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MLB pushes Dodgers for access

NEW YORK — MLB wants more complete access to documents on the Dodgers' finances, the Associated Press reported.

Former Rangers president Tom Schieffer was appointed last month by commissioner Bud Selig to monitor the team's finances, and he met with Selig and MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred on Thursday in Milwaukee. The three decided to press ahead with a probe of Dodgers finances dating to Frank McCourt's purchase of the club in 2004.

The Dodgers said Wednesday that documents requested by MLB had been made available in a "virtual data room" at Dodger Stadium. But baseball officials determined that was insufficient, the AP report said, because MLB will not be able to remove CD-ROMS for financial analysis and might not be able to print documents without the Dodgers having a record of what MLB is examining.

"I think we just continue … to work as hard as we can to get the thing done as quickly as possible," Schieffer said.

Baseball officials believe the Dodgers do not have enough money to make their May 31 player payroll of about $8.25 million. If the Dodgers can't, MLB would step in and make payroll.

Late show: Exactly five hours of playing time. More than 2½ hours of rain delay. A total of 14 pitchers and 13 innings. And, finally, one decisive swing. Bobby Abreu hit a two-run, two-out single off first-time reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka in the 13th and the Angels closed out a 5-3 win over the host Red Sox at 2:45 a.m. Thursday. "It was a game where there could have been some letdown," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "but the guys hung in there and came out in the end." Boston, hitless for the first 6 1/3 innings, tied the score with two runs in the ninth and nearly won it in the 12th, but Marco Scutaro was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Kevin Youkilis' double to left.

Tino to get UT degree: Tino Martinez, a Tampa native and major-leaguer for 16 seasons, will be among the 1,200 University of Tampa students receiving college degrees Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum. Martinez, 43, attended UT in 1986 but left early in 1988 after being selected in the first round by the Mariners. The two-time All-Star won four World Series with the Yankees.

Astros: Closer Brandon Lyon was put on the 15-day DL after an exam found a problem with his pitching arm and shoulder.

Brewers: CF Nyjer Morgan broke the middle finger on his left hand executing a sacrifice, only two days after returning from the DL. He could be out 2-4 weeks.

Indians: Thursday's 4-3 win in 12 innings improved Cleveland's record to 21-9, the seventh time the franchise has accomplished the feat. The Indians had the same start in 1948, the last time they won the World Series.

Phillies: RHP Roy Oswalt, who spent the past week at his Weir, Miss., home after tornadoes ravaged the area, rejoined the team.

Royals: 1B Eric Hosmer, hitting .439 at Triple A, will likely start tonight vs. Oakland.

Yankees: 3B Alex Rodriguez was supposed to have the day off, but Eric Chavez, who started, fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot while running out a triple and had to come out of the game. Rodriguez pinch ran and stayed in. … SS Derek Jeter, who tweaked his hip a day earlier, did get the day off from manager Joe Girardi. Jeter said it was nothing serious, and Girardi described him as day-to-day.

MLB pushes Dodgers for access 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 11:25pm]
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