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Schoeneweis Happy With Assignment

March 28, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ Scott Schoeneweis knows he’ll be in the spotlight on opening day.

The Anaheim Angels’ left-hander will face the Texas Rangers _ and Alex Rodriguez _ at Arlington next Tuesday.

Schoeneweis, getting the opening-day assignment because scheduled starter Jarrod Washburn has been sidelined by flu-like symptoms, said it’s going to be exciting.

``I’m sure it’s going to be a madhouse, with that lineup,″ Schoeneweis said. ``There’ll be a million fans there because of A-Rod.″

Rodriguez signed as a free agent with the Rangers during the winter.

Schoeneweis was 7-10 with a 5.45 ERA last season.

Meanwhile, tests on Washburn for mononucleosis were negative.

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