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O's owner Angelos says change needed

Orioles owner Peter Angelos told San Francisco's Chronicle that it's time for baseball to consider using a possible $65-million or more in annual revenue-sharing funds either to help troubled teams build new stadiums _ or to kill off franchises.

"The revenue-sharing we're doing isn't getting us anywhere," Angelos said. "We should reallocate it to retire some franchises. Instead of having 32 teams, you might have 24. That would improve the quality of the baseball.

"Or we could use those millions to contribute to Major League Baseball's portion of the construction of a Camden Yards-type facility in Oakland, for example. Something like Camden Yards might change the situation out there. There's no comparison between our facility and the ballpark Oakland plays in."

ASTROS: Houston leads the NL with 32 steals. Their foes have been successful twice in eight attempts.

ATHLETICS: Oakland has led in all but two of its 20 games, but its 7-13 record matches the worst after 20 games since the move from Kansas City.

CUBS: Former announcer Jack Brickhouse was released from a rehabilitation hospital. Doctors said they expect a full recovery for the 82-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster, who had a malignant tumor removed from the lining of his brain March 3. "Everybody's prayers have been answered," Brickhouse's wife, Pat, said. "Any trace of any malignancy is gone. Cancer-free. Jack is now 100 percent cured."

GIANTS: Barry Bonds, batting .240 and 3-for-24 in his past six games, blames only himself for his poor start. "I'm getting the pitches to hit, but I'm swinging poorly," he said. "I've been through it before and know how to battle out of it (but) you get tired of it. I'm supposed to get things started but I'm hurting the team instead."

PADRES: LHP Mark Langston went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a strained left shoulder. RHP Donne Wall was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Langston, 37, who signed as a minor-league free agent on Jan. 8, is 1-0 with a 6.46 ERA in three starts. Reliever Sterling Hitchcock will start today and likely will remain in the rotation while Langston is disabled.

PHILLIES: Closer Ricky Bottalico is scheduled for surgery Monday to remove a bone chip from his right elbow and will be sidelined about six weeks. Bottalico, 28, is 1-1 with three saves and a 4.66 ERA. To replace Bottalico, the Phillies purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Yorkis Perez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. . . . As expected, Dallas Green was named senior adviser to general manager Ed Wade.

MARLINS: Florida retired uniform No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Dennis Cook wore it last season. . . . Gary Sheffield presented replica World Series rings to the Marlins RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) team, which he sponsors.

RANGERS: RHP Roger Pavlik was placed on the 15-day DL because of a broken right index finger. He is expected to miss at least three weeks. Texas purchased the contract of RHP Al Levine from Triple-A Oklahoma City. . . . The Rangers say they have been lucky and good. Consider: They played nine games against Toronto and Baltimore and did not face either of Toronto's Cy Young Award winners, Roger Clemens and Pat Hentgen, or Baltimore ace Mike Mussina. They also missed Detroit's Justin Thompson and Tampa Bay's Wilson Alvarez. "Any time you miss those guys, I don't mind," manager Johnny Oates said. "It doesn't guarantee anything, but it obviously improves your chances."

REDS: Injury-prone LHP Steve Cooke is back on the disabled list with tendinitis, the same ailment that has limited him to one appearance.

TIGERS: Detroit claimed infielder Jeff Manto off waivers from Cleveland and designated pitcher Scott Sanders for assignment.

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