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Detroit votes for stadium

The Detroit Tigers moved another step closer to building a new stadium when the City Council voted 7-2 Monday to spend $40-million to help pay for it.

"It's a proud day for the city of Detroit," Mayor Dennis Archer said after the 7-2 vote. "Everybody came to the table in good faith."

Archer said taxpayers benefit from the plan because the city will get a $235-million stadium with a $40-million investment, and the plan does not rely on a tax increase.

Stadium funding also would include $55-million from the Michigan Strategic Fund and $145-million from team owner Mike Ilitch. The city's Downtown Development Authority also would have to provide $250,000 a year for major repairs once the stadium opens.

The Tigers and Mayor Dennis Archer agreed Oct.

27 on plans for a new downtown stadium for the team. The open-air, natural turf ballpark would hold 42,000 and would open in April 1998.

Around the majors

Marlins: Florida traded centerfielder Chuck Carr (relegated to backup duty after the team signed free agent Devon White) to Milwaukee for minor-league pitcher Juan Gonzalez. Carr hit .227 this season.

Rule 5 draft: Kim Batiste, who won a 1993 NL playoff game for Philadelphia, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the draft of veteran players left off major-league 40-man rosters. Batiste, a 27-year-old infielder, was selected off the roster of Baltimore's Triple-A Rochester affiliate, where he hit .281 this season. Players taken in the draft must be kept on the major-league roster for the entire 1996 season. If their new teams want to send them to the minors, they must first be offered to their old teams for $25,000. Former Plant High and FSU standout Marc Ronan was selected by the New York Yankees off the roster of Triple-A New Orleans.

Mets: New York named Steve Phillips assistant GM. Phillips, 32, has been the Mets' director of minor-league operations since September 1991. Jack Zduriencik, 44, a national cross-check scout for the Mets, will take over for Phillips as director of minor-league operations.

Orioles: As expected, Frank Robinson, one of Baltimore's all-time greats, will leave the team's front office and is looking for work with another organization. His contract as assistant GM expires Dec. 31 and will not be renewed.