Vida Blue, 35, pitched well. Don Sutton, 39, hopes to pitch Friday. Mike Norris, saying it "feels good to be sober," just hopes to pitch.

Blue, forced out of the majors in 1983 because of drug problems, gave up only two scratch singles in three innings in the San Francisco Giants' exhibition opener in Tucson.

But the Cleveland Indians won, 5-4, on Mel Hall's bases-loaded single in the ninth inning off reliever Frank Williams.

In Phoenix, the Oakland A's reported that Sutton, 14-12 last season with the Milwaukee Brewers, will join the team Monday. He'd threatened to quit unless traded to a southern California team. He will be fined $250 a day for reporting late.

"We think he's the guy we can throw into the middle of our young pitching staff, which has some question marks," Manager Jackie Moore said.

Another veteran pitcher, Mike Norris, went through his first spring workout with the A's, a day after being released from a drug treatment program.

"It's a good feeling to be sober again, and I'll be taking it day by day," he said.

Norris, and his pitching partners of past days, Rick Langford, 32, and Steve McCatty, 30, are trying to regain their successes. Langford's had a bad arm and McCatty was 8-14 last season.

John Henry Johnson of the Red Sox threw two wild pitches in the seventh inning to enable the Tigers to win, 7-2, in Winter Haven, Fla. His bullpen mate, Bob Stanley, fared no better. Nelson Simmons hit his first pitch for a homer in a four-run eighth inning. Kirk Gibson of the Tigers had two doubles and a bunt single and rookie teammate Chris Pittaro had three hits and two RBI.

Dan Petry, an 18-game winner last year, blanked Boston on two hits for three innings. But Boston's Jim Rice tagged Randy O'Neal for a long homer in the fourth.

Rookie left-hander Randy Myers amazed New York Mets teammates in St. Petersburg, Fla., by striking out five of the six batters he faced in an intrasquad game.

Myers, who struck out 206 batters in 192 innings last season, is scheduled to pitch in AAA Tidewater.