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May 31, 2000

Quote: " I think if you go through something like that, when is it ever going to be 100 percent? But he's worked awfully hard to come back. It's too bad, as hard as this kid's worked." Manager Jimy Williams on longest-tenured Red Sox player John Valentin, who reinjured his surgically repaired left knee.

It's a fact: Dean Palmer's club-leading 10th homer for Detroit makes Minnesota the only major-league team without a double-digit home run hitter.

Who's hot: Dave Burba (5-1) is Cleveland's steadiest starter, working at least seven innings in five of his last six starts. Last night's win over California ran his career record to 5-0 with a 1.15 ERA in six starts against the Angels.

Who's not: Texas is 3-5 on a nine-game road trip and has lost five of seven since a seven-game winning streak.

On deck: Looking for help at shortstop with Gary DiSarcina out for the season, Anaheim signed Kevin Stocker, a .259 career hitter. He played three seasons for the Devil Rays and was the team's starting shortstop when they joined the AL as an expansion team in 1998.

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