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Fernando Valenzuela struggled in his debut for San Diego, giving up eight runs in two innings, and the Oakland Athletics went on to rout the Padres 21-6 Saturday.

The first seven A's reached base safely against Valenzuela, signed last week as a free agent. Rickey Henderson led off with a walk, and Valenzuela then allowed six straight hits and six runs."I just had bad control and bad command. All the pitches were up," said the 34-year-old left-hander, who signed for a $200,000 salary and up to $300,000 more in potential performance and attendance bonuses.

Angels 5, Giants 3

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Mitch Williams turned in a wild inning of relief in his California debut and Barry Bonds hit his second homer in three games for San Francisco.

J.R. Phillips and Jeff Reed were taken for precautionary X-rays after being hit by Williams' pitches. Also, Giants shortstop Royce Clayton hurt his ribs diving for a ball and Joe Rosselli had a bruised forearm from being hit by Chili Davis' line drive.

Williams, signed as a free agent by California, came on in the sixth and gave up a 425-foot homer to the first batter he faced, Glenallen Hill. Along with nicking Phillips and Reed, Williams threw two wild pitches and also threw away a pickoff.

Rockies 7, Mariners 4

At Peoria, Ariz., Ken Griffey Jr. hit his second home run in two games, a three-run shot for Seattle.

Griffey, who homered off San Diego's Andy Benes on Thursday, connected in the first inning off Mark Thompson. Both of Griffey's home runs have been 430 feet to center field.

Walt Weiss, Jim Tatum and Pedro Castellano hit home runs for the Rockies.

Dodgers 8, Marlins 2

At Melbourne, Fla., Eric Karros drove in three runs with a single and double to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over Florida.

Garey Ingram also doubled and tripled for the Dodgers, who beat up on Marlins pitchers Dave Weathers and Bobby Witt. Weathers allowed five runs on five hits in three innings and Witt, a newly acquired free agent, allowed two runs on four hits.

Los Angeles pitcher Pedro Astacio allowed no hits in four innings.

Tigers 8, Royals 6

At Lakeland, Fla., Kansas City manager Bob Boone lost a long argument with replacement umpire Joe Caraco in the eighth inning, and the Royals also lost the game to Detroit.

Boone contended that Juan Samuel of the Tigers wandered off first base and was tagged out after Tony Clark's bat slipped from his hands and windmilled into the stands.

Caraco, who let Boone vent without ejecting him, ruled that time was out when Samuel was tagged.

Franklin Stubbs, who played for Yucatan last season, homered for the Tigers.

Twins 5, Red Sox 3

At Fort Myers, Fla., Kevin Maas, signed in the offseason to compete for Kent Hrbek's job, hit a two-run homer that helped the Minnesota Twins beat Boston.

Hrbek retired last season, and the Twins are looking to replace his power. Maas hit well early in his career with the New York Yankees, but has struggled for a few years.

Maas homered in the fourth. Mark Whiten, recently traded by St. Louis to Boston, went 3-for-3. Jose Canseco was 0-for-4 for the second consecutive day, stranding eight batters and striking out for the fourth time in two games.

Reds 7, Indians 5

At Winter Haven, Fla., Jack Morris struggled through his first start, but Hal Morris kept the Cincinnati Reds unbeaten in spring training by driving in three runs.

The first baseman had a pair of run-scoring doubles and an RBI single as Cincinnati (3-0) rolled to a 7-2 lead in the sixth.

Jack Morris, a month away from his 40th birthday, had trouble getting his pitches over against his former teammates. He gave up one hit, two earned runs and three walks in two innings.

"I supposed I can't expect a whole lot more than that, considering I've only thrown the ball a whole 12 minutes total (in batting practice)," he said.

Yankees 4, Expos 2

At West Palm Beach, Fla., Mike Stanley hit a controversial, two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat Montreal.

Stanley's drive down the right-field line in the fourth inning appeared to be foul, but was called fair by replacement umpire Mike Holoka.

Orioles 7, Astros 6

At Kissimmee, Fla., Damon Buford's infield single capped a three-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Baltimore Orioles over Houston.

Cesar Devarez'a two-run double off Alvin Morman tied the game at 6. Buford then hit a grounder toward the right side of the infield that ricocheted off second baseman Andy Stankiewicz's chest.

White Sox 5, Rangers 3

At Port Charlotte, Fla., Tim Raines had three hits, including an RBI single, as the Chicago White Sox defeated Texas.

Coach Bucky Dent managed the Rangers in place of Johnny Oates, who left camp to be with his wife, Gloria, who became ill while driving to Florida from their home in Virginia. Team officials had no details about her illness, and said Oates is expected to miss a few days.

Blue Jays 5, Phillies 4

At Dunedin, Fla., - Paul Molitor and Robbie Alomar hit home runs, helping the Toronto Blue Jays past Philadelphia.

Felipe Crespo doubled home Shawn Green for his fourth RBI of the spring, giving Toronto a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Crespo later scored when catcher Lenny Webster fielded a bunt by Alex Gonzalez and overthrew third base.

Pirates 3, Cardinals 2

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Nelson Liriano, who tripled in a `B' game earlier, hit a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning for Pittsburgh.

Al Martin and Jeff King also homered for Pittsburgh. Liriano hit his tiebreaking homer off St. Louis closer Rene Arocha.

Cubs 16, Brewers 7

At Chandler, Ariz., Doug Glanville drove in six runs and the Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee.

Glanville doubled and singled. Rick Wilkins had three of the Cubs' 17 hits. Ozzie Timmons hit a two-run homer during the Cubs' five-run sixth inning against Mike Fetters.

Greg Vaughn had two hits for Milwaukee, including a 450-foot homer off former teammate Jaime Navarro.