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Foul KOs Expos' Perez on bench

Rookie pitcher Carlos Perez was knocked unconscious by a foul ball as he sat in the dugout Sunday during the ninth inning of the Expos' 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh.

Perez regained consciousness after a few minutes and was taken to a hospital. He was expected to be held overnight for observation before rejoining the club in Atlanta today.

The foul ball by Darrin Fletcher struck Perez in the right hand and deflected into the back of his head. As the game ended, Perez was taken on a stretcher to Montreal's clubhouse, where he was tended to by medical personnel.

"He was breathing all the while he was knocked out," Expos assistant Mike Kozak said. "It's a good thing he wasn't chewing gum or something when it happened because he might have choked on it."

Perez isn't scheduled to make his next start until Friday night.

Blue Jays: Toronto city inspectors pronounced SkyDome safe after all the acoustic panels in the stadium were reinforced.

Cubs: Right-hander Anthony Young strained his left hamstring warming up in the bullpen. His status will be re-evaluated today.

Orioles: Third baseman Jeff Manto pulled a hamstring muscle in the eighth inning and was put on the 15-day disabled list. Before the game, reliever Gene Harris also was placed on the DL. The team called up pitcher John DeSilva and infielder Jeff Huson from Rochester.

Tigers: Sunday marked the 42nd anniversary of Al Kaline's debut as an 18-year-old rookie. In Philadelphia on June 25, 1953, Kaline was inserted as a replacement for centerfielder Jim Delsing.

Yankees: Darryl Strawberry hit some 400 batting-practice pitches, driving many well beyond the rightfield fence. This morning, he is scheduled to face Scott Kamieniecki, in Tampa on an injury rehabilitation assignment. Strawberry may play in an afternoon Gulf Coast (Rookie) League game.

Dodgers: Newly acquired pitcher Willie Banks replaces Pedro Astacio tonight in the starting rotation. It's his first start at Dodger Stadium since May 24, when he pitched a four-hit shutout for the Cubs.

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