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BRAVES: 3B Chipper Jones, who hadn't played in almost a week, left Saturday's game in the sixth inning after being hit by a pitch. Batting left-handed, Jones was hit on the left foot with a slider down and in by Montreal RHP Ugueth Urbina. "I should be able to play tomorrow," Jones said after the game. "We'll see how he feels in the morning," assistant trainer Jeff Porter said. LHP Denny Neagle was scratched from his scheduled start. He has been bothered by a sore right shoulder most of the spring and had a cortisone shot Thursday. He is expected to make his next start Friday, but might pitch sooner if he's ready. OF Ryan Klesko is 3-for-25 (.120) with two RBI.

DODGERS: RHP Hideo Nomo continued to have control problems, walking three and striking out five in four innings. "It's just something I have to work on," Nomo said. RHP Darren Hall pitched a perfect inning in his first outing since being hit by a line drive. "Hey, three hitters without anybody hitting the ball back at me, that's a nice change," Hall said.

GIANTS: Barry Bonds homered and hit a two-run triple before leaving in the third inning with tightness in his right hamstring. Bonds was taken out as a precaution and was expected to play today. OF Glenallen Hill, who started 0-for-9, ended his slump with a run-scoring triple against the Athletics.

MARLINS: Tests Friday revealed no injury to RHP Jay Powell's pitching arm. He was hoping doctors could explain the drop in velocity that has plagued him this spring. Powell was topping out at between 93 and 95 mph before he began to lose velocity last season. This spring, he has struggled to get past 90. "They found some stuff, but nothing to justify shutting it down," said Powell, who the Marlins are counting on to set up RHP Robb Nen, the closer. "You don't just go to sleep one night and wake up the next morning and lose 8 mph. But it's part of baseball. It's just a minor little hurdle I'll have to get past."

METS: RHP Derek Wallace, two days after surgery to repair what he termed three aneurysms in one, said he has been told he may be able to pitch again in 3-4 months, not the five months first predicted. RHP Rudy Seanez, C Pedro Grifol, IF Rico Rossy and 2B Jason Hardtke were reassigned to the minor-league camp. RHPs Cory Lidle and Mike Welch and C Charlie Greene were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, and RHP John Habyan was released.

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