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Dunn deal: Reds clear roster spot

The Reds made a trade to clear room for their top prospect Thursday, sending outfielder Alex Ochoa to the Rockies for second baseman Todd Walker and a minor-leaguer.

The deal between last-place teams gave the Rockies another versatile outfielder and gave the Reds a chance to bring up Adam Dunn, their most highly regarded prospect in years.

He was promoted from Triple-A Louisville and will start in leftfield.

"We wanted to get on with our future now," general manager Jim Bowden said. "Dunn should have been here a month ago. Dunn couldn't be here until we moved an outfielder."

Dunn, 21, hit .334 with 32 homers and 84 RBI in 94 games this year at Double-A Chattanooga and Louisville. He was the MVP of the Triple-A All-Star Game in Indianapolis, where he homered twice. He also hit a homer at the Futures game in Seattle as part of the All-Star festivities.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound outfielder was a second-round draft pick in 1998. He chose baseball over playing quarterback at Texas, and emerged this year as one of the top power hitters in the minors.

Bonds back in lineup

SAN FRANCISCO _ The back spasms were painful enough to force Barry Bonds into the clubhouse but didn't prevent him from hitting his second homer of the game, which tied Mickey Mantle for ninth place on the career list.

Bonds hit his 41st and 42nd homers of the season Wednesday night as the Giants beat the Rockies 10-0. He stayed on pace to match Mark McGwire's record of 70 homers in 1998 and increased his career total to 536.

But after the two homers _ one in the fourth inning and another in the fifth _ Bonds left in the sixth with back spasms.

At first he was listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Rockies, but Bonds was back in the lineup. He showed no signs of pain during batting practice.

"It's still a little sore, but nothing like it was yesterday," he said. "I've played in worse situations than this."

Giants manager Dusty Baker wasn't concerned about Bonds.

"That's what a back spasm is. It doesn't mean you've got a bad back, it's just a spasm," he said.

ANGELS: Anaheim plans to activate outfielder Tim Salmon from the 15-day disabled list before today's game against Baltimore. To make room, the team optioned pitcher Scot Shields to Triple-A Salt Lake.

DODGERS: Los Angeles recalled outfielder Bruce Aven from Triple-A Las Vegas. To make room for Aven, the Dodgers sent infielder Chris Donnels outright to Las Vegas.

EXPOS: The team purchased the contract of left-hander Joey Eischen from Triple-A Ottawa and recalled right-hander Britt Reames. Right-handed reliever Darwin Cubillan was optioned to Ottawa and right-hander Bob Scanlan was designated for assignment.

INDIANS: Pitcher Chuck Finley, who saw a specialist this week to check his sore neck and left shoulder, still has no target date for his return from the disabled list.

"His shoulder is weak. What he was treated for in Cleveland is what's wrong with him," manager Charlie Manuel said. "There's no timetable on it, he's just got to continue his rehab."

Finley, out since late June, visited Dr. Lewis Yocum on Wednesday.

Right-hander Jaret Wright, also bothered by a sore shoulder, saw Yocum on Thursday. The Indians had no update on Wright by game time Thursday.

O's games derailed again

BALTIMORE _ The Orioles postponed Thursday's day-night doubleheader against the Rangers because of a train derailment near Camden Yards.

As cleanup operations continued Thursday, the Orioles first postponed the afternoon portion of the day-night doubleheader, then hours later called off the second game when it became apparent that firefighting crews would be working well into the night.

Joe Foss, the Orioles' chief operating officer, said the team was working with the commissioner's office about rescheduling the games. Foss said the Orioles would lose $3-million if both games are canceled.

This was to be the Rangers last trip to Camden Yards this season. Neither team is expected to be in the playoff race.

"The ability to reschedule is very complicated," Foss said.

SLUGGER RETURNS: Former major-league outfielder Pete Incaviglia agreed to terms with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League. Incaviglia played 15 major-league seasons with Texas, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and the New York Yankees. In 1,200 games, he batted .246 with 206 home runs and 655 RBI.

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