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ANGELS: Chuck Finley's freak injury will keep him out for as long as five weeks, forcing California to find a new Opening Day starter. The left-hander suffered a broken bone below his right eye when hit by an errant bat Saturday. Candidates to pitch Opening Day include Shigetoshi Hasegawa and Jim Abbott, who was rocked for eight runs in 2 innings Sunday, his worst outing of the spring. His ERA rose from 9.00 to 13.50.

ATHLETICS: 1B Mark McGwire missed a fourth straight game because of back stiffness. A day after saying McGwire's return was imminent, manager Art Howe said he hoped the slugger would miss only a few more days. "There's no sense in rushing it," Howe said.

BREWERS: Four players were sent to minor-league camp: 1B Antone Williamson, OF Chad Green, utility INF Jack Voigt and 2B Ron Belliard. Milwaukee has 33 players left in camp.

INDIANS: David E. Henry, the Ohio man charged last month with scaling a Sarasota stadium fence to confront slugger Albert Belle, was arrested Friday on charges that he violated the trespass warning issued to him after the previous arrest. Police said Henry parked his car near the stadium Friday and walked to a gate to try to return White Sox tickets. The White Sox were in Tampa to play the Yankees. He was being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bail. Richard Miller, former part owner of the Indians and Cavaliers, died Saturday of cancer at Cleveland Clinic Hospital. He was 65.

ROYALS: LHP Jose Rosado, 3-1 this spring, lowered his ERA to 1.86. He has not given up a run in his past 12 innings and has been scored on in only one inning through five starts.

TIGERS: Doug Brocail, 11-22 in the majors, was named to start the season opener April 1 at Minnesota. Brocail, who was obtained in a nine-player December deal with the Astros, has been limited by injuries to just 98 games since breaking in with San Diego in 1992. This spring, he has allowed three earned runs in 11 innings over four outings. "I see a guy who competes," manager Buddy Bell said. "The way he's pitched down here, I just feel comfortable leading off with him."

WHITE SOX: INF Greg Norton, LHP Tom Fordham and C Robert Machado were optioned to Triple-A Nashville, and Ps Brian Keyser and Ralph Diaz and OF Jeff Liefer were reassigned to minor-league camp, leaving 38 players in camp.