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Baseball Briefs

July 16, 2000

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Royals demote D'Amico, call left-hander Byrdak

Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City recalled left-hander Tim Byrdak from Triple-A Omaha Saturday and optioned right-hander Jeff D'Amico to the same club.

At Omaha, Byrdak was 6-2 with three saves and an ERA of 4.25 in 30 games. All but one appearance was in relief.

Byrdak has had previous major league experience with Kansas City in each of the past two seasons but got off to a rough start last spring.

"It's been a frustrating year," Byrdak said. "Spring training was frustrating and I scuffled through April. I had trouble getting on a roll with quality stuff in two or three straight outings. In May, I began to make strides to where I could get back up here."

Ventura may go on DL

New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura will probably be put on the disabled list with an injured right rotator cuff, the team said after Saturday's 6-4 loss at Boston.

Wagner baseball card sold for $1.1 million

New York Honus Wagner is still a big hit after 91 years.

A near-mint condition card depicting the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, issued in 1909 by the American Tobacco Company, fetched a winning bid of $1.1 million on Saturday on the eBay online auction house.

The winning bidder, whose identity was not released, will pay $1.265 million, which includes a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Robert Lifson, president of Robert Edward Auctions in Watchung, N.J., confirmed the sale price but said the buyer had not decided whether to make his name public.

Bidding on the card began at $500,000 on July 5, and 13 total bids were made.

Torn knee ligament shelves Veras for year

Baltimore Atlanta Braves second baseman Quilvio Veras tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday night and will miss the rest of the season.

Veras injured his knee when caught in a first-inning rundown, but remained in the game. He showed obvious discomfort when batting in the fourth inning and was replaced by Keith Lockhart in the bottom of the inning.

An MRI Saturday revealed the extent of the damage.

"When you lose a guy like that, you've got to pitch a little better, hit a little better and play a little better," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We'll cover it."

MSG sues Yankees over cable contract

New York Madison Square Garden Network has sued the New York Yankees, claiming that owners of the baseball club are trying to destroy the cable network and steal its right to broadcast Yankees games.

In papers filed Friday in Manhattan's State Supreme Court, MSG says Yankees owners are violating contractual rights that MSG "bargained for carefully and paid for handsomely" in a $500 million deal in 1988. That deal expires at the end of the current baseball season.

Court papers say that in a letter dated July 5 the Yankees made MSG a "sham" offer that would, among other things, call for MSG's cable TV network to be swallowed up by a new broadcast network called Newco.

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