In the third inning Cone walked him. He stole second and ignited a two-run rally. In the fifth, second baseman Tim Teufel robbed him of a hit with a fine backhand play. In the sixth he singled off Terry Leach. In the seventh, he went all out for a fly ball by Teufel, just failing to make a diving catch. During the game, Raines needed tips on the Expos' new hand greeting from Floyd Youmans and Herm Winningham. "I had forgotten how to throw the high five," said Raines. "It had been so long. They're now using forearms instead of hands."
In the ninth, with the Expos trailing 6-4, Raines led off with a routine ground ball to shortstop Al Pedrique, but he beat Pedrique's tentative throw. "That was the biggest hit of the game," said Raines. "My hustle got me that." Tim Wallach singled and, after a run-scoring groundout, Vance Law singled in the tying run. Then in the 10th, Reid Nichols, Casey Candaele and Winningham—not exactly a fearsome trio—all singled to load the bases. Orosco's first pitch to Raines was a slider for a ball, so, said Raines, "I was sitting on the fastball, and that's just what he threw me."
"We might not start spring training until April 1 next year," said Rodgers after the game. "I'll tell the players, 'Work out at your high school field at home, and report in shape.' " Said Raines, "I've got to thank the kids at Palmetto High for helping me get ready." Palmetto should be bugged by scouts this week.
"I hope they don't expect me to do this every day," said Raines. "I don't want everyone to think I'm a savior."
On Sunday, Raines arrived at Shea stiff and scratched from his outfield dive the day before. A letdown would have been understandable. No way. In his first at bat Raines rocked another homer to lead a 2-0 victory. Rodgers was right. The Expos can use him.