Frank Torre visits

Actually, it was his second time here, but I missed him the first time. He lives about 90 minutes south of here in Palm Beach Gardens. Today, he was riding around with Lasorda on Tommy’s golf cart during the intrasquad game, and Tommy introduced me. Joe later told us that Frank would stay with him for three weeks at a time during spring training in Tampa when Joe was managing the Yankees. Frank, a former first baseman for the Braves and Phillies, is 76. “When he would give me a compliment, it meant more than anything else in the world, because he was tough,” Joe said of his older brother. … The intrasquad game was about as interesting as these things tend to be for the press box wags, but for club officials, it was the unofficial first day of evaluation. The home team, knows as the Drysdales, beat the Koufaxes 5-1. John Lindsey went 3 for 3 with a double and two runs. Chin-lung Hu went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles. Matt Kemp tripled and scored on Xavier Paul’s sac fly.

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