When the New York Jets drafted former Pinellas Park star Browning Nagle two months ago, he was dubbed by the media as the team's quarterback of the future. Now, apparently, another team would like Nagle in its future _ a baseball team. Nagle learned Wednesday that he was drafted by the California Angels in the 51st round of last week's amateur draft. And, yes, Nagle _ a standout pitcher in high school _ is interested in giving baseball a shot.
"It's an interesting thing, very intriguing," said Nagle, who was drafted out of high school by the Red Sox but opted to play college football. "Heck, it could be fun."
Nagle said, however, that he wouldn't do anything to jeopardize his Jets career.
Nagle was among a record 1,600 players selected in 96 rounds of last week's free-agent draft. The previous record was 1,488, set in 1988.
Steinbrenner files appeal
NEW YORK _ Lawyers for George Steinbrenner on Wednesday appealed a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit against the stenographic firm that transcribed key interviews in baseball's investigation of the Yankees' owner.
Judge Robert Sweet of U.S. District Court in Manhattan threw out the case on June 3, saying Steinbrenner hadn't proved that the transcripts were tampered with illegally or that the changes made in the transcripts had affected commissioner Fay Vincent's findings.
Around the league
Toronto activated third baseman Kelly Gruber and placed left-handed pitcher Ken Dayley on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. Gruber had been out with a hand injury. Dayley is suffering from dizziness attributed to an ear problem.
Baltimore right-hander Ben McDonald threw about 60 pitches Wednesday in a simulated game and declared himself in fine shape. He has been on the disabled list since May 23 with a sore elbow. He could be out another two weeks.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Eric Davis will be out of action for seven to 10 days with a hip flexor strain suffered Tuesday night against Montreal.
_ Compiled from wire reports.