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Marlins' Carr out of camp

Florida Marlins centerfielder Chuck Carr, frustrated by a lack of progress in negotiations for a new contract, Saturday kept his promise to walk out of camp if an agreement was not reached by the end of the week.

Carr, 25, hit .267 and led the National League with 58 stolen bases while earning $123,000 last year, his first full season in the majors. He reportedly is seeking at least $460,000 for 1994, while the Marlins offer is about $230,000.

Because Carr has less than three years experience, he is not eligible for arbitration. And since he is not required to be in camp until Tuesday, he technically is not a holdout.

Steinbrenner's mother

dies after long illness

FT. LAUDERDALE _ Rita Haley Steinbrenner, mother of New York Yankees managing general partner George Steinbrenner, died Friday after a long illness. Mrs. Steinbrenner, 90, of Bay Village, Ohio, is survived by her son, two daughters, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Around the camps

White Sox: Michael Jordan adjusted his swing while taking cuts against left-hander Larry Thomas, his fourth session of hitting against major-league pitching at Sarasota. Jordan put eight balls in play out of 30 pitches after holding his hands lower so he could make contact quicker. Of those, only one would have been a hit.

Athletics: His approach to last season having failed, outfielder Ruben Sierra arrived in camp at Scottsdale, Ariz., without the heavily muscled upper body that was the trademark of his 1993 season.

Dodgers: In the first intrasquad game of the spring, shortstop Rafael Bournigal had a run-scoring single as a rookie-laden lineup beat a team of regulars 1-0 at Vero Beach. Greg Hansell pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Mets: The team used only one of seven fields at the St. Lucie County Sports Complex because of a recent heavy rainstorm. St. Lucie County groundskeepers did not cover the fields overnight.

Brewers: First baseman John Jaha and outfielder Troy O'Leary signed, leaving 11 unsigned players on the 40-man roster.

Padres: Right-hander Andy Benes underwent a magnetic resonance imaging scan on his swollen right knee, then returned for afternoon workouts. Centerfielder Derek Bell of Tampa signed a one-year contract, leaving four players _ shortstop Ricky Gutierrez, pitcher Trevor Hoffman, infielder Luis Lopez and first baseman Dave Staton _ unsigned. Infielder Kevin Elster, a non-roster invitee, did not work out after leaving Friday's workout with a hip flexor.

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