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IRS bills Rose nearly $1-million

By wire services
Published August 21, 2004

PLANTATION - Pete Rose is back in trouble with the IRS, which says the disgraced hits king owes nearly $1-million in unpaid taxes.

The IRS filed a federal tax lien in Broward County on Tuesday alleging Rose owes $973,693.28 in back taxes from 1997 to 2002.

Ross Tannenbaum, president of Dreams Inc., the marketing firm that handles Rose's business affairs, said Friday the lien is against a home Rose owns in California and was expected. He said the filing does not indicate the former Reds star and manager is in danger of going back to prison.

Rose, 63, served a five-month sentence in 1990 and '91 for filing false tax returns by not declaring income he received from signing autographs, memorabilia sales and gambling.

"The IRS is simply protecting its interests" in case Rose should default in the future, Tannenbaum said from his suburban Fort Lauderdale office.

Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 after an investigation into his gambling and admitted in his book, My Prison Without Bars, that he bet on games involving the Reds while managing the team in the late 1980s.

GLAVINE READY: Tom Glavine has temporary new front teeth and just a little anxiety about getting back on the mound today for the first time since a taxi accident last week.

He's not expecting to be as sharp as usual, or to have perfect location. He might even take out his teeth if they hurt or become a distraction.

"It would make a good picture with me on the mound with no teeth, smiling," the left-hander said.

His new teeth are connected to a plate that fits on the roof of his mouth like a retainer. He hopes eventually to get implants.

Also, Mets infielder Joe McEwing is likely done for the season after breaking a bone in his left leg. He went on the disabled list one day after getting hurt.

CLEMENS TRADE TALKS REPORTED: A Boston TV station reported the Red Sox and Astros spent Thursday negotiating a trade that would have returned right-hander Roger Clemens to Boston, but talks broke down over Houston's demands for prospects. Meanwhile, Clemens, who has a strained right calf muscle, anticipates making his start Monday against Philadelphia.

TWO SUSPENDED: Rockies left-hander and former Devil Ray Joe Kennedy was suspended five games and Pirates catcher Jason Kendall four for their parts in Sunday's bench-clearing brawl. Both were fined an undisclosed amount.

CARDINALS: For the first time this season, reliever Julian Tavarez's grimy, dirt-smudged cap got him ejected. The right-hander lasted one out in the doubleheader opener against Pittsburgh. Umpire crew chief Joe West conducted a lengthy inspection of the cap before the eighth inning before tossing him.

CUBS: The city of Chicago has hired an independent company to inspect Wrigley Field after threatening to cancel Monday night's home game against Milwaukee if the Cubs can't prove the 90-year-old ballpark is safe. Construction Technology Laboratories will evaluate the ballpark this weekend and verify that repairs made in 2001 were completed correctly, buildings commissioner Stan Kaderbek said.

EXPOS: First baseman Nick Johnson was hit on the side of the head by a hard grounder and carried off on a stretcher. Right-hander Tony Armas also was forced out when a ball hit him on a shin.

GIANTS: First baseman J.T. Snow was held out with an inflamed bug bite on his left elbow.

ORIOLES: Catcher Javy Lopez played 48 hours after taking a rare day off because of lower back pain.

PIRATES: Right-hander Kip Wells will skip a second straight start after tests indicated rest would help his injured pitching elbow. An MRI exam showed muscular inflammation in his forearm, but the ligaments appeared fine, general manager Dave Littlefield said.

REDS: Closer Danny Graves, a former Brandon High standout, went on the disabled list with lower back spasms that flared up during his last outing.

TWINS: Centerfielder Torii Hunter was held out of the starting lineup as a precaution a day after he strained his neck when he slammed into the fence trying to make a catch.

WHITE SOX: Suspended manager Ozzie Guillen feels he let his team down by missing four games this week but won't hesitate in the future to express his opinions. Guillen was serving the final day of a second straight two-game suspension for calling umpire Hunter Wendelstedt a liar.

YANKEES: First baseman Jason Giambi is getting treatment for a strained left groin and might resume running outdoors next week. The five-time All-Star is working out in Tampa after having a benign tumor removed and expects to rejoin the team next month.

[Last modified August 21, 2004, 01:01:16]


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