MLB notebook: San Jose sues MLB over A's stalled move
By Wire Reports
Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 8:12 p.m.
Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Athletics' proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, San Jose city officials said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The lawsuit — filed in federal court in San Jose — is disputing MLB's exemption to federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a “guise” to control the location of teams, according to the suit.
“It's time for someone to take on this supposed baseball exemption from antitrust laws,” said attorney Phil Gregory of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, the law firm representing the city. “The City of San Jose is a perfect candidate to make that challenge.”
The Giants have objected to the A's potential move on grounds they relied on territorial rights to the San Jose-area market when they built their ballpark, AT&T Park.
The A's say those rights were only meant to support the Giants' failed efforts in the early 1990s to build a San Jose-area ballpark themselves.
The lawsuit contends that such territorial rights, regardless of the team, reduce competition and harm consumers.
Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter declined to comment.
The A's current stadium is run down. A sewage problem forced the A's and Mariners to use the same locker room after Sunday's game.
The pipes backed up on the lower levels of the stadium, creating a stink and pools of water in the clubhouses used by both teams and the umpires.
Twins' minor-league bus involved in fatal crash
A bus carrying a minor league team affiliated with the Twins was involved in a wrong-way interstate crash in Florida that killed the driver of the other car.
Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Dylan Bryan said no one on the Elizabethton Twins bus was injured in the crash that occurred about 4:25 a.m. Tuesday near Jacksonville. A second bus picked up the team and went on to Elizabethton, Tenn.
Bryan says the driver of a black Honda died. The car was traveling south in the northbound lanes on Interstate 295 when it collided head-on with the bus.
The driver was described as a man in his mid-20s. His identity was being withheld until family is notified.
Yankees' Youkilis needs surgery, Teixeira to DL
Kevin Youkilis needs back surgery, and Mark Teixeira returned to the 15-day disabled list with an aching right wrist, the latest injury setbacks for the depleted Yankees.
Youkilis will miss at least 10-12 weeks after he has surgery in California on Thursday. The three-time All-Star, who signed a one-year, $12 million contract with New York as a free agent on Dec. 14, has played in only 28 games and is batting .219 with two home runs and eight RBI.
Braves C Gattis put on DL
The Braves placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.
Infielder Tyler Pastornicky was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Gattis is second on the Braves in homers (14) and RBI (37) while batting .252.
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, an All-Star last year, was activated from the disabled list. … The Rangers put infielder Jeff Baker on the 15-day DL. Baker sprained his right thumb June 13 after an over-exuberant high five with a teammate that bent his thumb back to his wrist. ... The Indians recalled third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus. ... First-round draft pick Braden Shipley, a right-hander from Nevada, signed a $2.25 million contract with the Diamondbacks. ... The Mets placed infielder Justin Turner on the 15-day DL with pain in his rib cage. ... Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been cleared to begin testing his injured knee a week after receiving a cortisone shot. ... The Orioles put right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on the paternity list.
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