President Bush scoffs at the notion that his season-opening pitch to Orioles' catcher Mickey Tettleton was high and wide. "He caught it before it started breaking," Bush protested.

With guest Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and a sellout Memorial Stadium crowd of 52,161 watching, Bush tossed the first ball in Monday's American League opener between Baltimore and the Boston Red Sox.Bush, captain of the 1948 Yale baseball team and an enthusiastic lifetime fan, threw the ball lefthanded from the mound. Standing in his shirt-sleeves with his jacket removed and a glove on his right hand, Bush hurled the ball without benefit of a windup.

Tettleton, who had moved several feet in front of home plate for the presidential pitch, gloved the curve ball with a long reach over his right shoulder.