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Schembechler visits but keeps distance

Does Bo hold a grudge?

Bo Schembechler, fired the day before Mike Ilitch bought the Tigers, showed up for Detroit's game against Texas Tuesday at Port Charlotte. But as he visited with old friends before the game, Bo sat in the Rangers' dugout.

"No, I'm not mad at anybody. It's just shady over here, that's all," Schembechler said.

Tom Monaghan fired Schembechler before selling the club to Ilitch in 1992. Schembechler, a football coaching legand at the University of Michigan, was president and chief executive office of the Tigers under Monaghan.

Schembechler's lawsuit against Monaghan over the firing is scheduled for trial the first week in May. He has said Monaghan promised a long-term job when he agreed to leave Michigan in 1990.

Schembechler's wife, Millie, died of cancer soon after the firing. He recently married again and is traveling with his new bride, Cathy.

"I'm traveling more, doing some speaking engagements," said Schembechler, who looked tanned and healthy. "I read more, too."

Schembechler, who works from an office in the U-M football building, serves on several boards and raises money for cancer research. He worked last season as a commentator for ABC.

"I'm happy doing what I'm doing," he said. "I keep busy. I don't know that I really need anything more."

DETROIT: Shawn Hare blooped a two-run single and scored in a four-run seventh inning that carried the Tigers past Texas 6-5. Bill Gullickson pitched three innings for the victory and Mike Henneman retired all four Rangers he faced for the save.

TEXAS: Doug Davis hit a three-run homer in the seventh against Detroit _ the Rangers' ninth homer in five games.

CHICAGO: Michael Jordan went 0-for-2 in a 3-1 victory over Minnesota at Sarasota, dropping him to 0-for-10 in his tryout as a major-leaguer. He almost got his first hit on a close play at first in the eighth inning, but umpire Matt Winans called him out.

MINNESOTA: New acquisition Jim Deshaies was the loser against the White Sox.

CALIFORNIA: Starting pitcher John Farrell, who allowed 22 home runs in 91 innings last season and has spent three years trying to overcome two reconstructive elbow surgeries, suffered another blow in Chandler, Ariz. Farrell, 31, allowed five hits and seven earned runs in 2 innings of an 11-4 loss to Milwaukee at Chandler, Ariz. The Angels have yielded 49 runs in their five games, posting a 9.86 ERA.

MILWAUKEE: Veteran Tom Brunansky, trying to claim a spot in the Milwaukee outfield, hit a three-run homer.

OAKLAND: Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, Darling and Dave Righetti saw their first action of the spring in a 4-3 loss to the Cubs at Phoenix. Eckersley allowed an unearned run in his only inning. Righetti pitched two innings, allowing one run on four hits. Henderson was 0-for-3.

SEATTLE: Jay Buhner, who tied his career best with 27 home runs last season and signed a big contract this year, hit his first homer of the spring and drove in four runs to lead the Mariners to a 5-2 victory over the Rockies in Peoria, Ariz.

KANSAS CITY: Starting ace Kevin Appier held Florida to an infield single and struck out three in three innings, helping the Royals beat the Marlins 4-3 in a split-squad game at Baseball City.

NEW YORK: Sterling Hitchcock and his agent met with general manager Gene Michael to discuss the 22-year-old left-hander's future _ and his comments that the Yankees trumpet their young players and then send them to the minor leagues. Hitchcock last week accused the team of giving prospects six or seven starts "before bringing in another Dave LaPoint," the New York Daily News reported.

BOSTON: Mo Vaughn hit his third homer of the spring as the Red Sox moved to 4-1, beating Montreal 8-5 at Fort Myers. Greg Blosser's three-run double broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh, and Jeff McNeely's three hits included a two-run double.

CLEVELAND: Ex-Phillie Ruben Amaro, expected to platoon in rightfield, and Jim Thome homered to lead a 21-hit attack as the Indians routed a Kansas City split squad 15-4 in Winter Haven.

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