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Appier's return short, painful

By wire services
Published March 6, 2005


SURPRISE, Ariz. - Kevin Appier was hit in his pitching shoulder with a line drive Saturday, cutting short his first outing in almost a year.

Appier, who went on the disabled list April 23 with a right forearm injury, was hit by a liner off the bat of Michael Young in the first inning of Kansas City's 5-3 loss to Texas.

"It was a splitter that came out flat," Appier said. "You know, the type that says "Kill me.' It did."

Appier stayed in and struck out Mark Teixeira to end the inning but didn't take the mound for a scheduled second inning.

"I actually asked to go out for another inning, but they wouldn't let me," Appier said. "It didn't hurt that bad, but I understand the decision. I'll be back."

ANGELS: The team's newcomers stood out against the Rockies: Juan Rivera hit his first homer of the spring, Orlando Cabrera drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double and Steve Finley had two hits and a walk.

ATHLETICS: Reliever Chad Bradford will have back surgery on Monday and is expected to be out until late June.

CUBS: Closer Joe Borowski will make his first Cactus League appearance Monday against the Rangers. Borowski hasn't faced big leaguers since June when he went on the DL with a partly torn right rotator cuff. Borowski eschewed surgery in favor of an intense rehab program.

GIANTS: Jason Schmidt was pleasantly surprised by his strong outing. Schmidt pitched three scoreless innings on a windy day. "It was nice for a change to have a good outing down here," he said. "Usually I have bad springs down here and good seasons during the regular season. I was happy the way I found home plate today."

ORIOLES: Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Thompson, the voice of the team for more than 50 years, was hospitalized. Thompson, 83, was at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, hospital spokesman Michael Schwartzberg said. He would not say what Thompson's condition nor what he was being treated for.

TIGERS: Dmitri Young collided with Yankee catcher John Flaherty on a play at the plate, a startling sight during a spring game. Young, the older brother of Rays prospect Delmon Young, left to get five stitches on his ear. He said the blood was worth it because the aggressive play was meant to convey how Detroit intends to play this season. "We're the Tigers - not the kittens," Young said. A white bandage covered Young's stitches atop his left ear. "Everybody is saying it looks like I've been in a ring with Mike Tyson," he joked.

WHITE SOX: Brandon McCarthy, who led the minors in strikeouts last year, worked a scoreless 11/3 innings before a rain delay. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out 202 in 172 innings of Class A and Double-A last year. "He said I looked good," McCarthy said of manager Ozzie Guillen's comments.