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Angels' Flora shows power

Rookie Kevin Flora, trying to win a job as California's starting second baseman after missing most of last season because of the death of his wife in a car crash, homered in the Angels' loss to the Athletics at Tempe, Ariz. Frank Tanana, signed to a minor-league contract a few days before camp opened, gave up six runs _ including a three-run homer to Ruben Sierra _ in one inning.

BOSTON: Starter Tim Vanegmond pitched three innings, allowing one run and one hit in his first appearance against major leaguers, and Otis Nixon, Andre Dawson and Tim Naehring had two hits each in a win over the Chicago White Sox at Fort Myers.

CHICAGO: Michael Jordan, trying to win a spot on the White Sox's roster, did not make the trip to Fort Myers for a game against Boston. He worked out with hitting coach Walt Hriniak at Sarasota. Jordan is expected to play today at Bradenton against Pittsburgh.

CLEVELAND: Chris Nabholz, acquired Feb. 14 from Montreal for two minor-leaguers, gave up three runs on five hits in two innings of a loss to Detroit at Lakeland.

DETROIT: Tim Belcher, making his first start since signing as a free agent, pitched two perfect innings in the Tigers' win. Belcher was the only free-agent pitcher the Tigers signed in the off-season.

KANSAS CITY: Hubie Brooks and Steve Balboni walked with the bases loaded off Kevin Gallaher in a three-run 10th inning, and the Royals _ helped by throwing errors by Andujar Cedeno and Craig Biggio _ rallied to defeat Houston's split squad at Baseball City.

MILWAUKEE: Starter Cal Eldred allowed four hits and two runs while striking out three in 2 innings of a loss to the Chicago Cubs at Chandler, Ariz. Graeme Lloyd allowed no hits or walks and struck out two in 2 innings.

MINNESOTA: Jeff Innis gave up a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Twins lost to Texas at Port Charlotte.

NEW YORK: In his Yankees debut, Xavier Hernandez allowed three runs in the eighth inning of a loss to a split squad of New York Mets at Ft. Lauderdale. Brook Fordyce, Tim Bogar and Doug Dascenzo had run-scoring hits off Hernandez, acquired from Houston in the off-season.

OAKLAND: Ruben Sierra homered and had four RBI as the Athletics had 16 hits in a win over California. Mark McGwire, who has not played this spring, was scheduled to undergo another examination for his strained lower back. He'll be out of action for at least another week. Rickey Henderson, hit in the left hand during batting practice last week, isn't scheduled to play until Tuesday.

SEATTLE: Catcher Mackey Sasser has overcome the throwing problem that had plagued him since the middle of 1990. After being treated by a neurologist, Sasser played winter ball without a recurrence of his problem _ continually tapping his glove before throwing the ball back to the pitcher. He caught in each of the team's intrasquad games and again showed no trace of the problem. Greg Hibbard pitched three scoreless innings and Eric Anthony had a two-run homer in the Mariners' win over San Diego at Peoria, Ariz.

TEXAS: Jon Shave's homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Rangers over Minnesota at Port Charlotte. Dean Palmer and Rusty Greer also homered for Texas, which has eight in three games. Manager Kevin Kennedy on outfielder Oddibe McDowell: "Oddibe has done some good things. He's still got his speed and gets a good jump on the stolen bases and he reads the pitchers well. He's shown some good things already."

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