Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Other Spring Training Games

Mariners extend cactus league

PEORIA, Ariz. - Sammy Sosa hit his first homer of the spring and the Chicago Cubs overcame a grand slam by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki to beat the Mariners 10-8 Tuesday in a split-squad game.

The game originally was to be the last at spring training this year for the Mariners. The team was scheduled to travel to Japan on Wednesday for a season-opening series against Oakland next week, but the trip was canceled Tuesday by baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

The Mariners quickly revised their spring training schedule, and will play Texas on Wednesday at Surprise. Seattle will remain in Arizona through at least March 27.

In Tuesday's game, Corey Patterson and Midre Cumming homered for the Cubs.

Chicago closer Antonio Alfonseca strained his right hamstring when he slipped on the grass and fell down while fielding Randy Winn's chopper in the fourth inning. He had to be taken off the field on a cart and an MRI was scheduled for Wednesday.

Seattle's Edgar Martinez went 4-for-4, including a homer, while Sosa had three RBIs.

Mariners starter Jamey Wright gave up six runs, seven hits, six walks and a wild pitch in 4 1-3 innings, allowing a pair of homers. Sosa hit a two-run homer off Wright in the fifth and also had a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Wright has a Triple-A contract that stipulates that the Mariners must tell him by Tuesday if he's made their roster. Otherwise, he becomes a free agent.

"I know he wasn't happy with the outing," Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. "He probably wasn't his best of the spring."

The Cubs used eight pitchers, with Alan Benes going the first three innings to get the victory.

Astros 9, Marlins 5

At Jupiter, Fla., Mark Redman allowed two hits in five shutout innings, and Colin Porter hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Armando Almanza.

Twins 7, Red Sox 6

At Fort Myers, Fla., Derek Lowe allowed four runs - three earned - and nine hits in four innings. His ERA rose to 8.36 after facing the Twins for the fourth time this spring.

Expos 11, Orioles 5

At Viera, Fla., Zach Day allowed one run and five hits in five innings, and Jose Macias hit a grand slam.

Yankees 10, Tigers 5

At Lakeland, Fla., Raul Mondesi and Hideki Matsui - playing designated hitter for the first time - homered, and Mike Mussina allowed five hits and no walks in five innings. New York second baseman Alfonso Soriano, played his first game in the field since experiencing soreness in his right shoulder March 5.

Braves 4, Devil Rays 3

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Tampa Bay's Dewon Brazelton had a setback in his bid to earn the No. 5 starter's job when tightness in his left groin forced him to leave just three pitches into the second inning. Russ Ortiz allowed three hits in five scoreless innings for Atlanta.

Giants (ss) 7, Mariners (ss) 3

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Barry Bonds hit his seventh homer this spring, a drive estimated at 500 feet, and Rich Aurilia had a grand slam for the Giants. Marquis Grissom and Neifi Perez also homered for San Francisco. Freddy Garcia, Seattle's opening-day starter, allowed four homers.

Rangers 16, Giants (ss) 12

At Surprise, Ariz., Rafael Palmeiro hit one of the Texas' five home runs. The teams combined for seven homers and had 19 hits apiece. Juan Gonzalez, Kevin Mench, Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira all homered for the Rangers. San Francisco's Ruben Rivera went 4-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs.

Angels 8, Athletics 2

At Tempe, Ariz., Ramon Ortiz pitched five shutout innings, and Darin Erstad homered and drove in four runs against his former team.

Royals 9, White Sox 6

At Tucson, Ariz., Jon Garland, scheduled to pitch for the White Sox against the Royals on April 3, gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings.

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