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Tigers reduce some ticket prices for 2001 season

The Tigers are the first team to reduce ticket prices for the upcoming season, a year after raising them 103 percent for the opening of Comerica Park.

Detroit's average ticket price was $24.83 last season, the third highest in baseball behind the Red Sox and Yankees, according to the Team Marketing Report.

The Tigers drew 2.53-million fans in their first season at Comerica Park, the second-best attendance in franchise history. The team, which finished third in the AL Central at 79-83, had a club-record 17 sellouts.

The Tigers have reduced the price of selected individual tickets up to $25 for the upcoming season, with formerly $60 seats along the first- and third-base lines lowered to $35.

Also, the price of $50 club seats was lowered to $35, and outfield box seats dropped from $25 to $15.

Ticket prices for 11 seating categories will remain unchanged.

Detroit's lower ticket prices come after several major-league teams increased prices this off-season, including the three-time defending world champion Yankees, who raised individual ticket prices as much as 31 percent.

WHITE SOX: The ailing sister of owner Jerry Reinsdorf filed a $5-million breach-of-contract lawsuit against her brother, claiming he cut her off financially.

The Superior Court suit filed by Marvin Mitchelson said the team's managing partner gave Judith Reinsdorf $10,000 a month for her care for 16 years.

The 64-year-old Reinsdorf had promised their mother, Marion, he always would support his sister financially "to maintain a substantial quality of life according to the family wealth," the suit claimed.

Those payments stopped in 1998 because Judith Reinsdorf refused her brother's demand that she stop seeing their elderly mother, the suit said. Marion Reinsdorf died in 1998.