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Stephen Cannella
February 26, 2001
Forget making solid contact—21-year-old Dodgers third baseman Adrian Beltre hopes simply to be eating solid food before spring games begin. After an appendectomy in January, he develpoed a severe infection and spent a month hospitalized in his native Dominican Republic. As of Monday, Beltre, who lost 24 pounds during the ordeal, was still on a liquid diet, and the Dodgers had set no timetable for when he would be ready to participate in drills....
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February 26, 2001

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Forget making solid contact—21-year-old Dodgers third baseman Adrian Beltre hopes simply to be eating solid food before spring games begin. After an appendectomy in January, he develpoed a severe infection and spent a month hospitalized in his native Dominican Republic. As of Monday, Beltre, who lost 24 pounds during the ordeal, was still on a liquid diet, and the Dodgers had set no timetable for when he would be ready to participate in drills....

The two-year, $6 million contract Marlins closer Antonio Alfonseca, the National League leader with 45 saves in 2000, signed last week, minutes before his scheduled arbitration hearing, rankled some players who felt he'd lowered the market for stoppers. The Reds' Danny Graves got word of the deal during his own arbitration hearing; he was asking for $3,075 million but lost his case and had to settle for $2.1 million. "Alfonseca undermined us," said Graves, who had 30 saves last season....

Agent Scott Boras is the man to call if you're a free agent, but not if you're going to arbitration. With losses by clients Travis Lee and Kevin Millwood this year, Boras's arbitration record fell to 1-8 since 1997. Another Boras player, Andruw Jones, had his hearing on Monday....

Could the American League West race be decided by May 1? Teams in that division will each play 19 intradivisional games in April. The rest of the schedule is no easier for the favored As and Mariners: They each play six April games against the world champion Yankees and the American League Central champion White Sox.

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