Saturday, Apr. 22 1:10pm ET
Managers upstage players in opener
Valentine and the New York Mets, however, were the only ones on top when it ended, sweeping Baylor's Chicago Cubs in a doubleheader Saturday.
Baylor and Valentine got into a heated discussion when they exchanged lineup cards before the first game.
"It's put to rest, I believe," Valentine said of his run-in with Baylor.
The conflict between the two managers started last month in Japan when Valentine protested the season opener because Jeff Huson's name wasn't on the lineup card. He eventually dropped the protest, but Baylor hadn't dropped the issue.
He implied that Valentine was a cheater and that there could be a fight between the two if they met again. He also wouldn't shake Valentine's hand before the second game in Japan.
Earlier this week, Baylor said he'd be "surprised" if Valentine took the lineup card out before the game. Valentine said Friday that was "a pretty good bet" because he had never taken the lineup card out in his first 534 games with New York.
But there he was at home plate before the game.
"My players talked me into doing it, because they had read so much about it in the papers," Valentine said.
After the umpires went over the ground rules, Valentine and Baylor started an animated conversation in which Valentine could be seen saying, "It's that simple."
At one point, the imposing Baylor took two steps toward Valentine. The managers then went back to their respective dugouts without shaking hands. Valentine smirked and shrugged his shoulders as he walked back.
"I just wanted to make sure it wasn't a problem and he indicated that it wasn't," Valentine said. "It's over."
Baylor had little to say about the meeting. When asked about Valentine, he shrugged, turned away and said, "Whatever."
Neither manager brought out the lineups for the second game. Cubs coach Billy Williams and Mets coach John Stearns handled the duties.
The Mets then broke out to a 2-0 lead in the first on Benny Agbayani's two-run single. After the Cubs went ahead 3-2 in the top of the sixth on Jeff Reed's two-run double, the Mets broke the game open in the bottom half.
Mark Guthrie then allowed a two-run single to Ordonez, who had been 0-for-18 with runners in scoring position before getting an RBI single in the eighth inning of the opener.
Rusch (1-1) made sure there wasn't much excitement in the opener, holding the Cubs to solo homers by Mark Grace and Andrews in seven innings for his first victory as a starter since beating St. Louis on June 30, 1998, while with Kansas City.
"My confidence is increasing," Rusch said. "I have a great team behind me and I'm just trying to be aggressive and throw strikes."
Jon Lieber (1-2) allowed three runs in seven innings to take the loss.
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