In his first pitching appearance since a strained rotator cuff put him on the disabled list Sept. 14 for the first time in his 20-year career, Steve Carlton was the starter and winner as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the Minnesota Twins, 2-1, yesterday in Clearwater, Fla.

Carlton gave up four singles, one run and two walks and struck out two in three innings of exhibition work. He threw 49 pitches.

The Phillies won when rookie Chris James hit a two-run home run off Mike Smithson.

*Reds 4, Cardinals 1: Cincinnati rookie Tracy Jones had three hits, matching St. Louis' total in the game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

*Giants 1, Angels 0: Four pitchers, starting with Vida Blue, combined on the seven-hit shutout over California in Scottsdale, Ariz., keeping San Francisco undefeated through four exhibitions. The Giants scored off Don Sutton, on Dan Gladden's sacrifice fly.

Giants General Manager Al Rosen has talked to the Angels about the possibility of trading for slugger Reggie Jackson but called it a routine inquiry, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

*Cubs 9, Indians 5: Shawon Dunston cracked two doubles and a single as Chicago defeated Cleveland in Tucson. Also included in the Cubs' 13-hit offense was Pookie Bernstine's two-run single. The Indians had 14 hits -- and five errors.

*Brewers 4, A's 1: In Phoenix, Jim Gantner drove in two runs and Juan Nieves pitched three scoreless innings for the Milwaukee victory over Oakland. Rain ended the game after six innings.

*Mariners 1, Padres 0: Gorman Thomas' fifth-inning sacrifice fly won for Seattle, whose Mark Langston and Paul Mirabella held San Diego to one hit in a game ended in the sixth by rain in Tempe, Ariz.

*Red Sox 7, Dodgers 6: Dwight Evans drove in three runs as Boston had 16 hits in defeating Los Angeles in Vero Beach, Fla. Evans was one of six Red Sox with two hits.

*Astros 6, Tigers 2: Denny Walling drove in three runs as Houston, with Aurelio Lopez pitching two shutout innings against his former Detroit mates, beat Jack Morris.