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Union denies strike date

In the wake of a Los Angeles Times report that baseball's players union had set Sept. 16 as a tentative strike date, Donald Fehr sent a memo to major league player representatives Monday saying the report was erroneous and no date had been determined. He asked the representatives to make sure they relayed that information to their teammates. "No date has been set and consideration of a date hasn't begun," Fehr, the union's executive director, told the New York Times. "We hope we don't have to consider a date. The object is to reach agreement."

OUT OF BOUNDS

Plan established

for ticket donations

Giants football season-ticket holders who do not attend a game this season can donate the tickets to family members of Sept. 11 victims. A letter being mailed this week with season tickets describes the program by The Gift of New York, a nonprofit group that provides free tickets to theatrical, artistic, cultural and sports events to the families. The group was started by Andrea Bronfman and Andrew Tisch, the nephew of Giants chairman Robert Tisch. Donations may be tax-deductible. "We wanted to give our fans the opportunity to do something meaningful with tickets that might otherwise go unused since we realize not all of our fans can attend each and every game," said John Mara, Giants executive vice president and general counsel. New York opens the season on Thursday night, Sept. 5, against San Francisco at Giants Stadium.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Who is the only major league player to play 1,000 games at both first base and second base?

Answer below.

QUOTABLE

"That's a compliment to me and an insult to Dan."

_ CASEY JACOBSEN

Suns draft pick, on comparisons with ex-Sun Dan Majerle

ANSWER

Rod Carew. In 19 years with the Twins and Angels, he played 1,184 games at first and 1,130 at second.

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