Owners now 2-1 against players

Updated: February 15, 2005, 2:00 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Pitcher Juan Cruz lost to the Oakland Athletics in salary arbitration Tuesday and will get $600,000 instead of the $860,000 he had requested.

The 26-year-old right-hander, acquired by the A's from Atlanta in the Tim Hudson trade in December, was 6-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 50 relief outings last season, when he made $370,000.

Arbitrators Jack Clarke, Janet Gaunt and Stephen Goldberg made the decision one day after hearing the case in Tampa.

Owners have a 2-1 lead over players with two cases remaining: Baltimore pitcher John Parrish and Cincinnati right-hander Ramon Ortiz. There will be at most five cases that go to hearings this year, equaling the low set in 1997 and matched in 2002.

Minnesota right-hander Kyle Lohse won last week and Kansas City left-hander Jeremy Affeldt lost.


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