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Raines to continue comeback in Florida

MIAMI -- Tim Raines was added to the Florida roster, and
will spend his 23rd major league season with the Marlins.

Raines, 42, will be used mostly as a pinch hitter, but will also
provide the veteran leadership the Marlins lacked last season when
they struggled to a disappointing 76-86 record.

His contract was purchased late Saturday night.

Raines is coming back from a debilitating battle with lupus,
which sidelined him in July 1999. He returned last year and played
in 51 games for Montreal and Baltimore, batting .303.

The Marlins also purchased the contract of infielder Marty
Malloy, and placed reliever Armando Almanza on the 15-day disabled
list -- leaving them with two left-handers to start the season.

Almanza complained of elbow soreness after pitching on Friday.
He was diagnosed with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, which
required surgery after last season to remove bone chips and spurs.
He will have X-rays taken Monday.

"We will not rush him back," said manager Jeff Torborg, who
will start the season with left-handers Vic Darensbourg and Michael
Tejera.

To replace Almanza on the 25-man roster, Florida recalled
right-hander Gary Knotts.