When Atlanta's Fred McGriff talks, Botson's Mo Vaughn listens. They discussed hitting for about 15 minutes before the Red Sox faced the Braves Friday, and Vaughn put what he learned to good use with two homers and five RBI. "It was nice, because you're only as good as your peers think you are," Vaughn said. "He said some very nice things about me." McGriff said he wasn't surprised by the outbreak. "Mo's a good hitter," Mc Griff said. "He proved it today."
CALIFORNIA: With the Angels trailing by four runs in the eighth inning, Bo Jackson hit a grand slam to help the team beat the Rockies. "Bo knows dramatics," manager Buck Rodgers said. "That's why you pay some guys $5-million and some guys $500. The minute I saw the ball, I just looked at the flagpole and waited for it to land. We don't know if we're seeing the tail end of his first career, or the beginning of his second one, but it's going to be fun to find out." Eduardo Perez, son of former Cincinnati Reds great Tony Perez, delivered the game-winning hit, a two-out pinch single that drove in two runs in the eighth.
CHICAGO: The team gave one-year contracts to pitchers Wilson Alvarez, Larry Thomas and Jeff Schwarz, catcher Matt Merullo and outfielder Warren Newson. The club also announced that it renewed the contract of pitcher Jason Bere. No terms were revealed but Alvarez, 15-8 last season, said he received a $265,000 base salary, up from $180,000 a year ago. Bere was 12-5 last season.
CLEVELAND: Pitcher Charles Nagy appeared completely recovered from shoulder surgery, retiring the first five batters he faced against Detroit.
DETROIT: Danny Bautista sustained a bruise under his right eye after a foul ball bounced up and hit him on the face. He was replaced by non-roster invitee Junior Felix, who homered along with Alan Trammell against the Indians. Milt Cuyler, who lost his centerfield job to Eric Davis last year, had a run-scoring double.
KANSAS CITY: Starter Kevin Appier allowed four hits, five walks and five runs in 1 innings in a loss to the Marlins. "Horrible," Appier said. The Royals made three errors, but manager Hal McRae found a bright side. "To get a little offense on the first day was very nice," he said.
MILWAUKEE: Ricky Bones pitched the first two innings and allowed two runs against the A's. Bob Scanlan and Mike Fetters turned in fine performances, combining for four shutout innings while allowing just two hits.
MINNESOTA: Kent Hrbek hit a two-run homer in a loss to St. Louis. Starter Jim Deshaies gave up two earned runs in two innings.
NEW YORK: The team reduced its roster to 47 by optioning pitcher Mariano Rivera to Double-A Albany and sending three others to their minor league camp in Tampa _ pitcher Matt Drews and catchers Kiki Hernandez and Tom Wilson. Bernie Williams had three hits and shortstop Robert Eenhoorn two, including his second homer in two days, in the intrasquad game. Melido Perez, coming off shoulder surgery, pitched two innings, giving up two hits, including Eenhoorn's homer.
OAKLAND: Bob Welch started against the Brewers and went three innings, allowing one hit, a leadoff homer by Greg Vaughn in the second. Carlos Reyes followed with two shutout innings before the Brewers broke through for a pair of runs off Ed Vosberg.
SEATTLE: The offense came out hot against San Diego, with Ken Griffey Jr. driving in five runs, four on a 450-foot grand slam. Rich Amaral went 2-for-2 and scored two runs. Edgar Martinez had a run-scoring single. Tino Martinez hit an opposite-field homer. "This offense is going to keep pitchers in trouble all season," Griffey said.
TEXAS: Will Clark hit a two-run single in his Rangers debut, and Jose Canseco, who missed the final three months last season after tearing a ligament in his elbow, homered in the Rangers' win over the White Sox. It isn't easy being Michael Jordan, Clark said after the former NBA superstar made his exhibition debut. "It's a little out of whack," Clark said. "Anytime a guy hits a foul ball and everybody stands up and cheers, it's a little crazy. I wouldn't want to be in Michael's shoes. His every move is critiqued."
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