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Bosox broadcaster Martin dies

Ned Martin, the radio and television voice of the Red Sox for 32 years, died a day after attending the Ted Williams tribute at Fenway Park. He was 78.

Mr. Martin collapsed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after returning from Boston. The cause of death was not known.

Mr. Martin's trademark call, "Mercy," was familiar to generations of Red Sox fans.

He called Carlton Fisk's home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Carl Yastrzemski's 3,000th hit in 1979 and Roger Clemens' first 20-strikeout game in 1986.

TRADE UPHELD: An arbitrator ruled against left-hander Graeme Lloyd, ruling the former Expos reliever must accept his trade to the Marlins. Lloyd, appalled by the prospect of pitching for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria again, filed a grievance trying to reverse the eight-player deal that sent him to Florida on July 11, saying it violated a no-trade clause in his contract.

DODGERS-BREWERS DEAL: Los Angeles acquired infielder Tyler Houston from Milwaukee for minor-league pitchers Ben Diggins and Shane Nance.

ASTROS: Right-hander Dave Mlicki, out since May 26 with a strained muscle in his rib cage, likely will start Friday against Pittsburgh.

BLUE JAYS: Closer Kelvim Escobar will be unavailable for the rest of the Baltimore series after the death of his grandmother in Venezuela.

GIANTS: Leftfielder Barry Bonds likely will miss the series against St. Louis after an MRI confirmed a strained right hamstring.

INDIANS: Right-handed closer Bob Wickman was placed on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his pitching forearm.

PHILLIES: Right-hander Robert Person was placed on the 15-day disabled list after complaining of pain in his elbow and shoulder.

ROYALS: An MRI was negative on first baseman Mike Sweeney, who has missed eight games with a back strain and left hip soreness.

YANKEES: Closer Mariano Rivera will test his strained right (pitching) shoulder with a game of catch in the bullpen today. Catcher Jorge Posada was knocked flat and had his left ear cut when he was hit with a bat during the fifth inning. The injury was not considered serious. Left-hander Sterling Hitchcock, out with a lower back injury, reported no problems after throwing 36 pitches at the Tampa complex.

_ TIMES WIRES

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