Arbitration: Lohse beats Twins; Lopez loses to O's

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kyle Lohse beat the Minnesota Twins in salary arbitration for the second straight year Wednesday and will make $3.95 million rather than the $3.4 million the team offered.

Rodrigo Lopez lost to the Baltimore Orioles and will get $3.75 million rather the $4.5 million he asked for.

Owners have won three of the five cases this year.

Lohse went 9-13 for the second season in a row in 2005 and his ERA decreased to 4.18 from 5.34 but he made 30 starts, four fewer
than in 2004. He made $2.4 million last year rather than the club's
$2.15 million proposal. His case was heard Monday by arbitrators
Dan Brent, Stephen Goldberg and Steven Wolf.

Lopez was 15-12 with a 4.90 ERA in 35 starts last year, allowing
28 homers in 209 1-3 innings. He made $2,575,000. His case was
argued Tuesday before arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Elizabeth
Neumeier and Elliott Shriftman.

Kansas City outfielder Emil Brown also won his case this year, and Washington second baseman/outfielder Alfonso Soriano and Colorado pitcher Sunny Kim lost.

Milwaukee pitcher Tomo Ohka, who had been scheduled for a hearing Thursday, agreed Wednesday to $4.53 million, one-year

Tampa Bay and catcher Josh Paul had their hearing Wednesday. He
asked for a raise from $450,000 to $750,000 and the team argued for
$475,000. He hit .189 in 34 games last season for the Los Angeles
Angels and is best known for rolling the ball back to the mound
while the eventual winning run reached base for the Chicago White Sox in Game 2 in the AL championship series.

Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts and Tampa Bay first baseman/designated hitter Travis Lee remain scheduled for hearings.