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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 16, 2001


Game is delayed by threat of stings

SAN DIEGO -- A swarm of bees on the rightfield auxiliary scoreboard caused a nine-minute delay in the start of Sunday's game between the Dodgers and Padres.

As Dodgers leadoff man Tom Goodwin was ready to step into the batter's box, home plate umpire Greg Gibson halted the game when the bees were spotted.

The game started with the bees massed on the scoreboard.

ANGELS: Left-hander Jarrod Washburn, who missed his opening day start because of strep throat, comes off the disabled list today to make his season debut.

CUBS: Rightfielder Sammy Sosa's homer was the 391st of his career, moving him into 36th place all time ahead of Graig Nettles. Next is team broadcaster Joe Carter (396).

MARLINS: Reserve John Mabry might have torn a muscle on the right side of his chest. He is scheduled for an MRI exam today and likely will be placed on the disabled list.

METS: Right-handed reliever Rick White, disabled since March 31 with inflammation in his right elbow, threw 39 pitches in a simulated game and said he was pain free. He is expected to throw again Tuesday and pitch an inning in an exhibition game against Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.

PADRES: If outfielder Mark Kotsay's strained left quadriceps doesn't improve, the club might recall Rickey Henderson from Triple-A Portland.

PHILLIES: Outfielder Rob Ducey, who has been out with a strained right calf, is expected to come off the disabled list and be in uniform today at Chicago.

PIRATES: First baseman Kevin Young was a late scratch because of a sore groin.

ROCKIES: Rightfielder Larry Walker, out of the starting lineup for the second straight day with a sprained left ankle, struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

TIGERS: Right-hander Brian Moehler, disabled since April 6 with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, is scheduled for a heavy bullpen session Tuesday and a lighter workout Thursday. He might start Saturday at Cleveland. ... Third baseman Dean Palmer likely is headed to the disabled list with elbow problems.

WHITE SOX: Right-hander James Baldwin, recovering from surgery on his pitching shoulder, is scheduled to make his second rehabilitation start today for Triple-A Charlotte.

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