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TWINS, MN ATTORNEY'S GENERAL OFFICE HAGGLE OVER DETAILS

          Lawyers for the Twins, MLB and the MN Attorney
     General's office "were ordered Friday to work out an
     agreement on the scope of a preliminary antitrust
     investigation by the state against the team and the game's
     owners," according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR
     TRIBUNE.  Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan
     told both sides to report to her today on any agreement they
     may reach, but Weiner reported that "resolution seemed
     unlikely."  Lawyers from the Attorney General's office said
     they were willing to "scale back" their earlier request for
     dozens of documents dating back to '61 and answers to
     questions to Twins Owner Carl Pohlad, Acting MLB
     Commissioner Bud Selig and others, and would instead settle
     for information from MLB dating to '83.  But Twins lawyer
     Roger Magnuson said, "We believe the law requires that there
     be no discovery in this case" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/9).  
          SHOW HIM SOME MONEY: Pohlad, on rumors that he turned
     down a $100M offer to buy the Twins: "Nobody has made any
     offers to me. ... Clark Griffith and others talk, but I have
     never seen the color of their money."  On Wednesday, though,
     Mike Veeck "will meet" with Pohlad's financial adviser, Bob
     Starkey.  Veeck: "We have the financial backing to buy the
     club if it is for sale" (Sid Hartman, STAR TRIBUNE, 5/9). 
     On "Baseball Tonight," ESPN's Peter Gammons reported the
     Twins may be "able to work something out [and] eventually
     get a ballpark in either St. Paul or somewhere around
     Minneapolis, but in the meantime, why lose money with a $27
     million payroll if you're going to finish fourth in the
     division anyway?"  Gammons said it is "likely" that the
     Twins will pare down payroll to "maybe" $12 to $14 million
     and try to rebuild ("Baseball Tonight," 5/10)
  
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