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ANGELS: A team besieged with injuries took another major hit Saturday when LHP Chuck Finley was struck below the right eye by an errant bat during batting practice at Tempe, Ariz. A CAT scan revealed a broken bone below the eye. Nineteen stitches were needed to close the cut. He will be held out 7-10 days, making him questionable for the start of the season. RHP Mark Gubicza (shoulder injury) and 2B Randy Velarde (strained forearm) also are questionable for the start of the season, and RHP Troy Percival is out at least a week with back spasms.

ATHLETICS: Oakland was without 1B Mark McGwire for the third straight game. McGwire has been bothered by a stiff back.

INDIANS: OF Bruce Aven, likely to start the season at Triple A, hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs against the Marlins. 3B Matt Williams returned from a sore Achilles' tendon and went 1-for-2 with a walk.

ORIOLES: 3B Kelly Gruber played for the first time in nine days after nursing a strained hamstring and went hitless in his two at-bats, leaving him 0-for-15.

MARINERS: LHP Randy Johnson, recovering from surgery in September to repair a herniated disc, threw 54 pitches in three-plus innings, allowing three runs, four hits and two walks.

RANGERS: OF Juan Gonzalez worked out for the first time Friday. "He is not able to do much baseball stuff," manager Johnny Oates said.

RED SOX: Boston sent OF Adam Hyzdu outright to Triple-A Pawtucket. C Chris Howard and 2B Donnie Sadler were reassigned to the minor-league camp. Saint Leo graduate RHP Jim Corsi pitched 1 perfect innings against the Cardinals before leaving with a slightly strained left hamstring.

ROYALS: LHP Mitch Williams, trying a comeback, threw a warmup pitch to the backstop but retired all four Indians he faced, including strikeouts of OF Kenny Lofton and 3B Jim Thome.

_ TIMES WIRES

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