Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Cash-needy Dodgers await Selig on TV deal

NEW YORK — With the Dodgers in danger of running out of cash in less than three weeks, commissioner Bud Selig wouldn't set a timetable for approving a $3 billion television deal that would enable owner Frank McCourt to make payroll at the end of the month.

Selig gave McCourt the face-to-face meeting the Dodgers owner wanted but hasn't loosened baseball's grip on the franchise, hampered by the divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt. With the team's finances failing, Selig installed former Rangers president Tom Schieffer as team monitor on April 25 and told the Dodgers that Schieffer must approve any expense of $5,000 or more.

MLB officials believe the Dodgers don't have enough cash to make their end-of-May payroll, which runs about $8.25 million. McCourt has said the TV deal with Fox would give the club about $300 million up front.

"Nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense. We're trying to move as fast as possible," Selig said Thursday.

If McCourt is unable to make payroll, MLB would step in and pay players, avoiding a default that might allow them to become free agents. MLB might then begin trying to force a sale of the team.

Threshers fans treated to Oswalt, Utley, Ruiz

CLEARWATER — Clearwater Threshers fans got something extra at Thursday's Florida State League game against Palm Beach: a pair of Phillies All-Stars and their starting catcher on minor-league rehab assignments at Bright House Field.

2B Chase Utley (knee), RHP Roy Oswalt (lower-back inflammation) and C Carlos Ruiz (back) each played five innings in the 7-5 win. Utley hit a solo homer, walked and scored twice in his second FSL outing. He was 1-for-4 Tuesday. Oswalt allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Ruiz had a single in three at-bats and felt good behind the plate: "No pain."

"It's all good so far," Utley told "I was able to see some pitches, especially in that second at-bat, so hopefully, it's coming."

A crowd of 2,677 attended.

Dodgers-Pirates Rainout: The Dodgers' game against the host Pirates was postponed after a long rain delay. The rainout was the 27th this year, surpassing the total from all of 2010.

More Pirates: CF Andrew McCutchen was benched by manager Clint Hurdle for the start of the game as punishment for not running out a dropped third strike Wednesday. McCutchen struck out in the eighth with the Pirates trailing 2-0. The ball squirted away from Dodgers C Rod Barajas, but McCutchen just turned toward the dugout.

Braves: RF Jason Heyward was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game though an MRI exam showed no significant damage to his sore right shoulder.

Mets: 1B Ike Davis was put on the DL and will be out at least two weeks with a left ankle sprain and bone bruise. He was hurt in a collision with 3B David Wright on Tuesday. … Ace Johan Santana threw off a mound in Port St. Lucie this week for the first time since September surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder and reported no problems, reported.

Yankees: 2B Robinson Cano homered one day after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch. A neurologist gave him clearance after a CT scan.

Fenway thief: Authorities in New York say a Massachusetts man is accused of stealing Red Sox memorabilia from Fenway Park. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Jamie Pritchard Holland was arrested May 4 and charged with criminal possession of stolen property. It was not immediately clear why the arrest happened on New York's Long Island. Investigators recovered a home plate, uniforms, a first-base glove used by Kevin Youkilis, cleats worn by 2B Dustin Pedroia and other property.

Cash-needy Dodgers await Selig on TV deal 05/12/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:08am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs


    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Rays journal: Jake Odorizzi goes on 10-day DL with back strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi is hoping his struggles this season can be tied directly to the lower-back strain he has tried to pitch through since spring training. Toward that end, the Rays placed Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday retroactive to Tuesday.

    Rays center fielder Mallex Smith smiles after hitting a single advancing runners in the third inning. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with key series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It is going to get interesting tonight when the Rays begin a four-game series against the Yankees in New York. The Rays feel they are good enough to win the East Division. These next four games and the four that follow in Houston will be a good measuring stick.