Pitcher Abbott's first hit as a big-leaguer is a triple

Published March 19, 1991|Updated Oct. 13, 2005

Jim Abbott, who has overcome the handicap of one hand to pitch in the major leagues, hit a 400-foot triple in Monday's spring game against San Francisco. Abbott got a standing ovation at Scottsdale Stadium when he tripled into the gap in right-centerfield, his first hit as a big-leaguer.

"It was a fastball," Abbott said. "I think he (pitcher Rick Reuschel) was being kind."

In other team news, Greg Walker's attempted comeback from a series of injuries and medical problems ended when the first baseman returned home to Douglas, Ga.

Elsewhere . . .

Athletics: Rickey Henderson said he's willing to give up the final two years of the four-year, $12-million contract he signed before last season if the team will offer him salary arbitration.

However, the outfielder said he wants to keep the no-trade clause in his contract, which is a sticking point with the A's.

"I think there's a possibility of resolving it in a way that's acceptable to both sides," said general manager Sandy Alderson, who met with Henderson on Monday.

Braves: First baseman Nick Esasky, in his first action since April 21, lined a sharp single in a "B" game against the Expos.

The 31-year-old Esasky walked once, struck out once, popped out to infield twice and got the line drive in his final at-bat.

Esasky played in only nine games last season because of vertigo.

Mets: Dwight Gooden said Monday the club had offered him a new proposal for a contract extension, one that would pay him $13.8-million for three years.

Jim Neader, the pitcher's St. Petersburg-based agent, said there was no timetable on when he would respond officially to the Mets.

Dodgers: Orel Hershiser, whose comeback from surgery on his right shoulder had been progressing rapidly, was sidelined Monday by some tenderness in the shoulder.

Monday's games

Mets 6, Braves 2: Kevin Baez broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run sixth-inning single and Julio Valera pitched three perfect innings of relief for New York.

Pirates 15, Twins 5: Pittsburgh had 23 hits, including RBI doubles by Tom Prince, Jose Lind, Jeff King, Lloyd McClendon and Ty Gainey in an eight-run third inning.

Yankees 2, Expos 0: Don Mattingly hit a two-run homer and Chuck Cary pitched five innings of four-hit ball.

Mariners 6, Indians 0: Omar Vizquel had three hits, including a two-run homer.

Astros 5, Tigers 4: Tony Eusebio's infield single in the ninth inning give Houston a 5-4 victory, lifting the Astros' spring training record to 8-1.

Cubs 11, Padres 9: Andre Dawson hit his first home run, and Derrick May had two hits and four RBI as the Cubs rallied from a 6-2 deficit.

Brewers 10, Athletics 4: Dante Bichette homered and doubled for Milwaukee.