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* RED SOX: Andre Dawson, who underwent arthroscopi surgery on his right knee May 6, took batting practice for the first time since then. He hopes to return within two weeks. Actor John Ratzenberger, who plays mailman Cliff Claven on the television show "Cheers," threw out the first ball. The final episode of the series, set in a Boston bar, is scheduled to be aired tonight. . . . Tony Pena, who started last night's game against the Blue Jays batting .200, was the only Boston starter who went hitless. Pena started and ended the second inning by flying to center.

* ROYALS: Team owner Ewing M. Kauffman, 76, confirmed yesterday that he has cancer of the vertebrae. "I do have cancer of the bone," Kauffman said. "But it hasn't been completely diagnosed, and we don't know how serious it is." Because his back pain has hampered his mobility, he said, he is unsure whether he will be attend his induction into the Royals Hall of Fame Sunday.

* TWINS: Willie Banks has been scratched from his next start because of bronchitis. . . . Dave Winfield's fourth-inning double yesterday against the Yankees was the 501st of his career, moving him past Goose Goslin into 28th place on the all-time list. He also has 4,886 total bases, moving him past Ted Williams into 14th. . . . The Twins are 8-12 at the Metrodome, tying their worst start there.

* YANKEES: Mike Stanley has homered in three of his past five games. . . . Wade Boggs, who has a .362 career average against the Twins, went 6-for-14 in their series. . . . Rich Monteleone leads New York relievers with four victories. . . . Of their seven road series, the Yankees have won four and split two.

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