APPIER PITCHES FOR ANOTHER SHOT

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Kevin Appier was sent to Seattle’s minor league camp in a move that gives him time to improve his health and possibly return to the major leagues. The year was 1989 when Appier was first brought to the bigs by the Kansas City Royals. It was a Royals team that won 92 ballgames and featured such stars as George Brett, Bo Jackson, Bret Saberhagen, & Mark Gubicza. This is the same Kevin with a 169-137 mark, a lifetime 3.74 ERA, and 1,994 strikeouts. He didn’t pitch at all in 2005 and only brief appearances in 2003 & 2004. The 38 year old right hander last pitched a full season with the Angels in 2002 when he was 14-12 with an ERA of 3.92 in 32 starts. His best years were in 1993 when he was 18-8 with a 2.56 ERA & 1992 when he had a 15-8 record and a sparkling 2.46 ERA. He had a 2.84 ERA with two wins this spring with the Mariners before being shipped out to give his calf time to heal.

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