ST. PAUL, Minn. - Less than two months before spring training is scheduled to start, baseball asked a state appeals court to clear the way for plans to eliminate two teams before next season.
Lawyers for the Minnesota Twins and major league baseball said the Minnesota Court of Appeals should lift a district judge's order that the team play through the end of the 2002 season to fulfill its lease with the Metrodome.
They urged the three-judge panel not to follow "Homer Hanky jurisprudence."
‰ The owners of the Boston Red Sox refused to turn over documents detailing offers made to buy the team.
State Attorney General Tom Reilly would not say if he will subpoena the bids, but he said the team owners' refusal raises questions about why they sold the team for a reported $90 million less than the highest bid.
That discrepancy will shortchange by $50 million homeless shelters, hospitals and other charities designated to benefit from the Yawkey Trust, the team's outgoing majority owner, Reilly said.
‰ The New York Mets took another big step in upgrading the worst offense in the majors, finalizing a trade to acquire former MVP Mo Vaughn from the Anaheim Angels for pitcher Kevin Appier.
Vaughn was owed $50 million in salary and bonuses over the next three years but agreed to rework the contract. The Angels will pay the remaining $8 million of Vaughn's signing bonus and some of Vaughn's salary will be deferred each of the next three years.
Vaughn has 299 career home runs and adds protection for Mike Piazza. But Vaughn comes with some negatives. He is 34 and did not play last season, recovering from a ruptured left biceps tendon. He also led the league with 181 strikeouts in 2000, his last full season.