Spring training briefs


Published: Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 12:36 a.m.

Athletics

At Phoenix, David Justice held court on the first day of his new front office position with Oakland Friday. He just doesn't have a title yet. ``I'm helping out with the team on the field with drills, and in meetings,'' said Justice, who retired as a player following last season. He said A's general manager Billy Beane ``is opening a lot of avenues for me on this side of baseball.'' Justice, who is unofficially known as a special assistant, said he'll do a little of everything with the A's and will eventually determine his duties. One of his main interests is in learning the administrative side of the game. ``I can see myself as a GM,'' said Justice. ``Will I get the opportunity? Who knows? Heck, I can see myself as an owner.''

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Los Angeles pitcher Odalis Perez releases a pitch during the first inning of an exhibition game Friday vs. Detroit in Lakeland.

(AP Photo)

Dodgers

At Vero Beach, Kevin Brown threw 75 pitches Friday in a tuneup for his weekend appearance in an exhibition game for Los Angeles. When Brown takes the mound against Houston in Vero Beach on Sunday, it'll be the first time since August that he's pitched in a game because of elbow and back injuries. `Hopefully it will feel like home and not be some strange place,'' he said. Brown, who was 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA last year, hasn't felt any discomfort during any of his five bullpen sessions this spring.

Twins

At Ft. Myers, Minnesota left-hander Eric Milton will have another operation on his left knee. Milton, who had a torn meniscus repaired last August and missed a month of the regular season, has experienced recurring swelling after workouts this winter. He'll probably have the operation next week. Milton's left knee is the one he uses to push off the mound.

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