Originally created 05/17/98

Baseball roundup: Dodgers will miss Piazza

LOS ANGELES -- Ramon Martinez hated to see longtime batterymate Mike Piazza go, and he isn't looking forward to facing him.

The Los Angeles pitcher and his teammates believe Friday night's seven-player deal with the Florida Marlins may provide the struggling Dodgers just the jolt they need.

"I think it's going to help the team and we should feel comfortable with it," Martinez said. "I think the trade is very positive because you're going to see a different attitude.

"The guys will play hard. They came from a World Series last year, and it can be this year, too."

Manager Bill Russell echoed that thought, saying, "We're happy it was done, and we're a better team. That's the bottom line. These guys who are coming in here were part of a world championship team last year, and to get those kind of guys, you have to give up somebody."

In the deal, which wasn't finalized until late Friday night, the Dodgers sent Piazza and Todd Zeile to the Marlins for five players, including all-stars Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla and Charles Johnson. Los Angeles also got outfielder Jim Eisenreich and rookie right-hander Manuel Barrios.

GWYNN BACK SOON: An MRI exam on Tony Gwynn's twisted right knee showed no cartilage damage and the San Diego Padres batting star could be back in the lineup in the next few days.

Gwynn took himself out of Friday night's 7-6 win over Philadelphia after reaching on an error in his third at-bat. Team officials said Gwynn felt pain in his previous at-bat. Concerned there might be damage to the meniscus, the team had Gwynn take an MRI Friday night.

Gwynn was to be evaluated after he arrived at the stadium for Saturday night's game, spokesman Glenn Geffner said. Gwynn could be having residual pain or bruising from getting hit on the knee by a pitch from Chicago's Mark Clark on April 23, Geffner said.

CARDINALS 5, MARLINS 4: Mark McGwire hit the ball so far, it took the St. Louis Cardinals two full innings to figure out how far it went.

McGwire hit a drive estimated at a Busch Stadium-record 545 feet, tying for the major league lead with his 16th home run.

Mike Piazza, traded from Los Angeles to Florida on Friday night in a startling seven-player deal, had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the seventh that tied it at 4.

CUBS 5, REDS 4: Sammy Sosa hit a three-run homer and the Chicago Cubs held on for a rough-and-tumble victory that included Jack McKeon's first ejection as the Cincinnati Reds' manager.

Cubs catcher Scott Servais was bowled over by Jon Nunnally but held on for a first-inning out that helped Mark Clark (3-5) settle in for his first victory since April 6. The right-hander snapped a streak of five straight losses by holding the Reds to eight hits in seven-plus innings.

METS 4, GIANTS 1: Alberto Castillo hit his first major league homer and John Olerud drove in two runs as the New York Mets built an early lead and beat the San Francisco Giants.

Rick Reed (4-2) won his third straight start, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings as New York stopped a three-game losing streak.

John Franco pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save in 10 chances. Franco, who tied Jeff Reardon for third on the career list at 367, allowed San Francisco's first two runners to reach, but Brent Mayne lined into a double play and Rey Sanchez popped out.

Kirk Rueter (4-3) lasted just three innings for the Giants, allowing four runs and six hits.

BREWERS 7, ROCKIES 5: Rookie Geoff Jenkins drove in four runs with a three-run homer and an RBI double, and the Milwaukee Brewers handed the Colorado Rockies their sixth straight loss, 7-5 on Saturday.

Scott Karl (5-1) went six innings, limiting the Rockies to seven hits and three runs, only one of them earned. Doug Jones pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances as Colorado's home record fell to 4-15, worst in the majors.

RED SOX 5, ROYALS 0: Steve Avery made a strong bid to revive his career and Mo Vaughn and Damon Buford homered.

Avery, who has struggled since his success with Atlanta in the early '90s, allowed three hits in five shutout innings in his first start since his recall Friday from Triple-A Pawtucket. Rich Garces pitched 2 2/3 innings and Tom Gordon finished for his major league-leading 15th save in 16 chances.

MARINERS 8, BLUE JAYS 1: Alex Rodriguez homered twice and Jeff Fassero took a shutout into the ninth.

Rodriguez's 14th homer was Seattle's only hit through six innings against Juan Guzman (1-6), who lost to the Mariners and Fassero for the second time in a week.

Rodriguez added a three-run homer in the eighth.

INDIANS 10, RANGERS 3: Brian Giles and Mark Whiten each homered and drove in four runs.

In his first at-bat after a game-winning, 14th-inning homer Friday night, Giles hit a three-run shot to cap a five-run first against Bobby Witt whose ERA rose to 7.74.

Whiten, in his second start since the Indians signed him from the Mexican League, joined Jim Thome in the seventh for Cleveland's first back-to-back homers this season.

ANGELS 8, TIGERS 6: Tim Salmon, in a slump for more than a month, went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.

Salmon, who entered the game just 2-for-21 (.095) since returning from a foot injury May 9, hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth.

Norberto Martin added a two-run homer, and Jim Edmonds a disputed solo shot for the Angels, who also had six doubles. Gary DiSarcina had two doubles and a single.

Frank Catalanotto homered for the Tigers, whose winning streak was snapped at three games.

YANKEES 5, TWINS 2: Derek Jeter tied a career high with four hits and the New York Yankees stopped their second two-game losing streak of the season.

Ramiro Mendoza (3-1) and Mariano Rivera combined on a four-hitter for the Yankees (27-9), who won 25 of 28 before the consecutive losses to Texas and Minnesota.

Jeter, who extended his hitting-streak to 12 games, had a double and three singles, while scoring the Yankees's first three runs off Bob Tewksbury (3-6). Jeter is 11-for-23 in his last five games with seven RBI and seven runs scored.

Tewksbury lost his third straight decision, allowing all five runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. New York stopped Minnesota's winning streak at a season-high four.

DEVIL RAYS 5, ORIOLES 2: Rolando Arrojo pitched five strong innings before departing with an injury and Fred McGriff broke out of the longest slump of his career with three hits.

Eric Davis hit his team-high eighth homer for the Orioles, who set a club record by homering in their 18th straight game.

Arrojo (6-2) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing one unearned run, striking out five and walking none. He left with an undisclosed injury after Roberto Alomar doubled to lead off the sixth.

ATHLETICS 11, WHITE SOX 3: Rookie Ben Grieve had four hits, Oakland tied a team record with seven doubles and Blake Stein got his first major league victory.

Stein (1-1), a rookie who lost to the White Sox on May 10 in his only other major-league start, gave up two runs on seven hits over seven innings. The 24-year-old right-hander, acquired from St. Louis in the Mark McGwire trade last year, walked one and struck out four.

Carlos Castillo (1-3), replacing demoted starter James Baldwin in the rotation, gave up seven hits and one walk over 3 2/3 innings. It was Castillo's third career start and first this year.

Grieve went 4-for-6 with a homer, three doubles and two RBI to lead Oakland's 15-hit attack off three White Sox pitchers.


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