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AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE

From News Services
Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page E13

Houston ace Roger Clemens is day-to-day after straining his right hamstring.

"We'll assess him on a daily basis," Astros Manager Phil Garner said yesterday.

Brave Son

Jon Schuerholz, son of Braves GM John Schuerholz, singled for Atlanta in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.

Bell Is Back

Phillies 3B David Bell, who has been held out all spring with a sprained back, is scheduled to play in a minor league game today.

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Clemens is still slated to pitch Wednesday against Philadelphia. . . .

Astros outfielder Lance Berkman completed a six-year, $85 million contract, keeping the three-time all-star from becoming a free agent after the 2005 season. . . .

Curt Schilling will miss Opening Day with the Red Sox, setting up David Wells to start against his former team, the Yankees. There even was a possibility Schilling would open the season on the disabled list since the Red Sox have three days off in the first 10 days and won't need a fifth starter until their 13th game, at home against Toronto on April 18 . . .

Hideo Nomo needed a strong showing to maintain any chance of earning a spot in the Devil Rays' rotation. He pitched four innings without allowing an earned run in a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia. . . .

Ken Griffey Jr. made his first defensive appearance of the year, and the Reds scored three runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Twins, 4-1.

Griffey played center field for five innings, catching a shallow fly to center and chasing a double into the gap in right center.

-- From News Services


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