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MARINERS BITE BULLET, KEEP TRIO

Randy Johnson, Chris Bosio and Edgar Martiniez are staying put with the Seattle Mariners.

The trio has been the subject of trade rumors since spring training for regular players began April 7, and manager Lou Piniella said the speculation was distracting players. On Tuesday, the Mariners did something about it."We have no intention of trading Randy Johnson. He is our No. 1 starter and one of the premier pitchers in the game today," Mariners chairman John Ellis said. "In addition, we have no current plans to make other trades unless we believe we can strengthen our club and improve our chances of winning in 1995 and beyond."

Johnson, the highest-priced Mariner with a $4 million salary, seemed particularly upset by all the distractions. On Monday, he criticized general manager Woody Woodward's handling of the situation and declared he "would prefer to be traded" if it weren't for his teammates.

The Mariners' current player payroll is about $33 million, almost $4 million over budget. With Tuesday night's announcement, the owners essentially agreed to bite the bullet this year and leave the team intact.

Meanwhile, Roger Clemens found out that he will not get to pitch for Boston on opening day, even though he had a pain-free workout Tuesday in his recovery from a stiff shoulder.

Boston manager Kevin Kennedy said the right-hander had already missed so much time that he can't possibly be ready for the April 26 game at Fenway Park against Minnesota. Instead, Aaron Sele will get start.

Greg Maddux, who has chicken pox, planned to throw on an isolated field today and may find out if he'll be Atlanta's starter in the season-opener against San Francisco. Meanwhile, his teammates are being tested for immunity to chicken pox.

"Put it this way, I don't feel like anything is wrong with me. If I didn't look at myself and see the spots, I wouldn't know I had them," Maddux said.

Texas slugger Juan Gonzalez will miss his team's opener. Gonzalez hurt his back bending over to tie his shoe last Sunday and was diagnosed Tuesday with a herniated disk. He is likely to go on the disabled list and could miss up to three weeks, general manager Doug Melvin said.

Meanwhile, major league baseball has decided that Felipe Alou of the Montreal Expos and Buck Showalter of the New York Yankees have been chosen to manage in the All-Star game.

The Expos and Yankees had the best records in baseball when players went on strike Aug. 11. The game traditionally uses the managers of the previous year's World Series.

On the field Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs stayed unbeaten in exhibition play by scoring two runs in the bottom of the 12th inning for an 8-7 victory over California. Mark Grace was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored and Steve Buechele was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Chicago, the only team still undefeated in Florida or Arizona, plays the Giants tonight and the Brewers Thursday.