Archive for Friday, March 7, 2008

Rivals no more

March 7, 2008


If Joe Torre and Terry Francona had hugged at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium, it might have been seen as an act of treason.

Under the sun of spring training Thursday, there was hardly a rivalry in sight. Especially now that the two managers are in different leagues.

"It's nice to chat with him without someone thinking that some covert operation was going on," Torre kidded after the Dodgers beat the Red Sox, 9-6, in Fort Myers, Fla.

At Tempe, Ariz., Los Angeles Angels ace John Lackey, out due to a sore throwing shoulder, threw in the bullpen. Lackey said he would be able to make four spring starts and be ready by opening day, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said four starts would not be enough.

Braves 5, Tigers 4

At Lakeland, Fla., Dontrelle Willis lowered his spring ERA to 1.80 after two starts.

Reds 12, Yankees 8

At Sarasota, Fla., Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam.

Twins 8, Orioles 7

At Fort Myers, Fla., Craig Monroe hit a two-run single for Minnesota.

Rays 6, Phillies 4

At Clearwater, Fla., Philadelphia starter Adam Eaton failed to overcome back problems and gave up four runs and five hits in two innings.

Pirates 8, Blue Jays 7

At Bradenton, Fla., Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez singled, hit a sacrifice fly and drove in two runs as the designated hitter.

Indians 11, Astros 5

At Kissimmee, Fla., C.C. Sabathia threw three perfect innings.

Cardinals 5, Marlins 2

At Jupiter, Fla., Skip Schumaker, Joe Mather and Albert Pujols hit consecutive home runs.

Angels 9, Giants 1

At Tempe, Ariz., Jered Weaver allowed a solo homer to Eliezer Alfonzo in three innings, and Vladimir Guerrero hit his first spring homer.

Padres 10, Rockies 3

At Peoria, Ariz., Padres center fielder Jim Edmonds will miss a day or two because of a calf injury. Starter Jake Peavy allowed Troy Tulowitzki's solo homer in an otherwise efficient three innings.

Rangers 6, White Sox 1

At Tucson, Vincente Padilla allowed an unearned run in three innings for the Rangers.

Mariners 5, Brewers 2

At Phoenix, Seattle's Felix Hernandez gave up home runs to Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks.

Athletics 2, Cubs 1

At Phoenix, Chicago's Jason Marquis threw three shutout innings.


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