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Red Sox Win Despite Injured Player

May 28, 1998

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ In a game that served as a testing ground for shortstop Nomar Garciaparra’s injured shoulder, Jose Flores’ RBI single capped a four-run ninth inning that gave the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 victory over the Eastern League’s Trenton Thunder in an exhibition Wednesday night.

In meeting their Double A affiliate, the Red Sox became the first major league team to play in New Jersey since the Brooklyn Dodgers played part of their regular-season schedule in the state in 1957. It was the first appearance in Trenton by a major league team since the Washington Senators played the Trenton Senators in 1936.

Garciaparra, on the disabled list since May 13 with a mild shoulder separation, played six innings. Although it felt good after the game, Garciaparra was unsure whether he will be activated for Thursday’s game in New York.

``I’ll have to see how it feels tomorrow,″ he said. ``That’s the most I’ve done in three weeks. Hopefully it will recover well. Right now you got the adrenalin going, it feels all right, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it feels tomorrow.″

The 1997 American League Rookie of the Year, who played for Trenton in 1995 and had his number 5 retired before the game, went 0-for-4, struck out twice and hit into a double play, but looked sharp in the field. Garciaparra ranged over the middle to throw out Jim Chamblee in the second inning, then backhanded a sharp line drive by Chamblee in the seventh and threw to first to double off David Gibralter.

One of Garciaparra’s concerns was how he would be able to throw back against his body when fielding a ball to his right. He said it was not much of a problem on the double play.

``I didn’t let it go on the throw,″ he said. ``There was no need to really let it go. The good thing was I did it instinctively, I let up a little and it didn’t hurt when I did it. And, it was effective.″

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