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No Padres Contract for Mizuno

March 12, 1998

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) _ Japanese right-hander Katsuhito Mizuno, who had been working out with the San Diego Padres, was told Wednesday he will not be offered a contract.

Mizuno, 33, retired from the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League following the 1996 season but resumed his career in the Dominican Winter League.

Mizuno had a 7.36 ERA and allowed three homers in two spring appearances totaling 3 2-3 innings.

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