Williams had played in eight minor league games since having his
appendix removed Feb. 26. Manager Joe Torre anticipates Williams will play when the Yankees resume the regular season Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
Yankees starter Jose Contreras allowed six runs and 10 hits over
4 2-3 innings in his last outing before his first regular-season
start Friday against the White Sox. He threw 94 pitches.
Kenny Lofton was the Yankees' designated hitter with Williams starting in center and went 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly.
Torre said Lofton will hit leadoff in Tuesday's game. He had
batted ninth during the Japan trip.
Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi played in the field after
being the DH in the second Japan game because of a sore knee. He
expects to play first in both upcoming games against the Devil
Yankees RHP Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez threw batting practice at the team's minor league complex for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery last May.
The right-hander gave up one run and struck out seven in the
final four innings for the win. He finished spring training with a
2.05 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 26 1-3 innings.
Despite the loss, Minnesota wrapped up one of its best
Grapefruit League seasons. The Twins finished spring training
The Pirates finished 12-20-1, their worst showing since going 6-18 in 1985.
Pirates left-hander Sean Burnett, one of the team's top pitching
prospects, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, and right-hander
Rick Reed was reassigned to minor league camp. The final two spots in the rotation went to Vogelsong and struggling left-hander Oliver Perez.
Reed, 39, missed about two weeks because of back problems and
was 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in four starts. He had to leave his start
Friday after two innings when he took a line drive off his upper
left thigh. The Pirates have asked Reed to go to Nashville and
build up innings, but it was not known whether he will accept the
The Pirates will go with two rookie left-handers in the bullpen,
John Grabow and Mike Johnston.
It was the second of two exhibition games between the Cardinals
and their Triple-A affiliate. Memphis won 7-3 on Friday night.
Jeff Suppan gave up one run and struck out five in six innings
for the win. He held the Redbirds to just two hits. Ray King, Steve Kline and Mike Lincoln combined for three scoreless innings of
relief for St. Louis.
Cardinals shortstop Edgar Renteria started after leaving
Friday's game with a bruise above his right eye. He was injured
after fouling a ball off his face.
Jose Acevedo allowed one earned run and six hits in four innings
for the Reds.
In the seventh, plate umpire Darren Spagnari credited
Baltimore's Keith Osik with a three-run homer before reversing his decision when Reds manager Dave Miley came out and questioned the
Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli argued, but the reversal stood.
Lefthander Omar Daal (shoulder surgery) was placed on the 60-day
disabled list. Second baseman Jerry Hairston (fractured ring
finger) and outfielder Marty Cordova (ligament reconstruction
surgery) were placed on the 15-day DL.
The Reds finished 18-16-1 for their first winning spring since
Baltimore hosts the Red Sox on Sunday night in its
regular-season opener. Cincinnati opens Monday at home against the
Arizona starter Elmer Dessens held the Cubs scoreless on one hit
through three innings, but Chicago scored six off him in the
Cubs starter Matt Clement allowed four runs on six hits in three
Sammy Sosa was 1-for-3 and wound up hitting .406 in spring
Prior, sidelined with inflammation in his right Achilles' tendon, went through delivery motions using a towel instead of a ball. He will be evaluated Monday to determine the next step in his rehabilitation.
Casey Daigle will make the jump from Double-A to the Diamondbacks' rotation, and Shane Reynolds will begin the season in the bullpen.
Daigle will be the team's No. 4 starter, manager Bob Brenly said, and knuckleballer Steve Sparks will be No. 5. Both are
Miller, Houston's No. 4 starter, allowed a single over his first
2 2-3 innings before Kansas City got six straight hits.
Houston optioned RHP Brandon Backe and LHP Mike Gallo to
Triple-A New Orleans and purchased the contract of RHP Jared
Fernandez. The Astros begin the season Monday night at home
against San Francisco with Roy Oswalt scheduled to start against
LHP Kirk Rueter.
The teams combined for 14 runs in the final two innings. Dye
tied it at 7 with a three-run homer off Felix Rodriguez in the
ninth, then won it with a two-out, two-run double in the 10th.
