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Prior to have shoulder examined

March 15, 2006

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior will see a specialist in Los Angeles today after cutting short a throwing session due to soreness in his right shoulder.

Prior was scheduled to pitch off the mound on Tuesday, but he never got there. The shoulder flared up during long tossing, and he will be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

"It wasn't getting loose so we weren't going to try it," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said in Mesa, Ariz.

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee visited Yocum on Tuesday after he bruised his left shoulder diving to catch a foul ball during the United States' victory over Japan on Sunday at the World Baseball Classic.

In Tucson, Ariz., Arizona pitcher Orlando Hernandez had tightness in his neck and back, leaving after one inning in the Diamondbacks' 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Hernandez said he felt fine in the bullpen but couldn't get loose after getting the mound in the first inning.

"It is early in spring training, so it is better to stop now," Hernandez said. "I think I will be ready for my next start."

White Sox leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik sat out again. He has not played since March 6 due to a sore left shoulder and had a second MRI exam taken Tuesday.

"We all probably needed a second look to see what exactly is going on, and now we will know and we will take the necessary steps," Podsednik said. "I am confident that what (team trainers) are telling me is on the money and they are not concerned, that it is not in the joint, it is outside the joint and we are dealing with muscle. That is positive news."

White Sox reliever Dustin Hermanson, who left Sunday's game after aggravating his lower back, had an epidural shot on Tuesday. He has been scratched from his next two scheduled outings.

Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer for Arizona and Luis Terrero hit a two-run drive. The Diamondbacks, who have beaten the White Sox five straight times in spring training, have reached double digits in hits 14 times in 15 games during the exhibition season.

Giants 3, Rangers 2

At Scottdale, Ariz., Barry Bonds connected off John Danks for his second spring training homer and also had a sacrifice bunt - he has had just four during the regular season in his 20-year career.

Phillies 8, Twins 3

At Fort Myers, Fla., Ryan Howard hit his major-league-leading eighth homer of the exhibition season.

Reds 9, Red Sox 7

At Fort Myers, Fla., Edwin Encarnacion hit his sixth spring training homer. Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo gave up five runs in three innings.

Cardinals 4, Yankees 3

At Tampa, Fla., Randy Johnson's cruised through four innings before tiring in the fifth, when he allowed a home run to Chris Duncan.

Devil Rays 9, Blue Jays (ss) 1

At Dunedin, Fla., Delmon Young, Aubrey Huff and Russell Branyan homered, and Seth McClung pitched four shutout innings.

Blue Jays (ss) 11, Indians (ss) 5

At Winter Haven, Fla., Ryan Roberts hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, and Mike Mahoney added a three-run shot in Toronto's seven-run ninth.

Tigers 14, Indians (ss) 10

At Lakeland, Fla., Ramon Santiago homered, tripled, doubled and drove in five runs. Ryan Mulhern hit two of Cleveland's homers.

Marlins (ss) 2, Nationals (ss) 1

At Viera, Fla., Livan Hernandez pitched five shutout innings for Washington, and Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer.

Nationals (ss) 10, Marlins (ss) 3

At Jupiter, Fla., Joe Girardi got his first ejection as Florida Marlins manager out of the way - nearly three weeks before opening day.

Mets 11, Orioles 4

At Port St. Lucie, Fla., rookie Brian Bannister - the son of former major leaguer Floyd Bannister - pitched four scoreless innings, and David Wright and Cliff Floyd each drove in three runs during a nine-run third for New York.

Padres 6, Athletics 5

At Peoria, Ariz., Ben Johnson and Eric Valent homered for San Diego.

Rockies 9, Brewers 5

At Tucson, Ariz., Ian Stewart's fifth home run capped a four-run rally off loser Jason Kershner in the seventh inning and marked the third time the Rockies' left-handed hitter has connected off a lefty.

Mariners 4, Cubs 2

At Mesa, Seattle's Richie Sexson hit his first home run of spring training, and starter Jesse Foppert pitched three scoreless innings.

Astros 7, Braves 5

At Kissimmee, Fla., Tim Hudson warmed up for his opening-day start for Atlanta by going four strong innings.

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