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VISIT TO RED SOX CAMP PUTS SPRING IN WILLIAMS' STEP

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Ted Williams took his hands off the walker and danced a little jig.

"I'm pretty good," said the Hall of Famer on Tuesday. "I can't see as well as I like, so, as a result, I lose a little balance. That's why I have to use this."

Williams, who turns 80 on Aug. 30, made the 75-minute trip from his home in Hernando to watch his Boston Red Sox defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1.

Although he "watches on TV all I can," Williams said it was the first spring training game he'd attended in three or four years.

Williams said he came to see the two players he had named the Ted Williams Rookies of the Year earlier this spring, Boston's Nomar Garciaparra and Philadelphia's Scott Rolen.

But Garciaparra, who played in an exhibition game in Tampa on Monday, returned to the Red Sox's spring training home in Fort Myers and didn't accompany the team to Clearwater.

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said they didn't know Williams was coming soon enough to make sure Garciaparra was in attendance.

Williams acknowledged he was disappointed at missing Garciaparra, but said he was eager to get his first glance at Rolen.

"He's quick," Williams said as he watched Rolen at the plate. "He's going to be a good hitter. He stands in there good."

Hart still pitching

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Teams with pitchers to trade must have Cleveland general manager John Hart on speed-dial.

Everyone knows Hart is not afraid to pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal in the final days of spring training. They also know he needs pitchers.

So what's the delay?

"The chance in the spring of anything happening with pitching is remote," Hart said Tuesday. "That doesn't stop us from trying, but the chance is remote."

The Indians claimed left-handed pitcher Rick Krivda off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

Krivda was 14-2 with a 3.39 ERA at Rochester last year. He would have to clear waivers to be assigned to the Buffaldo Bisons.

The Indians reportedly are interested in Cincinnati's Dave Burba, Tim Belcher of the Royals and Mark Leiter of Philadelphia. They have plenty of hitters to dangle in front of those teams, but no deal is thought to be imminent.

"It depends on what happens to our pitching," Hart said. "We wouldn't be having this conversation if we had Ben McDonald, John Smiley and Chad Ogea."

The Indians placed Ogea and Smiley on the 15-day disabled list. Ogea is recovering from arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage from his left knee; Smiley fractured his pitching arm while warming up in the bullpen last Sept. 20 and will be placed on the 60-day DL later.

Appier out until break

Kansas City Royals pitcher Kevin Appier will likely be out through the All-Star break after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his right shoulder.

The team said the surgery went well, and that their ace with the awkward motion is expected to begin soft tossing in six weeks.

Appier, 30, is 104-78 lifetime with a 3.30 ERA, and ranks among the top 10 in all major career categories for Royals starters.

Bisons lose to Royals

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Sometimes you can't help but wonder why, in spring training, they even bother to keep score.

The "announced" outcome of Buffalo's practice game against Omaha Tuesday was a 9-8 Royals' victory. What the score overlooks is that the Bisons surrendered their at-bats with one out in the first, four runs in and the Royals out of ready pitchers.

Big hits for the Herd on the day included a two-run double by Richie Sexson and homers by Torey Lovullo and Brandon Wilson.

Around the horn

Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros (knee) underwent successful surgery and is out 4-6 weeks. . . . Marlins third baseman Bobby Bonilla, 35, was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He is eligible to return to the active roster on April 6. . . . Kansas City demoted right fielder Jermaine Dye to Triple-A Omaha. . . . Montreal (4-21) ended its 14-game losing streak, beating Los Angeles, 6-1.

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