Thursday, March 20, 2003

Baseball Notebook

Yanks get Trammell from SD

The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Outfielder Rondell White was traded Wednesday by the New York Yankees to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Bubba Trammell and minor-league left-hander Mark Phillips.

"It's good and bad. I'm going to miss the guys," White said. "I had a chance to play with a group of Hall of Famers."

White, 31, batted .240 with 14 homers and 62 RBI.

New York had little room for him following the signing of Japanese star Hideki Matsui, who figures to be play left field alongside center fielder Bernie Williams and right fielder Raul Mondesi.

With the Padres, White will take over in left field for Phil Nevin, who had shoulder surgery and probably will miss the season.

Trammell, 31, batted .243 with 17 homers and 56 RBI last year.

The Padres cleared about $5 million from the books for 2004, which will help them pursue free agents prior to moving into their new downtown ballpark next season.

RED SOX: Boston has reduced most of its ticket prices by 25 percent for 17 games in April, May and September.

The Red Sox have the highest ticket prices in the major leagues.

CARDINALS: Outfielder Eli Marrero is in St. Louis to undergo tests for stomach irritation that has bothered him during spring training.

Marrero left spring training Monday night, trainer Barry Weinberg said. He's expected to rejoin the team Friday.

"He's having a whole battery of tests run the next day or so," Weinberg said.

If healthy, Marrero would be the Cardinals' opening-day right fielder because J.D. Drew is rehabilitating from offseason surgery for knee tendinitis. Marrero batted .262 last year with 18 homers and 66 RBI.

INDIANS: Rookie manager Eric Wedge made his first pitching move.

Wedge changed pitching coaches just 12 days before the club's season opener, replacing Mike Brown with Carl Willis on Wednesday.

Willis had been the pitching coach at Triple-A Buffalo the past two seasons under Wedge.

SHORT HOPS: Former Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith, the NFL's rushing leader, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Texas Rangers' home opener April 4 against Seattle.

• Seattle catcher Dan Wilson was placed on the disabled list because of a strained internal oblique muscle on his left side.

• Mariners reliever Norm Charlton faces six to eight months of rehabilitation following surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

The 40-year-old left-hander missed last season after an operation in January 2002 to repair a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum.

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