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Worrell unhappy with early work

Closer Todd Worrell earned his first save of the spring when he didn't even want to be in the game Saturday. Plagued by arm trouble last year, Worrell allowed a leadoff single but pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the Dodgers' win over Florida. Worrell complained to pitching coach Ron Perranoski about his assignment. "They've got me stepping off the rubber and throwing over to first, which is all well and good," he said. "But I'm trying to get my act together. I don't have time the first couple of weeks of spring training to be making a bunch of pickoff moves. I'd rather be coming in in the middle of the game. This didn't give me an opportunity to improve my stuff."

First-round draft pick Darren Dreifort, in his first major-league game, pitched two hitless innings. He entered in the fourth inning, gave up back-to-back walks with one out and got a double play. He retired the side in order in the fifth and got the win.

ATLANTA: Jeff Blauser had two hits, including a decisive single, and rookie catcher Javier Lopez also singled twice in a win over Montreal.

CHICAGO: Shawon Dunston homered for the second straight day and Ryne Sandberg and Glenallen Hill also homered in a win over California. Dunston's homer with a runner on cut the Angels' lead to 6-5 before Sandberg's two-run homer put the Cubs ahead for good.

COLORADO: Leftfielder Howard Johnson was scratched from the lineup when he developed mild back spasms before the Rockies' loss to San Francisco. The spasms were described as not as severe as back spasms he suffered two weeks ago.

FLORIDA: Projected starters Dave Weathers and Pat Rapp pitched two innings each and struggled in a loss to Los Angeles. Weathers allowed five hits and three runs, including homers on consecutive pitches. Rapp gave up three hits and two runs and was the loser.

HOUSTON: Steve Finley had two hits, including a run-scoring triple, and Scott Servais homered and doubled twice in a loss to Kansas City.

MONTREAL: Third baseman Sean Berry was playing for laughs. Not on the field, though. He was part of a warmup act for comedian David Brenner when Montreal's Just For Laughs festival staged a version of its show in Hollywood. "I was up on stage for three or four minutes and I found the pressure intense," Berry said. "I took my young son up there as a security blanket. I figured if I brought him along, I wouldn't get booed."

NEW YORK: Bret Saberhagen threw off the mound for 15 minutes and said he is healthy. Saberhagen, who missed his scheduled start Thursday because of a self-described "dead arm," did not appear to have any problems and is expected to start in a "B' game Monday morning.

PITTSBURGH: Scott Bullett and Lloyd McClendon, competing for a reserve outfield job, each homered in a win over Cincinnati. McClendon put the Pirates up 4-3 in the sixth with his homer off Scott Service. After Jerome Walton's run-scoring single tied the game, Bullett put Pittsburgh ahead with a drive off non-roster left-hander Kevin Wickander. Bullett had only one homer with Triple-A Buffalo and Pittsburgh last season, but hit seven in the Arizona fall instructional league.

SAN DIEGO: Andy Benes, the Padres' scheduled Opening Day pitcher, allowed two runs and four hits in two innings of a 7-0 loss to Seattle. He struck out one and walked Keith Mitchell with the bases loaded in the first when he missed on a three-and-two pitch. He also hit Mike Blowers with an errant fastball. Last week, Benes underwent a magnetic resonance imaging scan on his swollen right knee. The MRI showed no serious damage and Benes has not missed any camp.

SAN FRANCISCO: John Burkett, Tony Menendez and Rich Monteleone held the Rockies scoreless on four hits through seven innings. Burkett, a 22-game winner last season who will start Opening Day, allowed two hits over the first three innings. He was hit on the right shin by Herm Winning- ham's line drive in the bottom of the second, but said he should be fine.

_ TIMES WIRES

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