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Canseco arrested, jailed after police say he hit wife

Oakland A's slugger Jose Canseco was arrested and jailed Thursday for allegedly hitting his estranged wife of one year.

Miami police said Canseco, 33, and his wife, Jessica, 24, argued after partying on South Beach.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Canseco allegedly struck her in the back of her head and face, according to a police report. Canseco was sitting in the back seat of a friend's car; his wife was in the front passenger seat. The friend who was driving supported the wife's story.

Canseco was charged with simple battery, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail. His arrest came one day after his daughter's first birthday.

"Victim sustained a bruise under the left eye," wrote domestic violence detective Melissa Ponder. "Defendant stated that during the argument he grabbed her by the hair to get her attention. Defendant denied striking her."

Canseco's court appearance brought an air of giddiness to the court room, where relatives of jailed people made sure to sit up front to get a better look at him.

Prosecutors told Judge Michael King Leban that Canseco's wife said she was terrified of her husband. Leban ordered Canseco to stay away from her: "No phone calls, no driving by where she lives or works, no faxes, no flowers."

The couple filed for divorce in March.

In pushing for bond, prosecutors brought up Canseco's last run-in with a spouse. In 1992, Canseco was charged with aggravated battery for ramming his then-wife Esther's BMW with his Porsche. Prosecutors dropped the charges when Canseco agreed to counseling.

"Jessica has helped me feel at peace," Canseco told the Miami Herald last year. "With her, I feel happier than ever."

Huizenga says he'll sell

MIAMI _ H. Wayne Huizenga reaffirmed his decision to sell the World Series champion Marlins.

Recalling that he announced in June that the Marlins were for sale, Huizenga said: "We re-evaluated this decision after the World Series like we said we would, and despite winning the world championship, it has not altered the reality of the situation. Therefore, the decision to sell the Florida Marlins still stands."

Marlins president Don Smiley is putting together a group to buy the team. Huizenga said the group has 30 days to complete negotiations. The New York Times reported the price likely will exceed $150-million. Smiley said he has about two-thirds of the money.

Huizenga said by the time he sells the Marlins, he will have lost approximately $75-million over five years. He provided no financial documents.

Brewers 'coming home'

MILWAUKEE _ For the Brewers, switching to the National League is like "coming home," Bud Selig said.

"(There is) sadness over the prospect of ending a 28-year relationship with the American League and its member clubs and anticipation over returning Milwaukee to its roots in the National League," said Selig, baseball's acting commissioner and the Brewers' controlling owner.

Milwaukee, the home of the NL's Braves from 1953-65, leaves the AL Central to play in a six-team NL Central. The switch, approved Wednesday by the ruling executive council, is the first in the major leagues since the 1892 season and leaves the NL with 16 teams and the AL with 14.

The league switch marks the first for a major-league baseball team since the American Association folded on Dec. 17, 1891, and the NL agreed to absorb the St. Louis franchise and three teams that later folded _ Baltimore, Louisville and Washington.

BLUE JAYS: Davey Johnson is scheduled to meet with officials Wednesday to discuss the manager's job.

METS: New York extended an offer to free-agent 1B John Olerud. The offer is believed to be for three years and $13.5-million.

RED SOX: Pitchers Aaron Sele and Mark Brandenburg and C Bill Haselman were traded to the Rangers for C-DH Jim Leyritz and OF Damon Buford. Sele was expected to be unprotected in the Nov. 18 expansion draft. RHP Tom Gordon signed an $8-million, two-year extension through 2000. GM Dan Duquette indicated IF John Valentin could be traded.

TWINS: Owner Carl Pohlad would donate his team to a charitable foundation and taxpayers would build a $250-million open-air ballpark under a new plan that legislators will consider Thursday. Minnesota would finance the plan by the sale of naming rights, concession contracts and taxes on tickets, parking and items sold in and around the ballpark.

YANKEES: New York proposed a trade that would have sent C Joe Girardi, LHP Kenny Rogers and reliever Graeme Lloyd to San Diego for CF Steve Finley and C John Flaherty, but the Padres declined, the New York Times reported.

FREE-AGENCY FILINGS: Los Angeles OF Brett Butler, who intends to retire, and Seattle 2B Joey Cora filed for free agency.

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