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Royals are last, first to see Bo


How appropriate: the Kansas City Royals, the team that believed Bo Jackson might never play baseball again, will be the first opponents to see if he still can.

The Chicago White Sox today will activate Jackson, whose career was put in jeopardy in January with a hip injury in an NFL playoff game, and start him tonight at designated hitter against Kansas City.

Jackson's former bosses say they have no animosity and claim they aren't kicking themselves for letting Jackson go.

"We did what was in the best interests of the ballclub," Royals general manager Herk Robinson said last week. "We never said he wouldn't play this year or he couldn't play this year. It was the recommendation of our people that he shouldn't play this year."

* Umpire Rocky Roe missed yesterday's game between the Athletics and the Tigers after being hospitalized overnight with an irregular heartbeat.

Hours after umpiring third base in Saturday's Detroit at Oakland game, Roe checked into Merritt Hospital for an examination, said Jim Finley, a nursing supervisor.

Roe was discharged yesterday morning.

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