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ANGELS' K-ROD GETS $10M IN 'DEFEAT'

This time, the Angels got the save: $2.5-million.

The Angels beat All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez in salary arbitration Friday, and he will receive $10-million this season rather than his request for $12.5-million. Rodriguez, 26, made $7.1-million last year.

"It's a situation you can't control," he said of the arbitration process. "In the meantime, I'm happy because I'm here and I've just got to move on and make sure to be ready for the season," he said. "I'm a Halo, still a Halo for this year. I've got to represent my team. I've been here since I was 16 years old."

Rodriguez, whose 132 saves the past three years are the most in the majors, tied the record for the highest salary in an arbitration decision, a mark he shares with Alfonso Soriano, who lost his case against Washington in 2006, and Ryan Howard, who beat Philadelphia on Thursday.

Owners won six of eight cases that went to hearings this year.

Jeter supports blood testing: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said he would support blood-testing for performance-enhancing drugs, Bloomberg News reported.

Jeter said it wouldn't be an invasion of privacy to have blood drawn to test for human growth hormone, as players already have blood taken during their preseason physicals.

"You can test for whatever you want to test for," Jeter said on Bloomberg Radio's On the Ball program to be aired this weekend. "We get pricked by needles anyway in spring training, so we have a lot of blood work to begin with."

Jeter's stance is in opposition to union leader Don Fehr, who opposes blood-testing.

Commissioner Bud Selig and Fehr have said they support testing for HGH when a valid urine test is developed.

In Yankees camp in Tampa, Joba Chamberlain, the prized right-hander, threw batting practice for the first time this spring and said he's not worried about where he fits on the pitching staff.

Chamberlain, who went 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA in 19 relief appearances as a rookie last season, will likely begin this season in the bullpen before joining the rotation.

BLUE JAYS: The team plans on calling B.J. Ryan's doctor in the next few days, but that's a good thing. The closer is ahead of schedule in his return from reconstructive elbow surgery, and the club wants to get the go-ahead for allowing Ryan to begin pitching against hitters. He threw off a mound again on Friday, his ninth bullpen session since moving beyond flat-ground throwing sessions. "B.J. is really champing at the bit," pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said. "That's a good thing, but we also kind of have to harness him. ..."

Cubs: Manager Lou Piniella will tinker with his batting order to see where Kosuke Fukudome works best. He could hit third, which would mean NL batting champ Derrek Lee would drop from third to fourth and team RBI leader Aramis Ramirez would be fifth. "I think Lou probably has 100 lineups in his head like he did at this point last year," Lee said.

Dodgers: Nomar Garciaparra might need several gloves when he breaks camp in the spring. Garciaparra, 34, is in the middle of the team's most intriguing position battle, competing for third base with Andy LaRoche, 24. But he also has been mentioned as a utility player because of his versatility, a role he has embraced.

Indians: A leaner, more muscular Victor Martinez stepped into the batter's box in Winter Haven on one of the back fields. Martinez, who dropped about 10 pounds and added muscle to his upper body in the offseason, effortlessly sprayed line drives all over the field from the left side. A few minutes later, the catcher dug in from the right side and did the same thing. "What he has, you either have it or you don't," hitting coach Derek Shelton said. "You can't teach it."

Mets: Pitcher Oliver Perez won his arbitration case against the team and will get $6.5-million this year rather than the team's offer of $4,725,000. The lefty went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA last year, when he made $2,425,000. "I feel good and I've just got to keep working," Perez said.Also, new ace Johan Santana, acquired from the Twins, threw batting practice. Third baseman David Wright walked away impressed, especially since he knew which pitches were coming and still had trouble picking them up. "They were still jamming me because he's got a little late movement," Wright said.

PHILLIES: The club already knows one of its big needs for next season. It's a new general manager, as Pat Gillick will likely not return. Gillick, 70, signed a three-year deal before the 2006 season, and he has all but said he plans to retire after this season. "We're not saying to Pat, 'There's the door,'" said team president David Montgomery. "He's so far said to me that this is it as a full-time GM. I accept that."

Red Sox: The team is headed to the White House on Wednesday to celebrate its 2007 World Series championship. Players also will visit patients and show off their World Series trophy at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Twins: Francisco Liriano probably won't arrive at camp in Fort Myers until next week. General manager Bill Smith said he thinks Liriano will pick up his visa in the Dominican Republic on Monday, which would mean the pitcher likely wouldn't get to camp until at least Tuesday.

AREA TEAMS

Blue Jays: Workouts at Bobby Mattick Complex (1700 Solon Ave., Dunedin). Game tickets: (727) 733-9302; Knology Park (373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; or bluejays.com.

Phillies: Workouts at Carpenter Complex (651 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater) or Bright House Networks Field (601 N Old Coachman Road). Game tickets: (727) 467-4457; Bright House Networks Field 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; or phillies.com.

Yankees: Workouts at Legends Field (1 Steinbrenner Drive in Tampa). Game tickets: (813) 879-2244; Legends Field 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; or ticketmaster.com.

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