Florida assistant state's attorney Dave Morgan and the investigative team assigned to the alleged rape of a 31-year-old woman by three members of the New York Mets conferred with lawyers for the players yesterday.
"The meeting was an effort by us to explain the needs of the investigation as far as their clients is concerned," Lt. Scott Bartal said.
It's believed that the investigators have asked for blood samples from the players, identified by their attorneys as Dwight Gooden, Vince Coleman and Daryl Boston.
PIRATES: The team sent two of its hottest spring hitters, outfielders Dave Clark and Ty Gainey, to its minor-league camp for reassignment. Both are likely to start the season with Triple-A Buffalo.
* ASTROS: Pete Harnisch, who was traded with outfielder Steve Finley and reliever Curt Schilling from the Orioles to Houston for Glenn Davis last year, says he is far ahead of where he was this time last season.
Not even the prospect of the fences being moved in at the Astrodome has bothered Harnisch.
"Oh, it could hurt a little, but I don't think about the stadium when and where I pitch," Harnisch said. "My game is to challenge the hitter."
* GIANTS: Commissioner Fay Vincent urged San Jose, Calif., voters to approve building a stadium to lure the team south because "baseball is beautiful."
"The San Francisco team cannot play in Candlestick much longer," Vincent told a news conference before attending a $1,000-a-plate luncheon for a pro-San Jose stadium group. "The fans have to be the hardiest fans in baseball. I was there last July and the people were in parkas."