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BASEBALL : DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Red Sox Pitcher Collapses in Clubhouse

<i> Associated Press</i>

Pitcher Jeff Gray collapsed in the Boston clubhouse and was taken to a hospital before the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 11-6.

“We’re optimistic this is a spasm and not a stroke,” Dr. Arthur Pappas said at a news conference after the game.

“His speech became slurred and he suffered weakness in his right arm and right leg,” the doctor said. “He did not lose consciousness.”

Gray underwent neurological and other tests. He will remain hospitalized pending the test results. Pappas said Gray a similar attack 10 years ago when he was a student at Florida State.

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The Baltimore Orioles sent three struggling veteran pitchers--Jeff Ballard, Jeff Robinson and Paul Kilgus--to the triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

With a 39-59 record, the Orioles made a move to a youth movement by recalling Stacy Jones, Mike Mussina and Jim Poole from Rochester.

The Rangers will decide today whether to place Nolan Ryan on the disabled list for the second time this season because of a shoulder injury.

Ryan will miss at least one start and may throw only twice in the first two weeks of August because of muscle spasms in his right shoulder.

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Outfielder Eric Davis of the Cincinnati Reds had medical tests on his kidney to determine if an injury suffered in the World Series is still causing him problems.

Davis had a CAT scan on his right kidney, which he lacerated while trying to make a diving catch in Game 4 of the World Series last October in Oakland.

Davis said he felt tired and had pain in the area of his kidney.


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