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published September 17, 2001

Elbow shelves Bichette for Bosox when games resume

When the Red Sox return to action Tuesday against the Rays, Dante Bichette will be missing from the lineup because of a sore right elbow.

As of Sunday, there was no word on how long the designated hitter/outfielder would be sidelined. Bichette was scheduled to be examined by team physician Bill Morgan today.

Bichette missed four games because of elbow tendinitis before playing Sept. 9 at New York in Boston's last game. He participated in the Sox's workout Saturday at Fenway Park, the team's first since terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.

But Sunday, Bichette did not practice, manager Joe Kerrigan said. Bichette is hitting .291 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 375 at-bats.

TIGERS: When Al Kaline agreed to leave the broadcast booth to join owner Mike Ilitch on a committee to help run the team in June, he told the owner that he would do the job for two years, which would mark 50 years with the organization. But Kaline's tenure could end sooner.

The Detroit Free Press reported Kaline isn't happy with the direction the committee has taken and has indicated he might quit.

Reached during the weekend, Kaline said he didn't want to specifically address the issue, but sounded frustrated with the lack of definition of his role.

"The only thing I want to say about this right now is that I wish I could do more," Kaline said. "There are some things I have to get straightened out.

"What I have to know -- and don't know now -- is that if I see something with the club that I want to address, do I have the power to tell the person or persons what I think? Or do I have to take it to someone else?"

Ilitch named Kaline, along with himself, former Tiger Willie Horton, manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith to the committee, which was supposed to deal with all baseball matters concerning the team.

Ex-Ray's father helps at site of attacks

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jim Mecir quietly dressed in the Athletics' clubhouse, reserved as usual.

But his family lives in Smithtown, N.Y., on Long Island, and the days since Tuesday have been plenty unsettling.

Mecir's father, James Sr., has been a New York City firefighter "since before I was born (in 1970)," Jim said. According to Jim, his father was on vacation at home when two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center.

Mecir's dad rushed to the site and began helping, only to find many of his friends and co-workers missing.

"It's definitely hard on him," Jim said. "It's not good there. Luckily, he was on vacation. My parents called me pretty quickly and told me they were fine."

Mecir, who lives in Gulfport in the offseason, was born and raised in Queens but said he never visited the World Trade Center.

"But it's part of the skyline you see every time you go there," he said. "I was just glad I was with my wife and son at the time. I can't imagine some of those (players) who were on the road."

Closer Jason Isringhausen played with the Mets for five years before coming to the A's and had grown attached to the city.

"There are bars down there we used to go to," he said. "I talked with John Franco and (he) lost his kids' Little League coach. It's scary more than anything."

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