Thursday, March 13, 2003

Baseball Notebook


Ex-Red Cloninger may have cancer

The Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Boston Red Sox pitching coach Tony Cloninger, who pitched for the Reds from 1968-1971, may have bladder cancer.

A doctor found a 2-inch tumor in Cloninger's bladder, and team physician Dr. Bill Morgan said a biopsy was performed Tuesday to determine if the tumor is cancerous. The results will not be available until Friday at the earliest.

"If anybody can defeat this stuff it's Tony," manager Grady Little said Wednesday. "He's tougher than nails and that's why it's going to be so tough to hold him back."

Cloninger, 62, joined the Red Sox during spring training last year after serving as a scout for the San Francisco Giants.

• The Red Sox placed outfielder Benny Agbayani and pitcher Willie Banks on waivers for the purpose of their unconditional releases.

WHITE SOX: The plan by White Sox players to refuse to take a mandatory drug test was simply a misunderstanding, according to Sandy Alomar Jr.

Sixteen members of the team were ready to refuse a test Tuesday so they could be counted as testing positive for steroids. Their idea was to send a message that more extensive monitoring is needed.

The players ultimately decided to take the test after consulting with Gene Orza, the No. 2 official of the players' association.

MARINERS: Reliever Norm Charlton needs surgery again and will be sidelined for four to six months.

The 40-year-old left-hander missed last season after an operation in January 2002 to repair a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum. An MRI Monday revealed a torn anterior capsule on the front of his left shoulder.

PIRATES: Pitcher Dennys Reyes was taken to a hospital Wednesday after being hit on the top of his head by a liner off the bat of Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff.

Reyes was struck above the forehead with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning of a split-squad game between the Pirates and Devil Rays. The left-hander sat on the mound for about five minutes while trainers examined him and then left sitting up on a cart.

INDIANS: Reliever Mark Wohlers will miss at least the first two months of the season after having bone chips removed from his right elbow.




TODAY'S BASKETBALL GAMES
Scores and game wrap-ups

UC BASKETBALL
Bearcats blindsided by Southern Miss
DAUGHERTY: Committee holds UC's fate
Like Mardi Gras for Southern Miss
Other Conference USA games
C-USA Tournament Glance
Marquette's Wade C-USA player of year

XAVIER BASKETBALL
XU right at home in UD Arena
West again A-10 player of year
Dayton finally gets to play

MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL
For Miami, first things first
Does UK need to lose?
UK sweeps SEC coaches' honors
Big East: St. John's trips Notre Dame
Wagner wins Northeast berth
Weber St. to represent Big Sky
Georgia players sue school

BENGALS-NFL
Bengals clearing path for Palmer
TE Kelly first addition to Bengals' offense
Playoffs Spikes' top priority in Buffalo
Blake steps into Arizona QB job
Luchey ready to start winning
NFL minorities organize
Raiders sign ex-49er Stubblefield
Officiating mistakes lead to dismissals

REDS-BASEBALL
Manzanillo could land in bullpen
Reds Notebook: Wilson's debut delayed
Yankees 10, Reds 5
Schott hospitalized again
Piazza charges mound after plunking
Other spring training games
Spring Training Standings
Bonds' ball dispute settled
Baseball Notebook: Ex-Red may have cancer

GOLF
Arnie and Jack stage final go-round

TENNIS
Roddick rides serve to second-round win

HIGH SCHOOLS
Today's basketball schedule
NCH girls carry city banner to state
6-8 Clemons leads Reading to final
Madeira's surprise run ends
Middletown dumps boys basketball coach
Ky. Games: Holy Cross, Boone, Brossart advance

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