Colorado Rockies: The Colorado Rockies purchased
the contracts of outfielder Steve Finley and utility player John Mabry from the minor leagues on Friday after an exhibition game
against Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Finley gets a $1 million salary and can earn $350,000 in
performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 500 and 525 plate
appearances, $75,000 each for 550 and 575, and $100,000 for 600.
Mabry gets $750,000 and can earn $350,000 in performance
bonuses: $50,000 each for 400 plate appearances and each additional
25 through 550.
"I think Mabry's experience speaks to a need we had," Colorado
manager Clint Hurdle said.
Mabry hit .382 in spring training. Still, he was worried about
the making the team because Spilborghs batted .412 and drove in 11
runs. Gomez hit .333.
"You never know what's going to happen,'' Mabry said. ``The
other guys played great, too. Everybody swung the bat well."
Finley, entering his 19th season, hit .255 in spring training.
Elsewhere in the Cactus League:
Los Angeles Angels: Three pitches, nine outs.
The Angels have had a relatively uneventful spring
training -- except for the three triple plays they have executed.
Only six times since 1900 has a team turned as many as three triple
plays during an entire regular season -- most recently the 1979
Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.
"It's good to see that," Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher
said Friday. "We didn't have very much magic last year, so
hopefully this is an indication of what kind of magic we might have
this year -- because that's what you need sometimes to get where you
want to go. You just hope there's more of those kind of breaks
during the season."
The Halos completed their latest triple play during Thursday
night's 6-1 victory in the Freeway Series opener at Dodger Stadium.
"It's very peculiar, to say the least," said Casey Kotchman, who has
been involved in all three triple plays. "There's no outs to start
the play, and then you're running off the field. Before the pitch
is made, you're kind of figuring out scenarios in your head about
where you're going to throw the ball if it's hit to you."
The Angels have turned only six regular-season triple plays
in franchise history and haven't had a triple-play in the regular season since
July 5, 1997, against Seattle's Rich Amaral.
Ortiz is still scheduled to make his
regular start April 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In other Giants news, Rich Aurilia, still recovering from a groin strain, was slated to DH for
the Giants but instead started at first and had a double in three
Meanwhile, Barry Bonds made a rare appearance with his teammates during pre-game
stretching then later took grounders at second base alongside
Ray Durham. Bonds then went 0-for-3 with three flyouts for San Francisco,
which has yet to beat the A's in four games this spring.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.