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Pirates, Reds swap Single-A affiliates

| Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

• The Pirates and Cincinnati Reds will swap their Single-A affiliates for the 2010 season. The Pirates will buy the Reds' high-A Sarasota club, which is part of the Florida State League, and relocate it to Bradenton. The Reds will take over the Lynchburg club in the Carolina League. The moves are expected to receive final approval this morning by minor-league officials. Baseball America reported the transaction Wednesday, citing confirmation from Florida State League president Chuck Murphy. Pirates president Frank Coonelly declined to comment on the move.

• Pedro Martinez says he regrets tossing Don Zimmer to the ground during a bench-clearing brawl in the playoffs six years ago. Martinez said his ugly altercation with Zimmer, then a 72-year-old Yankees bench coach, during the 2003 AL Championship Series was a disgrace for baseball. Martinez will start Game 2 for the Phillies tonight.

• Chase Utley has set a postseason record by reaching base in 26 straight games. The Philadelphia Phillies' All-Star second baseman walked against New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia in the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series last night. Utley homered in the third inning to put Philadelphia ahead, 1-0.

• A World Series in New York means one thing: a star-studded event on and off the field. Playing the first Fall Classic game in the $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium brought out the bold-faced names last night, but the biggest fuss was made for First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, who participated in the pregame ceremonies to honor U.S. war veterans. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, director Steven Spielberg and former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier were among the celebrities spotted early in the game.

• The performance of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys, singing his hit "Empire State of Mind," was postponed because of poor weather. They will sing before the start of Game 2 tonight.

• A Dominican Republic tribunal has ordered the Washington Nationals to pay $40,000 in damages to a scout who was fired after signing a prospect who lied about his age. Jose Baez, the Nationals' former director of operations in the Dominican Republic, sued the team for what he said was an unjustified firing. The court issued its order last week.

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