Originally created 04/10/00

Stottlemyre anticipating full recovery



SEATTLE -- New York Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre has a form of blood cancer that he said was diagnosed about a year ago.

The 58-year-old coach will begin treatment in New York immediately but expects to keep working with the team.

"I feel fine," Stottlemyre said Sunday. "Now it's time for me to go in and tackle this."

The cancer attacks plasma, the fluid part of the blood, and is called multiple myeloma, a malignant disease of the bone marrow. Philadelphia Flyers coach Roger Neilson has the same cancer and underwent a stem cell transplant last month.

Stottlemyre lost an 11-year-old son, Jason, to leukemia in 1981. Diamondbacks pitcher Todd Stottlemyre, Mel's son, has donated $1 million to leukemia research.

The treatment will include four months of chemotherapy, meaning Stottlemyre will miss the Yankees' home opener against Texas on Tuesday. He does not expect to miss many games this season.

In Sunday's National League action:

DIAMONDBACKS 1, PIRATES 0:

In Phoenix, Randy Johnson pitched a five-hitter and struck out 13 as the Diamondbacks blanked the pirates.

Johnson (2-0) didn't walk a batter and struck out the side in the third and eighth innings. It was his 26th career shutout and 69th complete game.

REDS 8, CUBS 7:

In Cincinnati, Ken Griffey Jr.'s two-run homer, his first with the Reds, began Cincinnati's comeback from a six-run deficit, and he walked and scored the tying run in the 11th in a come-from-behind victory over the Cubs.

CARDINALS 11, BREWERS 2:

In St. Louis, rookie Rick Ankiel had 10 strikeouts in six innings and Mark McGwire led a six-homer attack with his second long ball in as many days as the Cardinals routed the Brewers.

PHILLIES 3, ASTROS 2:

In Houston, Mickey Morandini's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning rallied the Phillies past the Astros. Jay Powell (0-1) walked Bobby Abreu to start the eighth but got the next two batters before walking Mike Lieberthal. Morandini followed with a single to center field and Abreu beat Roger Cedeno's throw to the plate.

MARLINS 7, ROCKIES 6:

In Miami, Bamberg, S.C., native Preston Wilson hit a controversial home run and Mike Lowell drove in four runs to give the Marlins a win over the Rockies. Wilson's two-run homer down the left-field line off Pedro Astacio (0-2) in the first inning, appeared to be foul by about six feet. But third-base umpire John Shulock, in his first series at Pro Player Stadium, called the ball fair.

EXPOS 2, PADRES 1:

In Montreal, Hideki Irabu pitched seven innings to rebound from a rough first NL outing and lead the Expos past the Padres.

DODGERS-METS:

In New York, an unusual spring storm forced postponement of the Dodgers-Mets game. It was rescheduled for April 24.

In Sunday's American League action:

RED SOX 5, ANGELS 2:

In Anaheim, Calif., Pedro Martinez, the only Red Sox pitcher to win this season, struck out 12 in 7 1/3 innings as Boston beat the Angels to snap a four-game losing streak. Martinez (2-0) had his streak of scoreless innings stopped at 32. The unanimous AL Cy Young winner allowed one run and five hits, and struck out at least 10 for the 10th straight start.

TWINS 13, ROYALS 7:

In Kansas City, Eric Milton didn't allow a runner until Carlos Beltran's two-out double in the seventh, and the Twins hit six homers for the first time since 1993 in beating the Royals. Ron Coomer homered twice for the Twins, and Butch Huskey, Jacque Jones, Matt Lawton and Matt LeCroy also connected.

MARINERS 9, YANKEES 3:

In Seattle, Jamie Moyer allowed three hits in eight innings and the Mariners took advantage of three errors to beat the Yankees.

ATHLETICS 14, WHITE SOX 2:

In Oakland, Jason Giambi hit a grand slam and also scored on his younger brother's sacrifice fly as the Athletics broke out of their offensive slump by pounding the White Sox.

RANGERS 7, BLUE JAYS 5:

In Arlington, Texas, Rick Helling rebounded from a rocky first start with six solid innings and David Segui hit a go-ahead single, leading the Rangers past the Blue Jays.

ORIOLES 11, TIGERS 6:

In Baltimore, Will Clark drove in three runs and the Orioles used a 16-hit attack to beat the Tigers to complete a three-game sweep. Rich Amaral, Albert Belle and Jeff Conine had three hits apiece for the Orioles.