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UMP STRUCK: Umpire Larry Young was struck in the forehead by a throw near second base in the sixth inning of a game between Arizona and St. Louis on Monday night.

Fourteen stitches were required to close the wound, and the game concluded with three umpires.

Second baseman Jay Bell fielded Albert Pujols' hit after the ball caromed off the second-base bag into shallow center field. When Bell wheeled to make the throw, Young was directly in his path.

Bell was hoping that he might catch Pujols making a turn at first.

"It was one of those weird things where he happened to be in the way," Bell said. "I caught him pretty clean."

Blood streamed from Young's head for several minutes, and covered the right side of his jacket and both legs. He covered his face with a towel as he walked off the field, escorted by medical personnel.

Young was taken by ambulance to Barnes Hospital for precautionary tests. Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals' team physician, said he wanted to have Young checked by an opthamologist.

Paletta didn't think Young would be able to return to action immediately.

"He's going to have a big shiner," Paletta said. "It will probably take a couple of weeks for all the swelling to go down."

CINCY CURFEW: The city's decision Monday to end a nighttime curfew that helped quell street rioting in some neighborhoods will allow the Cincinnati Reds to play their games this week.

Mayor Charles Luken said he was ending the curfew, which had been imposed Thursday after three days of riots prompted by the police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Reds officials said they had been prepared to reschedule games if necessary.

The Reds start a homestand Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. After two games with Milwaukee, the Reds stay in town for three games starting Friday night against the New York Mets.

The Brewers swept the Reds in a three-game series in Milwaukee on the season's first weekend. The Reds just completed a three-game sweep of the Mets in New York.

DODGERS TO INVESTIGATE: The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to look into a confrontation between general manager Kevin Malone and a fan at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Jim Esterbrooks, a Padres season-ticket holder, told the Los Angeles Times that Malone initiated a verbal confrontation with him Saturday in the first inning of the Padres' 4-5 victory.

"This is the first we have learned of this incident. We will certainly follow up and discuss it with Kevin," senior vice president Derrick Hall said Monday.

Esterbrooks and others seated in a section behind home plate said Malone challenged him to a fight in defense of Gary Sheffield.

Esterbrooks derided Sheffield because of comments the left fielder made about his contract.

Malone did not dispute most of Esterbrooks' account — including that he challenged him to a fight — but said Esterbrooks was the aggressor.

"I hear an individual fan speaking inappropriately about one of our players, the organization and me," Malone told the Times. "He was loud, belligerent, obnoxious and rude. He knew who I was, and I didn't know that at the time."

Malone said he realized Esterbrooks recognized him when he made a comment about "Dodger Boy," a nickname Malone gave himself in a radio interview.

"The guy was being obnoxious and getting on one of our players, getting on the Dodgers and just being rude to me," he said. "I don't believe that my family or the families of our players should suffer the indignities of some fan who wants to act like that."

Malone's son attended Saturday's game.

Chairman Bob Daly declined to comment, but in a recent interview with the Times he acknowledged Malone sometimes puts himself in uncomfortable positions.

"Kevin does say things sometimes that can get people (upset)," Daly said, otherwise praising Malone's performance.

Malone has been involved in controversy in the past.

In November the Pacific 10 Conference investigated a message he left on the answering machine of Bruins recruit Jamal Sampson of Santa Ana Mater Dei High.

The Pac-10 ruled that the call was a secondary recruiting violation. Sampson signed with California.

Shortly after his hiring in September 1998, Malone offended his National League West counterparts with a flippant remark about there being a "new sheriff in town," and engaged in a public feud with Padres general manager Kevin Towers.

BROWN TO START: Kevin Brown is expected to start as scheduled Friday despite bruising his left elbow when hit by a pitch in his last outing.

The star right-hander will remain day-to-day for now, but the Dodgers said Monday they anticipate him pitching against San Diego in Los Angeles.

Brown left in the sixth inning Sunday when Randy Myers of the Padres hit him with an inside fastball.

Brown was making his second start after coming off the disabled list April 10.

The Dodgers won 5-4, with Brown (1-1) getting the victory. He allowed four runs — all unearned — on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Brown missed time early last season after being hit by a pitch. He started this season on the disabled list with a strained right Achilles' tendon.

"If somebody has a good-luck horseshoe that they want to share with me, I'd be happy to take it," Brown said.