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Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2001

Baseball Briefs

April 29, 2001

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Bonds out of lineup against Chicago Cubs

San Francisco Barry Bonds was out of San Francisco's lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday because of soreness in his left calf. Bonds was hit by a pitch thrown by Kerry Wood in the third inning of the Cubs' 7-3 victory over the Giants on Friday night and left the game. Former Cub Shawon Dunston replaced Bonds in left field on Saturday.

Bonds had homered in nine of his last 14 games.

Chicago Cubs third baseman Bill Mueller was a late scratch from the lineup because of swelling in his left knee.

Hampton to miss start today against Reds

Denver Mike Hampton's sore neck will force him to miss today's scheduled start for Colorado against Cincinnati. Hampton (3-0) left the game after five innings of his last start, on April 24 against the Chicago Cubs. He allowed one run and three hits before complaining of soreness in his neck.

Right-hander Shawn Chacon will be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace Hampton. In four starts at Colorado Springs, Chacon is 2-0.

Towers fills out Baltimore's rotation

Minneapolis With the arrival of right-hander Josh Towers, called up from Class AAA Rochester when first baseman David Segui went on the disabled list, the Baltimore Orioles have a 12-man pitching staff for the first time this season.

Manager Mike Hargrove would like to keep 12 pitchers, but a glut of optionless position players whom the Orioles must either keep or risk losing on waivers has forced him to get by with 11 until now.

Segui, who has a strained tendon below the middle finger of his left hand, was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Monday.

Sanders to rejoin Reds

Denver Deion Sanders is expected to join the Cincinnati Reds when they begin a six-game homestand against Los Angeles on Tuesday. Because the Reds failed to offer salary arbitration to Sanders last Dec. 7, he became ineligible to play for Cincinnati prior to May 1 under the terms of baseball's labor contract. Sanders, 33, batted .463 with five triples and a .493 on-base percentage at Triple-A Louisville.

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