmonds cf 3 0 2 0 10 0 0 110 1 ARIZONA ab r h bi Young 2b 2 0 0 0 Guerrero 2b 2 0 0 0 Vizcaino ss 2 0 0 0 Mack If Hinch c CHICAGO Durham ?b 2 0 0 0 Castro ss Hamilton cf Diaz cf Mueller 3b Howard 3b Bonds If Benard If Kent 2b Delgado 2b Snow lb 2 0 10 10 0 0 10 0 0 3 13 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 11 ab r h bl 3 10 0 2 111 3 0 2 1 10 0 0 4 0 10 3 0 0 0 Konerko lb Molina c Ardoin lb Grieve rf Voigt rf Stairs dh ab r h bi 3 0 10 3 0 0 0 3 0 10 10 0 0 3 12 1 10 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 10 10 0 0 10 0 0 110 0 10 10 Mitchell dh 3 0 10 10 10 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 3 0 10 10 0 0 3 0 10 10 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 3 0 10 4 0 10 10 0 0 2 0 0 0 Bruske p Zeile 3b Ingram 2b Mondesi rf Dreifort p Luke ph Flores D 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 1 10 0 0 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Giambi lb Rjarruhill e 10 0 0 Palmeiro cf Hollins 3b Bolick 3b Salmon rf Mashore rf Fielder lb Anderson If Thurman It Walbeck c Holland c Eenhoorn 2b DiSarcina ss Scarsone 2b McDowell p Erstad ph Olivares p Hasegawa p Nevm ph Magadan 3b 1 0 0 0 ab r h bi 4 0 0 0 4 0 10 3 0 10 4 0 0 0 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 34 0 I 0 DWhitecf JBell ss TLee lb MWIIms 3b FRdrgz p YBenitez If KGarcia rf Stinnett c Fabregasc CrJones rf Brede if Batista 2b Dellucci ph Suppan p Adamson p Meulens ph Manuel p Fox 3b Cameron cf FThomas lb Norton lb Belle If Snopek 3b Ventura 3b Foulke p Karchner p MOrdonez rf jAbbott If O'Brien c Rizzo p Sierra rf Caruso ss Sirotka p Baldwin p Kreuterc Maynec Javier rf JaCruz rf Hayes dh Johnson c Aurilia ss Sanchez ss Lanktord p I nOiu-a c 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 4 110 10 11 10 0 0 10 10 Wood SS 2IOO Spiezio 2b 2 10 0 Bournigal ss 2 0 0 0 Blowers 3b 2 12 0 Chrstnsn cf 2 0 0 0 McDonald cf 1 0 0 0 Totals 32 4 9 6 Hllndswrth If 3 0 0 0 Prinm r 3 110 3 0 10 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 I I Sosa's off-season regimen involved boyhood haunts Hubbard cf 2 113 Devereaux cfl 0 0 0 Park p 10 0 0 Howard rf 2 0 0 0 Totals 30 4 t 4 34 2 7 2 Totals 32 3 7 3 Totals San Francisco 000 MO 000 -0 Oakland 101 300 OH -6 E-Kent, Johnson, Giambi. DP San Francisco 2, Oakland I. LOB-San Francisco 9, Oakland 9. 2B-Henderson, Grieve, Blowers. SB-Howard, Henderson. SF- Mack. San Francisco IP H R IR BB SO Gardner L.0-1 5 6 5 4 4 1 Rodriguez 1 1 0 0 2 0 Reed 1 1 0 0 0 0 Tavarez 1 I I I 0 I Oakland IP N R ER BB SO Anaheim IN MO Ml -2 Los Angeles 040 000 OOx 4 E-Eenhoorn, DiSarcina, Prince. DP Anaheim I. LOB-Anaheim I, Los Angeles 4 2B-Edmonds, Prince. HR -Salmon (6), Zeile (6). Hubbard (2). CS-Salmon, Guer- rero. Anaheim IP H R ER BB SO McDowell L.l-2 4 6 4 4 1 5 Olivares 1 0 0 0 0 0 Hasegawa 1 0 0 0 1 1 Las Ano.1.1 IP H R ER BB SO Park W.2-0 3 2 1 I 0 2 Dreifort 2 2 0 0 I 2 1 is... Lanktord 1 0 0 0 0 0 Bruske S.l 1 2 10 0 1 WP-McDowell. T-2:I7. A-24,721. Chicago (A) "0 010 000 -3 Arizona 000 000 000-0 E-Fabregas. DP Chicago 1, Arizona 1. LOB Chicago 5, Arizona 8 2B Cameron, Belle. SB Cameron, Caruso. Kreuter. Chicago IP H R ER BB SO Sirotka W.3-2 2 3 0 0 0 1 Baldwin 4 2 0 0 2 Ri" ' I 5 2 5 ! Fouike i o ; ; ; Karchner S.2 1 1 0 0 0 1 Arizona IP M R ER BB SO Suppan L. 1-3 3 4 2 2 1 3 Adamson 4 3 I I I I Manuel 1 0 0 0 I 0 FRodriguez 1 0 0 0 0 2 Late Saturday gglgjjjajjpjjajjjjaizajtztjssssejia Angels 7, Dodgers 6 Haynes W.4-1 Small Groom Mathews Taylor Fetters WP-Fetters PB-Berryhill. Post Staff and Wire Reports M 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 2.17 ERA in 29 innings this spring. Colorado Rockies: MVP Larry Walker finished spring 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, stnking out 33 in 47 innings. Beltran pitched in 35 games with St. Louis in 1997, 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 spnng in the Cardinals' 3-2 victory against the Pirates. San Diego Padres: Andy Ashby. whose final spnng start was rained out Sunday, will throw on the side today when the Padres play Class AA Mobile and will start Thursday in Cincinnati. T-2 30 A-13.777. Mariners 8, Rockies 7 toss 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 Leyntz, 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 leader with 478, still hopes to catch on with another 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 1997, will pitch in the Yankees' final exhibition game today in San Diego. 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 with a .377 average with four homers and 25 RBI. Texas Rangers: Jose Guzman ended his comeback with Texas by retmng. Guzman. 34. was 1 -O with a 2.53 ERA in six appearances this spnng after signing a minor-league contract with the Rangers in January. 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' "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 who 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 seats will be $5. ... Sunday's game between the Expos and Cubs was the first Grapefruit League game between the two teams. By Paul Pederson Special to The Palm Beach Post JUPITER Sammy Sosa remembers his roots and refuses to leave them behind. The Chicago Cubs right fielder spends much of his off-season in the Dominican Republic where he grew up, getting reacquainted with people who were his friends before he became a power-hitting star. Sosa, when not in his Miami or Chicago homes, travelsthree hours four days a week from his house in Santo Domingo to his first residence in San Pedro de Macoris. "I'm never going to forget where I came from," said Sosa, who was 0-for-l with a walk and a run scored in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Montreal Expos on Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium. "Just because of the player that I am, I don't want to forget my people," said Sosa, 29. "It's my pleasure to travel back and forth to see them over a couple months." 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