The exhibition game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays had all the makings of an East showdown.
The matchup had Roger Clemens starting for the Red Sox against Jack Morris of the Blue Jays. There was a capacity crowd and an ESPN national TV audience.The Red Sox won 11-4 and everybody had a good time with no pressure in the air.
Morris, who gave up four runs in four innings, would have none of the regular-season hype being attached.
"It doesn't mean anything. It means get your work in, have some fun with it," said Morris, who gave up all four runs in the second inning when the Red Sox batted around for five hits, including a leadoff homer by Ellis Burks.
"It's not a live situation. It's a tester is what it is. It's spring training game," said Morris, who signed for $10.85 million over two years with Toronto after helping the Minnesota Twins to the World Series championship last season.
Wade Boggs doubled home two runs in the sixth inning, snapping a 4-4 tie. Boggs, who had two hits and three RBIs, doubled off losing reliever Pat Hentgen. He advanced to third when center fielder Turner Ward mishandled the ball, and scored on a wild pitch.
Clemens, who gave up two runs on six hits, including John Olerud's homer leading off the second, agreed with Morris' assessment of the game's importance.
"It is meaningless. It's just a spring training game," said Clemens, who threw 72 pitches in his fourth exhibition start.
Yankees 4, Phillies 3 1/3 At Clearwater, Fla., Don Mattingly drove in three runs in a rain-shortened game as the New York Yankees won their fourth straight.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who was ordered to give up day-to-day operation of the team in August 1990 by commissioner Fay Vincent, attended his first Yankees game since then.
Cardinals 7, Pirates 2 1/3 At Bradenton, Fla., Rich Gedman and winning pitcher Juan Agosto drove in two runs each in a six-run St. Louis sixth inning against non-roster left-hander Mike Dalton in an exhibition game called after seven innings by rain.
Tigers 14, Royals 3 1/3 At Lakeland, Fla., Travis Fryman hit a three-run triple and Cecil Fielder a two-run homer, all in Detroit's five-run fourth, as the Tigers defeated Kansas City in a rain-shortened game. Bill Gullickson, the Tigers' 20-game winner last season, gave up all three Royals' runs on three hits and four walks over five innings.
Rangers 5, Orioles 0 1/3 At St. Petersburg, Fla., Baltimore's Rick Sutcliffe gave up five runs in the fourth inning as Texas beat the Orioles in a game called after five innings by rain.
Reds 7, Astros 3
At Plant City, Fla., Joe Oliver hit his second grand slam of the spring to help Cincinnati defeat Houston.
Mets 9, Braves 3
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Bret Saberhagen pitched six strong innings and Chris Donnels drove in three runs as New York had 14 hits in beating Atlanta.
Twins 0, White Sox 0 (51/2)
At Sarasota, Fla., Minnesota and Chicago ended in a scoreless tie in a game called after 51/2 innings because of rain.
Athletics 10, Cubs 3
At Mesa, Ariz., Dave Stewart, who is coming off knee surgery, had his first solid outing of the spring for Oakland.
Stewart (1-1) came into the game with a 6.92 ERA, but allowed the Cubs only three runs on five hits in six innings, and looked the best he has this spring.
Indians 8, Giants 2
At Scottsdale, Ariz., Junior Ortiz and Jerry Browne each drove in three runs as Cleveland pounded 16 hits in beating San Francisco.
Mariners 8, Angels 5
At Palm Springs, Calif., Pete O'Brien drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double to key a seven-run Seattle rally in the top of the ninth inning against California.
Brewers 7, Padres 3
At Yuma, Ariz., Milwaukee scored seven runs in the first inning against San Diego ace Bruce Hurst. Brewers winner Bill Wegman gave up four hits and one run in five innings.