Henderson angers Yanks' Hernandez

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

Orlando Hernandez and Rickey Henderson didn't treat their matchups Saturday like it was only spring training.

Henderson hit a leadoff home run as the Boston Red Sox lost to the New York Yankees 8-7 in a split-squad game in Fort Myers, Fla. Henderson took a slow, wide shuffle out of the batters' box, apparently angering the pitcher.

After Henderson flied out ending the second, the pair exchanged words as they passed while heading to their dugouts.

Hernandez then left his dugout, headed toward Henderson near home plate and had to be restrained by Yankees manager Joe Torre. Henderson said El Duque cursed at him.

''I'm not a big home-run hitter, but when I hit them, I enjoy them,'' Henderson said.

Henderson, who holds the record for career homers leading off a game, said that if El Duque doesn't like the way he plays ''we'll go play in the street.''

''Probably when he was crawling around on his knees, I was playing baseball, unless he's as old as I am -- he probably is,'' Henderson said. ''Maybe he needs to grow up a little bit.''

Pedro Martinez gave up homers to Juan Rivera, Robin Ventura and Shane Spencer, allowing six runs and six hits in four innings. He said his right shoulder, which caused him to miss much of last season, felt fine.

At Vero Beach, Fla., Kazuhisa Ishii gave up consecutive first-inning homers to Bobby Estalella, Marcus Thames and Scott Seabol as the other Yankees squad defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-8.

Ishii allowed six runs and six hits in two-thirds of an inning. He had given up just one earned run in five innings coming in.

''I'm disappointed with myself,'' Ishii said through interpreter Scott Akasaki. ''I'm disappointed I was showing my worst.''

In Peoria, Ariz., San Diego was angry with Bob Watson's first suspensions as baseball's disciplinarian.

Padres pitcher Bobby Jones received a seven-game suspension for the March 9 brawls, Anaheim infielder Scott Spiezio was penalized six games, Padres outfielder Ryan Klesko give and Angels third baseman Troy Glaus two.

The Angels' Aaron Sele, who hit Klesko with a pitch that triggered the first of two fights, was fined but not suspended. The suspensions are to be served during the regular season.

''I can't figure out the whole thing,'' San Diego's Phil Nevin said. ''Apparently, you can tell somebody you're going to drill them, then drill them, and that's OK. But if you try to defend yourself or a teammate, you get in trouble.''

In other games:

Red Sox (ss) 6, Rangers 5

At Port Charlotte, Fla., Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam but John Rocker had his worst outing of the spring, giving up three runs on three hits and his own throwing error in the first inning.

Expos 5, Braves 1

At Kissimmee, Fla., Jose Canseco homered for the second time this spring, a two-run shot in the first inning, and Endy Chavez also hit a two-run homer. John Smoltz pitched two scoreless innings for the Braves after giving up homers in each of his previous two outings.

Pirates 3, Reds 2

At Bradenton, Fla., Adam Hyzdu singled home the winning run off Luis Pineda in the ninth. Jesse Levis had tied it with a two-run homer off Scott Service in the top of the inning, and Pat Meares hit a two-run homer in the second off Ricardo Aramboles.

Cardinals 2, Orioles 1

At Jupiter, Fla., William Ortega hit a run-scoring single off Kris Foster in the 10th as St. Louis stopped Baltimore's eight-game winning streak.

Twins 5, Marlins 2

At Fort Myers, Kyle Lohse, trying to win the fifth spot in Minnesota's starting rotation, allowed two hits in four scoreless innings. David Ortiz was 3-for-3 with an RBI, increasing his batting average to .543 (19-for-35).

Royals 14, Tigers 2

At Haines City, Fla., Blake Stein, making his first spring training start, allowed one run and five hits in five innings. Kit Pellow and Raul Ibanez each had three hits and a homer for Kansas City.

Blue Jays 14, Indians 4

At Dunedin, Fla., Joe Lawrence had four RBIs and Chris Carpenter pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings. Scott Radinsky allowed six runs -- five earned -- and two hits in one-third of an inning.

Phillies 9, Devils Rays 8

At Clearwater, Fla., Terry Adams ran his scoreless-inning streak to eight by retiring the first 12 hitters, then allowed four fifth-inning runs.

Mets 8, Astros 0

At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Pedro Astacio allowed a double to Brian Hunter of his first pitch, then pitched 5 2-3 hitless innings. Edgardo Alfonzo was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs off starter Tim Redding.

Mariners 10, Padres 6

At Peoria, Edgar Martinez, who has been in a slump all spring, doubled in the tiebreaking run in the fifth. Bret Boone hit a two-run homer, and Luis Ugeuto hit a three-run homer.

White Sox 11, Athletics (ss) 5

At Tucson, Ariz., Kenny Lofton had three hits and drove in two runs, and Willie Harris was 4-for-5 with a two-run, first-inning homer and three RBIs.

Athletics (ss) 10, Angels (ss) 4

At Phoenix, Scott Hatteberg homered twice, and Eric Chavez and Randy Velarde also hit home runs for Oakland on a windy afternoon. Darin Erstad, Larry Barnes and Jose Nieves homered for Anaheim.

Cubs 15, Angels (ss) 0

At Tempe, Ariz., Darren Lewis went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double and four RBIs, including one during a seven-run seventh.

Diamondbacks 2, Rockies 1

At Tucson, David Dellucci hit a sacrifice fly off Dennys Reyes in the ninth. Arizona starter Rick Helling, who had surrendered 15 earned runs in his first three outings, allowed two hits in six shutout innings, and Colorado starter Denny Neagle gave up five hits in five shutout innings.

Giants 9, Brewers 8

At Scottdale, Ariz., Cody Ransom singled home Felix Escalona with two outs in the ninth.



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