Galarraga enjoys big year in Angels' Triple-A affiliate



He had five hits in his last game and is batting .350 for Salt Lake.
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Andres Galarraga had five hits for the Anaheim Angels' Triple-A affiliate Friday night.
He singled in all five plate appearances and drove in two runs to lead the Salt Lake Stingers to a 17-3 win over the Edmonton Trappers. The Angels signed him to a minor league contract earlier this month.
Galarraga missed the first four months of the regular season recovering from treatment for his second bout with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He is hitting .350 with 14 RBI in fifteen games for Salt Lake.
He spent the 2003 season with San Francisco, where he hit .301 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs in 110 games. Known as "The Big Cat," he also has played for Montreal, St. Louis, Colorado, Atlanta and Texas in his 18-year career.
Galarraga wants to return to the major leagues so he can reach 400 home runs. He has 398, tied with Dale Murphy for 40th on the career list.
Galarraga missed the 1999 season after his initial diagnosis. In November, he had a recurrence, underwent surgery and had a transplant in February that eliminated the disease.
FBI investigating
FLORENCE, Ky. -- The FBI said on Friday that it is investigating financing for a minor-league baseball stadium in northern Kentucky and a part owner of the team.
Work on the stadium in Florence, 13 miles southwest of Cincinnati, was halted in July after contractors said they weren't paid. The Florence Freedom's ownership group had agreed to pay for the stadium on land leased from the city.
As of Thursday, 21 contractors had filed 23 liens totaling $4 million -- about half the stadium's cost.
Part team owner Chuck Hildebrandt, 45, of Morrow, Ohio, is part of the investigation, Cincinnati-based FBI spokesman Michael Brooks said.
Hildebrandt's lawyer, Jack Rubenstein, said he had discussed the investigation with federal prosecutors but declined further comment.
Rubenstein said he also is representing Hildebrandt on debt claims from two banks. Provident Bank loaned about $3 million toward the stadium and Fifth Third Bank about $1 million for a building Hildebrandt bought in an unrelated transaction, Rubenstein said.
"We're working to make the banks whole," said Rubenstein, declining to discuss details. "We're confident that we will be able to do that."
Indianapolis 3, Columbus 2
COLUMBUS -- Gary Glover pitched seven strong innings to help the Indianapolis Indians defeat the Columbus Clippers Saturday in the International League.
Glover (2-3) allowed just three hits and no runs. Ben Ford allowed three hits and both of Columbus' runs -- on RBI singles by Bubba Crosby and Jeff Deardorff in the ninth -- but got his seventh save.
Matt Erickson scored Peter Bergeron and Steve Scarborough for the Indians' first two runs with a bases-loaded single in the third. Jon Nunnally added a run with an RBI-single off Steve Karsay in the eighth.
Alex Graman (10-5) pitched seven innings, allowed six hits and struck out two.
Bowie 7, Altoona 3
ALTOONA, Pa. -- Eli Whiteside hit a two-run homer, and 19-year-old Hayden Penn won his Double-A debut as the Bowie Baysox beat the Altoona Curve Friday night.
Whiteside's homer capped a four-run first inning that put Bowie (64-62) on top to stay. Kris Wilken also had a two-run single in the inning for the Baysox.
Penn (1-0) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings but also struck out eight. Altoona starter Matt Peterson (3-1) gave up five runs on five hits over five innings to take the loss.
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