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RAYS TICKETS

Individual game tickets will go on sale from 8 a.m.-midnight Feb. 12 at www.devilrays.com and www.ticketmaster.com, then at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 online and at the Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster and the Rays Dugout Store at WestShore Plaza in Tampa. Call 898-7297 in Pinellas and 282-7297 in Hillsborough. The Rays also said fans holding tickets to the canceled spring training game against the Indians on April 2 can exchange them for tickets to any spring game or, beginning Feb. 14, for equal value toward a regular-season game.

BOONE WON'T CONCEDE: Aaron Boone knows most people think his second Yankee season ended on a basketball court in California. He's just not one of them.

"No," he told the New York Daily News in his first comments since the injury. "No. I plan on being back this year. Definitely. I'm going to be back."

Boone said he heard speculation that the Yankees are considering terminating his contract and releasing him. "I sure hope (to stay)," he said.

Also, Yankees right-hander Jon Lieber threw 50 pitches in the bullpen during his first workout at the minor-league complex in Tampa. Lieber did not pitch in the majors last season after reconstructive elbow surgery in August 2002.

URBINA CASE: Venezuelan prosecutor Luisa Quevedo will decide within six months whether to charge free-agent reliever Ugueth Urbina with a crime for firing a gun Jan. 23. A judge ordered his release that day citing insufficient evidence, but Quevedo said Venezuelan law allowed her six months to continue investigating.

CUBS: General manager Jim Hendry is scheduled for surgery today after he injured his left leg in a fall at his home.

MARINERS: Yung-Chi Chen, a middle infielder from Taiwan, agreed to a minor-league contract. Closer Kazuhiro Sasaki cleared waivers and was released.

MARLINS: The team is pursuing free agent Wil Cordero as a reserve first baseman and outfielder.

PIRATES: Right-hander Jose Mesa, who lost his closer's job with the Phillies late last season, agreed to a minor-league contract.

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