Julio Franco has caffeine attack


Texas Rangers second baseman Julio Franco complained of chest pains before last night's game against the California Angels, but a doctor diagnosed the problem as a caffeine attack, club officials said.

Franco, an All-Star reserve, was taken to an Arlington clinic, where team doctor Mike Mycoskie performed chest X-rays and an electrocardiogram. Mycoskie diagnosed the problem as too much caffeine, and Franco was cleared to play. He went 1-for-3.

* YANKEES: Farmhand Kevin Mmahat pitched a no-hitter, as the Class AAA Columbus Clippers beat the host Louisville Redbirds, 6-0.

Mmahat, a 26-year-old left-hander who underwent rotator cuff surgery during the off-season, struck out nine and walked three to even his record at 3-3.

* METS: The club has offered an unprecedented $20 million over 20 years to help with the financing for a new stadium in Norfolk, Va., for the Class AAA Tidewater Tides.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported that baseball officials believe the offer is the most lucrative ever for a minor-league team.

The highest previous guarantee in the minor leagues is thought to be $400,000 for 10 years to the Richmond (Va.) Metropolitan Association.

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