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3 catchers have new employers

Three veteran catchers were on the move as Wednesday night's trading deadline neared.

The Giants sent Kirt Manwaring and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Astros for Rick Wilkins on Friday night. Saturday, the Angels traded 1992 World Series MVP Pat Borders to the White Sox for minor-league pitcher Robert Ellis.

Borders spent seven years with Toronto, posting 15 home runs and a .286 average in 1990, but has changed teams four times since. He split 1995 between Kansas City and Houston. He started this season with St. Louis, batting .319 before his release June 13. He batted .236 with two homers and eight RBI for California, and Chad Kreuter's season-ending shoulder injury in a home-plate collision last weekend left Chicago needing a backup to Ron Karkovice.

Wilkins was batting .213 with six homers and 23 RBI. He hit .303 with 30 home runs with the Cubs in 1993 but had hit just .216 with 20 homers since. Chicago traded him to Houston for another catcher, Scott Servais, and outfielder Luis Gonzalez on June 28, 1995.

Manwaring, in a 5-for-42 slump (.119), was batting .234 with one home run and 14 RBI. He missed four weeks with a broken bone in his left hand after being hit by a Doug Drabek pitch April 9 at Houston. His best season also was 1993: .275 with five homers.

Canseco says his year

almost certainly done

MINNEAPOLIS _ "I'm 95-percent sure my season is over," the Boston Globe quoted Jose Canseco as saying after the Boston designated hitter reinjured his back in batting practice Friday.

"I'm surprised I've been able to play this long with a ruptured disc," Canseco said. "It happened in spring training." He said he has "excruciating pain" in his leg.

Canseco was on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor muscle earlier this season.

MARINERS: On his 21st birthday, All-Star shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to a $10.6-million, four-year contract extension.

INDIANS: The AL decided not to take action against Albert Belle for a hard slide and hand swipe at Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar in a 10-7 Cleveland win Thursday. Belle served a two-game suspension last month for leveling Brewers second baseman Fernando Vina with a forearm to the face.

RANGERS: Mickey Tettleton, who missed nine straight games with back problems, returned to the lineup as the designated hitter.

CUBS: First baseman Mark Grace was a late scratch from the lineup with a bruised left foot. Third baseman Leo Gomez left in the fourth inning with a contusion in his left wrist.

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