Saturday, March 15, 2003

Tigers 10, Reds 5; Red Sox 8, Reds 5

Enquirer staff and wire reports

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dmitri Young had a home run and an RBI single Friday to help the Detroit Tigers beat his former Cincinnati Reds teammates 10-5 in a split-squad game.

At Fort Myers, the Boston Red Sox beat the Reds 8-5.

Starter Jose Acevedo looked strong early, striking out six Tigers in the first two innings, but then allowed a two-run homer by Kevin Witt as three Cincinnati errors led to five unearned runs in the third.

"I threw good," said Acevedo. "I tried to be more consistent. I wanted to throw a slider away to Witt. He surprised me. He usually doesn't hit it that way."

Acevedo was optioned to Triple-A Louisville following the game.

Detroit starter Matt Roney made his fourth spring appearance. Detroit obtained him from Pittsburgh for cash after the Pirates claimed him in the minor league Rule 5 draft this winter.

Roney (2-0) has allowed a home run in each appearance, including a leadoff homer by Felipe Lopez to start a four-run third inning for Cincinnati.

Reds reliever Scott Williamson tested the middle finger on his right hand, which was injured when he reached for a ground ball bare handed March 1. He pitched to four batters in the fourth inning and allowed the home run to Young.

Red Sox 8, Reds 5

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Kevin Millar and Doug Mirabelli each homered off Cincinnati reliever Kent Mercker as the Boston Red Sox beat a Reds' split-squad 8-5 Friday.

Trot Nixon also homered leading off the bottom of the first, and Manny Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra added two hits each for Boston.

Brandon Larson hit a solo home run and Kelly Stinnett added a three-run homer for the Reds.

Boston starter John Burkett gave up two runs in the second but otherwise looked strong, striking out four, including Ken Griffey Jr., in four innings. It was his first win of spring training.

"I went a little backward with my fastball, didn't really have the location I would like to have, but my breaking stuff's getting better and better every time," Burkett said. "I really liked my curveball, my slider was probably a lot better than at any time last year."

Reds starter Jimmy Haynes gave up four runs in three innings and took the loss.

"This was his worst game of the spring, but this is about the dead arm time right now," manager Bob Boone said.

Boone was more impressed with right-hander Jeff Austin, who gave up one hit and no runs in three innings of relief.

"That's only the second time he's been on the mound this spring, so he did a nice job," he said.

Boston went ahead 2-0 in the first on Nixon's homer and a bases-loaded walk by Shea Hillenbrand. Cincinnati drew even in the top of the second on Larson's home run and Juan Castro's RBI single.

Hillenbrand and Jeremy Giambi drove in runs for Boston in the fourth, before Millar and Mirabelli homered off Mercker in the fifth.

Frank Castillo got the save for Boston, giving up one hit in two innings.

The arms: Jimmy Haynes, the projected Opening Day starter, gave up four runs on six hits in three innings against the Red Sox. Kent Mercker, who was having a good spring, gave up four runs on four hits in one inning. Jeff Austin pitched three innings of two-hit, shutout ball. In the Detroit game, Jose Acevedo allowed seven runs - two earned - in three innings.

The bats: Ken Griffey Jr.'s eight-game hitting streak was snapped in the Boston game. He went 0-for-2. Brandon Larson and Kelly Stinnett homered.

The rest: Gookie Dawkins made three errors in the Detroit game - thus the five unearned runs.

Up next: The Reds play the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. Ryan Dempster (2-0, 5.40 ERA) faces Brad Thomas (0-1, 4.50). The game begins at 1:05 p.m. and is on WLW (700-AM).

Tigers 10, Reds 5

Bocachica cf5110Lopez ss3111
Easley 2b4110DMateo 2b1110
Morris 2b1000Guerrero 3b3110
Higginson rf4010Williams p0000
Monroe rf1100White p0000
DYoung 3b4222Miller ph-c2000
Chapman 3b1112Dunn lf2100
Lombard lf3210Randall p0000
Eckensthler p0000Dransfeldt ph1011
Pearson p0000Guillen rf5111
MWalker ph1000RMateo cf4011
Klassen ss1000LaRue c2000
Halter ss4131Heredia p0000
JWalker p0000Smitherman lf1000
Perez ph0000Pena 1b-3b4010
Santana p0000Dawkins 2b-ss3000
Witt 1b4112Acevedo p0000
Haselman c4000Gubanich ph1000
Cancel c1000Williamson p0000
Roney p2011Stenson ph-1b2010
EYoung lf1000
Detroit (ss)025100002-10
Cincinnati (ss)004000001-5

E-Bocachica, Dawkins, LaRue, DYoung. DP-Detroit 2, Cincinnati 1. LOB-Detroit 7, Cincinnati 8. 2B-Easley, Dransfeldt. HR-Lopez (2), Witt (1), DYoung (1), Chapman (1). SB-Lombard (2), EYoung (1).

Roney W, 2-03 1-344342
Eckenstahler1 2-300000
Acevedo L, 0-1377216

HBP-by Randall (EYoung), by Eckenstahler (LaRue). T-2:45. A-3,391.

Red Sox 8, Reds 5

Larkin ss4000Nixon cf4111
Cruz 1b1000Collier cf1010
Boone 2b4000Walker 2b3000
Encarnacion ss1000Merloni 2b2000
Griffey Jr cf2000Garciaparra ss3220
Denorfia lf2000Neives pr-ss0000
Larson dh4111Ramirez lf3021
Casey 1b4000Abad pr-lf2110
Bergolla 2b0000Ortiz dh1110
Brown lf-cf4220Millar ph-dh2112
Taylor rf4120Snyder ph-dh1000
Stinnett c2113Hillenbrand 1b2112
Perez ph-c1010Zuleta 1b1000
Castro 3b4031Giambi rf3021
Brown pr-rf1000
Mueller 3b3000
Boran 3b1000
Mirabelli c3111
Smith c0000
Cincinnati (ss)020003000-5

DP-Cincinnati 1. LOB-Cincinnati 7, Boston 9. 2B-Ramirez, Ortiz, Hillenbrand, Giambi. HR-Larson (1), Stinnett (2), Nixon (2), Milaar (3), Mirabelli (1). SB-Brown 2 (3), Collier (1), Smith (1).

Haynes L, 0-1364422
Burkett W, 1-0442204
Castillo S, 1210000
HBP-by Burkett (Stinnett).

T-2:41. A-7,664.

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