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Ground ball has N.Y.'s Boggs in stitches

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Wade Boggs, even with 47 stitches above his left eye, plans to play on opening day. Montreal rookie Vladimir Guerrero, however, is definitely out because of a fractured foot.

Boggs was hit in the face by a ground ball during batting practice Sunday before the New York Yankees played at Atlanta. The third baseman was treated at a hospital, but still hopes to start Tuesday's season opener at Seattle."I never passed out," Boggs said. "I was woozy."

Said Yankees physician Dr. Stuart Hershon: "It depends on the swelling. He's got to be able to put the batting helmet on."

Guerrero, who earned the Expos' starting job in right field, will be sidelined for up to five weeks because of a broken left foot.

Guerrero, 21, was MVP of the Eastern League last season and is considered a leading candidate for NL rookie of the year.

In Baltimore, Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson said he will attempt to take batting practice today to determine whether he can play in Tuesday's opener with a cracked rib.

Anderson, who hit 50 home runs last season, injured himself March 23 while diving back to first base in an exhibition game. Baltimore wants to put him on the disabled list, but Anderson is intent upon playing.

In Sunday's exhibition games:

Indians 6, Giants 4

At San Francisco, Matt Williams faced his former team for the first time since being traded to Cleveland and J.T. Snow played for the first time since a March 11 beaning. The game was called in the sixth inning because of rain.

Snow, making his Giants debut at 3Com Park, entered the game in the fifth as a pinch-hitter and had an RBI single. It was his first appearance since sustaining a fractured bone around his left eye when hit in the face by a 97-mph fastball from Seattle's Randy Johnson.

Williams, who hit 247 homers in seven seasons with the Giants, was greeted by a standing ovation. He went 0-for-4.

Mariners 14, JetHawks 4

At Lancaster, Calif., Randy Johnson pitched four innings and Russ Davis hit a grand slam as Seattle beat its Class A affiliate.

Blue Jays 12, Phillies 4

At Dunedin, Fla., Benito Santiago homered twice and Shannon Stewart hit a grand slam as Toronto beat Philadelphia. Juan Samuel also hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays.

Twins 8, Cubs 7

At Fort Myers, Fla., Greg Myers hit a three-run homer off Mel Rojas in the eighth inning as Minnesota beat Chicago. Matt Lawton hit his seventh spring homer for the Twins and Ryne Sandburg homered for the Cubs.

Marlins 2, Hurricanes 1

At Homestead, Fla., Alex Arias doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning as Florida beat the University of Miami.

Yankees 5, Braves 3

At Atlanta, Derek Jeter, Charlie Hayes and Bernie Williams had two hits apiece for New York. The Braves and Yankees split a two-game series that opened Turner Field and was a rematch of the 1996 World Series.

Cardinals 11, Orioles 4

At Baltimore, Gary Gaetti, Delino DeShields, John Mabry and Dmitri Young homered as St. Louis finished the exhibition season with 21 wins, tying the club record set in 1956.

Reds 3, Tigers 1

At Richmond, Va., Eddie Taubensee and Lenny Harris homered as Cincinnati defeated Detroit.

Astros 8, Rangers 4

At Arlington, Texas, Tony Eusebio drove in four runs for Houston against Texas.

White Sox 11, Crawdads 6

At Hickory, N.C., Turner Ward homered twice and drove in four runs as Chicago beat its team in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Padres 5, Athletics 2

At Las Vegas, John Flaherty went 2-for-3 with RBI doubles in the second and fifth innings for San Diego against Oakland.

Angels 2, Dodgers 0

At Anaheim, Calif., Allen Watson pitched six scoreless innings and Luis Alicea homered.

Rockies 12, Royals 3

At Denver, Jamey Wright pitched six strong innings and Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla and Walt Weiss homered for Colorado.

Brewers 9, Pirates 6

At El Paso, Texas, Chuckie Carr broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run triple as Milwaukee downed Pittsburgh.

Red Sox 8, Mets 7

At Las Vegas, Mike Benjamin's eighth-inning squeeze bunt scored Wil Cordero to snap a 6-6 tie and overcome the Mets' four-homer attack.