Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Chuck 'n Duck! The wing feels great, but California Angels reliever WILD "Mitch Williams" THING is having problems with his landing gear, and the San Francisco Giants paid the price Saturday, reports MIKE DiGIOVANNA of the Los Angeles Times.

WT, suffering from a strained right quadriceps, sent two Giants to the hospital for X-rays - J.R. PHILLIPS for a possible wrist fracture and JEFF REED for a possible broken finger.

It could have been worse, DiGiovanna notes. After allowing a home run to GLENALLEN HILL in the sixth inning of the Angels' 5-3 exhibition victory in Scottsdale, Ariz., WT's next pitch went right at Phillips' head.

Understandably unsettled, Phillips got his hand to his face just in time to block the ball, but the impact knocked him out of the game.

But WT was not through. Two batters later, he lost control of another pitch that almost beaned Reed. DiGiovanna relates the outcome: "Reed, like Phillips, got his hand up in time. Reed, like Phillips, wound up in the hospital."

Meanwhile, back at the game. Williams threw two wild pitches that sent pinch-runner TODD BENZINGER to second and third before retiring the side.

DiGiovanna summed it up: "One run, one hit, no deaths, anybody left?"

High-Steaks Bet: Seattle Mariners manager LOU PINIELLA went into his office Saturday morning as usual. What awaited him was unusual - a 1,200-pound bundle of bovine on the hoof.

"I lost a steak dinner to Lou on a bet so there's his steak," said Mariners outfielder KEN GRIFFEY Jr., who pulled the practical joke.

Piniella took the prank with a sense of humor, but told Griffey he would get his revenge.

"I will think of something to get Junior back," Piniella said. "It's a long summer. We just might keep the cow around and let him loose in center during a game."

Bet Griffey would beef about that.

Word comes from Sheffield, England, that snooker officials started an inquiry Sunday into allegations of match-rigging at the World Championships after a series of large bets were placed on JIMMY WHITE beating South Africa's PETER FRANCISCO 10 frames to two. …

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