Monday, March 24, 2003

Day stakes claim to Expos starting spot


Baseball notebook

The Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Zach Day virtually assured himself a spot in the Montreal Expos' starting rotation, pitching six innings of two-hit ball Sunday in a rain-shortened 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Day, a LaSalle high grad, struck out two and faced the minimum 18 batters. The only players to reach base were Jeff Conine and Jack Cust, who both singled and were erased by double plays.

Day pitched in the bullpen as a rookie with Montreal last season, but this year he's vying to be a starter. The right-hander did nothing to hurt his chances Sunday.

"I don't think things are set yet, but I'm pretty happy right now with the way things are going," he said.

Day has a 1.23 ERA with 12 strikeouts and only three walks.

CARDINALS: Eli Marrero has acid indigestion.

"He went through a whole battery of tests last week in St. Louis," Cardinals physician Dr. George Paletta said Sunday. "Nothing else showed up. Now, it's a matter of finding the medication where he starts feeling better. After that, it becomes a baseball decision when he can play."

SHORT HOPS: Harry Eisenstat, a former pitcher who beat the Indians' Bob Feller in a game that the Hall of Famer struck out 18, has died. He was 87.

• Colorado set its rotation, moving NL Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings up to pitch the opener instead of injured Denny Neagle. Neagle, who has a sore elbow, will be pushed back to the fifth spot behind Jennings, Aaron Cook, Shawn Chacon and Denny Stark.

• Kansas City set its pitching rotation, picking left-handers Chris George and Darrell May to join Runelvys Hernandez, Jeremy Affeldt and Miguel Asencio.

GAME REPORT: Jacque Jones hit a three-run homer, and Rick Reed pitched six inning as the Twins beat the Devil Rays 4-3.

Reed allowed three runs and eight hits.

• Damian Moss pitched six innings of three-hit ball as the Giants beat the Cubs 6-0.

Moss allowed two hits in the first inning, giving up a double to Sammy Sosa, then retired 12 of the next 14 hitters.

• Wade Miller pitched six shutout innings to lead the Astros over Kevin Brown and the Dodgers 2-1.

Miller gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one.

Brown, who has pitched well this spring, struck out seven in five innings, allowing two runs - one earned - and three hits.

• Oliver Perez pitched six scoreless innings for a Padres' split squad in a 5-1 victory over the Angels.

Perez, 21, entered with a 7.36 ERA over four spring starts spanning 11 innings.

• Mike Sweeney hit his sixth home run in 15 at-bats and Mike Tucker homered twice as the Royals took an 11-run lead and held on to beat a Diamondbacks' split squad 12-11. Arizona's Elmer Dessens gave up five homers in the first two innings.




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