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ANGELS: Reliever Pep Harris may have picked a bad time to allow seven runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Brewers. Manager Terry Collins met with his coaching staff and general manager Bill Bavasi after the game to make roster cuts, which could be announced today.

ATHLETICS: RHP Steve Karsay, heading toward his first action in the majors since reconstructive elbow surgery in June 1995, pitched four innings against the Padres, allowing one unearned run on three hits and walking three.

BREWERS: Starter Scott Karl suffered a strained muscle on the right side of his neck in a second-inning collision with Angels OF Garret Anderson between the plate and first base after Anderson hit a slow grounder near the line. Karl lay stunned and motionless for more than a minute but asked to stay in. Though giving up four runs in the inning, he completed five and got credit for the victory as Milwaukee won 10-7.

MARINERS: Although LHP Randy Johnson grimaced in pain after fielding Brian McRae's soft grounder, he paid no mind to what he called "a little ache" in his back and said he was encouraged by his longest outing. Recovering from September back surgery, Johnson worked 4 innings against the Cubs, allowing three hits, walking two, striking out three and hitting a batter. He threw 69 pitches. Two of the three runs he allowed were unearned.

INDIANS: Kevin Mitchell was not in the starting lineup for the scheduled game against the Reds, which was rained out. Mitchell has a strained left middle finger.

ORIOLES: CF Brady Anderson was ejected after arguing over a strikeout to end the third inning against the Braves.

ROYALS: Left-handed reliever Mitch Williams, trying to return to the majors, was asked to report to Triple-A Omaha. Williams refused to talk after emerging from manager Bob Boone's office, other than to say, "I'm going to Omaha." The cut followed a perfect inning in a 5-4 win over the Pirates. "His last two outings have been better and better," Boone said. "He's showing command of himself and command of the ball. I'm tickled pink with what he's doing."

Also pitching a scoreless inning was team career saves leader Jeff Montgomery, showing steady progress after September shoulder surgery.

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