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Angels Pitcher Worried About SARS

April 24, 2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Angels pitcher Kevin Appier is worried enough about the threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome that he wants his team’s series against the Blue Jays in Toronto from May 9-11 shifted to Anaheim.

``I’d say there are enough cases up there for it to be a concern,″ Appier said Wednesday.

SARS has been linked to 16 deaths in Toronto, and the World Health Organization has advised against traveling to the city.

``I think we should just switch and play that series here and move the one scheduled later in the season up there,″ said Appier, who is on the disabled list with an arm injury. ``I believe there are some people talking about that.″

The Blue Jays are scheduled to play in Anaheim on Aug. 1-3.

Angels spokesman Larry Babcock said he was not aware of any official discussions about switching the two series around.

The New York Yankees, who beat the Angels 9-2 Wednesday night, opened the season in Toronto.

``The medical staff of the Blue Jays instructed us to be careful about not taking a whole lot of public transportation, like the subways, and avoiding very crowded places,″ Yankees trainer Gene Monahan said. ``You don’t have to alter a whole lot of things about your lifestyle up there, but you should avoid large crowds, keep your windows open and the room ventilated, and just go about your regular routine.

``We were told not to get into large groups of autograph people with a lot of things thrust in your face and things like that. I think it’s a good idea. It’s not as much a scary-type thing as a lot of people are making it out to be.″

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