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Spring Training Roundup : Three Errors by Phillies Help Blue Jays Stay Unbeaten

March 18, 1985| From Times Wire Services

The undefeated Toronto Blue Jays scored six runs with the help of three errors in the 10th inning to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-2, Sunday at Clearwater, Fla., for their ninth-straight victory.

Philadelphia second baseman Juan Samuel booted Ron Sharperson's grounder with one out in the 10th and Fred Manrique singled to put runners on first and third. After Manrique advanced on a wild pitch, Rance Mulliniks grounded to Samuel, who threw wildly at home plate to break the tie.

Fred McGriff bounced out to the diving Greg Gross at first for the second run, and Gross threw wildly home trying to catch Mulliniks.

Rick Leach belted a solo home run, and after Kelly Gruber singled, Ernie Whitt hit a two-run homer to ensure the Phillies fourth-straight defeat.

Ron Hassey drove in three runs, including a pair with a bases-loaded double in a six-run second inning against Bruce Kison, and the New York Yankees outslugged the Boston Red Sox, 9-6, at Winter Haven, Fla.

The Red Sox got back into the game with a five-run fifth, capped by Mike Easler's three-run homer. Easler doubled home another run in the ninth before Clay Christiansen ended the threat by striking out Rick Miller and Jeff Newman.

Mike Norris is scheduled to pitch one inning, his first since 1983, for the Oakland A's in an exhibition game on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres in Phoenix.

"I'll be under no restrictions, none at all," Norris said Sunday.

Pitching coach Wes Stock said, however, "I don't want him throwing the screwball yet. I want him to stick with fastballs, breaking pitches and changeups."

Norris throws one of baseball's best screwballs when he's healthy. He was a 22-game winner for the A's in 1980.

The right-hander sat out the 1984 baseball season recovering from shoulder surgery. He arrived in camp a week ago after completing a two-week drug treatment program in San Diego.

Dave Parker's two-out single in the 10th inning scored Eric Davis and gave the Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa, Fla.

Pittsburgh pitchers Juan Eichelberger, Jeff Zaske and Ray Krawczyk no-hit the Reds through six innings, but singles by Eddie Milner and Parker and a Nick Esasky groundout produced a run that tied the score, 1-1, in the seventh.

Dwight Gooden pitched four scoreless innings and George Foster hit a three-run homer in the first inning as the New York Mets took a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Gooden, the 1984 National League Rookie of the Year, who struck out three, was throwing consistently at 86 and 87 m.p.h. Sunday and predicted he would be throwing 90 m.p.h. by opening day.

Darryl Strawberry had a run-scoring single before Foster connected to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.

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