The second indication came on Sunday after Fielder, the DH, drew a leadoff walk in the second inning against the Rangers. Even though Fielder has never stolen a base in his five years in the majors, Anderson gave him the steal sign twice with a 3-2 count on Mickey Tettleton. After fouling off the first pitch, Tettleton struck out on the next one. Fielder got only halfway to second on his steal attempt, then turned back toward first and was tagged out. "I just wanted to let Cecil get his body moving," said Anderson.
Thus Spake Sparky
Fielder's weight isn't the only thing that worries Anderson. He's also concerned about Boston's frightening lineup, which now includes designated hitter Jack Clark. Playing in Fenway Park, Clark, who bats righty, is virtually assured of tying Bobby Bonds's mark of hitting 25 homers in a season for five different teams. "The Red Sox will be extremely hard to beat," says Anderson. "With all the money they spent [$70 million in the off-season], they better win, or someone will get killed."...Even before hearing that Brewers ace Teddy Higuera would be out indefinitely with a rotator-cuff injury, one American League East general manager said, "How could they give him a four-year contract?" For all his talent, Higuera, who signed a $13 million deal in December, has been hurt three years in a row. The Brewers' Dalton is at a loss to explain his team's staggering spate of injuries. Since 1988, Milwaukee players have spent a total of 2,393 days on the DL—60% more than the major league average.... Rookie Eddie Zosky could very well edge out veteran Manny Lee for Toronto's starting shortstop job. The Blue Jays love Zosky's enthusiasm on and off the field. As he knelt at the altar during his Feb. 2 wedding, those in attendance saw the word BLUE painted on the sole of his left shoe and JAYS on the right one. "My best man did it," says Zosky. "Well, it was better than GET ME OUT OF HERE."