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By MARK DIDTLER, JOHN SCHWARB, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 5, 2001


Jeter shoulder: no pain

TAMPA -- The up and down Derek Jeter story took an upswing Sunday.

Jeter was cleared to resume working out after his right shoulder was examined by Dr. Allen Miller. He played catch and hit off a tee for the first time since Tuesday.

"There was no pain," Jeter said. "Today, it was good. Now I'll just have to wait until tomorrow."

Jeter said he first experienced discomfort in his shoulder during an off-season workout. The problem continued when started throwing in spring training drills.

"I guess it never got a chance to settle down," Jeter said.

Team officials discussed giving Jeter a cortisone shot should his current treatment program, which includes anti-inflammatory medication, did not produce improvement.

"It's resolving itself to the point where no cortisone shot is necessary right now," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

There is no timetable for when Jeter might make his spring debut.

TWO PAIR OF ACES: The Yankees game against the Pirates in Bradenton was rained out.

Scheduled starting pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez will start today against the Braves. He will be followed by Monday's original starter, Mike Mussina, who will be making his Yankees' debut.

Closer Mariano Rivera (food poisoning), and Sid Fernandez, who hasn't pitched in organized ball since 1997, also make their initial spring appearances.

Atlanta will start Tom Glavine. Kevin Millwood will follow the left-hander.

"We're firing with both barrels," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "They're doing the same."

ETC: David Justice (double hernia surgery) is expected to make his first start, likely as the designated hitter Monday. ... Catcher Jorge Posada, limited to DH duties by right shoulder tendinitis, will catch Hernandez. ... Pitcher Scott Kamieniecki (back) had his first batting practice pushed back to today because of the weather. -- MARK DIDTLER

Chen to start against Rays

CLEARWATER -- The Phillies' home game Sunday against Detroit was rained out and not rescheduled. Today the Phillies will host the Rays at Jack Russell Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Bruce Chen is scheduled to start, and also scheduled to pitch are Nelson Figueroa, Amaury Telemaco, Rigo Beltran, Dave Coggin and Ricky Bottalico.

The Phillies and Rays will also play a B game at the Carpenter Complex at 10:30 a.m., with Robert Person, Chris Brock and Brandon Duckworth slated to pitch.

RED SOX PULL ACE: Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez won't make Wednesday's 21/2-hour bus ride to Clearwater, where he had been scheduled to make his first start against Philadelphia.

Instead, he'll stay in Fort Myers and throw 50 pitches in a simulated game, while Tim Wakefield starts against the Phillies. -- JOHN SCHWARB, TIMES WIRES

Jays-Indians rained out

WINTER HAVEN -- Chuck Finley's first start of the spring for Cleveland was pushed back a day when the Indians and Blue Jays had their exhibition game canceled by heavy rain. Finley, who had knee surgery in January, was rescheduled to start Cleveland's B game today at the Marlins' camp. -- TIMES WIRES

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