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Friday, March 4, 2005; Page D11

Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer and Jake Westbrook pitched two sharp innings in Cleveland's 7-3 victory over Houston. "It was a terrible curveball, and he did what he's supposed to do with it," said Astros starter Pete Munro of Hafner's homer. . . .

New Tampa Bay third baseman Alex Gonzalez had three hits, three RBI and a spectacular diving grab in a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati. . . .

Houston's Trenidad Hubbard, bottom, tries to break up a double play as Cleveland's Brandon Phillips falls over him after throwing to first. (David J. Phillip - AP)



"You see more and more guys working hard and working smart. Guys are really getting smart about nutrition: They don't eat fried foods, they are cutting back on eating red meat and they don't drink much alcohol. They are boring as heck."

-- Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa, saying players' work habits, rather than steroids, are responsible for their longevity

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Toronto left-hander Ted Lilly (left shoulder tendinitis) threw 10 warmup tosses and 25 pitches from 45 feet. He doesn't plan to pitch until at least mid-March. . . .

Atlanta's Mike Hampton, coming off knee surgery, was extremely sharp in his first outing, pitching two perfect innings with one strikeout in a 9-8 win over the Dodgers. The left-handed sinkerballer got three groundouts in the second and threw 14 of his 23 pitches for strikes. . . .

Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth, hit on the left wrist by a pitch Wednesday, has a small fracture and will be out at least 10-14 days. . . .

Rondell White had three hits and Dewayne Wise homered as the Tigers routed Philadelphia, 9-1, in Charlie Manuel's first game as Phillies manager. Manuel took over for Larry Bowa, who was fired. . . .

The Red Sox just don't lose anymore. They beat the Twins, 4-3, their ninth straight win in a streak that began when they trailed the Yankees in the ALCS. Starter Matt Clement gave up one run in two innings for Boston.

-- From News Services

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