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BIG UNIT ENDS YEAR WITH BACK SURGERY

Randy Johnson will have season-ending back surgery and intends to be back for the Diamondbacks at spring training next year. "I have no intention at this time of retiring," he said at a news conference. "I'll cross the bridge of surgery and be willing to go through the process of rehabilitation again because I know I can still pitch." It marks the second straight year Johnson, 43, will have an operation on his back.

OUT OF BOUNDS

Royals OF hits reporter with pellet

Royals outfielder Emil Brown hit KMBC reporter Karen Kornacki near the eye with a pellet from a small plastic gun in the team's clubhouse. "I was just messing around in here," Brown said. "I feel terrible about it. Karen is one of the nicest persons that I've met, especially as far as the media is concerned. ... I feel absolutely awful about it." Kornacki was interviewing shortstop Tony Pena before the game when she felt the pellet hit near her left eye, said Gary Roberts, KMBC's assistant news director. An assistant team trainer treated Kornacki and gave her an ice pack. The station said she shattered her contact and scratched her eye when the pellet hit. "I talked to Karen. I'm glad she's okay. That's all that matters to me right now," Royals manager Buddy Bell said.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"They'll have plenty of opportunity to see him, but we want to make sure they see a good product, too. It's not about him stepping on for five minutes and waving."

Frank Yallop, Los Angeles Galaxy coach on David Beckham, who will miss his second straight game for the MLS team today due to a nagging left ankle injury

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