Indians' Martinez, hit by pitch Friday, out of hospital

August 04, 1991

Cleveland Indians infielder Carlos Martinez was released from the hospital yesterday after he was hit on the helmet with a pitch during Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals. The incident touched off a brief bench-clearing shoving match.

Martinez suffered a slight concussion when he was hit by a slider from Royals pitcher Kevin Appier in the eighth inning. He was kept overnight at Lutheran Medical Center for observation.

Martinez, whose 16-game hitting streak ended in that game, is expected to be available today.

* PHILLIES: The National League will permit the club to stay on the road for up to 18 days if the city is one of the host sites for soccer's World Cup in the summer of 1994.

Phillies president Bill Giles, a member of the Philadelphia World Cup committee, said the team is the first NL city given the league's assurances.

San Francisco and Houston also have bid for World Cup games, as well as expansion cities Miami and Denver, where league baseball will begin in 1993.

But world soccer's governing body, Federation Internationale de Football Association, already has indicated that 18 days of availability may not suit its timetable.

* JAPAN: American R.J. Reynolds moved within one of the Japanese baseball record for consecutive hits with a 3-for-3 performance, as the Yokohama Taiyo Whales beat the Yakult Swallows, 4-0. The record is 10.

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