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Dykstra: They Have No Confidence in Me

March 10, 1998|Associated Press

Lenny Dykstra, attempting a comeback with the Philadelphia Phillies, was discouraged after a meeting with Manager Terry Francona and acting General Manager Ed Wade. "The feeling I get is they have no confidence in my ability, and if that's the case I think they should release me," said Dykstra, 35, who missed the last 1 1/2 seasons because of back problems. He is competing for his old job with Doug Glanville, acquired in an off-season trade for second baseman Mickey Morandini, and is one for 15 at the plate this spring.

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Pete Rose will be treated like any other fan when he visits the Cincinnati Reds' complex in Sarasota, Fla., to see his son, Pete Jr., take part in drills. "Anywhere a fan can go, he can go," baseball spokesman Rich Levin said.

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San Francisco pitcher Danny Darwin was hit on the knee by a line during an exhibition against Oakland at Scottsdale, Ariz., and taken to a hospital, but X-rays were negative. Darwin, 42, was acquired by the Giants last season in a nine-player deal with the Chicago White Sox. . . . St. Louis right fielder Brian Jordan, coming back from wrist surgery, made his first spring start a week ahead of schedule. . . . San Diego right-hander Joey Hamilton was scratched from a start against Seattle because of a sore back. He's expected to throw a couple of innings in a minor-league game today.

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