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AROUND THE CACTUS LEAGUE

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

San Francisco's Jerome Williams pitched for the first time in two weeks but didn't make it out of the third inning in a 5-3 loss to the Padres yesterday.

Williams has missed much of the spring to be with his ailing father in Hawaii. Yesterday marked his first appearance since March 5, when he gave up five runs in one inning.

Rusch Hour

Cubs left-hander Glendon Rusch was tagged for nine runs in two-plus innings in an 11-4 loss to Oakland. He has given up 16 runs in 11 innings this spring.

Slow Start

Rangers 2B Alfonso Soriano singled in the fifth inning of a win over Texas for just his second hit in 22 at-bats this spring. He also committed two errors.

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"It seems like ages since I have been out there," Williams said after giving up three runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings. . . .

Bobby Kielty homered and drove in five runs in Oakland's 11-4 split-squad win over the Cubs. Kielty has missed most of the spring with a strained calf, but has four hits in eight at-bats.

Eric Chavez added three hits and two RBI for Oakland, which pounded Cubs pitchers for 16 hits. . . .

Chan Ho Park put together his third straight solid start, giving up three runs -- only one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings before the Angels rallied in the 10th inning for a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers.

"I feel more healthy, more focused, more in command of my pitches," Park said. "There are two weeks left before the season starts, and I feel ready to go."

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