With two weeks remaining before Opening Day, Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose may have more to worry about than his starting rotation.
Outgoing Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and Commissioner-elect A. Bartlett Giamatti revealed Monday that their office is conducting a full inquiry into 'serious allegations' involving baseball's all-time hit leader.
John M. Dowd, a special counsel to the Commissioner's office from Washington, has been directing the investigation. In a carefully-worded statement, the commissioner's office said Rose has cooperated in the inquiry, which has been ongoing for several months.
Rumors and unpublished reports have circulated in the past few months concerning Rose's involvement in gambling activities. Rose, who owns a couple of thoroughbreds, openly admits betting on horse and dog races but has denied betting on college basketball games.
Baseball personnel are prohibited from betting on baseball games, but are allowed to make legal bets at tracks.
On the field, the Milwaukee Brewers placed shortstop Dale Sveum and left-handed pitcher Juan Nieves on the 21-day disabled list, meaning they will not be available for Opening Day April 3.
Sveum still is recovering from the broken leg suffered last Septtember in a game against Detroit, while Nieves has a partial tear of his rotator cuff muscle.
In the Grapefruit League in Florida, Montreal nipped Baltimore 1-0, Kansas City topped Boston 13-8, Pittsburgh beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 4-2, Toronto blanked Houston 4-0, Philadelphia defeated the New York Mets 6-4, St. Louis edged a Pittsburgh split squad 2-1, Los Angeles squeaked by Atlanta 6-5, Cinncinati clipped Detroit 4-3, Minnesota topped the New York Yankees 9-5 and Texas outlasted a White Sox split squad 4-2.
In the Cactus League, San Diego routed Milwaukee 7-1, Cleveland nipped California 3-2 and San Francisco blasted the Chicago Cubs 11-5.
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Montreal's Kevin Gross, Sergio Valdez and Tim Burke combined on a shutout of the Orioles. The Expos scored the game's only run in the first inning on Tim Wallach's RBI single.
At Winter Haven, Fla., Jim Eisenreich had 3 of the Royals' 16 hits as they blasted the Red Sox. Eisenreich tripled and scored in the second inning, hit an infield single in the sixth and added a two-out RBI single in the seventh.
At Sarasota, Fla., Bob Walk allowed one hit over six innings to lead Pittsburgh over the White Sox. Jeff Robinson earned his first save of the spring.
At Dunedin, Fla., John Cerutti scattered three hits over five innings and Pat Borders hit his fourth home run of the spring as Toronto beat Houston. The Blue Jays improved their spring record to 14-4, best in the majors.
At Clearwater, Fla., Tom Herr hit a two-run home run and Mike Schmidt doubled in two runs to lead Philadelphia over the Mets. The Phillies, who won one of their first nine spring games, recorded their sixth straight victory.
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Mike Fitzgerald stroked an infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, leading the Cardinals over Pittsburgh.
At Vero Beach, Fla., Mike Scioscia's pinch-hit homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Dodgers over the Braves. Scioscia's home run came after Atlanta had rallied to tie the score in the top of the ninth.
At Plant City, Fla., Terry McGriff's seventh-inning homer provided the winning run in Cincinnati's victory over Detroit. Rookie Scott Scudder pitched five scoreless innings for the victory.
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Paul Sorrento hit a grand slam, his second of the spring, in the ninth inning, lifting the Twins over the Yankees. Sorrento's blast was one of four Minnesota home runs.
At San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bobby Meacham drove in two runs with an eighth-inning single to lift the Rangers over the White Sox. Texas has won its last eight spring games, the longest streak in the majors this year.
At Yuma, Ariz., Bruce Hurst blanked Milwaukee on four hits over six innings to lead the Padres. San Diego collected 12 hits off four Milwaukee pitchers.
At Palm Springs, Calif., Cory Snyder's two-run homer climaxed a three-run seventh as the Indians topped the Angels. Joe Skalski pitched two innings for the victory as Cleveland improved to 14-5.
At Mesa, Ariz., Kevin Mitchell belted a two-run homer to lead the Giants over the Cubs. Kirt Manwaring added three hits for San Francisco, which is hitting .349 in its last seven spring games.