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BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

          A source close to Reds Owner Marge Schott, on MLB
     allegedly trying to pressure her to sell the team: "She's
     not someone you bully.  If she (sells), it will be because
     it's her decision" (CINCINNATI POST, 4/30).
          BLUE JAYS: In Toronto, Mark Zwolinski writes that "fans
     are taking notice" of the Blue Jays' 10-16 record.  The Jays
     said they sold 26,690 tickets for yesterday's loss to the
     Royals "but there weren't anywhere near that many on hand." 
     Overall, through 13 home games, the team has drawn 11,894
     less than last season (TORONTO STAR, 5/1)....The A's have a
     promo planned for tomorrow where if Blue Jays P Roger
     Clemens strikes out more than 10 A's, ticket-holders get a
     free pair of tickets to a future game (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/1).
          RYAN'S EXPRESS: Nolan Ryan, his son Reid and Don
     Sanders, a former part owner of the Astros, have reached an
     agreement to purchase majority interest in the Jackson (MS)
     Generals, the Astros AA Texas League team, and move them to
     Central TX (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/1).  Ryan is talking with
     the city of Round Rock about possibly relocating the team
     and constructing a city-owned stadium (Nolan Ryan).
          TEAM NOTES: A new souvenir being sold at Dodger Stadium
     is a stuffed koala bear dressed in a Dodger uniform.  In
     N.Y., Rush & Molloy report that some fans have already
     started calling the new mascot "Rupert," after News Corp.
     Chair Rupert Murdoch (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/1)....Former
     Marlins/current Padres P Kevin Brown, on a meeting he and
     three other Marlin players had last November with team Owner
     Wayne Huizenga: "We went there to talk as players because we
     knew things were about to fall apart.  We tried to do what
     we could.  We offered to become campaigners and told Wayne
     we'd do what we could to save it.  We'd try to get fan
     support and push the stadium issue with positives instead of
     having the trigger being pulled" (SUN-SENTINEL, 5/1).

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