Originally created 01/09/98

Spring games for Braves aren't free



Single-game tickets for the first season of Atlanta Braves' spring training games at Disney World go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Tickets may be purchased in person at Disney's Wide World of Sports box office, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout the Southeast or by calling Ticketmaster at (407) 839-3900. Single-game tickets range from $10.50 to $15.50.

Pitchers and catchers begin workouts Feb. 14. Admission will be $8 for adults and $6.75 for those age 3 to 9. Workouts in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Braves old spring site, were free.

The Braves will be at the Disney Sports Complex from Feb. 13 to March 25, including 16 home spring dates, starting with the Feb. 26 contest against the University of Georgia.

Darryl Strawberry, saying he's in the best shape of his career, returned to the New York Yankees Thursday with a one-year contract that guarantees him $850,000.

Strawberry, who had only 28 at-bats last season because of an injured left knee, said he wouldn't be surprised if he hits 25-30 homers and drives in 100 runs.

Strawberry, 35, has been rehabilitating his left knee and been on a running program at the Yankees' spring complex in Tampa, Fla.

He joins a crowded group competing for time in left field: Tim Raines, Chad Curtis and rookie Ricky Ledee.

Strawberry, 11th among active players with 308 homers, will get $750,000 this year -- the same salary he had last season -- and the Yankees have an option for 1999 at $2.5 million with a $100,000 buyout.

Tim Worrell and the Detroit Tigers agreed Thursday to a a $1 million, one-year contract, a raise of $165,000.

Worrell, struggled last season with the San Diego Padres, finishing 4-8 with three saves and a 5.16 ERA. He came to the Tigers in November as part of a five-player trade.

Former Indians pitcher Jason Grimsley was among four pitchers who agreed Thursday to minor-league contracts with Cleveland and were invited to spring training.

Right-handers Jamie McAndrew and John Ericks and left-hander John Cummings also agreed to minor-league deals.