Mike Cubbage began what could be a very short tenure as Boston Red Sox manager with a victory.
The Red Sox put aside the distractions of their managerial search Wednesday to beat Pittsburgh 8-1 as Tony Clark hit a long solo home run and Rickey Henderson had a two-run single.
It was the Red Sox's first game under Cubbage, who will run the team until the new ownership group decides on a replacement for Joe Kerrigan, who was fired Tuesday.
Red Sox interim general manager Mike Port said the team hopes to have a new manager by the weekend. Indians coach Grady Little was given permission Wednesday to talk to Boston.
Cubbage, a longtime minor league manager and major league coach, wants to be considered, but may lack the experience that new owner John Henry and president Larry Lucchino are seeking.
''I was trained to manage in the big leagues, starting in rookie ball and working my way up but, with the Mets, I never was the guy,'' Cubbage said. ''I've been interviewed for four major league jobs and I've had some good interviews. I think one of these days I'll get the opportunity.''
Cubbage isn't surprised the Red Sox have won four in a row despite the ongoing changes, including the firings of Kerrigan and former general manager Dan Duquette.
''There are a lot of professionals and good guys on this team, guys going about their business,'' Cubbage said.
The Dodgers got encouraging news from two of their starting pitchers recovering from injuries.
In Los Angeles' 4-2 loss to the Marlins in Melbourne, Fla., Andy Ashby pitched two innings in his first outing since injuring his elbow last April.
Ashby, who underwent surgery July 15 to repair a torn flexor muscle in his right elbow, gave up two runs and four hits.
''Each time I think it's getting better,'' he said. ''Now, the main thing is to keep getting into game situations.''
At Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, ace Kevin Brown pitched two innings in a simulated game. Brown, recovering from a torn flexor muscle and right elbow, reported no pain after throwing 37 pitches over two innings.
''The biggest point is to be able to throw, sit down and go out and throw again and not have any problems and I did that today,'' Brown said.
Elsewhere, Florida catcher Charles Johnson will be out at least until March 18 with a sprained left thumb.
''I'm confident it's going to be OK,'' Johnson said. ''I'm just very excited that it's nothing serious. It may linger for a while, but as long as I can play with it, I'll be fine.''
Johnson, who sustained the injury Tuesday, will have a cast on his left hand until March 18, when he will be re-evaluated.
At Port Charlotte, Fla., Orlando Hernandez allowed one hit in three scoreless innings in his second solid start as the New York Yankees defeated Texas 6-4.
''He was very good,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ''He looked comfortable. I was very pleased.''
Hernandez, battling David Wells and Sterling Hitchcock for the final two spots in the starting rotation, struck out two without walking a hitter in his 40-pitch outing.
''I don't have anything to say about that situation,'' Hernandez said. ''I'm just trying to do my job.''
Indians 4, Mets 3
At Winter Haven. Fla., Bartolo Colon pitched four overpowering innings to help Cleveland defeat New York. Roberto Alomar went 0-for-2 in his first game against Cleveland since being traded to the Mets.
Athletics 10, Diamondbacks 2
At Phoenix, Miguel Tejada hit two home runs and drove in five runs as Oakland defeated Arizona. Rick Helling gave up seven runs in 3 1-3 innings to take the loss.
Expos 2, Phillies 0
At Jupiter, Fla., Masato Yoshii and Zach Day each pitched three scoreless innings as Montreal extended its unbeaten streak to six.
Royals 7, Devil Rays 5
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Neifi Perez and Raul Ibanez hit solo homers and Kansas City scored three times in the ninth inning to beat Tampa Bay.
Cardinals 5, Orioles 3
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Louis received a shaky performance from Matt Morris and hit into a triple play before rallying to beat Baltimore.
Twins 12, Braves 10
At Fort Myers, Fla., Tom Prince capped a 10-run sixth inning with a three-run double to lead Minnesota past Atlanta.
Astros 8, Tigers 1
At Kissimmee, Fla., Jeff Bagwell hit a three-run homer and Jason Lane added a two-run shot in the first inning as Houston defeated Detroit.
Rockies 11, Cubs 8
At Tucson, Ariz., Ben Petrick hit a two-run triple and Greg Norton added a two-run single for Colorado.
Angels 5, Mariners 3
At Peoria, Ariz., Shawn Wooten, Wooten, who bruised his left hand when hit by a pitch from Garcia last week, homered off the Seattle ace in Anaheim victory.
Brewers 11, White Sox 7
At Tucson, Jon Zuber went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Cesar Dionys drove in three runs for Milwaukee. Brewers starter Paul Rigdon was hit in the ankle with a ball off the bat of Jeff Liefer and will undergo X-rays.
Blue Jays 3, Reds 1
At Sarasota, Fla., Dave Berg hit his fifth double of the spring as Toronto beat Cincinnati.
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