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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Knee Injury Ends Portugal’s Season

<i> Associated Press</i>

Mark Portugal, the San Francisco Giants’ most successful pitcher the past two months, will be sidelined for the season after suffering a torn ligament in his right knee while covering first base on a bunt Friday night against the Houston Astros. Portugal (10-8) will undergo reconstructive knee surgery today.

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Bud Selig, acting commissioner, backed off on the owners’ claim that 19 teams would lose money this year, saying the minimum number was 12 to 14.

Union head Donald Fehr called the original estimate laughable, and management negotiator Richard Ravitch said last week the list was based on projections.

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“You can debate the numbers,” Selig said during a taped interview broadcast by CBS. “But you can’t debate a minimum of 12 to 14. And we just can’t ignore that anymore.”

Labor Secretary Robert Reich said the Clinton administration will not intervene in the dispute between owners and players unless both sides request it.

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The Boston Red Sox put third baseman Scott Cooper on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 4, because of a strained right shoulder.

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