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Mondesi Back in Lineup for Yankees

July 21, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Yankees right fielder Raul Mondesi returned to the starting lineup Sunday for the first time since spending a night in the hospital after feeling short of breath.

``I think he was relieved yesterday when he had that final battery of tests and everything was fine,″ New York manager Joe Torre said.

Mondesi went 1-for-3 with a single, two walks and two strikeouts. He was intentionally walked in the ninth as the Yankees rallied for two runs and a 9-8 victory.

``I feel all right, a little tired,″ Mondesi said. ``When you miss a few games like that, you don’t really feel 100 percent.″

Mondesi checked into a hospital Thursday night after feeling short of breath. He was released the next day after extensive tests were negative, but sat out the first two games against Boston.

The slugger went to Beth Israel North Hospital before Saturday’s game after experiencing pains in his chest shortly after rejoining the team. He returned to Yankee Stadium after a CT scan was negative and was available to play, but did not enter New York’s 9-8, 11-inning victory.

Mondesi, acquired from Toronto in a trade three weeks ago, was injured when he ran into the outfield wall trying to catch Omar Vizquel’s game-winning drive at Cleveland on July 12. He was diagnosed with a bruised sternum, chest and knees, and a stiff neck.

Mondesi is in a 3-for-28 slump, hitting .221 overall with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs. As a Yankee, he is batting .200 with two homers and seven RBIs in 45 at-bats.

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