With the A's leading 4-3 entering the ninth, manager Ken Macha
summoned new closer Arthur Rhodes. After striking out his first
batter, Rhodes gave up four runs and six hits, increasing his ERA
With the Giants ahead 7-4 in the ninth, manager Felipe Alou
brought in Rodriguez, filling in for injured closer Robb Nen. But
after walking two batters, Rodriguez gave up a three-run shot to
Mark Redman started for the A's and pitched six strong innings,
allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out four.
Giants starter Dustin Hermanson was equally effective, pitching
five solid innings. He gave up two runs and six hits.
A day after being hit in the helmet by a pitch and needing six stitches for a cut, Oakland OF Eric Byrnes appeared unaffected.
"I was fine after they stitched me up," Byrnes said. "If this had been hockey, I could have played the third period."
Foulke finished the spring with a 15.59 ERA, giving up 17 hits
and 15 runs in 8 2-3 innings. Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who
had expressed concern about a drop in Foulke's velocity, insisted
the right-hander threw better Saturday despite giving up a home run
to Marcus Giles, the first batter he faced.
The Red Sox open their season Sunday night at Baltimore.
Braves starter John Thomson allowed three hits and struck out
four in three shutout innings. He's scheduled to start Thursday
night against the Mets.
Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield allowed only one baserunner
through three innings. He's slated to start Thursday night at
The Braves kept left-handed hitting DeWayne Wise as their fourth
outfielder while Eli Marrero opens the season on the disabled list
with a strained abdominal muscle.
The Braves also placed pitchers Armando Almanza and Paul Byrd on
the disabled list. Juan Cruz, Will Cunnane and C.J. Nitkowski
earned the final spots in Atlanta's bullpen, while pitchers Trey Hodges, Tim Drew and Ryan Glenn were assigned to Triple-A Richmond.<
Francona said Lenny DiNardo will be placed on the disabled list Sunday. He is working his way back from a strained left shoulder. Boston CF Johnny Damon was back in the lineup
after missing Friday night's game with a strained hamstring.
The Braves open their season at home Tuesday night, the team's
first home night game for a season opener since 1991. Georgia Tech
basketball coach Paul Hewitt will throw out the first pitch.
Hendrickson allowed one run and two hits while walking one and
striking out two. He threw 55 of his 86 pitches for strikes.
Toronto starter Ted Lilly allowed four runs, one earned, and
four hits in 4 1-3 innings.
The Devil Rays went 1-1 during a season-opening series against
the New York Yankees in Japan. Victor Zambrano (1-0) will pitch
against Mike Mussina (0-1) again Tuesday at Tampa Bay. Paul Abbott
faces Kevin Brown (1-0) on Wednesday.
Hendrickson goes Friday, followed by Jeremi Gonzalez on Saturday
Toronto opens its season Monday against Detroit with AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay on the mound.
LF Frank Catalanotto will rejoin the team in Toronto after
missing the final three spring training games to be with his wife,
who gave birth to a baby girl.
2B Orlando Hudson missed the last five games because of a mild oblique strain.
Tampa Bay plays Triple-A Durham on Sunday at home. The Devil Rays finished their Grapefruit League schedule 11-8, their first winning spring in
Anaheim Angels-Los Angeles Dodgers: Barry Wesson hit a three-run homer, Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia got a home run call reversed by the umpires, and the Angels beat the Dodgers 10-4 in the second game of the Freeway Series.
Kelvim Escobar (2-2) allowed three runs and seven hits over five
innings, finishing the spring with a 4.01 ERA. The right-hander,
who signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract after compiling a
58-55 record in seven seasons with Toronto, makes his Angels
regular-season debut Thursday afternoon at Seattle.
The Angels aren't certain whether LF Jose Guillen will be able to play in Tuesday's season opener at Seattle because of a deep bruise on his hand, the result of an errant pitch by Jeff Weaver on Friday night.
Dodgers C Paul Lo Duca, who cut the middle finger on his right hand on Friday while opening a box, started as the DH.