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Lofton likely will start opener

Updated: February 26, 2004, 5:28 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Bernie Williams had his appendix removed Thursday, and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said the center fielder most likely will miss Opening Day.

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"I'm very sorry for Bernie because he came in such great shape and worked so hard," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said. "He's a very integral part of this team. I know Bernie. He'll fight through it and be back quicker than everybody thinks. He'll be back full burner."

Williams, New York's regular ...

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