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DICKSON PUMMELED; EDMONDS HURT IN ANGEL'S ONE-SIDED LOSS TO RAYS : TAMPA BAY 8, ANGELS 1.

Byline: Joe Haakenson San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Jason Dickson took another beating Saturday night, but it was the pain felt by center fielder Jim Edmonds that gave the Angels more cause for concern.

Dickson, the Angels' only All-Star last season, didn't make it out of the fourth inning in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' 8-1 win before 37,878 at Edison Field.

While Dickson (0-3) had only his ego hurt, Edmonds had to leave the game after the third inning with a sprained right wrist. He hurt himself diving for Fred McGriff's sinking line drive, rolling the wrist over on his glove hand. Adding insult to injury, Edmonds didn't make the catch. He stayed in the game but appeared to pull up on a ball he might have dived for one batter later when Bobby Smith blooped a single to center that scored two runs.

Edmonds went to Anaheim Memorial Hospital for X-rays, which were negative.

``We'll see how he is (today),'' Angels manager Terry Collins said. ``Obviously, he'll need a couple of days.''

Though the results of Edmonds' X-rays could have been worse, it was just a bad night all around for the Angels. And it didn't help their cause that the Rays had their No. 1 starter, Wilson Alvarez, on the mound.

Alvarez (3-1) allowed one run and six hits in seven-plus innings, striking out nine and walking two. He didn't allow a run until Darin Erstad doubled home Carlos Garcia in the eighth inning on his 127th and final pitch.

The Angels didn't help themselves in the field, either, making one error and botching a rundown play, further irritating their manager.

``We've got big problems, no doubt about it,'' Collins said. ``We'll get it going. It's frustrating now because we know we're better than how we're playing. Every mistake kills you. You make a bad pitch, it's not missed, not popped up, it's hit in the gap somewhere.

``Hopefully, this is the only bad stretch we'll have all year long. I wish I could point at one guy or one situation, but like we said from day one, we're all in this together. We all take responsibility. It's going to take 25 guys to win.''

That certainly includes Edmonds, whom Collins implored to avoid diving for batted balls in spring training, fearing Edmonds would hurt himself in a meaningless game. But in the regular season, all bets are off. With two out and nobody on base in the third inning, McGriff hit a liner to Edmonds' right. He got his glove on the ball but couldn't hold on. As he landed, his right (glove) hand got caught under his body.

Collins said he couldn't tell if Edmonds had been hurt seriously.

``I've seen him dive so many times, it's tough to draw a conclusion,'' he said. ``He's played over so many things (injuries) in the last year. . . . Hopefully, he'll be OK in a day or so because if we're going to win, he's going to be a big part of it.''

One thing working in Dickson's favor going into Saturday's game was that his first two starts of the season came against the potent Indians lineup. But against the Devil Rays, he had no such excuse.

Dickson lasted only 3-1/3 innings, the shortest of his three outings this year, allowing five runs and nine hits. He started out fine, retiring the Rays in order in the first. But the Rays sprayed the ball all over the field in the next few innings and Dickson was left to wonder when things will finally go his way.

``I think I was making some good pitches,'' Dickson said. ``I'll look at tape (today) and see, but it seemed like there were some broken-bat singles. I can't help but think I made some good pitches. If I keep making the pitches I'm making, I can't help but think sooner or later I'll win a game.''

For the Angels, the sooner the better.

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PHOTO Angels pitcher Jason Dickson, right, meets with catcher Phil Nevin and pitching coach Marcel Lachemann in the second inning.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 19, 1998
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