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Baseball Briefs

June 20, 2001

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Officials announce Cardinals stadium deal

St. Louis The St. Louis Cardinals reached a deal with state and local officials on a $646 million downtown development plan with a replacement for Busch Stadium as its centerpiece.

Mayor Francis Slay made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday that was also attended by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who promised that the Cardinals and their new ballpark will serve as hosts to the 2006 All-Star Game.

"This is one of the biggest development deals in St. Louis city history," Slay said.

Under the agreement that requires the approval of the Missouri Legislature, the St. Louis County Council and the city's Board of Aldermen, the state would pay $100 million, the city and county would pay a combined $100 million and the Cardinals and other developers would be responsible for the rest.

Urbina-to-Yankees deal may have hit snag

New York Reliever Ugueth Urbina pitched for Montreal on Tuesday night amid signs a deal that would send him from the Expos to the New York Yankees was off.

Both teams were looking at medical reports on the players involved in the proposed trade infielder D'Angelo Jimenez and pitcher Brandon Knight of the Yankees and Urbina.

But with no announcement, and Urbina pitching Tuesday night against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, it appeared there would be no trade.

"I'm waiting like you guys," Yankees manager Joe Torre said before Tuesday night's game at Detroit. "There's nothing new."

Cardinals send Ankiel to Rookie League

St. Louis Rick Ankiel's next stop on his climb back from wildness is the St. Louis Cardinals' rookie league affiliate.

After spending about three weeks at the team's extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla., Ankiel was sent to Johnson City, Tenn., on Tuesday, just in time for the season opener.

The Cardinals aren't expecting Ankiel, 21, back in the majors soon. He was 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA in six starts for St. Louis, walking 25 in 24 innings with five wild pitches and numerous balls to the screen.

"The worst thing we can do is rush him back," general manager Walt Jocketty said Tuesday before St. Louis' game against the Chicago Cubs. "We've got to let him take small steps."

Cubs place catcher on DL

St. Louis Chicago catcher Todd Hundley was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained lower back. Hundley is in a 4-for-45 slump and struck out all three at-bats in Monday night's loss to St. Louis. He's batting .179 with four homers and 19 RBIs.

Williams back in Florida

Gainesville, Fla. After a 412-hour flight from San Diego, Ted Williams returned to Florida on Tuesday to continue rehabilitation from open-heart surgery. Upon landing in Gainesville, the 82-year-old baseball great was wheeled off the airplane and placed in a waiting ambulance that drove him to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. A handful of Williams' family members were at the airport, but they refused to grant interviews and blocked photographers.

Martinez cleared to pitch

St. Petersburg, Fla. Boston ace Pedro Martinez will return to the starting rotation Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after missing one start with right shoulder tendinitis. Martinez is 7-2 with a major league-best 2.01 ERA. He missed his scheduled start against the Atlanta Braves last weekend, but had a strong bullpen session on Sunday.

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