This isn't the first time Dave Parker and Dave Winfield have been teammates.
They were big, fast and powerful, a new breed of ballplayer that helped the National League maintain its dominance in the All-Star game throughout the 1970s.Now they're together again.
Milwaukee traded Parker, like Winfield a Hall of Fame candidate someday, to the Angels on Thursday for outfielder Dante Bichette and a player to be named later.
Parker, 39, was acquired by Milwaukee as a free agent in December 1989 and was a big help, too. He batted .289 with 21 home runs and 92 RBIs in 157 games last season as a DH.
Parker is one of 18 players in major league history to accumulate 2,000 hits and 300 home runs in a career. Only one player as old as Parker had ever played in that many games in a season, Pete Rose with 162 games in 1980 and 1982.
"We needed left-handed power to balance our lineup," Angels manager Doug Rader said. "Part of this equation was to afford Dante Bichette a chance to play and develop, and we couldn't do that using him sporadically."
Parker was named the American League's outstanding designated hitter of the year for a second consecutive year in 1990. He has a .293 career batting average with 328 homers, 1,434 RBIs and 2,592 hits.
"It's a great situation to have Wally Joyner, Dave Winfield, Dave Parker, Gary Gaetti, Lance Parrish, and on and on, all in the same lineup," Parker said. "I don't know if Doug (Rader) likes to go left-right-left with his lineup, but that would create a nightmare for other pitching staffs."
In other developments on Thursday:
- Rick Cerone of the New York Mets broke his right finger when attempting to catch a Dwight Gooden fastball.
"It was just a freak thing," Cerone said. "I went down to catch the ball. I thought it was going to be in the dirt, but Doc had some good mustard on it and it stayed up."
- Cleveland outfielder Alex Cole disclocated his right shoulder when he tripped coming out of the batter's box during an exhibition game against the Oakland A's and will be sidelined indefinitely. Cole, 25, stole 40 bases in 63 games last year as a rookie.
- Boston right-fielder Tom Brunansky will be sidelined for a couple of days with a toe injury suffered in his backyard.
- Philadelphia right-hander Ken Howell underwent successful surgery on his shoulder.
- Oakland has drawn a line in the sand for Rickey Henderson. There will be no contract extension and no trade, so it's time for Henderson to get ready for the season. GM Sandy Alderson met with Henderson before the A's workout Thursday and recited the team's position after failing to come up with a compromise solution to Henderson's demand for a contract extension.
"He either plays with the Oakland A's or he doesn't play at all," Alderson said. "I would expect as of (Friday) he would begin giving 100 percent commitment toward the season.
On the field . . .
Red Sox * 4, Royals 2
At Winter Haven, Fla., Dana Kiecker pitched four hitless innings and Boston scored three runs off rookie Hector Wagner in the third inning.
Blue Jays 12, Red Sox * 3
At Dunedin, Fla., Devon White had three hits and drove in three runs as Toronto trounced a Boston split squad.
Cardinals 6, Rangers 1
At St. Petersburg, Fla., St. Louis stole five bases in their victory over the Texas Rangers. Phillies 4, Pirates 2
At Bradenton, Fla., Dickie Thon went 4-for-4 to pace a 14-hit attack as Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh. Thon raised his exhibition average to .688 (11-for-16).
Yankees 8, Expos 7
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jesse Barfield's run-scoring grounder snapped a tie in the seventh inning and the New York Yankees rallied from a seven-run deficit to edge Montreal.
Yankees * 13, Reds * 11
At Plant City, Fla., rookie Hensley Meulens hit a three-run homer to break a tie in the fifth inning, and the Yankees went on to beat Cincinnati in a split-squad game.
Braves 12, Dodgers 2
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Ron Gant, playing in his first game since bruising his hand last week, had a single, double and drove in a run to pace Atlanta past Los Angeles.
Twins 7, White Sox 5
At Fort Myers, Fla., Pedro Munoz and Chili Davis hit home runs as Minnesota defeated the White Sox.
White Sox * 8, Orioles 7
At Sarasota, Fla., Orsino Hill moved to third on Dan Boone's first wild pitch in the 11th inning and scored on his second to lift a split squad of White Sox over Baltimore.
Astros 10, Tigers 6
At Kissimmee, Fla., Jose Tolentino hit two home runs to lead Houston past Detroit.
Royals 3 * , Astros 3 (11 innings)
At Haines City, Fla., Danny Tartabull's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning tied the score as a Kansas City split-squad played Houston to a tie.
Padres 8, Cubs 6
At Mesa, Ariz., Bip Roberts hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift San Diego.