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Voters reject tax for N.C. stadium

Dreams of luring major-league baseball to the Triad area were shattered Tuesday when voters in two counties soundly rejected a tax proposal to help build a $210-million stadium.

With 70 percent of precincts reporting in Guilford County, opponents led 36,796 votes, or 67 percent, to 18,261.

With 86 of 99 precincts reporting in neighboring Forsyth County, opponents led 30,575-21,217, or 59 percent to 41 percent.

"I'm disappointed because a lot of people put in a lot of hard work on a well-financed campaign," said Hickory businessman Don Beaver, leader of the group that wants to buy and move the Minnesota Twins to North Carolina.

"I'm particularly surprised the turnout in Guilford County was so negative," he said by phone from a Greensboro hotel where supporters gathered to watch returns.

Beaver would not say whether his next step would be to try the Charlotte market.

A'S: Oakland activated OF Jason McDonald from the 15-day DL and placed DH Kevin Mitchell on the DL retroactive to Sunday with a strained right elbow.

INDIANS: Cleveland placed OF Geronimo Berroa and left-handed reliever Alvin Morman on the 15-day DL. RHP Jason Rakers was recalled from the minors, and the other spot was left unfilled for the game against the Orioles. Manager Mike Hargrove said another roster move, possibly a trade, would be announced today.

RANGERS: Texas activated reliever Xavier Hernandez from the disabled list more than eight months after rotator cuff surgery. The 32-year-old right-hander made seven rehabilitation appearances with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma this spring and allowed eight hits and two earned runs in 9 innings.

ROYALS: The team has received several strong offers besides the three bidders known to be seeking the club. "We are delighted with the credible, competitive bids that we have received from several qualified, capable groups," team president Mike Herman said. "There are several strong horses in the race." The bidders include Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and former Royals star and current team vice president George Brett. The only other bidder to publicly identify himself is New York lawyer E. Miles Prentice III.

TWINS: Alex Ochoa was hit in the back of the head in batting practice by a line drive by Boston's Darren Lewis. Ochoa left Fenway Park and was taken for X-rays.

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