Yanks' Johnson out against O's

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Randy Johnson will miss his final regular-season turn in the New York Yankees' rotation because of back spasms.

The left-hander had been scheduled to start Thursday night against the Orioles. The Yankees hope he will be ready for the postseason.

Mike Mussina will be moved up one day to make that start.

"It's been a progression thing," Johnson said last night. "Let's get it taken care of, and obviously the regular-season start doesn't mean much. So we'll get ready for the postseason game."

Johnson is 17-11 with a 5.00 ERA this season.

"My back is locked up right now," he said. "With the rest, we'll hopefully get it well."

Padres -- Pitcher David Wells was scratched from the start against St. Louis due to gout in his right foot. Wells, 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in four starts with San Diego since being acquired from the Red Sox on Aug. 31, had been bothered by a sprained right ankle. Bochy said Wells will be skipped in the rotation, adding that it could take as long as three or four days for medication to produce results.

Twins -- Right-hander Brad Radke, who has a torn labrum and a stress fracture in his throwing shoulder, might be able to make a start this week. Radke did some light bullpen work yesterday and felt better than he did in his previous session, manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Cardinals -- Center fielder Jim Edmonds, sidelined more than a month with post-concussion syndrome, hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer in his first at-bat since Aug. 26.

Royals -- Manager Buddy Bell was released from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., yesterday, three days after surgery to remove his tonsils and a growth behind the left one.

Playoffs -- The Astros would host the Cardinals on Tuesday in a one-game playoff if both teams finish tied for the NL Central title. Major League Baseball held a coin toss to determine the site of a potential game between Houston and St. Louis.

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