Astros' arbitration win over Loretta keeps teams' record perfect

Updated: February 19, 2008, 1:50 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Houston Astros defeated former All-Star Mark Loretta in salary arbitration Tuesday, improving teams to 5-0 against players this year and clinching the 12th consecutive winning year for management.

Loretta will be paid $2.75 million rather than the $4.9 million he requested.

"There is a little bit of emotion, because you're trying to win," Loretta said after his first workout with the team. "But I think both sides felt like they had good cases. It could've ...

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