Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2000

Royals release Spradlin after poor outing

August 31, 2000


— Royals reliever Jerry Spradlin was released Wednesday shortly after almost blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning for Kansas City against Minnesota.

Spradlin entered the game in the ninth with an 8-4 lead and immediately gave up two singles and Denny Hocking's home run without getting an out.

He was replaced by Ricky Bottalico, who closed out Kansas City's 8-7 win.

KC replaced Spradlin on the roster with left-hander Scott Mullen, whose contract was purchased from Omaha.

"It's a business. I didn't finish the way I needed to," Spradlin said.

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