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MLB TEAM NEWS & NOTES: DRAFT HELPS SPUR TICKET SALES

          Season-ticket sales "almost doubled" for the D'Backs
     and Devil Rays on Wednesday, following the expansion draft.
     D'Backs Ticket Sales Manager Rob Kiese: "Until this week, we
     sold 30-40 season-tickets a week.  But in the last two days,
     we've sold 50" (Mel Antonen, USA TODAY, 11/20).
          NEVER ENOUGH FRUM: In Toronto, Marty York reports that
     Murray Frum and his partners "are still quietly in pursuit"
     of the Blue Jays and "remain hopeful" that the Jays, the CFL
     Argonauts and the SkyDome "will ultimately be theirs."  Frum
     had no comment when asked if his group had reopened talks 
     with Jays Owner Interbrew SA (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/20).
          TWINS: In St. Paul, columnist Bob Sansevere writes that
     Twins Owner Carl Pohlad's "credibility" was among the things
     that "made it difficult" for the people of MN to support a
     new ballpark.  Sansevere: "The problem with Pohlad was, and
     still is, people don't trust him" (PIONEER PRESS, 11/20).
          INDIANS: Ticket prices for '98 have been increased in
     seven of the 11 seat locations at Jacobs Field.  Among the
     increases, Field Box seats go from $23 to $26; Lower & View
     Box go from $18 to $20; Upper Box, Mezzanine & Lower Reserve
     go from $15 to $17; and Bleacher seats go from $10 to $12. 
     The approximate ticket price increase is 12% (Indians).
          YANKEES: In N.Y., adidas and the Yankees ran a full-
     page ad in today's N.Y. Post and N.Y. Daily News that touts
     "132 DAYS 'TIL OPENING DAY" (THE DAILY).
          
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