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Osborne scratched; injury not serious

Cardinals LHP Donovan Osborne was scratched as the starting pitcher Tuesday night against the Phillies after complaining of stiffness in his non-throwing shoulder. Osborne is listed as day-to-day and should be able to make one more start.

RHP Brady Raggio, likely a minor-leaguer this season, started in Osborne's place.

OF Andy Van Slyke will miss at least the first two weeks with a torn left calf muscle. He will be in extended spring training.

Just after ceremonies commemorating the Cardinals' last season in St. Petersburg, the game was delayed 32 minutes by rain. With the rain delay, the first inning lasted an hour and six minutes.

St. Louis players and coaches met with Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Donald Fehr for about an hour before the game. Fehr discussed new policies and updated on union activity.

RHP Matt Morris will get his last spring start today against the Blue Jays' Woody Williams in Dunedin. Morris will start the Cardinals' fifth regular-season game April 5 at Houston.



Tartabull beaned in head

ST. PETERSBURG _ Phillies outfielder Danny Tartabull was beaned in the head by Cardinals RHP Brady Raggio in the second inning. Tartabull fell to the ground and lay at home plate for several minutes.

Tartabull, who did not lose consciousness, left the field with trainers' help. He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital for X-rays. His status should be known today.

RHP Mark Portugal is listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's start with inflammation in his right elbow. Portugal, who has a 7.62 ERA in 13 innings, may pitch Friday. "We'll have to see how he looks," manager Terry Francona said.

RHP Mike Grace left after two-thirds of an inning and 42 pitches with a sore arm. His status was unknown.

RHP Edgar Ramos is improving after being struck on the right hand by a line drive Saturday. He is day-to-day.

RHP Bobby Munoz starts today in Haines City against the Royals.



Someone has to give

TAMPA _ If the blockbuster swap between the Braves and Indians wasn't enough proof that no player is safe from the trading block, the words of New York general manager Bob Watson should convince the Yankees few players are untouchable.

"I've got 26 bodies for 25 slots, so something's going to get done. What that is, I don't know," Watson said. "It's the last week of spring training _ we'll see what happens."

Manager Joe Torre must decide between an extra outfielder or infielder, since it's likely the Yankees will start the season with 11 pitchers on the roster. Barring a move of RHP Jeff Nelson to the disabled list _ he's slightly behind schedule because of a sore elbow _ 2B Pat Kelly and LF Tim Raines are on the bubble.

"Kelly's playing some outfield; we're moving (Mariano) Duncan around. (OF Mark) Whiten is able to play, so we're able to evaluate what we want to do there," Watson said. "I just want to give Joe the best club possible."

Although Torre has praised Raines' speed, instincts and bat control, he also values Kelly's defensive prowess as a middle infielder.

"Ideally I'd like to have four outfielders and an infielder that can play the outfield," Torre said. "Everybody has a plus here. Kelly has the plus of defense and he can steal a base."

RHP Dwight Gooden got the win against Minnesota, giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings. Raines, 1B Tino Martinez and C Jorge Posada each had two RBI in the 6-4 victory.

Tuesday morning, LHP Kenny Rogers' wife, Rebecca, gave birth 10 days early to the couple's second child, a 7-pound, 13-ounce boy. They also have a daughter, Jessica. Rogers threw on the side at Legends Field before leaving to join his family.

RHP Ramiro Mendoza (2-0, 1.29) starts for the Yankees in Port Charlotte today against Texas RHP Bobby Witt (2-2, 3.32).



Spring ends in Plant City

PLANT CITY _ Cincinnati closed its spring shop at Plant City Stadium with a 6-1 win over the Tigers.

The average attendance was just under 3,500 through 14 dates at Plant City Stadium. The Reds will play five spring road games before opening the season at home against Colorado on Tuesday.

But will the Reds be back in Plant City? After 10 years, they have not renewed a contract with the city, leaving next spring in limbo.

Willie Greene has all but settled in as the starting third baseman. In 23 games, he is hitting .324 and leads the team with 14 RBI. His seven spring doubles surpass his 1996 season total, five.

Starting pitcher Kent Mercker was taken out of the game in the top of the fifth after a line drive by Tigers pitcher Brian Moehler struck his left foot. The injury was diagnosed as a bruise.

C Joe Oliver is scheduled for surgery this morning to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb.

LHP Joey Eischen, acquired from the Padres on Sunday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

The Reds plan to name the umpires' room at Cinergy Field for John McSherry, who died after collapsing during the home opener last season.



Upstaged and outscored

WINTER HAVEN _ It just wasn't the Blue Jays' day. Their game against the Indians was overshadowed by Cleveland's blockbuster trade with Atlanta _ and called after seven innings because of rain with the Indians leading 2-1.

Juan Guzman (2-2) went the abbreviated distance for Toronto, giving up two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out one.