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May 29, 2003

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Red Sox settle sexual molestation lawsuit

Tampa, Fla. -- Seven men who said they were molested as bat boys at the Boston Red Sox spring training camp settled their lawsuit against the team for an undisclosed amount.

The men were seeking more than $3 million in a 2001 federal lawsuit. The case was scheduled for trial in the fall, but U.S. District Court records said a settlement was reached and the case was dismissed in December.

Red Sox attorney Daniel Goldberg declined to comment on the case.

Former clubhouse manager Donald James Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty in May 2002 to reduced charges of attempted sexually battery on a child under 12 and paid four of the men $10,000 each in restitution.

He was sentenced to 15 years' probation and a 10-year suspended prison sentence.

Fitzpatrick was accused of hiring boys from Winter Haven to work at the Red Sox's spring training camp and molesting them, starting in the 1970s. The team moved from Winter Haven to Fort Myers in 1991.

Fitzpatrick retired in 1991 after a 21-year-career with the team.

Moehler to have surgery

St. Louis -- Houston Astros right-hander Brian Moehler, on the disabled list since April 17, will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery today and miss the rest of the season.

Moehler began the year as the Astros' fourth starter and is 0-0 with a 7.90 ERA in three starts.

Foul balls guaranteed

Milwaukee -- For $36, the Milwaukee Brewers will guarantee fans leave Miller Park with either a foul ball or a ball used during a game.

The tickets, in the outfield boxes at field level, come with a voucher that can be redeemed for a game-used baseball. The promotion begins with the Brewers' next home game, June 6 against the Boston Red Sox.

John Henry Williams cut

Schaumburg, Ill. -- John Henry Williams might be running out of options.

The son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams has been released by the Schaumburg Flyers of the independent Northern League and cleared waivers, the team said Wednesday.

He played in three exhibition games and was 0-for-7 with five strikeouts.

Williams, 34, played for the Boston Red Sox's lowest-level minor-league team last summer. After two games, Williams broke a rib chasing a foul ball and was released. He was 0-for-6 in two games.

Maroth injures hamstring

Detroit -- Detroit Tigers starter Mike Maroth left Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning after straining his right hamstring.

Maroth (1-9) was injured backing up the plate on Tim Laker's RBI single that gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead.

He will be reevaluated later this week. His next scheduled start would be Tuesday.

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