A lawyer says Baltimore Orioles slugger Sammy Sosa settled a lawsuit yesterday in Miami that alleged the major leaguer owed more than $22,000 for a law firm's work in resolving tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

Details of the settlement were not released.

A partner with the law firm says the matter has been satisfactorily resolved and the parties remain on good terms.

Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, didn't return a telephone message.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, claimed Sosa failed to pay the Boca Raton firm Tescher, Gutter, Chaves, Josepher, Rubin, Ruffin and Forman. The firm represented Sosa and his charitable foundation in two tax cases that were resolved in Sosa's favor.

* RHODES DONE: Indians reliever Arthur Rhodes has left the club because of a family illness and will miss the rest of the season, a blow to baseball's best bullpen and the club's playoff chances. Rhodes is married and has two daughters and a son. The 35-year-old was primarily used as a setup man. He went 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 47 appearances.

* DAMON UPDATE: An MRI exam of Red Sox OF Johnny Damon's left shoulder showed no structural damage. He has been playing with discomfort since injuring the shoulder on a slide against Baltimore on Sept. 4. Manager Terry Francona said Damon will remain in Boston for treatment while the Red Sox finish their Toronto road trip. Boston returns home to play Oakland on Thursday. Gabe Kapler started in center field for the Red Sox.

* POWER OUTAGE: A computer system shut down and caused several of the light towers above Jacobs Field to go dark in the sixth inning, causing a 21-minute delay in last night's game between the Indians and the Athletics. The Indians said the computer had to cool down before it could be restarted and power could be restored. As the crowd waited for the lights to come back on, they watched other major league games on the giant scoreboard as Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" and The Doors' "Light My Fire" played through the ballpark's speakers.

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