By Mike Steffanos
Mets 7 - Astros 1
Steve Trachsel pitched 3 scoreless innings for the Mets today, scattering 4 hits, as they defeated Houston in Port St. Lucie. Royce Ring followed for 2 innings and got touched up for a run on 2 hits. Billy Wagner, Chad Bradford and Tim Lavigne held the Astros scoreless the rest of the way.
Kaz Matsui had a pair of hits, including a 2 RBI triple. Cliff Floyd and Julio Franco also had 2-hit games for the Mets. Franco also had a pair of 2 out RBIs.
The Mets go on the road to face the Indians tomorrow. Yusaku Iriki will start for the Mets, with Heath Bell, Mitch Wylie and other relief candidates to follow.
ESPN: WBC Disrupts Spring Training
Jayson Stark reports on how the ill-timed WBC is throwing off the familiar rhythms of spring training, despite some silly assurances from MLB that it would actually enhance it.
Sports Illustrated: The Dirt on Bonds
SI reports on the book that buries Barry Bonds under an avalanche of evidence of steroid use. Did anyone really learn anything here they didn't already know? It just makes me feel kind of sad for any Giants fan not named Chris Russo.
ESPN: Same old song
Sean McAdam gets a couple of quotes from unnamed baseball people that Omar's deals this winter were an "overreaction" to last year's bullpen failures. For what it's worth, I couldn't disagree more. Omar knew exactly what he was doing. Was it a gamble? Hell, yeah -- bigtime roll of the dice. Did I agree with the Benson deal? Hell, no. Do I believe Omar went off the deep end? No.
What I do believe is that no one has been the victim of as many cheap shots this off-season as Minaya. Here's another. I find myself rooting for Minaya's gambles to pay off, not only because I want the team to do well, but so that he gets the last laugh here.
ESPN: Where will Wright Bat?
Bob Klapisch spills a lot of words and provides no real answer. For me, anywhere 3 - 4 - 5 is fine.
New York Times: It's about family
Ben Shpigel has a great story on Lastings Milledge's support system.
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