Saturday, March 15, 2003

Pirates add Lofton to outfield


Baseball notebook: Veteran reunited with Sanders

The Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. - Not long ago, most major league teams would have loved starting Kenny Lofton in center field and Reggie Sanders in right. The Pittsburgh Pirates hope it's still a winning combination.

Lofton and Sanders, teammates with the NL champion San Francisco Giants last season, were reunited in Pittsburgh when Lofton, 35, reached terms Friday on a $1,025,000, one-year contract.

The deal means Brian Giles moves back to left field - he has been playing in center this spring - and Sanders shifts to right field. Matt Stairs and Craig Wilson, who were to platoon in right field, almost certainly will get fewer outfield starts.

PHILLIES: Tug McGraw was diagnosed with brain cancer and doctors were trying to determine if they could operate, a source close to the former star pitcher told the Associated Press on Friday.

The doctors found at least two tumors, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

RANGERS: Alex Rodriguez will miss at least a few days with a small herniated disc in his neck, but the Rangers are confident their $252 million shortstop will be healthy by opening day.

A CT scan revealed a small herniated disc in one of the vertebrae in his neck and an irritated nerve. Rodriguez received a cortisone injection Friday to relieve the swelling and is expected back in Rangers' camp Sunday or Monday.

SUSPENSIONS: Montreal outfielder Vladimir Guerrero was suspended for three regular-season games Friday and Florida pitcher Brad Penny was suspended for five games for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl this week.

GAME REPORT: Kevin Brown pitched four scoreless innings but the Dodgers lost to the Indians 9-4.

Brown has given up one earned run over 10 innings this spring after being limited to 10 starts last season because of elbow and back injuries.

• Jeff Weaver pitched five scoreless innings in his latest stellar spring appearance, leading a split squad of Yankees to an 8-1 victory over the Braves.

Weaver, trying to solidify the Yankees' fifth starter spot, has allowed two runs in 14 innings this spring.

• Brandon Berger was 3-for-5 with a home run to lead the Royals to a 12-3 win over the Padres.

Berger, a Beechwood High grad, also had two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI.

• Barry Bonds hit his sixth home run of the spring but the Giants lost 5-4 to the Diamondbacks.




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