Griffey told to skip All-Star game to rest
Cincinnati The Cincinnati Reds told Ken Griffey Jr. to sit out the All-Star game Tuesday in Atlanta to rest his sore right knee. He'll be allowed to defend his Home Run Derby title, but that's all.
Griffey has been wearing a protective brace for the last couple of weeks because of his sore knee. Dr. Timothy Kremchek and general manager Jim Bowden talked to Griffey before a 5-3 loss to Cleveland.
Sosa reverses course, doesn't want to leave
Atlanta Sammy Sosa reversed course Sunday and told the Chicago Cubs they should stop trying to trade him, saying he would remain in Chicago through the end of his contract in 2001.
Sosa's agents, Tom Reich and Adam Katz, met Sunday morning in Chicago with Cubs president Andy MacPhail.
"We told him don't even explore a trade. If you do try to trade him, he will not approve it," Katz said.
Cincinnati The Cleveland Indians activated right-hander Sean DePaula from the disabled list Sunday, the latest move to try to steady their wobbly pitching staff.
Raines back in action
Bridgewater, N.J. Tim Raines, who announced his retirement in March after 21 seasons in the majors, is heading to the minors. Raines, 41, is set to join the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, for four games in preparation for Team USA in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.