Morris expects mixed welcome at Detroit opener

American League notes

April 05, 1992

Jack Morris can expect a mixed reaction tomorrow when he stands on the mound at Tiger Stadium.

There will be the die-hard Tigers fans who still haven't forgiven the 36-year-old for leaving Detroit after 13 seasons to sign with the Minnesota Twins two winters ago. Others will greet him with a sentimental cheer, remembering his two victories over the San Diego Padres in Detroit's 1984 World Series victory.

Then there will be the always-boisterous Toronto Blue Jays contingent from southwestern Ontario, welcoming their new addition with open arms.

And what will be Morris' reaction to all the fanfare?

"I don't really care," he said. "Fans have a right to boo and cheer. I'm just trying to win a game for the Toronto Blue Jays."

* MARINERS: Utility infielder Dave Cochrane left the team to fly to Southern California to be with his young son, Steven, who was hospitalized with what appeared to be pneumonia. If all goes well, Cochrane will rejoin the team for the opener tomorrow.

* ROYALS: Reliever Curt Young, who had a 0.56 ERA in 16 innings this spring, has accepted assignment to Triple-A Omaha. Another left-hander, Jerry Don Gleaton, was offered an Omaha assignment, but has not decided whether to accept it. Gleaton hopes to find a job with another major-league team.

The two left-handed spots in the bullpen will be taken by Neal Heaton, who was acquired from the Pirates for Kirk Gibson, and Mike Magnante.

One more roster decision remains for the Royals, who will open tomorrow on the road against the Athletics. Kansas City has tried all spring to trade catcher Bob Melvin, who was obtained this winter from the Orioles for pitcher Storm Davis. If the Royals cannot trade Melvin, they would keep three catchers and send utility infielder Stu Cole to Omaha.

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