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Royals Release Reliever Spradlin

August 30, 2000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Royals reliever Jerry Spradlin was released Wednesday shortly after almost blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning for Kansas City against Minnesota.

Spradlin entered the game in the ninth with an 8-4 lead and immediately gave up two singles and Denny Hocking’s home run without getting an out.

He was replaced by Ricky Bottalico, who closed out Kansas City’s 8-7 win.

The Royals replaced Spradlin on the roster with left-hander Scott Mullen, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Omaha.

``It’s a business. I didn’t finish the way I needed to,″ Spradlin said. ``They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do. I appreciate the fact they gave me a chance.″

In 51 appearances for the Royals, the 6-foot-7 right-hander had a 4-4 record with seven saves and a 5.52 ERA. A five-year veteran, he was acquired from San Francisco this year for right-hander Ken Ray.

``Jerry wasn’t going to come back next year. At this particular time, we don’t want to take innings from somebody we need to find out about,″ Royals manager Tony Muser said.

``Jerry has a great arm and did a good job the first half but couldn’t carry it on. Do it now, and we get a longer look at Mullen.″

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