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Cincinnati Reds All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin, unable to protect himself defensively because of a perforated disk in his neck, needs surgery and will be out 4-6 weeks. Larkin will definitely miss the Reds' March 31 opener and at least the first week of the regular season. Surgery to remove a protrusion from a vertebrae in his neck will be performed Friday in Cincinnati.
Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr., admires a first-inning, three-run homer in the Mariners 12-7 win over the Colorado Rockies. Photo by Associated Press
Jamie Moyer allowed one hit in four shutout innings Saturday, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-4. Moyer, making his third start of the spring, struck out four and walked three. Seattle scored twice in the third against Mark Clark. Joey Cora hit an RBI groundout and Alex Rodriguez a run-scoring single.
Seattle lost an NFL preseason game on Saturday. Coach Dennis Erickson can deal with that, review videotape, make corrections, etc. Away from the field, the Seahawks made no inroads toward signing first-round draft picks Shawn Springs and Walter Jones. Erickson's patience appears to be wearing thin. A few days ago, he held out hope that the duo would be in training camp by today. He had hoped the Seahawks and Springs' camp would have face-to-face meetings in Canton, Ohio, site of the Seahawks' 28-26 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.
Cal Ripken and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos may be the two most dogged, stubborn competitors in Baltimore, which is why the future Hall of Famer's contract negotiations may prove fruitless. Ripken wants a three-year extension, the Orioles are offering two years and an option for a third, and they've been entrenched in these positions for almost two weeks. One side or the other is going to have to make a major concession to get this deal done and prevent Ripken from becoming a free agent.
Roberto Alomar picked up right where he left off - facing questions about the night last September that he spit on umpire John Hirschbeck. "The only thing I can say about that is it's already over and I don't even want to talk about it," Alomar said Tuesday after reporting to the Baltimore Orioles' camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Rescuers searching Mexico's northern desert Thursday found the bodies of two soldiers who apparently died of heat exhaustion, bringing the death toll from desert military exercises to 13. The Televisa network said one soldier was still missing after the exercises near the California border and is presumed dead.
The Oakland Athletics are moving their first six regular-season American League home games - possibly to Las Vegas - because a $100 million renovation of the Oakland Coliseum won't be complete. New Orleans and Phoenix also are under consideration for the games against Toronto and Detroit, and Athletics general manager Sandy Alderson said he hoped a decision will be made today. By moving the games, Oakland will start the season with a 15-game road trip. Its home opener will be April 19 against the Chicago White Sox. The A's said construction will take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the next 33 days.
Milwaukee's Mark Loretta bobbles a throw at second base as Larry Walker safely slides in during colorado's 7-1 win on Friday. Photo by Associated Press
Lou Piniella had to take a trip to the dentist to have four fillings fixed. Then he came to Peoria (Ariz.) Stadium and really was in pain. The California Angels pounded five Seattle pitchers for 18 hits, including six home runs, for a 14-8 exhibition victory on Tuesday. It was the first game between the two A.L. West rivals since Seattle's 9-1 victory in a one-game playoff for the division title in the Kingdome last Oct. 2.
Boston is hoping former Washington State star Aaron Sele can rebound from nagging arm troubles. Photo by Associated Press
It'll be no big deal. A Boeing 737 crashes at Spokane's International Airport, killing more than 50 people. It won't lead the evening news, however. The crash victims are all volunteers, and the only smoke rising from the runway will be from paper coffee cups, not burning fuel. Running from 8 to 11 a.m. today, about 120 volunteers from 50 agencies will stage a mock airline disaster, required every three years by the federal government.
1. Kinder, gentler canines Vicki Waters of Mount Vernon, Ore., and Penny Nelson Newman of Elk City, Idaho and their dogs assemble for a class. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review 2. Joan Guertin of Sacramento learns how to train her banty rooster using rewards.
A ricocheting bullet hit a Marine in the face and killed him during a training exercise, the Marine Corps said Thursday. The Marine was identified only as a member of the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.
Reliever Rob Dibble was suspended from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday for inappropriate conduct. No details were given, and general manager Ron Schueler said in Sarasota, Fla., that he won't reinstate Dibble until he talks to the player's agent. Dibble, whom the White Sox signed to a minorleague contract this year, pitched with Cincinnati last year and is a two-time National League All-Star. He has not appeared in replacement games.