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Red Sox fan loses '05 tickets
The spectator who interfered with New York Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield had his season tickets for 2005 revoked yesterday by the Boston Red Sox.
A fan who spilled beer on Sheffield was prohibited from buying tickets for the rest of the season.
"That just proves I wasn't in the wrong, and that's what this is all about," Sheffield said in New York. "Yeah, you try to represent the game the right way, but then being told you're in the wrong for reacting to something you didn't start, that's kind of disturbing."
The resolution announced by the Red Sox does not ban the men from Fenway Park this year and leaves it up to the club to decide whether the season ticket holder, Chris House, will get those tickets reinstated for 2006.
"We selected a course of action that we thought was appropriate and enforceable," club spokesman Glenn Geffner said.
Sheffield's agent, Rufus Williams, and the player planned to meet today with Bob Watson, vice president in charge of discipline in the commissioner's office.
STEROIDS: Commissioner Bud Selig is considering appointing an independent outside party to investigate steroid use in baseball if Congress defers its own investigation, according to a person who was briefed on a private meeting in Washington last Thursday between baseball officials and leaders of the House Committee on Government Reform, The New York Times reported last night.
None of the principals involved in the discussion would speak on the record because the meeting was supposed to be confidential. But five people have confirmed that the meeting took place, and none denied the substance of it.
Although no commitments have been made, and baseball has not decided whether to propose its own investigation in place of the committee's, that possibility was discussed by Selig and Bob DuPuy, the president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, and Reps. Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, and Henry A. Waxman, a California Democrat and the chairman and ranking minority member of the committee.
YANKEES: Tanyon Sturtze was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, leaving slumping New York without a key member of its bullpen.
Former Orioles left-hander Buddy Groom will be called up today from Triple-A Columbus to replace Sturtze, who is 1-0 with a 6.10 ERA in six appearances this season. He has allowed seven runs and 15 hits in 10 1/3 innings.
PADRES: Sandy Alderson, one of Major League Baseball's top executives, has been hired as CEO of the team.
The hiring will be announced today, a Padres official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press last night.
WHITE SOX: A day after saying Frank Thomas was part of a bad attitude that surrounded the team last year, manager Ozzie Guillen regretted the controversy his remarks created.
Thomas, who rejoined the team Saturday while rehabilitating his left ankle, spoke with his manager and didn't appreciate being singled out for criticism a day earlier.
Before Sunday's game, Guillen spoke of Thomas' presence.
"It's good to have him here because now he sees a winning attitude, because he was part of the bad attitude," Guillen said. "Franky was a big part of the bad attitude. Now, he can see how we're handling stuff and why we're winning every day. I want Frank to be a part of this."
NEAGLE: Denny Neagle's grievance against the Rockies has been rescheduled to be heard May 5-6.
The Arundel High alumnus' contract was terminated by the team in December, three days after he was issued a citation for solicitation. The hearing before arbitrator Shyam Das originally was scheduled for last week.