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Rodriguez not bothered by Gossage's comments

New York Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez throws from

New York Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez throws from a practice mound before a spring training baseball game in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Rodriguez returned to workouts after a bout with conjunctivitis. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Richard Drew

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Goose who?

That was Francisco Rodriguez's reaction Tuesday when told that Goose Gossage called him "a clown" earlier this week in an interview with The New York Times.

K-Rod first replied, "Who?" And then, after some explanation, he didn't seem too upset that he was insulted in that fashion by the Hall of Fame reliever.

"I don't care about that," Rodriguez said. "If I got mad every time somebody said something, I'd be at my computer all day. I don't worry about that stuff."

Rodriguez, who did get irritated enough to confront the Yankees' Brian Bruney last season,threw his first bullpen session in eight days after he was banned from Tradition Field with pinkeye and predicted big things for this season.

"The location was awesome," Rodriguez said. "I was joking with [Johan] Santana, that if I pitch in the game the way I was throwing my bullpen, he better get out of my way because that Cy Young's mine."

Pelfrey cleared to pitch

Mike Pelfrey said he will make his scheduled start Thursday against the Red Sox after passing a bullpen test - as unorthodox as it may have been. Pelfrey, who is getting treatment for a bruised knee, had pitching coach Dan Warthen smacking him grounders between pitches.

Extra bases

David Wright and Ike Davis homered in the Mets' 8-4 loss to the Astros . . . Cs Kai Gronauer, Francisco Peña and Mike Nickeas were reassigned to minor-league camp . . . The commissioner's office notified the Mets that their waiver claim on reliever Jay Marshall has been voided because of a previously existing shoulder condition.


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