Boggs to go back to hitting leadoff


Manager Joe Morgan plans to return five-time American League batting champion Wade Boggs to the top of the Boston Red Sox's lineup this season.

Morgan said yesterday that Boggs, dropped to the No. 3 spot in the batting order for the second half of the 1990 season, will go back to the leadoff position.

* MARINERS: Ken Griffey Jr. was the lone no-show, as Seattle held its first full-squad workout. But it apparently had nothing to do with ongoing contract talks.

Griffey, the Mariners' All-Star center fielder, flew back to Seattle late Tuesday after a series of apparent break-ins at his home.

The alarm at Griffey's house went off twice Tuesday and has sounded at least four or five times in the past few days, team spokesman Dave Aust said.

OC * PADRES: Catcher Benito Santiago arrived in Yuma, Ariz., still

troubled over the club's failure to sign him to a long-term, multimillion-dollar deal.

"I don't deserve this . . . but that's life," said Santiago, who lost his arbitration case and will earn $1.65 million in 1991.

* ATHLETICS: Outfielder Rickey Henderson, apparently upset because his contract hasn't been renegotiated, was the only no-show at spring training.

"I'm not terribly surprised Rickey's not here because of an undercurrent of unhappiness about his contract," Oakland general manager Sandy Alderson said.

L Players have until March 6 to report without risk of a fine.

* METS: Pitcher Frank Viola tested his ailing left elbow and then told manager Bud Harrelson his arm "felt great."

Viola, who has bone spurs in the elbow, said he believes he can avoid surgery for now.

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