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Phone chat seems to end feud between Thomas, ex-GM

By wire services
Published February 28, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. - Former White Sox star Frank Thomas and Chicago general manager Kenny Williams talked by phone for 20 minutes to discuss their escalating feud.

Williams called Thomas "an idiot" and "selfish" Sunday after reading the slugger's comments in a newspaper interview, in which he reiterated he wasn't happy with his sendoff after 16 years.

Now with the Athletics, Thomas called Williams on Sunday night and left a message. Williams returned the call.

"I'm going to tell you this. As long as I don't hear another word about this organization or the members of this organization, I won't have another thought about this. And we'll move on," Williams said Monday.

At the A's complex in Phoenix, Thomas didn't go into details about the conversation.

"You know, it was a heated discussion. Lasted for a while. But, I think everything that needs to be said was said," Thomas said.

"We're finished talking. I mean, there's nothing else to talk about. Actual love lost; I mean, basically there's not much love there over the last five years," Thomas said. "So, you know, we're just moving forward."

CLEMENS VS. CLEMENS: Roger Clemens' son took dad deep on the Rocket's first pitch of spring training, crushing a trademark fastball over the leftfield fence.

"That was probably one of the harder fastballs I cut loose," Roger Clemens said after pitching to Koby and other Astros minor-leaguers. "He got my attention."

Then the Rocket got Koby's. The next time his oldest son came to the plate, Roger buzzed him high and tight with another fastball. The younger Clemens dodged the pitch, then smiled.

"He was like, "Sorry about that pitch inside. I was trying to change the view of the ball for you a little bit,"' said Koby, 19, a third baseman who was drafted by Houston last summer. "I said, "I knew what you were doing."'

ANGELS: Rightfielder Vladimir Guerrero was given the day off after three cousins died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. Three men, all first cousins, were killed in the Sunday crash, said Tim Mead, the team's vice president of communications. Few details were available.

NATIONALS: Right-hander Pedro Astacio agreed to terms on a one-year contract a day after right-hander Brian Lawrence had shoulder surgery. The deal will not be complete until the oft-injured Astacio has an MRI exam on his shoulder and elbow.

ROYALS: The team does not plan to have right-hander Zack Greinke in the rotation when the season starts April 3. Greinke, 22, left camp Sunday with the club's permission to return to his Orlando home for unknown reasons.

TIGERS: Right-hander Troy Percival has left training camp, perhaps for good. The 11-year veteran, 36, who is 10th on the career saves list with 324, left a day after a painful performance in a simulated game. He could not be reached for comment.

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