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Robinson accepts new job with Orioles

Frank Robinson, fired last month as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, will be back with the team Monday as an assistant general manager. Robinson was on vacation and could not be reached for comment.

Ed Keating, his agent for about 15 years, said Robinson would take a pay cut.

"I don't want to get into salaries, but obviously he's not going to get paid at the same level he was as a manager," Keating said.

Robinson's contract stipulated he would become assistant general manager in case he was removed as manager. Negotiations between Robinson and the team focused on defining his duties more than on money, Keating said.

The Orioles said Robinson will be involved in trades and acquisitions, planning the team's new Camden Yards stadium and Florida training facilities, and other unspecified duties.

Mitchell out at least four weeks

SAN FRANCISCO _ Kevin Mitchell is expected to be out for at least four weeks, the San Francisco Giants announced after the star outfielder underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Dr. Gordon Campbell, who performed the surgery, reported he found no cartilage damage to Mitchell's left knee but did find some loose ligaments.

Before the surgery, it had been estimated that Mitchell would miss a minimum of three weeks. He hurt the knee May 21 while sliding at Cincinnati, missed eight games and then returned for two games last week.

"It came back, and it's worse this time," he said Saturday after experiencing pain in a game against Atlanta that the Giants won 8-2.

Meanwhile, Mitchell leads all outfielders with 279,411 votes in the first NL All-Star returns announced Tuesday. Other leaders by position are outfielders Darryl Strawberry of the Dodgers and Andre Dawson of the Cubs, catcher Benito Santiago of the Padres, first baseman Will Clark of the Giants, second baseman Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs, shortstop Ozzie Smith of the Cardinals and third baseman Chris Sabo of the Reds.

Murphy is honored in Atlanta

ATLANTA _ Dale Murphy was showered with standing ovations Tuesday night on his first appearance in Atlanta since the Braves traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies last Aug.

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"I know I will be a visitor tonight, but this will always be my home," Murphy said during a 25-minute tribute before the game.

The Braves turned the ceremony into a family affair as Murphy's wife, six sons, his parents, his sister and his in-laws appeared on the field.

The Braves also brought back some of his former high school teammates from Portland, Ore., and former Braves no longer playing.

In 13 years with the Braves, Murphy had 1,901 hits, 371 home runs and 1,143 RBI.

The Braves were holding a meeting when Murphy strolled into the Atlanta clubhouse.

Murphy stopped short when he realized they were talking about pitching to him. The Braves stopped their conversation, and Murphy went around shaking hands with his former teammates.

Around the bases

Mariners vice president of baseball operations Woody Woodward's contract will be extended through 1994, owner Jeff Smulyan said.

The Pirates signed first-round pick Jon Farrell, a catcher who played at the University of Miami and Florida Community College in Jacksonville.

Dunedin High outfielder/pitcher Ryan Griffin was chosen by the Blue Jays in the 18th round.

The Angels sent rookie pitcher Scott Lewis to Class AAA Edmonton and put outfielder Junior Felix (strained calf muscle) on the 15-day disabled list. Pitcher Joe Grahe and outfielder Ruben Amaro Jr. were recalled from Edmonton.

Ed Whitson, who has a sore throwing elbow, became the sixth Padres pitcher on the disabled list this season. The Padres brought up catcher Brian Dorsett from Class AAA Las Vegas.

The Astros recalled outfielder Eric Anthony from Class AAA Tucson, and optioned outfielder Karl Rhodes to Tucson.

Fernando Valenzuela will make his first start for the Angels on Friday night against the Tigers at Anaheim Stadium.

The Angels cleared room for Valenzuela by sending rookie pitcher Scott Lewis to Class AAA Edmonton. They also put outfielder Junior Felix (strained calf muscle) on the 15-day disabled list. Pitcher Joe Grahe and outfielder Ruben Amaro Jr. were recalled from Edmonton.

The Yankees placed right-hander Pascual Perez on the 15-day disabled list and called up rookie pitcher Jeff Johnson from Class AAA Columbus.

Reliever Dan Schatzeder was claimed on waivers by the Mets and assigned to Class AAA Tidewater after being released by the Royals.

_ Compiled reports by the Associated Press and staff writer Kevin Thomas.

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