Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Return to China? They don't mind

The Dodgers’ George Lombard, left, and Paul Xavier misplay a fly ball during their game in China.

Associated Press

The Dodgers’ George Lombard, left, and Paul Xavier misplay a fly ball during their game in China.

BEIJING — Almost everyone is ready to play more baseball in China. Whether they want to eat more Chinese food in Beijing — particularly some exotic offerings — is another matter.

"Some of the things were very different and not my style of food," Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff said Sunday after his team beat the Dodgers 6-3 in the second of a two-game exhibition series — the first major-league games in China.

Josh Geer earned the win, and Scott Hairston hit a go-ahead, two-run double to help the Padres overcome a three-run deficit.

Chinese fans struggled to understand baseball, cheering foul balls and sitting silently for a seventh-inning chorus of Take Me Out to the Ball Game. For Kouzmanoff, the trials came choking down a few delicacies.

He sampled silk worm in a streetside market, something called a sea scorpion and snake.

"It was pretty gross," said Kouzmanoff, who paid $5 for the three-course meal. "I think the taste was better than the smell. The snake was extremely rubbery. It was like chewing on a rubber band."

Saturday's opener ended 3-3 after nine innings, not unusual for a preseason game. Sunday's game drew a near-sellout crowd of 11,890 to the new Olympic baseball venue in west Beijing, down slightly from 12,224 the previous day.

"I would love to come back," Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt said. "I feel we would be making a mistake if we felt that by playing these exhibition games the job was done. The job has just begun."

Despite no back pain, Beckett won't travel

FORT MYERS — Josh Beckett will stay behind when the Red Sox fly 7,500 miles to Tokyo on Wednesday, even though he threw a ball 75 feet without back pain.

"He's not going to go with us to Japan," manager Terry Francona said of his ace right-hander, who probably would have started Boston's regular-season opener against the Athletics. "Talked to him this morning about it. He completely understands. … It's just not the right thing to do."

Beckett threw for the first time in eight days since hurting his back. Pitching coach John Farrell said Beckett felt no discomfort or restrictions in his arm action and his follow through. But Farrell was pessimistic that he would pitch in Boston's third or fourth regular season games, April 1-2 in Oakland.

Angels: Outfielder Garret Anderson was out of the lineup for a split-squad game at the Cubs because of irritation in his right knee and is day to day.

Braves: Rightfielder Jeff Francoeur was hit on the left side of his face by a pitch from the Cardinals' Todd Wellemeyer. X-rays were negative, and Francoeur could be back in the lineup in a few days.

Blue Jays: Right-hander Dustin McGowan struck out four and walked none but gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings in an 8-3 win over the Twins.

Marlins: Left-hander Scott Olsen, recovering from shoulder tendinitis, threw a two-inning, 35-pitch simulated game and could be in line to pitch Thursday.

Mets: Pedro Martinez pitched four scoreless innings in his spring debut, and Carlos Delgado needed four stitches to close a bloody gash in his arm after a freak accident in a split-squad game. Delgado hit an RBI double in the third inning and later took a lead off third base. Brady Clark swung and broke his bat, and the jagged barrel sailed down the line and speared Delgado on the outside of his right forearm. He is expected to be out a couple of days. … Catcher Ramon Castro felt a twinge in his right hamstring while running out a single, was pulled as a precaution and will have an MRI exam today.

Phillies: Brett Myers had an encouraging tuneup for his opening day start, allowing five hits over seven innings in a 6-2 win over the Reds.

Pirates: Ian Snell, 9-12 last season with a 3.76 ERA in 32 starts, agreed to three-year contract worth at least $8-million that includes team options for 2011 and 2012. Snell would have been eligible for salary arbitration after next season.

Yankees: Former catcher Jim Leyritz, facing DUI manslaughter charges in South Florida, visited former teammates before a game with the Indians. Leyritz spent 1 hour, 40 minutes in the clubhouse but didn't stop to talk with reporters as he left Legends Field. Leyritz pleaded not guilty last month to a charge of DUI manslaughter by unlawful blood-alcohol levels. Police said Leyritz drove his SUV through a red light Dec. 28 in Fort Lauderdale and crashed into another vehicle. He had pleaded not guilty to a charge of DUI manslaughter with impairment.

Best bet of the day

Red Sox at Yankees, 1:15, Legends Field, Tampa: It's

St. Patrick's Day, and the Red Sox and Yankees meet for the first and only time in the spring.

>>AREA TEAMS

Blue Jays: Knology Park, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Game tickets: (727)

733-9302 or bluejays.com.

Phillies: Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Game tickets: (727) 467-4457 or

phillies.com.

Yankees: Legends Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Game tickets: (813) 879-2244 or ticketmaster.com.

Return to China? They don't mind 03/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:41am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cannon Fodder podcast: Previewing Bucs-Jaguars

    Blogs

    Greg Auman previews the Bucs' preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and talks about the $26,000 Bucs rookie dinner tab that wasn't in our latest Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast. Listen below:

    Charles Sims runs with the ball during the Bucs' game against the Jaguars last season.
  2. Plenty of unfinished business for Mitchell volleyball

    Volleyball Preps

    TRINITY — Their previous trip to New Smyrna Beach turned out to be a joyride, resulting in the Mitchell Mustangs' first spot in the state volleyball semifinals.

    Mitchell High school’s Jessie Mooney serves the ball during the 6A State High School Championship volleyball finals game against  Jensen Beach High School at the Venue on the UCF campus in Orlando.
(11/14/2015  WILLIE J. ALLEN JR.]
  3. Charles Bottoms, right, with his wife, Annie, wore the Tim Tebow Broncos jersey to Steinbrenner Field "only because I didn't want to wear my good (signed Gators) Tebow one." [RYAN ROMANO | Times]
  4. Rays morning after: 5 mistakes that led to loss to Blue Jays

    Blogs

    We've already documented elsewhere what the Rays didn't do, how they failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity to win Wednesday's game, getting just one run after loading the bases in the seventh with one out and three of …

    Jake Faria make too many mistakes, the failure to execute costing him repeatedly.
  5. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press