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ANGELS: LHP Chuck Finley, who sustained a fracture under his right eye in a freak batting practice accident Saturday, was examined Tuesday; doctors said the injury was healing. 3B George Arias, who figured to lose his job when the team signed free agent Dave Hollins, was sent to Triple-A Vancouver, as was RHP Greg Gohr, who was taken off the 40-man roster.

ATHLETICS: Mark McGwire, who missed five games because of back stiffness, returned to the lineup as the designated hitter. He grounded out, then walked and scored in the fourth.

INDIANS: RHP Jose Mesa was granted separate trials on sex and weapons charges, and he will be tried separately from a co-defendant. Mesa, the club's star closer, will go on trial March 31 in Cleveland, charged with rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and felonious assault. No date was set for a trial on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. RHP Orel Hershiser left Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati after the first inning with a strained right groin. The team said the injury wasn't serious, and Hershiser, 38, was taken out as a precaution. He said he does not expect to miss a start.

MARINERS: RHP Dennis Martinez allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.

ORIOLES: Baltimore still hasn't decided on its fifth starter. Pitching coach Ray Miller said RHP Scott Kamieniecki, RHP Shawn Boskie, LHP Rick Krivda and RHP Mike Johnson are among the possibilities to join RHP Mike Mussina, RHP Scott Erickson, LHP Jimmy Key and RHP Rocky Coppinger in the rotation.

ROYALS: RHP Jim Pittsley was optioned to Triple-A Omaha; non-roster LHP Juan Agosto was released.

_ TIMES WIRES

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