Yankees best Sox in first spring meeting

Posted: Monday, March 08, 2004

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox resumed their rivalry early this season.

They met Sunday for the first time since the AL championship series last October, with a sign-waving, sellout crowd watching the Yankees beat the Red Sox 11-7 in a spring training game.

Commemorative pins for the game sold for $5.67, one spectator wore a shirt that said, ''I don't brake for Yankee fans,'' and lines outside the ballpark were long hours before gametime.

In other exhibition games:

Astros 15, Pirates 8

At Bradenton, Fla., Roger Clemens admitted he was nervous when he took the mound for his first spring start for his hometown team. He gave up two runs and five hits with one strikeout in two innings, earning the win when the Astros scored five runs off Kip Wells in the third inning to take a 6-2 lead.

Cubs (ss) 4, Royals (ss) 4

In Mesa, Ariz., Greg Maddux's return to the Cubs was a successful one. He gave up one hit in two scoreless innings.

Mets 8, Dodgers 3

At Vero Beach, Fla., Tom Glavine gave up five hits with one walk and one strikeout in three scoreless innings in his first spring appearance for the Mets.

Indians 18, Tigers 10

At Lakeland, Fla., Casey Blake and Corey Smith each hit a grand slam, Ronnie Belliard had a three-run homer and Travis Hafner added a solo shot for the Indians.

Cubs (ss) 6, Giants 6, tie

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Brett Tomko made his Giants debut, giving up one run and two hits in three innings.

Marlins 6, Orioles 1

At Jupiter, Fla., Carl Pavano allowed one hit in four innings for Florida, and Damion Easley hit a two-run homer.

Twins 7, Reds 4, 11 innings

At Sarasota, Fla., Jason Bartlett hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning for the Twins.

Phillies 12, Blue Jays 6

At Dunedin, Fla., Mike Lieberthal's squibber with the bases loaded broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the ninth.

Expos 7, Cardinals 2

At Viera, Fla., Tony Batista homered and drove in two runs, and five Expos pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts. Claudio Vargas allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.

Devil Rays 11, Braves 2

At Kissimmee, Fla., B.J. Upton and Fernando Tatis each hit a two-run homer, and Mitch Meluskey added a three-run shot to lead the Devil Rays.

Brewers 12, Rangers 8

At Phoenix, Chris Magruder hit a bases-loaded triple that highlighted a seven-run, eighth-inning rally to help the Brewers improve to 5-0 this spring.

Rockies 4, Royals (ss) 1

At Surprise, Ariz., Zack Greinke struck out three in 1 2-3 innings in his spring training debut for Kansas City, before Colorado took advantage of three errors.

Diamondbacks 8, White Sox 7

At Tucson, Ariz., Danny Bautista doubled twice and Shea Hillenbrand hit his second homer of the spring for the Diamondbacks. Eighteen-year-old Adrian Rosario, the youngest player on Arizona's spring training roster, gave up one run and three hits in two innings.

Angels (ss) 5, Athletics 2

At Tempe, Ariz., David Eckstein hit his first homer of the spring. Right-hander Bobby Jenks, clocked at 103 mph this winter in Puerto Rico, allowed one hit in three scoreless innings for the Angels.

Mariners 16, Padres (ss) 5

At Peoria, Ariz., Randy Winn homered and Seattle roughed up Brian Lawrence.

Jose Lopez and Hiram Bocachica also connected for the Mariners, who had 19 hits. Winn had three hits and three RBIs from the leadoff spot. Padres closer Trevor Hoffman struggled as well.

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