Jim Leyland has a message for Pittsburgh fans who are booing Barry Bonds: Stop!
"Maybe I'm sticking my nose in someone else's business but fair is fair," Leyland said after Sunday's 7-0 loss to St. Louis. "I think it's gone on long enough and I don't see anything positive coming out of booing Barry Bonds."The outfielder's unpopularity soared when he and Leyland argued loudly during a March 4 workout.
"I'm not trying to be a pioneer or a martyr," Leyland said. "I just stood up to the situation. It didn't matter who it was. If it was a minor league player getting into it with one of the coaches, I would have handled it the same way."
It was a quiet weekend on the baseball front, with many players more focused on NCAA basketball games than on exhibition games. The highlights were several players coming off injuries.
Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Sr., limited to just two at-bats this spring, will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test to determine the extent of the back injury he incurred in a March 3 traffic accident. He is expected to miss at least the next seven games.
"We can't have this thing keep recurring," Mariners manager Jim Lefebvre said Sunday. "Then we're never going to know."
Kansas City pitcher Mark Gubizca made his first exhibition appearance of the spring, allowing two hits and one run in one inning as the Royals beat the New York Mets 4-3 at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Gubicza, who had rotator-cuff surgery last August, pitched in a "B" game last week. Royals starter Mike Boddicker allowed two runs and five hits to New York in his fourth game this spring.
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Mark Gardner pitched in Montreal's "B" game, his first start since a slightly torn muscle in his right shoulder was surgically repaired in November.
"He threw some fastballs with pop - 40 to 50 percent of them had good pop," Expos manager Buck Rodgers said. "All we'd seen when he was working on the sidelines was ten percent, so this was a big improvement. If he's able to throw in an "A" game Thursday or Friday, he'll be right on schedule."
Meanwhile, Roger Clemens made only one complaint after his third exhibition start: He's throwing too many strikes.
"My control is there, but my worst habit is throwing the ball around the middle of the plate," Clemens said after allowing seven hits and two runs in five innings in Boston's 4-0 loss to Cincinnati.
In other exhibition action:
Dodgers * 6, Brewers * 1
At Monterrey, Mexico, Fernando Valenzuela allowed two hits in five innings and added a run-scoring single as he pitched in his native country for the first time in nine years.
Valenzuela allowed one run, struck out four and walked none. John Wetteland and Zakary Shinall finished the combined three-hitter for the Dodgers.
Astros 9, Dodgers * 5
At Vero Beach, Fla., Karl Rhodes drove in three runs and Ramon Martinez was hit hard again, giving up five runs in four innings. Houston had 17 hits, including a triple and seven doubles, as the Astros improved their exhibition record to 7-1.
Brewers * 6, Indians 2
At Chandler, Ariz., Paul Molitor snapped a tie with a run-scoring single and Robin Yount added a two-run single in Milwaukee's four-run seventh inning. Outfielder Dante Bichette, acquired last week from California for Dave Parker, went 3-for-3 and drew a walk. He had an RBI and threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth.
Cardinals 7, Pirates 0
At Bradenton, Fla., Felix Jose hit a three-run homer and Ken Hill, Cris Carpenter, Scott Terry and Juan Agosto combined on a four-hitter. Jeff King of the Pirates, batting 11-for-27 this spring, extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Twins * 6, Rangers * 4
At Port Charlotte, Fla., Jarvis Brown's seventh-inning sacrifice fly off Jeff Russell gave Minnesota a five-run lead and proved to be the game winner.
Tigers 3, Rangers * 1
At Lakeland, Fla., Frank Tanana became the first Detroit pitcher to go five innings as the Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak.
Twins * 13, Phillies 4
At Clearwater, Fla., Pedro Munoz drove in three runs and Greg Gagne and Shane Mack had four hits. Jack Morris retired the first nine Phillies for his first spring victory.
Yankees 7, White Sox 6
At Sarasota, Fla., Steve Balboni hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as New York rallied from a five-run deficit to win for the fifth time in six games. Chicago, which fell behind 6-5 after giving up three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh, tied the score in the ninth on Frank Thomas' home run off Rich Monteleone.
Expos 2, Braves 0
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Ivan Calderon hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Bill Sampen, Kent Bottomfield, Bill Long and Scott Ruskin combined on a three-hitter.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2
At Dunedin, Fla., Ernie Whitt, in Baltimore's camp as a non-roster player, hit a two-run homer off his former teammates.
Athletics 2, Giants 1
At Scottsdale, Ariz., Willie Wilson drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning for Oakland, which has beaten the Giants in 18 of the last 20 games between the two Bay Area rivals, including a four-game sweep in the 1989 World Series.
Mariners 2, Padres 1
At Tempe, Ariz., Edgar Martinez broke a seventh-inning tie with a run-scoring single.
Angels 9, Cubs 6
At Mesa, Ariz., Dave Parker had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run in his first game with California. Dave Winfield hit his second home run and George Bell had four hits for Chicago, including a two-run homer in the ninth.