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April 5, 2002

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Arraignment set for Finley's wife

Santa Ana, Calif. Actress Tawny Kitaen was ordered back to court on April 29 to face spousal abuse and battery charges for allegedly attacking her husband, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley.

Kitaen, 40, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, but told court officials she was ill. She was released several hours later and left jail without talking to reporters.

If convicted of the two misdemeanor counts, she faces a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $6,000 fine.

She was arrested after a Monday argument with Finley, who pitched for the Anaheim Angels for 14 years. She was accused of assaulting him as the couple drove home from dinner, kicking him repeatedly with her high-heels and pressing her foot down on the accelerator. He was not seriously hurt.

A restraining order was issued against Kitaen, ordering her to have no contact with her husband. However, she will be allowed to live in the couple's Newport Beach home while Finley will stay elsewhere.

Encarnacion claimed off waivers by Cubs

Cincinnati The Chicago Cubs claimed Mario Encarnacion off waivers from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, giving them a backup outfielder. Infielder Julio Zuleta was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Encarnacion, who failed to win a spot as the Rockies' fifth outfielder during spring training.

Zuleta, 27, spent parts of the 2000-01 seasons with Chicago, hitting .247 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 79 games. He didn't appear in either of the Cubs' first two games this week. Encarnacion, 24, batted .226 with three RBIs and no homers in 20 games for the Rockies last season.

Rangers put Park on disabled list

Oakland, Calif. Chan Ho Park, hit hard in his first game for the Texas Rangers, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained right hamstring. The move was made retroactive to Tuesday. Park, the prize pitcher in the offseason free-agent pool, signed a $65 million, five-year contract with Texas.

Park originally hurt his hamstring during a spring training game against Minnesota on March 27. He aggravated it in his start Monday on opening day against Oakland.

The right-hander allowed six runs on five hits over five innings in his Rangers' debut.

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