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Raines split father-son showdown

"It's a great day for the Raines family," a beaming Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines Sr. said Tuesday following playing a triple-A doubleheader against his son, Tim Jr.

Senior double in three at bats and scored a run for the Ottawa Lynx in a 4-3 eight-inning loss to Junior's Rochester Red Wings in the first game of an International League doubleheader at JetForm Park.

Junior had a single in three at bats in front of 3,702 fans.

In the second game, Senior was 0-for-4, and Junior, 1-for-4 with a double as Ottawa won 5-4 in 10 innings.

Senior outhit Junior 2-1 and both had RBI singles in a spring-training game in Jupiter, Fla., on March 6, as the Baltimore Orioles beat Montreal, 7-6.

"Spring training is a little different," said Raines Sr. "He only played three innings and I played four or five.

"These are real games. But I don't think anybody expected two extra-inning games.

"It was a long day. I think it was a push (a wash).

"We're 1-and-1. Our main goal is to do it in the big leagues.

"We set goals three or four years ago to do that. We want to be the second father-son to play in the big leagues (at the same time, after Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr.).

"It looks like we're going to have an opportunity next year."

Raines Jr. said: "It was a great day. It was another learning experience.

"Every time he got up there, I was watching every little thing he was doing."

Father and son were originally scheduled to meet on Monday night, but the game was rained out.

Raines Sr. was continuing a rehabilitation assignment with the Lynx.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery May 31 to repair a torn biceps tendon in his left shoulder suffered from sliding into first base in a 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks May 3.

The seven-time all-star's rehab began with an eight-day stay with the Jupiter Hammerheads of the class-A Florida State League.

He expects to return to the Montreal lineup against San Francisco on Wednesday.

Raines Sr. missed last season after he was diagnosed with lupus in 1999 and made a comeback with the Expos this year, signing a one-year deal for $350,000 US, with the chance to earn $550,000 US in performance bonuses.

Father and son exchanged team lineup cards just before Tuesday's opening game.

Raines Sr., 41, doubled to left-centre to lead off for the Lynx in the bottom of the first inning and scored Ottawa's first run.

Fans cheered enthusiastically as he took to the plate to the Bob Seger song, "Like a Rock."

He grounded out to third in the third inning, flied out in the fifth and walked in the seventh.

Raines Jr., 21, hit an infield single in the top of the first, stole second but was stranded at third.

The stolen base was his 50th of the season, including stints with the Frederick Keys of the class-A Carolina League and the Bowie Baysox of the double-A Eastern League.

A sixth-round pick in the 1998 amateur draft, Raines Jr. joined Rochester on July 23 and leads the Baltimore organization in stolen bases.

He also led the organization in 1999 with 49 stolen bases.