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Greenberg gets his chance...Mariners moving fences in

UNDATED (AP) - Adam Greenberg's second major league plate appearance went a lot better than the first one, even though he struck out.

 

     Returning to the big leagues seven years after he was beaned, Greenberg fanned on three pitches Tuesday night as a pinch-hitter for the Miami Marlins.

 

     Greenberg signed a one-day contract before the game and batted leading off the sixth inning against New York Mets 20-game winner R.A. Dickey.

 

     After Greenberg received a standing ovation from the modest crowd and his teammates, Dickey threw him three consecutive knuckleballs. Greenberg took the first for a strike, then swung at the next two and missed.

 

     The game was Greenberg's first since his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2005, when he was hit in the back of the head by the first pitch he saw - a 92 mph fastball that derailed his career.

 

     He suffered from vertigo and never moved any higher than the Double-A level in the minors after the incident.

 

     In other baseball news:

 

     -- The Seattle Mariners are moving the fences in at Safeco Field. The biggest change will be in the power alley in left-center where the fence is coming in some 17 feet. Safeco has been one of the stingiest fields in the majors for allowing home runs.

 

     - Outspoken closer Chris Perez thinks the Indians need a more intense manager and better players. Perez said that Cleveland's second-half collapse was embarrassing and the laid-back approach of former manager Manny Acta didn't help. The Indians went 5-24 in August, which Perez called "pathetic - in all aspects."

 

     - Los Angeles Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson will have elbow surgery after the regular season to remove bone spurs. He went 13-10 this season with a 3.83 ERA.

 

     -- Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko says he will have surgery on his left wrist to remove a bone fragment.

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