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

Updated: February 15, 2006, 1:54 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Starting Pitcher
Minnesota Twins

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
31 9 13 44 86 4.18

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.

Starting Pitcher
Baltimore Orioles

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
35 15 12 63 118 4.90

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 contract.

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.


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