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BASEBALL NOTES

Pete Rose, angered that Commissioner Bud Selig hasn’t ruled on his request for reinstatement, is thinking about suing baseball if he’s turned down. Rose, who agreed in August 1989 to accept a lifetime ban, applied for reinstatement on Sept. 26, 1997. Baseball’s career hits leader is ineligible for the Hall of Fame as long as the ban is in force. . . . Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson will advise American League President Gene Budig on disciplinary decisions next season. Gibson “will be involved in the official review of and response to any, and all, on-field altercations,” the league said in a statement. . . . Free-agent outfielder Brian Jordan was given a tour of New York led by Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman. . . . Jordan, in New York to visit both the Yankees and the Mets, was taken to lunch at the famous “21" club in midtown Manhattan, met Manager Joe Torre, got together at Yankee Stadium with team owner George Steinbrenner and even shook hands with actor Kevin Costner, who was filming a movie at Yankee Stadium. . . . The Cleveland Indians, eager to prop up an aging bullpen, acquired left-handed reliever Ricardo Rincon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Brian Giles. . . . Free agent Dennis Cook, who set a New York Met record for left-handed pitchers with 73 appearances last season, re-signed with the team for three years and $6.6 million. . . . The Angels added four top prospects to their 40-man roster, preventing other teams from selecting them in the upcoming major league draft. The Angels protected pitchers Scott Schoeneweis, Mark Harriger and Ramon Ortiz and catcher Bret Hemphill, but only Schoeneweis is expected to compete for a major league job in spring training.


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