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Francona Did Not Have Heart Attack, Doctor Says

Friday, April 8, 2005; Page D10

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona did not have a heart attack and results of medical tests on him "are very good," Boston's team doctor said yesterday.

Francona was hospitalized in New York on Wednesday morning after feeling tightness in his chest and was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital later in the day.

Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling throws during a rehabilitation start for Class AAA Pawtucket. He allowed 11 hits and six runs in six innings against Indianapolis. (Michael Conroy -- AP)

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The team did not say when Francona might rejoin the Red Sox, who begin a three-game series today in Toronto and will receive their World Series rings before Monday's home opener against the Yankees.

"The plan is to perform several series of tests on Terry," physician Thomas Gill said in a statement released by the club. "The results of the initial series are very good.

"His heart function looks strong, and there is no indication whatsoever of a heart attack. We plan to perform further tests, and, if the results are consistent with what we have seen so far, we hope to be able to release Terry from the hospital soon."

The nature of the tests were not disclosed. "He did not have a heart attack. He had some symptoms that caused some concern on the part of the team doctors," team president Larry Lucchino said. "The tests may include some type of procedure to determine whether there's any specific diagnosis or reason for the chest pains." . . .

Curt Schilling gave up six runs in six innings in a rehabilitation start for Boston's Class AAA Pawtucket farm team, appearing to grow stronger as the game progressed and showing no signs of lingering effects from his offseason ankle surgery. The World Series MVP allowed 11 hits, including two solo homers, a triple and a double in a 7-5 loss to host Indianapolis.

SANCHEZ WON'T APPEAL: Devil Rays OF Alex Sanchez won't appeal his 10-day suspension for violating baseball's steroid policy, saying he was tripped up by a change in laws that made a supplement he took illegal.

Sanchez, the first player penalized under the tougher rules put in place last month, made his decision yesterday, four days after he was suspended by Commissioner Bud Selig.

"I used an over-the-counter supplement that I purchased before the laws banning certain substances changed on January 15th," Sanchez said in a statement. "If I am guilty, I am guilty of not taking the initiative to learn more about the contents of what I was taking. Once my agent informed me that I had tested positive, I then started finding out what was in my supplements. Then, and only then, did I find out about the particular ingredients of this supplement."

FOREIGN INFLUENCE: Players in the major leagues born outside the United States reached a record 29.2 percent, a slight increase following a decrease last year. There were 91 players from the Dominican Republic, 46 from Venezuela and 34 from Puerto Rico. The Nationals, with 16, had the most players on the list.

INJURIES: Tigers OF Magglio Ordoñez is expected to miss at least one more game with a viral infection. Ordoñez, sick since the end of spring training, played in Monday's opener and started Wednesday's game before leaving in the fourth inning with dizziness. . . . The Pirates placed starting 2B Jose Castillo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle in his left side.

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