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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 15, 2001


Fernandez forced into 2nd retirement

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sid Fernandez retired again Saturday, his bid to make it back to the major leagues with the Yankees cut short by a sore knee.

The 38-year-old left-hander, who had been out of baseball since 1997, surprisingly showed up at the Yankees spring training camp in Tampa in February with a minor-league contract.

He made one start for Triple-A Columbus, giving up three runs on three hits in two innings against Louisville on April 7, before going on the disabled list.

Fernandez, 114-96 in 15 seasons, was part of the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team.

Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams remained with his ailing father in Puerto Rico. Third baseman Scott Brosius moved to centerfield after Luis Sojo pinch-hit for Clay Bellinger in the seventh. It was Brosius' first outfield appearance since he played left Aug. 27 and his first stint in center since Aug. 30, 1997.

Reds, city to discuss curfew's impact

The Reds plan to meet with Cincinnati officials Monday to determine if riots in the city will force the team to alter its schedule this week.

The Reds, who are on a 10-game road trip, don't play at home until Tuesday against Milwaukee.

They are scheduled to play night games against the Brewers on Tuesday and Wednesday, but those game times could be changed if a curfew in the city remains in effect.

"We're monitoring the situation very closely and on Monday we'll meet with the appropriate authorities, and then we'll make a decision on the games," John Allen, the team's chief operating officer, said in a statement last week. "The Reds are going to cooperate 100 percent with the city."

A curfew was imposed Thursday after rioting was sparked by the shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, the fourth black man killed by Cincinnati police since November.

Meanwhile, Reds shortstop Barry Larkin missed the game with a strained left wrist and isn't expected back until Tuesday at the earliest.

A'S: Right-hander Luis Vizcaino was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, and outfielder Ryan Christenson was optioned to Sacramento.

CARDINALS: First baseman Mark McGwire, who didn't start to rest his surgically repaired right knee, grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He's expected to play today in the series finale against the Astros. ... Rookie right-hander Chad Hutchinson walked three Astros and hit the only other batter he faced. He was pitching for the second time this season and first in 10 days, and manager Tony La Russa took the blame. "That's the worst thing for a young pitcher, to sit around as long as he did," La Russa said.

CUBS: Manager Don Baylor said Julio Zuleta will remain his starting first baseman with Matt Stairs struggling and Ron Coomer disabled.

D'BACKS: Third baseman Matt Williams was cut on his right knee and left ankle when he was spiked by Rockies catcher Brent Mayne in the eighth. He is not expected to miss any games.

PIRATES: Right-hander Ramon Martinez made his first NL appearance since June 14, 1998, with the Dodgers against Colorado.

INDIANS: Manager Charlie Manuel said he hopes to have centerfielder Kenny Lofton back for Tuesday's game in Baltimore. Lofton has missed nine games with a strained calf.

TWINS: Former Devil Ray Quinton McCracken, signed Friday, is expected to play centerfield at Triple-A Edmonton for about a week.

ROCKIES: Rightfielder Larry Walker did not play because of a sprained left ankle. He is expected to miss today's series finale. Colorado hopes to have him back after an off day Monday.

TIGERS: As a tribute to the Detroit Red Wings, who were playing a playoff game at nearby Joe Louis Arena, a fan threw an octopus onto the field after the sixth.

YANKEES: Centerfielder Bernie Williams has not returned to the team and remains with his ailing father in Puerto Rico. ... Third baseman Scott Brosius moved to centerfield after Luis Sojo pinch-hit for Clay Bellinger in the seventh. It was Brosius' first outfield appearance since he played left Aug. 27 and his first stint in center since Aug. 30, 1997.

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