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Orioles’ Melvin Mora Injured

June 18, 2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Baltimore Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora left Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a sprained ligament in his left foot.

The injury occurred in the first inning after Mora bunted for a hit, then scurried back to first base on an attempted pickoff by left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii.

Mora took second on a single by Miguel Tejada, but was removed for pinch-runner Jose Leon, who scored on Rafael Palmeiro’s single.

X-rays on Mora’s foot were negative.

Mora, the AL player of the month for May, is leading the Orioles with a .354 average and 11 home runs. He has 41 RBIs and 57 runs scored.

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