A's Ellis injures shoulder

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2004

The Oakland Athletics lost their starting second baseman.

The Detroit Tigers are close to gaining a new reliever.

Mark Ellis will miss six to eight weeks after dislocating his right shoulder in a collision with shortstop Bobby Crosby during Oakland's 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs in Phoenix on Thursday.

Ellis was injured diving for a grounder by Sammy Sosa that turned into a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning. With backup infielder Frank Menechino also hurt, Marco Scutaro and Esteban German will probably be given a shot at second base.

Ellis batted .248 with nine homers and 52 RBIs last season.

Ugueth Urbina was ready to sign as a free agent with Detroit after helping the Florida Marlins win the World Series last year.

''We have a great deal of interest in him,'' Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in Lakeland, Fla. ''There still are one or two steps to be taken.''

Urbina worked out with Detroit pitching coach Bob Cluck while manager Alan Trammell looked on. After the workout, Urbina said he had to take a physical and then intended to sign.

''I'm already home,'' said Urbina, a close friend of Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

The reliever passed a physical with Cleveland recently, so he expected the physical for the Tigers to be a formality.

Urbina, who earned about $4.5 million last season, expects to take a slight pay cut with the Tigers. He expected to sign a contract for one year plus a one-year option.

The 30-year-old closer pitched for the Rangers and Marlins in 2003. He was 3-0 with six saves for Florida during the regular season and saved four more games in the postseason including two in the World Series against the New York Yankees.

Before being traded, he was 0-4 with 26 saves for Texas.

In Fort Myers, Fla., Pedro Martinez showed he hasn't lost his fastball.

Making his second-to-last spring training start, the Red Sox ace gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings of Boston's 12-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

''It wasn't as good as I'd like it to be,'' Martinez said. ''I gave up a couple of runs on a few bad pitches there in the last inning. But overall my command was good, and everything was fine.''

He also laughed at reports that he was yet to top 90 mph with his fastball in spring training.

Martinez's heater topped out at 93 mph against the Twins, and he threw three consecutive 91 mph fastballs to former Red Sox infielder Jose Offerman to end a Minnesota threat in the fourth inning.

''I haven't lost my fastball. Ninety, 91, now that's a good fastball,'' Martinez said. ''And if anyone wants to test it, go ahead. Let the scouts stand there with a bat and I'll give them a 91.''

In Jupiter, Fla., the Marlins chose World Series MVP Josh Beckett as their opening-day starter and got a surprise visit from Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.

''Anytime you can pick the mind of a legend, it can only help,'' Beckett said.

Koufax spent an hour in the clubhouse answering questions and offering advice to the team's young pitching staff.

''I hope they do well or I'll get blamed for screwing them up,'' he joked.

In Sarasota, Fla., the Reds signed reliever Todd Jones to a minor league contract one day after he was released by Tampa Bay.

Several players were traded as teams prepare to trim their rosters for opening day.

The Cubs sent pitchers Juan Cruz and Steve Smyth to Atlanta for minor league left-hander Andy Pratt and infielder Richard Lewis.

Houston acquired third baseman Mike Lamb from the Yankees for minor league right-hander Juan DeLeon.

And the Expos traded left-hander Randy Choate to Arizona for reliever John Patterson.

Also, the Yankees and Devil Rays left for Tokyo, where they open the season March 30.

In other spring training games:

Yankees 9, Phillies 0

In Clearwater, Fla., Kevin Brown tuned up for Japan with another solid outing. Brown allowed two hits in 5 2-3 innings and Enrique Wilson hit a three-run homer for the Yankees.

New York was without Alex Rodriguez, hit in the face by a deflected throw Wednesday night. Rodriguez, who wasn't scheduled to make the trip to Clearwater, took batting practice Thursday morning, and expects no lingering problems.

Jim Thome flied out in his first appearance for the Phillies since breaking the tip of his finger March 5.

Devil Rays 7, Blue Jays 1

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Victor Zambrano pitched five solid innings for Tampa Bay. He will start the opener against the Yankees in Tokyo.

Mets 1, Marlins 1, 11 innings

In Jupiter, Fla., Darren Oliver gave up five hits and a run in six strong innings for the Marlins. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.

Tigers 4, Braves 2

In Kissimmee, Fla., Horacio Ramirez allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings for Atlanta. John Smoltz threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Indians 3, Expos 2

In Winter Haven, Fla., Jeff D'Amico strengthened his case to win one of two available spots in Cleveland's rotation by pitching six shutout innings. Ron Calloway, trying to win a starting job in the outfield, went 3-for-4 for the Expos.

Reds 5, Pirates 3

In Sarasota, Fla., Barry Larkin broke out of an 0-for-13 slump with two doubles and a homer.

Cardinals 6, Orioles 6, 10 innings

In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Miguel Tejada got two hits to raise his batting average to .408. Jim Edmonds homered off Sidney Ponson.

Mariners 4, Rangers 3

In Peoria, Ariz., Raul Ibanez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer off Glendon Rusch. Ibanez also doubled.

Mariners reliever Rafael Soriano made his spring debut after missing four weeks with a strained oblique muscle. He allowed two runs and four hits in one inning, but got the win.

Cubs 2, Athletics 1

In Phoenix, Sammy Sosa had three hits and Kerry Wood allowed a run in 6 1-3 innings. He gave up four hits and three walks while striking out six.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his second save. Eric Chavez hit his team-leading fifth home run for Oakland. Rich Harden pitched five scoreless innings.

Brewers 13, Padres 2

In Phoenix, Lyle Overbay doubled three times and drove in five runs. Mark Loretta went 3-for-3 for San Diego, raising his average to .512.

Giants 3, Rockies 3, 10 innings

In Scottsdale, Ariz., Barry Bonds homered for the fifth time in 13 at-bats.

White Sox 5, Diamondbacks 2

In Tucson, Ariz., Mark Buehrle allowed one run in seven innings and Juan Uribe hit his fourth homer. Astros 7, Dodgers 2

In Kissimmee, Fla., Mike Lamb doubled in his first at-bat with Houston and made a nice play in the field, hours after being traded to the Astros by the New York Yankees. Angels 8, Royals 8, 11

In Surprise, Ariz., Tim Salmon went 3-for-4 with a home run, Troy Glaus hit a mammoth two-run homer and former Royal Shane Halter a three-run shot to give the Angels an 8-5 advantage. But the Royals got three unearned runs in the ninth after reserve second baseman Brian Specht made an error.



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