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Gooden Misses Game With Migraine

July 25, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dwight Gooden had a migraine before the game. Cleveland’s pitching staff had one during the game.

After Mark Langston and Paul Assenmacher were shelled by the New York Yankees in Saturday’s 21-1 loss, Indians manager Mike Hargrove brought back Tom Candiotti, who started Friday night and was knocked out after 1 2-3 innings.

Gooden, bypassed Friday in favor of the knuckleballer, was unavailable Saturday because of a pregame migraine.

``When I got up this morning, I felt fine,″ Gooden said, ``But when I got to the ballpark, I could feel it coming on.″

Gooden had been looking forward to pitching against his former team and close friend David Cone, who was coming off a perfect game. He missed another chance to pitch against the Yankees because of the migraine medicine.

``The stuff they gave me pretty much knocked me out,″ Gooden said. ``I feel better now, but I’m still a little light-headed. I think with a night’s sleep, I’ll be ready for tomorrow.″

In Gooden’s absence, the ERA’s of Cleveland pitchers soared.

Langston (4.98) allowed nine runs _ seven earned _ and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings, and Assenmacher (8.02) gave up seven runs and six hits in 1 1-3 innings. Candiotti (7.32) allowed five runs and four hits in two-third of an inning.

So far in the series, Candiotti has been tagged for 10 runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings.

``Doc got a migraine before the game that put everyone in a bind,″ Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. ``We had to patch it together as best we could. He would have been the first one in there.″

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