Thursday, March 28, 2002

Baseball notebook

Expos release Canseco to go with young outfield

The Associated Press

        JUPITER, Fla. — Jose Canseco will not reach his goal of 500 home runs with the Montreal Expos.

        Canseco was given his release by the Expos on Wednesday after being told he would not be an everyday player.

        Canseco, 37, hit .200 with three home runs and five RBI in 14 spring training games.

        The former AL MVP has 462 home runs, putting him 22nd on the career list.

        Manager Frank Robinson said the Expos offered to let him play as a regular at Triple-A, but Canseco declined.

        As a DH last year, he hit .258 with 16 homers and 49 RBI in 256 at-bats for the Chicago White Sox.


        Roger Clemens will pitch the regular-season opener in Baltimore on Monday.

        The six-time AL Cy Young Award winner will be making his 12th opening day start, the most since Jack Morris made the last of his 14 season-opening appearances in 1993.

        • Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez will pitch tonight after an MRI exam found no problems with his right elbow.


        Left-hander Jose Rosado returned to the team, agreeing to a minor-league contract.

        Rosado, a two-time AL All-Star selection, has not pitched in the majors since April 30, 2000, and has had two shoulder surgeries since then.

        Rosado, 27, has a 37-45 career record with a 4.27 ERA. He was 2-0 with a 6.75 ERA in his two exhibition starts.


        Randy Wolf, who was to be the No.2 starter, will open the year on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his elbow.

        The Phillies also placed reliever Turk Wendell on the 60-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his right elbow, and released pitcher Pete Schourek.

        Schourek, who was fighting for the second left-handed reliever spot in the bullpen, had allowed eight runs and 16 hits in nine innings.


        New York claimed a pair of players off waivers, getting outfielder Chris Latham from the Toronto Blue Jays and first baseman Andy Tracy from the Montreal Expos.

        Latham was expected to join the Mets today. Tracy was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

        Latham, 28, hit .274 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 43 games for Toronto last season.


        Baseball's chief operating officer said he was surprised Wednesday that the players' union interpreted the commissioner's no-lockout pledge as a possible prelude to a change in work rules after the World Series.

        “Our pledge to protect the integrity of the season was designed to allay the concerns of our fans and the players,” Bob DuPuy said.

        Union head Donald Fehr immediately reacted to Selig's statement, interpreting it as a threat to either change work rules or lock out players right after the World Series. Fehr was not available Wednesday.


        • Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 6 — Jon Lieber outpitched Randy Johnson as Chicago defeated Arizona.

        Lieber, tuning up for his opening day start against Cincinnati on Monday, pitched five scoreless innings.

        This was his sixth start of the exhibition season, and he wound up pitching 26 innings with six walks, 17 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA.

        “I'm definitely pleased with the results,” said Lieber, a 20-game winner last year.

        • Brewers 9, White Sox 5 — Geoff Jenkins hit two of Milwaukee's five homers. Jenkins has five homers this spring.

        Neugebauer helped himself by hitting a solo homer.

        • Padres 4, Mariners 1 — San Diego's opening day starter, Kevin Jarvis, allowed one run and three hits over five innings in his final spring tuneup.

        • Twins 9, Rangers 8 — Texas starter Chan Ho Park left his final spring start with a mild hamstring strain Wednesday, but the injury isn't expected to keep him from making his opening day start.

        • Rockies 8, Angels 6 — Mike Hampton tuned up for his opening day start by pitching 5 2/3 innings. Hampton gave up four earned runs and six hits in his final spring start.

        • Cardinals 7, Mets 2 — Second baseman Roberto Alomar and first baseman Mo Vaughn made errors that helped give St. Louis four runs in the third inning.

        • Expos 8, Dodgers 4 — The Expos scored six runs off former teammate Guillermo Mota in the sixth inning. Obtained in a four-player trade Saturday, Mota did not retire a batter as he gave up four singles and a walk and hit one.

        SHORT HOPS:

        Texas closer Jeff Zimmerman is expected to miss the first month of the season because of tendinitis in his right elbow. Texas reliever Jay Powell is expected to be placed on the disabled list with tendinitis of the middle finger on his pitching hand.

        • Outfielder Karim Garcia, who batted over .300 in five weeks with Cleveland last season but couldn't win a job during training camp, was waived by the Indians on Wednesday.

        • The Minnesota Twins settled their outfield Wednesday by optioning Michael Cuddyer and Bobby Kielty to Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League.


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