Roger Clemens left his start early because of an injury, and so did Jake Peavy. While they expect to be back by opening day, Roberto Alomar might be calling it quits way before that.
Alomar went home after playing only one inning Friday night and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays said they would have an announcement concerning his future today, leading to speculation that the 12-time All-Star was planning to retire.
Alomar made two errors at second base and struck out looking in his only at-bat during a 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, his first game since March 10 because of a back sprain. Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said Alomar told him he was having trouble seeing.
"Robbie and I talked during the ballgame," Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar said. "Health-wise has been a real concern this year and I am sure we will have a statement and Robbie will tomorrow about his future with us."
Trying to reach 3,000 hits and end his stellar career on a high note after a swift decline the past three seasons, Alomar agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract with the Devil Rays in January. The team penciled him in as the everyday second baseman and No. 2 hitter.
A 10-time Gold Glove winner and career .300 hitter, the 37-year-old Alomar is 276 hits shy of 3,000. He was an All-Star for 11 consecutive seasons from 1991-01, but has struggled while batting .266, .258 and .263 the past three years.
At Kissimmee, Fla., Clemens strained his right hamstring and left Houston's 13-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers after only 1 1-3 innings. But the seven-time Cy Young Award winner didn't sound concerned.
"I've felt the tightness for about two days now, and I hoped that it would have gone away. You need to know the difference between being hurt and something just hurting, so we'll treat it and it will get better," Clemens said. "I don't believe it is hurt. If it continues to be problem, I'm sure we'll continue to evaluate it."
It was his first start since March 4 against Cleveland. The Rocket threw 60 pitches in a simulated game March 9.
Clemens, 42, was hit hard by the Tigers, allowing seven hits and seven earned runs, including two homers. He said he felt a twinge while backing up home plate after an RBI single by Carlos Guillen, and Astros manager Phil Garner took him out.
At Peoria, Ariz., Peavy strained his groin during the San Diego Padres' 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers and could be out for two weeks.
Peavy, who went 15-6 and led the major leagues with a 2.27 ERA last year, was one out from finishing his scheduled five innings when he hurt his left groin while retiring Andres Torres on a fly ball for the second out.
"I just felt it on that last pitch," Peavy said. "It just grabbed me a little bit. I don't think it's going to be anything serious, but if you feel something out there, there's no sense in throwing any more pitches. If it's tight, it's tight for a reason.
"You could throw one more pitch, and if something like that tears or gets any worse, it could be trouble. I don't think it's anything major," he said.
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said the worst-case scenario is that Peavy could be out 10-14 days.
Red Sox 5, Marlins (ss) 3
At Fort Myers, Fla., David Wells allowed three runs in the first inning but recovered to throw three scoreless innings after that in his second start for Boston.
Braves 11, Indians 6
At Kissimmee, Fla., Mike Hampton gave up two runs in five innings and hit a two-run homer for Atlanta.
Marlins (ss) 4, Cardinals 0
At Jupiter, Fla., Al Leiter allowed two hits in four innings and added an RBI single to lead Florida. The left-hander struck out six but also issued five walks.
Orioles 9, Twins (ss) 3
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., backup infielder Chris Stynes broke his left leg. Stynes fouled Kyle Lohse's pitch off his leg in the fourth inning, sustaining multiple fractures to his tibia. He is out indefinitely. Stynes, who signed a minor league contract with a spring training invite, was trying to win a bench job with Baltimore.
Athletics 5, Brewers 1
At Phoenix, Danny Haren pitched five shutout innings for Oakland. Haren, who threw four scoreless innings in his previous start, allowed five hits and one walk while striking out three.
Rockies 5, D'backs 2
At Tucson, Ariz., Todd Helton and Matt Holliday each hit an RBI double in the first inning off former teammate Shawn Estes. The Rockies added two more runs against Estes in the fourth. Colorado starter Darren Oliver threw five scoreless innings.
Giants 4, Mariners 3
At Scottsdale, Ariz., Richie Sexson hit his first home run since last April - a mammoth shot that traveled nearly 500 feet. Signed by Seattle in the offseason, Sexson is hitting .185 this spring, but he has five hits in his last nine at-bats. Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4, lifting his Cactus League-leading average to .548.
Angels 5, Royals 3
At Surprise, Ariz., Royals reliever Mike MacDougal added another impressive outing to his encouraging spring, striking out two in a perfect inning.
White Sox 11, Cubs 9
At Tucson, Ariz., Joe Borchard hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the White Sox overcame a rough outing by Orlando Hernandez, who allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.
Reds (ss) 6, Yankees 3
At Tampa, Fla., Randy Johnson gave up four runs and six hits over four innings and Jason Giambi went 2-for-2 with his second homer of the spring for New York.
Reds (ss) 4, Twins (ss) 2
At Fort Myers, Fla., Ken Griffey Jr. doubled, Sean Casey had an RBI single and Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer in a four-run inning. Ramon Ortiz allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three in five innings for the Reds.
Phillies 7, Pirates 6
At Clearwater, Fla., A.J. Hinch homered for the second straight day and Cory Lidle allowed one run and five hits over four innings for Philadelphia. Zach Duke pitched five shutout innings for Pittsburgh.
Nationals 2, Mets 2
At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Kris Benson turned in his best outing of the spring for New York, allowing three hits in five shutout innings before closer Braden Looper blew a two-run lead in the ninth.
Washington third baseman Vinny Castilla came out with a hyperextended left knee. He is day to day. Esteban Loaiza gave up one run and five hits in five innings.
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