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Virginia group starts stadium ticket drive

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Published May 27, 2004

NORFOLK, Va. - The group trying to bring the Expos to Norfolk asked Wednesday for people to show support by placing $100 deposits for season tickets.

Central to the campaign is a television ad featuring five mayors from the Hampton Roads coastal region wearing business attire and batting helmets as they swing bats, pound gloves and toss or catch balls.

"This team's behind it. You should be, too," a voiceover says, adding, "Get in the game."

One of those mayors, Norfolk's Paul D. Fraim, said more than 1,000 season-ticket guarantees were sold before the campaign officially began Wednesday. The deposits are refundable.

About 40 companies and organizations pledged $1,000 each to reserve luxury suites for a ballpark that would be built downtown.

GRIFFEY MUM ON GLARE: A day after he stared angrily into the Marlins dugout while circling the bases on a homer, the Reds' Ken Griffey dodged questions about what he meant. "I didn't show any emotion, did I?" Griffey said. "I didn't point at anybody. I didn't say anything or gesture."

MONDESI PONDERS: Out-of-work outfielder Raul Mondesi said he'll decide this week whether to play again this season and said he could wind up with Anaheim, Boston or Baltimore. The Pirates terminated Mondesi's contract after he left May 7 to return home to the Dominican Republic.

ANGELS: Outfielder Jose Guillen apologized to his teammates two days after ripping them for not backing him up after he was hit by a pitch. "I know those comments are supposed to be made inside the clubhouse," he said.

CUBS: Outfielder Tom Goodwin and right-hander Todd Wellemeyer could wind up on the disabled list. Goodwin has a right groin strain, and Wellemeyer strained his right shoulder.

D'BACKS: Second baseman Roberto Alomar has been cleared by doctors to do what manager Bob Brenly called "light baseball activity" about a month after he had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand.

GIANTS: The team hired Harvey Shields, Barry Bonds' personal stretch man, as part of its medical staff. Shields was banned from the clubhouse during spring training, when baseball cracked down on who was allowed in clubhouses in the wake of a federal steroids probe.

MARLINS: Right-hander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. Burnett, who has not pitched in the major leagues since April 2003, likely will throw up to 100 pitches.

WHITE SOX: Rightfielder Magglio Ordonez was scratched because of a strained left calf.

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