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Former Twin Viola faces heart surgery

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Former major-league pitcher Frank Viola is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery next week that will keep him from serving as a Triple-A pitching coach for the New York Mets this season.

The 53-year-old Viola, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 1988 when he posted a 24-7 record for the Minnesota Twins, was diagnosed with a heart condition after a physical during spring training. ESPNNewYork.com reported Tuesday.

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