Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose plans to start the season on the disabled list, solving the club's opening day roster problem.

Rose, who turns 45 next week, has had a stomach ailment and the flu this spring, limiting him to 17 at bats. Rose said he'll go on the 15-day disabled list, which would make him eligible to return April 18, unless first baseman Tony Perez is unable to play because of a pulled groin muscle. A decision will be made Sunday after Perez works out with the team.

"Anybody hates to miss opening day as a player," Rose said. "It's a great tradition in Cincinnati. But then I won't actually miss it."

The Reds waived right-hander Frank Pastore, who had a 14.04 ERA in four spring games after surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow. He had refused assignment to the minor leagues.

In the Reds' final exhibition, Rafael Ramirez capped a six-run ninth-inning rally with a three-run home run that sent Atlanta to a 6-5 win. All six runs came off Ted Power (2-1), who failed to hold a 4-0 lead.

*Red Sox: Right-handed pitcher Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd was fined about $2,150 for reporting more than an hour late for the team's final exhibition game.

It was the second time this spring he had been late for a game. He was reprimanded by Manager John McNamara after he was late March 20, the day of his first start.

"I had some packing to do and then I had trouble getting my stereo down some stairs," Boyd said. "When I opened the door, my dog, Dobie, ran out and I had to go looking for him."

*Cardinals: Mike Lavalliere and Jack Clark hit home runs, helping St. Louis break a five-game exhibition losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. It was their first meeting since last year's World Series.

*Yankees: Dale Berra seemingly has won back his job as a platoon third baseman, hitting .355 with seven RBI in 16 games. Yesterday, he tripled home two runs in a 6-1 win over Toronto. Mike Pagliarulo, originally named the third baseman by Manager Lou Piniella, has hit .179.

The Yankees announced Tommy John, 42, will remain with them as an unsigned nonroster free agent. The Yankees will pay his expenses, while the Angels pay the final year of his guaranteed contract.

*Pirates: Pitchers Jose DeLeon and Ray Krawczyk, both right-handers, were sent to AAA Hawaii. Free agent catcher Glenn Brummer, also sent to Hawaii, agreed to terms. Brummer, 31, batted .278 in 49 games with the Texas Rangers last year.

*Mariners: Right-handed reliever Karl Best was put on the 15-day disabled list and right-hander Pete Ladd was called up.