Atlanta gives Murphy a night


Dale Murphy was showered with standing ovations last night on his first appearance in Atlanta since the Braves traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 3.

"I know I will be a visitor tonight, but this will always be my home," Murphy said during a 25-minute tribute before the game.

The Braves turned the ceremony into a family affair for Murphy. His wife, six sons, parents, sister and in-laws appeared on the field with him during the tribute, which was delayed by rain for more than an hour.

The Braves also brought back some of his former high school teammates from Portland, Ore., along with former Braves who no longer are playing.

* GIANTS: Kevin Mitchell is expected to miss at least four weeks of playing time, the team announced after the star outfielder underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Dr. Gordon Campbell, who performed the surgery at a medical center in Palo Alto, Calif., reported that he found no cartilage damage to Mitchell's left knee but did find some loose ligaments.

* PADRES: Right-hander Ed Whitson became the sixth San Diego pitcher to be placed on the disabled list this season.

Whitson, who has had soreness in his throwing elbow since his most recent start, May 26, was placed on the 15-day list, retroactive to May 27. He will be eligible to return to active status Tuesday.

Left-hander Dennis Rasmussen and right-handed reliever Larry Andersen recently came off the disabled list. Still disabled are right-hander Greg Harris and left-handers Pat Clements and Atlee Hammaker.

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