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Group bids on Expos for Puerto Rico

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Published June 20, 2004

MIAMI - A group hoping to permanently bring the Montreal Expos to Puerto Rico submitted a bid to buy the team.

Attorney Scott Shapiro said Saturday he sent the group's proposal to commissioner Bud Selig on Friday.

The new proposal probably comes too late for baseball to give it much consideration. Selig hopes to decide on a permanent home for the team next month.

Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia appear to be the leading candidates.

BRAVES: Centerfielder Andruw Jones twisted his left knee in batting practice and did not start.

BREWERS: A fan injured his head in Miller Park when he fell trying to slide down an escalator handrail. The man, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the team said. Steve Ethier, vice president of Miller Park operations, said the man had a cut on the back of his head and termed it "a self-inflicted injury."

CUBS: Second baseman Mark Grudzielanek (Achilles' tendon) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and left-hander Jimmy Anderson was designated for assignment.

EXPOS: Tim Raines' No. 30 was retired in a pregame ceremony.

GIANTS: Tired of all the intentional walks leftfielder Barry Bonds is drawing, the club will begin selling orange rubber chickens named "Walk'er" on Monday, when the Giants open a four-game series against the Dodgers. The chickens will sell for $10, with proceeds going to the Giants Community Fund. ... Closer Robb Nen (right shoulder) was sent home for another month to rest. ... Second baseman Ray Durham hit his 28th career leadoff homer.

INDIANS: Left-hander Cliff Lee was suspended for six games for intentionally throwing at the head of Reds outfielder Ken Griffey an inning after Lee gave up the 499th homer of Griffey's career. ... Shortstop Omar Vizquel left the game against the Braves with a bruised right index finger. ... Outfielder Matt Lawton stretched his hitting streak to 16 games.

MARLINS: Right-handed reliever Justin Wayne (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. Outfielder ... Jeff Conine snapped a 76-game errorless streak.

METS: Second baseman Jose Reyes (hamstring, back) was activated after three months.

ORIOLES: Leftfielder B.J. Surhoff was placed on the 15-day DL (strained left calf). Infielder Jose Leon was recalled from Triple-A Ottawa a day after being sent down.

PADRES: Outfielder Jon Knott was optioned to Triple-A Portland to make room on the 25-man roster for right-handed reliever Ricky Stone.

PIRATES: Left-hander Sean Burnett left in the sixth after Mariners batter Ichiro Suzuki's line drive hit him in his upper left arm, resulting in a large bruise. X-rays were negative.

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