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'Roughed up' Damon back after 7-game absence

Updated: March 22, 2005, 10:12 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Johnny Damon returned to the Boston Red Sox lineup Tuesday night without his fever or his beard.

He had missed the previous seven spring training games with flulike symptoms. During that time, he also shaved off his beard and trimmed his still-flowing locks.

"I got sick of it," the center fielder said. "So I had to trim it up and take on a new look for a couple of days. The beard is going to be back probably three or four days from now."

Damon played in just ...

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