Roger Clemens admitted he's savoring everything just a bit more than usual in what he says will be his last spring training.
Clemens, who plans to retire after the season, made his first start of the spring yesterday, allowing two runs in two innings of the New York Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.
"One down, five to go," Clemens said. "Everything went pretty much as planned."
After signing a one-year, $10.1 million contract in the offseason, Clemens said this would be his final season unless something prevents him from getting the seven wins he needs to reach 300.
Clemens, the American League Cy Young Award winner two years ago, repeated that he would leave the game even if he is still at the top of his game.
"I expect to have a great year," he said. "That won't change my mind." . . .
SS Derek Jeter (bruised left calf) and 2B Alfonso Soriano (sore right shoulder) are expected to play today. . . .
David Wells disputed a claim in his autobiography that he was "half drunk" when he pitched his perfect game, maintained he gets along well with teammate Mike Mussina and hoped his book wouldn't be a distraction to the Yankees.
Wells apologized to Mussina and GM Brian Cashman and also said he should have looked closer at the draft of the book he wrote with Chris Kreski.
"I'm not going to rip the guy," Wells said. "I'm accountable for everything that I said in that book. That's just the way it comes out. It's my fault for not going through it with a fine tooth comb."
* BRAVES: Greg Maddux cruised through two scoreless innings and Atlanta played to a 2-2 tie with the New York Mets in a split-squad game for both teams.
Maddux, who returned to the Braves for the largest one-year contract in baseball history, gave up three singles and walked one during his first start of the spring. He threw 22 pitches.
"I'm just trying to get used to pitching in a game again," said Maddux, who will make $14.75 million this season. "My arm felt very good."
* BLUE JAYS: Toronto IF Mike Moriarty sustained a small fracture to his cheekbone and orbital bone after being hit in the left side of the head by a pitch from Devil Rays RHP Seth McClung. Moriarty will be re-examined today.
Moriarty walked off the field under his own power and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center after he appeared to be struck on the edge of the left side of his batting helmet.
* RED SOX: Kevin Millar and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers and Boston beat Pittsburgh, 6-5, in Fort Myers, Fla.
Millar, Ortiz and Jeremy Giambi -- all in their first season with Boston -- are competing for playing time at first base. In the offseason, the Red Sox chose not to re-sign Brian Daubach and Tony Clark, who played first last season. Giambi played left field and went 0 for 2.