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Baseball: Sosa Regains Home Run Record, Strawberry Goes to Prison - 2002-05-09


Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa has regained the lead in Major League Baseball's home run race after slamming his 14th ball over the fence this season.

Sosa got his two-run homer in the first inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago against the Saint Louis Cardinals. But Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris survived the shaky start to help keep the Cubs hitless for the final seven innings. Saint Louis went on to beat Chicago, 3-2.

Last season, Sosa topped 60 home runs for the third time in four years and led the majors in runs-batted-in while hitting for the best average of his career. His 160 RBI's were 94 more than the next-highest total on the Cubs team.

Former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry has begun serving his prison sentence in Florida for violating probation.

Strawberry was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating probation on cocaine possession charges, but will get credit for the time he spent in the county jail. The former baseball star arrived late Tuesday at Gainesville Correctional Institution. Florida's prison system has set a tentative release date for June 29th, 2003.

The 40-year-old Strawberry will serve his entire sentence at the minimum and medium-security prison about 220 kilometers north of Tampa unless he breaks prison rules and is transferred to a more secure facility.

Strawberry was kicked out of an Ocala-area drug treatment facility in March after breaking a series of rules. But he says he has not used drugs in more than a year. His imprisonment stems from a 1999 arrest for cocaine possession in Tampa. He later pleaded no contest to the charge. Strawberry six times violated his probation before being sentenced to prison.

Here are the baseball results from ballparks all across North America.

In the American League, it was:

Cleveland 6, Baltimore 2 N.Y. Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 2 Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1 Chicago White Sox 5, Texas 3 Anaheim 3, Detroit 2 Seattle 5, Toronto 4, 10 innings Boston 12, Oakland 6

And in the National League:

St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 2 Colorado 5, Montreal 0 Los Angeles 3, Atlanta 1 Florida 7, San Diego 4 Philadelphia 5, Houston 3 San Francisco 8, N.Y. Mets 2 Cincinnati 14, Milwaukee 5 Arizona 4, Pittsburgh 3

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