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Immigration law spurs call to move 2011 All-Star Game

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., and San Francisco city officials, upset over Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law, on Friday urged Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star Game, currently scheduled for Phoenix.

The law makes it a crime to be in the country illegally and directs local police to question people about their immigration status and demand to see their documents if there is reason to suspect they are illegal.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom also has banned city employees from traveling to the state and convened a group to identify city contracts with Arizona companies that could be canceled without penalty.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to commissioner Bud Selig that says the law would threaten "millions of Americans who are Latino or who may appear to be of foreign origin — including Major League Baseball players and their fans." According to MLB, about 30 percent of players were born abroad and 40 percent are Hispanic.

The players union opposes the law, executive director Michael Weiner said: "If the current law goes into effect, the MLBPA will consider additional steps necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members."

Selig was not available for a response.

In 1990, Arizona voters' rejection of a Martin Luther King holiday led to a boycott that included the NFL pulling a future Super Bowl from the Phoenix suburb of Tempe.

Uecker's heart surgery goes well, Brewers say

MILWAUKEE — Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker is recovering after what the team said was successful heart surgery.

Uecker's surgeon said he replaced the 75-year-old's aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta and performed a coronary bypass.

Earlier this week, Uecker, a former catcher in his 40th season broadcasting Brewers games, said he expects to be away from the team for up to three months.

A's: RHP Justin Duchscherer, who left Thursday's start in the fourth with a sore left hip, will visit a specialist Monday. Duchscherer was limited to 17 games in 2007 by a right hip injury.

Astros: 1B Lance Berkman did not start because of a left groin injury and is day-to-day. Also, LHP Wandy Rodriguez threw during batting practice after being scratched from Friday's start with back spasms and is expected to start today.

Braves: SS Yunel Escobar did not start because of a strained left adductor and is day-to-day. Also, RHP Jair Jurrjens' next start was pushed back three days to May 8 after straining his left hamstring Thursday.

Diamondbacks: RHP Kris Benson could start throwing next week after an MRI exam revealed no structural damage on his strained right shoulder. Benson went on the DL on Thursday, a day after he left a start after two innings.

Mets: RF Jeff Francoeur left in the seventh with a bruised left elbow after he was hit by a pitch. His status was unknown.

Orioles: RHP Brad Bergesen will be called up and start today. Bergesen, 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA as a rookie last season, was demoted April 20 after going 0-2 with a 12.19 ERA in three starts.

Phillies: RHP Ryan Madson, the closer while Brad Lidge was out, went on the DL with a broken right toe. The team said the injury happened Wednesday.

Reds: OF Chris Dickerson went on the DL with a broken right wrist sustained Thursday while swinging at a pitch.

Tigers: RF Magglio Ordonez left after the fourth with abdominal cramping. The team said it expects to know more today.

Twins: RHP Nick Blackburn missed Friday's scheduled start because of an undisclosed family medical emergency. RHP Kevin Slowey moved up a day to start, and RHP Jeff Manship was called up to start today.

White Sox: RF Andruw Jones did not start because of back spasms and is day to day.

Immigration law spurs call to move 2011 All-Star Game 04/30/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 1, 2010 12:02am]
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