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Suzuki, Tinsley impress Mariners

Makoto Suzuki, an 18-year-old Japanese pitcher, worked two scoreless innings in Seattle's win over San Diego Saturday. Suzuki's first pitch was driven to centerfield by Derek Bell for a double, but the 6-foot-3 right-hander retired the next six batters. "He had a good, live fastball," pitching coach Sammy Ellis said. "He has been very composed with all of the media coverage." In a news conference after the game, Suzuki faced six television cameras and 40 reporters, including two dozen Japanese journalists.

Lee Tinsley hit for the cycle with a single in the second, a triple in the fourth, a home run in the seventh and a double in the eighth.

BOSTON: Roger Clemens allowed only one hit in three scoreless innings in a win over Minnesota. Mike Greenwell singled in one run and scored two, and Billy Hatcher drove in two runs and scored one.

CALIFORNIA: P.J. Forbes had three RBI in a loss to the Chicago Cubs. Hilly Hathaway allowed four runs, including home runs to Shawon Dunston and Ryne Sandberg.

CHICAGO: Michael Jordan made his first spring training start and drove in his first run with a short sacrifice fly in the White Sox's win over Texas. "You always think of the Mighty Casey stepping up with the bases loaded and he strikes out," Jordan said. "I just wanted to make contact."

CLEVELAND: Three pitchers _ including free-agent signee Dennis Martinez _ held Detroit scoreless on one hit through six innings in the Indians' win. Martinez started with two scoreless innings in which he allowed one hit, and Bill Wertz and Julian Tavarez followed with two scoreless and hitless innings. Eddie Murray and Sandy Alomar homered, and Albert Belle had two RBI.

DETROIT: Free-agent signee David Wells allowed three runs, including Sandy Alomar's homer leading off the second, in two innings of a loss to Cleveland.

KANSAS CITY: Michael Tucker drove in five runs with three of the Royals' 16 hits in a win over Houston. Brian McRae added three hits and two RBI, and reliever Stan Belinda got the win despite allowing two runs and three hits in less than two innings.

MILWAUKEE: Ted Higuera has been on the disabled list 457 days and on the active roster 89 days in the past three seasons since surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, but he's in the club's plans for the starting rotation. "I think we're further ahead with Teddy than we were two years ago," manager Phil Garner said. "He made eight starts for us last year, he pitched four starts in winter ball and he's had no problems this spring. Furthermore, we're one more year removed from the surgery." Higuera was the loser against Oakland despite allowing just one of 10 batters to reach base.

MINNESOTA: Chito Martinez hit a two-run homer and Pedro Munoz had two hits, but Minnesota lost to Boston and fell to 0-3 in exhibition play. Starter Scott Erickson gave up two runs and was the loser.

NEW YORK: Spring training instructor Reggie Jackson has made Danny Tartabull his personal project. Jackson rides Tartabull every day. "It's all in fun," he said. "He's got a chance to load up the basket." Tartabull listens and endures much of Jackson's good-natured teasing, but the other day he nailed Jackson with one of the Hall of Famer's own quotes. "Everyone here knows," Tartabull began, "I'm not the straw that stirs the drink."

OAKLAND: Bobby Witt overpowered Milwaukee for the first three innings, and Scott Brosius had a three-run double in the Athletics' win. Witt faced 10 batters and only an error kept him from being perfect.

TEXAS: Jose Canseco hit his second homer and Dean Palmer also homered in a loss to the White Sox. Starter and loser Kenny Rogers, a 15-game winner a year ago, allowed Robin Ventura's two home runs.

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