Oakland A's manager Tony La Russa is reaching the end of his patience with Joaquin Andujar, who refuses to go to the minors on injury rehab.
When the Orioles sent Floyd (Honey Bear) Rayford to the minors two weeks ago, he was three days short of completing five years of major league service. Reaching that milestone would have made him eligible for free agency and allowed him to collect his $248,000 major league salary for this year. Had Rayford known that, he says, he could have taken the allowed 72 hours to report to Rochester and the extra time would have been credited to his service record. Rayford feels the Orioles deliberately deceived him; instead of the club reading him his (Willie) Miranda rights, they gave him a reassignment sheet to approve while on a team plane from Minneapolis to Chicago....
The best throw of the week was by frustrated Tiger third baseman Darnell Coles who, after grounding out to stretch his hitting slump to 4 for 63, heaved the infield ball the next inning over the Tiger Stadium roof. That meant Coles threw a ball out of a park this year before he hit one out.
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