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Torre, Francona enjoy new setting

Dodgers manager Joe Torre, left, and Red Sox manager Terry Francona can resume their friendship in the open.

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Dodgers manager Joe Torre, left, and Red Sox manager Terry Francona can resume their friendship in the open.

If Joe Torre and Terry Francona had hugged at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium, it might have been seen as an act of treason. Under the sun of spring training Thursday in Fort Myers, there was hardly a rivalry in sight. Especially now that the managers are in different leagues.

There was Francona, fresh off his second World Series title with Boston, putting his arm around Torre behind home plate. There was Torre, out of New York and now with the Dodgers, smiling with his friend in the dugout.

"It's nice to chat with him without someone thinking that some covert operation was going on," Torre kidded after the Dodgers beat the Red Sox 9-6.

When Torre was in New York, he and Francona used to talk on the phone after Yankees-Red Sox series. They were always friends, although they could hardly afford to be so cordial on the field.

"I never went out there to the batting cage" to greet Torre, Francona said, "not just because of me. I just didn't want to put him in that position. People don't want to see that."

Yanks starter slapped around: Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam and a two-run single, as the Reds roughed up Chien-Ming Wang in a 12-8 victory over the Yankees.

Wang, a 19-game winner the past two years who is lined up to start opening day, failed to make it through the first inning. The Reds got six runs on six hits, and Wang left after retiring only two batters.

"My stride was too long," Wang said. "My ball was not moving. I'll fix it quick."

Meanwhile, reliever Kyle Farnsworth said he had communication problems with former manager Torre.

"It's tough when you lose the confidence of your manager," Farnsworth said. "You come in and prepare yourself day in and day out, and you have no clue about anything."

Farnsworth went 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in 64 games last season but never threw more than one inning in an outing.

Angels: Ace John Lackey, out with a sore throwing shoulder, threw in the bullpen. Lackey said he would be able to make four spring starts and be ready by opening day, but manager Mike Scioscia said five starts is the minimum to open the season. "Unless something unforeseen would happen, we would at least want John to be at 100 pitches so that he can pitch deep enough into his first start," Scioscia said.

Blue Jays: Closer B.J. Ryan's spring debut is being delayed. Ryan, who had season-ending left elbow surgery in May, will pitch one inning in a simulated game Saturday and another Tuesday.

Cardinals: Skip Schumaker, Joe Mather and Albert Pujols hit consecutive home runs off Marlins closer Kevin Gregg in the fifth inning of a 5-2 win.

Cubs: Kerry Wood threw a scoreless inning for the second straight time in a 2-1 loss to the A's.

Dodgers: Second baseman Jeff Kent said his pulled hamstring did not require any tests and he will be back hitting today — his 40th birthday. Kent injured his right hamstring while sprinting during warmups Wednesday and likely won't play for a week.

Giants: Pitcher Noah Lowry is scheduled to have surgery on his left forearm today after a recent bout of wildness and is probably out until the end of April. Lowry was 14-8 last season. & Kevin Frandsen is out as shortstop, replaced by nonroster invitee Brian Bocock while the team continues to search for a temporary replacement for Omar Vizquel. Frandsen has committed a team-leading three errors.

Marlins: Left-hander Scott Olsen has been scratched from his start because of left shoulder tendinitis.

Padres: Centerfielder Jim Edmonds will be out for a day or two with a calf injury.

Red Sox: Closer Jonathan Papelbon agreed to a $775,000, one-year contract, nearly doubling his salary. Papelbon was among 18 Red Sox players who agreed to one-year deals, putting the entire 40-man major-league roster under contract. Papelbon earned $425,550 last season, when he had 37 saves in 40 opportunities and a 1.85 ERA, then saved three of the four World Series games against Colorado.

Royals: Former Gator Ryan Shealy is making a case to break camp as the starting first baseman. Shealy led off the bottom of the ninth with a homer in a 4-3 win against the Diamondbacks. Shealy began last season as the starter but lost the job after a slow start (three homers in 172 at-bats) and hamstring injuries. He is competing with former USF standout Ross Gload and Billy Butler.

Twins: Former Ray Delmon Young went 3-for-3 with a two-run single in an 8-7 win over the Orioles. Young is hitting .615 (8-for-13) in the spring.

Best bet of the day

Astros at Yankees, 1:15, Legends Field, Tampa: Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte starts against the team he played for from 2004 to 2006 as the Astros pay a visit. New York reliever Mariano Rivera is scheduled to make his first spring appearance.


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

Torre, Francona enjoy new setting 03/06/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:29am]
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