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Williams leaves hospital for rehab

Hall of Famer Ted Williams was released from the hospital Monday, more than a week after he had a stroke.

Williams, 75, will begin a rehabilitation program at an undisclosed facility, said Daniel Moore, spokesman for Shands Hospital.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger was hospitalized Feb. 19 after he had a stroke at his home in Citrus County. A heart rhythm problem is responsible for causing the blood clots that led to the stroke and a minor one two years earlier, Williams' doctors said.

The recent stroke left Williams with some disability on his left side and poor eyesight, Moore said. Williams can walk with a walker.

Giants' stadium years off

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Peter Magowan, managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants, urged fans to be patient about a new stadium and said the club would call Candlestick Park home for at least five more years.

Magowan said it would be more than a year before the Giants know more about their future home.

The Jordan watch

SARASOTA _ Chicago White Sox manager Gene Lamont said Michael Jordan probably will play all six innings in rightfield in Thursday's intrasquad game.

On Monday, Jordan faced 31 simulated major-league pitches from left-hander Wally Ritchie and 28 from right-hander Scott Ruffcorn. Jordan took 13 pitches, bunted 2, fouled off 3 and swung and missed at 1 against Ritchie. He put 12 balls in play, 3 of which might have been hits. Against Ruffcorn, he took 10, fouled off 6, bunted 1 and put 11 balls into play, 2 of which might have been hits.

Next NL president

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Leonard Coleman, major league baseball's executive director of market development, is expected to be elected National League president Tuesday.

Coleman, who is black, would succeed current NL president Bill White, the highest-ranking black official in U.S. professional sports.

Coleman, 44, was hired by then-commissioner Fay Vincent in December 1991. Before then, he was vice president of municipal finance at the firm of Kidder, Peabody & Co.

Around the leagues

Athletics: Reliever Dennis Eckersley and rookie Miguel Jimenez will be held out of exhibition play this weekend. Eckersley has battled neck stiffness recently. Jimenez, a right-hander competing for a starting job, has a sore shoulder.

Dodgers: Outfielder Cory Snyder returned to workouts after missing four days with a stiff back.

Rangers: Roger Pavlik, who has discomfort in his right shoulder, left camp to fly to Los Angeles for a second medical opinion. Pavlik, who was 12-6 for Texas last season, will be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the California Angels' team physician. Rangers physicians said Pavlik had a touch of tendinitis and a possible frayed rotator cup.