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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Raines Suffers Thumb Injury

Tim Raines, left fielder for the Chicago White Sox, will be sidelined for six weeks because of torn ligaments in his right thumb.

Raines, 33, suffered the injury while sliding into second base during the first inning of an 11-6 loss to the New York Yankees in Chicago’s home opener. Raines will undergo surgery today.

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College basketball broadcaster Jim Valvano, undergoing treatment for cancer, will not be able to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Monday and his place will be taken by North Carolina Coach Dean Smith. . . . Right-hander Ron Darling of the Oakland Athletics will sit out his start Tuesday in Detroit because of a pulled rib cage muscle. . . . First baseman Hal Morris of the Cincinnati Reds had surgery to repair his separated left shoulder and will be sidelined for eight weeks. . . . The Kansas City Royals, after shipping Craig Wilson to triple-A Omaha, have put the infielder on the disabled list because of a personal problem.

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