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04/02/2004  2:05 AM ET
Notes: Park's hip not a concern
Right-hander says he's ready for start of season
Chan Ho Park threw his split-fingered fastball for the first time this spring. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

SAN FRANCISCO -- What was otherwise a decent night on the mound for Chan Ho Park got a little bit tight at the finish Thursday night.

Not only did Park allow three runs to lose the lead in the fifth inning of the Rangers' 7-6 loss to the Giants, but he had to come out after feeling tightness in his right hip before the inning was through.

The condition is not believed to be serious. "He's fine," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

Park was already up to 84 pitches by the time Showalter came out to take the ball.

"Chan Ho was wondering what I was doing out there," Showalter said. "That was his last hitter anyway."

    Chan Ho Park   /   P
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Park said it wasn't even pain, just tightness, that came up in the fifth. He'd just struck out Barry Bonds on three pitches and felt it when he began working against Edgardo Alfonzo with two out in the fifth.

He came away from the outing feeling like he'll be fine for the start of the season.

"I had good command today and my fastball, especially my two-seamer, moved a lot," Park said.

Park said he was working on his two-seamer and split-finger fastball, the first time he was trying the split this Spring Training. He gave up a double to J.T. Snow and a homer to Michael Tucker with one out in the first, but after walking Bonds he retired seven straight. Tucker tripled in the third and Ray Durham homered in the three-run fifth, on a splitter.

In general, Showater was pleased with Park's final outing of Spring Training.

"I like the way he came back in some situations and kept us in the game," Showalter said.

Park didn't factor in the decision and finishes Spring Training with an 0-1 mark and a 6.45 ERA.

Jordan update: Brian Jordan's sense of humor is intact. So is the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

    Brian Jordan   /   RF
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Jordan flew to Vail, Colo., on Thursday to meet with Dr. Richard Steadman, who examined Jordan's surgically repaired knee and determined there's only a sprain in there, not additional damage. He'll be out a minimum of two weeks from Thursday, meaning he'll start the season on the disabled list.

But when Jordan called trainer Jamie Reed, the alleged results were a little more severe.

"He said he completely tore his medial collateral ligament," Reed said. "The phone went dead and he said, 'April Fools!'"

Short hops: Showalter hasn't announced yet who his first two pitchers of the regular season will be, but he has determined his third: Colby Lewis. The A's have determined their rotation will be Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito, in that order. ... The Rangers are still mulling which and how many pitchers will start the season. "We've considered everything," Showalter said. "If you look at all the off-days we have up until July, we could have 11 pitchers." ... The Rangers racked up 12 hits, 10 of them accounting for six earned runs against Brett Tomko. Michael Young, Alfonso Soriano and Ramon Nivar each had two hits.

Coming up: After the one-day jaunt to San Francisco, the Rangers head for Las Vegas for a pair of games against the Colorado Rockies. Lewis (0-1, 3.60 ERA) will meet Jason Jennings (0-1, 5.40) in Friday night's game at Cashman Field, and then R.A. Dickey (2-0, 2.08) will take on lefty Joe Kennedy (2-1, 6.27) in Saturday's afternoon game. Showers are in the forecast for both days.

John Schlegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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