Yankees second baseman makes four bad tosses in one game

Throwing like a blauch-head

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2001

It seemed like the middle of the season at spring training Monday.

Chuck Knoblauch made four bad throws, Pedro Martinez pitched four hitless innings and Mark McGwire homered.

''It was a rough day, that's about all I can say,'' Knoblauch said after making two throwing errors from second base in the New York Yankees' 8-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Fort Myers, Fla.

On an afternoon when Roger Clemens was pounded for six runs and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings, Knoblauch's arm was far more significant than that of the five-time Cy Young Award winner.

Knoblauch has made seven bad throws -- including four errors -- in his past three games. He had 15 errors in 82 games at second base last season and has five errors, four on throws, in 10 exhibition games.

''It was a bad day,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ''You just have to fight your way through it. There's no magic formula. He's addressing it, he's working hard. The only thing we can do is support him.''

At Fort Myers, Martinez struck out seven in his spring debut as the Boston Red Sox lost to the Montreal Expos 7-0.

''I felt pretty good,'' the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner said. ''I felt like I am getting there. I am not quite hitting my spots yet. I'm not really consistent with my pitches, except the curveball. I need to feel more comfortable with my mechanics than I have.''

At Jupiter, Fla., McGwire hit his second home run of the spring, a two-run drive that helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in a split-squad game.

McGwire connected in the first inning off Ramon Martinez and added an RBI single in the fifth off Yorkis Perez, giving him four RBIs this spring.

Coming off knee surgery during the offseason, wouldn't say he was approaching full strength.

''There's a long ways to go,'' McGwire said.

At Vero Beach, Fla., Dodgers outfielder Gary Sheffield, who wanted to be traded and angrily denounced his team before withdrawing the request last weekend, switched agents, firing Jim Neader and hiring Scott Boras.

''Our philosophy is that our players honor their contracts,'' Boras said. ''That was something we had to agree on and we came to an understanding. Everything will be done in a quiet and professional way.''

In other games it was St. Louis 7, Houston 3; Atlanta 19, Cleveland 5; Texas 5, Pittsburgh 3; Kansas City 10, Detroit 4; Philadelphia 5, Toronto 4; Tampa Bay 7, Cincinnati 0; Chicago White Sox 3, Seattle 0; Seattle 4, Anaheim 3; Anaheim 6, Milwaukee 1; Arizona 7, Oakland 4; Chicago Cubs 11, Colorado 10; San Diego 6, San Francisco 3; Baltimore 11, Florida 4; and the New York Mets 3, Los Angeles 1.

Cardinals (ss) 7, Astros 3

At Kissimmee, Fla., Larry Sutton homered off the center-field screen in the sixth inning. Jeff Bagwell hit a two-run double for Houston.

Braves 19, Indians 5

At Winter Haven, Fla., Cory Aldridge homered and had five RBIs. Bartolo Colon allowed five runs and five hits in three-plus innings and Charles Nagy, trying to recover from elbow surgery, yielded six runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in three innings.

Rangers 5, Pirates 3

At Port Charlotte, Fla., Ruben Sierra drove in three runs with a home run and a double.

Royals 10, Tigers 4

At Lakeland, Fla., Jermaine Dye had a home run and a double, and Luis Alicea drove in three runs. Brian Moehler gave up six runs -- two earned -- and six hits in four innings.

Phillies 5, Blue Jays 4

At Clearwater, Fla., Philadelphia rookie Jimmy Rollins went 4-for-5 with his third home run of the spring.

Devil Rays 7, Reds 0

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Randy Winn homered and Jose Guillen drove in three runs with a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly.

White Sox 3, Mariners (ss) 0

At Peoria, Ariz., Jim Parque combined with three relievers on a four-hitter. Mariners (ss) 4, Angels (ss) 3

At Tempe, Ariz., Tim Belcher allowed two runs and four hits in four innings. The Mariners won the game by scoring twice in the eighth off Matt Wise on a sacrifice fly by Willie Bloomquist and an infield out by Juan Silvestre.

Angels (ss) 6, Brewers 1

At Phoenix, Scott Schoeneweis pitched four scoreless innings and Scott Morgan hit a two-run homer. Brewers rookie Ben Sheets allowed two runs in the first, then pitched three scoreless innings.

Diamondbacks 7, Athletics 4

At Tucson, Ariz., Melvin Rosario homered from each side of the plate, a two-run shot off Omar Olivares in the fourth and a leadoff homer off Mark Guthrie in the seventh. Forty-one-year-old Mike Morgan pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings in relief to improve to 2-0 this spring.

Cubs 11, Rockies 10

At Tucson, Ricky Gutierrez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Bobby Chouinard, the Rockies reliever who spent 65 days in jail during the offseason, was pounded for five runs -- four earned -- and four hits in 1 1-3 innings.

Padres 6, Giants 3

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Mike Colangelo singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh.

Orioles 11, Marlins 4

At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Delino DeShields doubled home three runs and then scored on the front end of a double steal in a seven-run fourth inning.

Mets 3, Dodgers 1

At Port St. Lucie, Fla., catcher Vance Wilson hit a two-out, two-run homer to cap a three-run fourth inning.

Sheffield went 0-for-3.

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