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Updated: January 30, 2004, 9:17 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Kansas City Royals: Troubled times in the Dominican Republic have the Royals mini-campers laying low in their hotel, writes Dick Kaegel of the Kansas City Star. Labor disputes, which have resulted in violence in some areas, have impacted the Royals ability to run their pre-spring camp where they would like. 12 spring training roster players, including Kevin Appier, Mike Venafro and Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa are on hand.

Minnesota Twins: When one of your players carries around a highlight reel of himself, it says something about his ego. When that reel contains football highlights it probably has more to say about his career direction. Ricky Manning, last seen intercepting three passes against the Eagles in the NFC Championship game, was a Twins farmhand at one time. Bill Williamson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that he played baseball like he was rehearsing for the NFL.

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