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Wilson expects to recover



Published: Sat, January 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



An appendectomy won't force the Pirates shortstop to miss spring training.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson, just signed to $8 million, two-year contract, expects to be ready for spring training despite being hospitalized recently for an appendectomy.

Wilson's appendix burst Dec. 21 at his Thousand Oaks, Calif., home, requiring a rushed trip to a hospital. He was released Christmas night.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Wilson has regained six of the 15 pounds he lost, but is not yet ready to resume heavy weightlifting.

"The one thing that worries me is I am behind," Wilson said Friday. "This is the time of year when you really start hitting the weights and start working out hard, and I'm not going to be able to do that for a few more weeks."

Despite the setback, Wilson is optimistic he will be fully recovered when spring training starts next month. Wilson flew from California to Pittsburgh to have a physical on Friday and sign the contract.

Won't give up ball

BOSTON -- Red Sox fans have seen the video over and over again. A ground ball to pitcher Keith Foulke. He tosses it underhand to backup first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who raises it high as Boston celebrates its first World Series championship in 86 years.

Mientkiewicz still hasn't let go of the ball. But now the Red Sox want it back. Calling the ball, "my retirement fund," Mientkiewicz stored it in a safety deposit box. Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said Thursday he's going to ask Mientkiewicz to return it to the team.

"We want it to be part of Red Sox archives or museums so it can be shared with the fans," Lucchino told The Boston Globe. "We would hope he would understand the historical nature of it."

Mientkiewicz seems to understand it very well, which is exactly why he held on to it.

Signings

First baseman Carlos Pena and the Tigers agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,575,000.

Chris Hammond and the Padres agreed to a $750,000, one-year contract that is contingent on the left-handed reliever passing a physical.

The Braves agreed to $600,000, one-year contract with Gabe White.

Court allows name change

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The city of Anaheim was denied a temporary restraining order Friday in its attempt to keep the Angels from adding Los Angeles to their name.

Superior Court Judge Peter Polos scheduled a hearing for Jan. 21 on the city's request for a preliminary injunction against the team, which says it is now called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The city sued Wednesday, claiming the change wasn't permitted in the team's lease.

Tsunami relief

NEW YORK -- Major league baseball's 30 teams and the players' association will combine to donate $1 million to tsunami relief efforts.

In addition, the New York Yankees will donate $1 million from the proceeds of their season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 3.

Season opener

NEW YORK -- Major league baseball's season opener will be played by the Yankees and Red Sox in New York on Sunday night, April 3.

The game will start at 8:05 p.m. and be televised by ESPN2.

Boggs to get Red Sox cap

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Wade Boggs will have a Boston Red Sox cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.

The Hall picks which cap will appear on a player's bronze plaque. Boggs told the Hall he didn't care which team was selected.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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