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Washington officials wait as baseball ponders the Expos' future

Baseball's executive council met for three hours Thursday but made no formal recommendation on whether the Expos should move to Washington next season.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos, a member of the eight-owner council, appears to be the chief obstacle to a move. Angelos has said having a team about 40 miles from Camden Yards would take away fans and revenue from his franchise. Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said the meeting at commissioner Bud Selig's office was amicable.

"Peter Angelos has made his views known with regard to the effect that he believes a team in the D.C. area will have on the Baltimore Orioles and he articulated those views," DuPuy said. "Mr. Angelos' concerns, which are shared by the commissioner and have been all along, have always been a serious issue."

Angelos was not available for comment. DuPuy hopes to have a decision by the end of the regular season Oct. 3. "I think we're all running out of time," he said.

Downtown Washington appears to be the favorite to land the Expos, who were bought by the other 29 teams before the 2002 season. Washington's bid group met for 11{ hours last week with members of baseball's relocation committee and went over intricate details about what a move would entail.

Northern Virginia officials also met last week with baseball executives, but their meeting was much briefer. Northern Virginia has proposed building a stadium in Loudoun County, about 60 miles from Camden Yards.

"I was not expecting a final decision today, and thus I am not disappointed by the outcome," said Bill Hall, chairman of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission's baseball committee. "I'm encouraged by the statement that the decision will be made by the end the next week, and hope that will be sooner, and remain optimistic that it will be Washington D.C."

CARDINALS: Third baseman Scott Rolen, suffering from a calf injury, ran on a treadmill for a second consecutive day. He also jogged in the outfield, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

DODGERS: Outfielder Shawn Green will sit out Saturday's game against the Giants in observance of Yom Kippur. He will play today in the series opener. "Playing one of the two is the most consistent with my beliefs as a Jewish person," Green said. When asked to explain, Green said: "I'm not orthodox. I am Jewish and I respect the custom. I feel this is the most consistent way to celebrate. I feel real good about my decision."

RED SOX: Ellis Burks, who plans to announce his retirement after the season, was activated after nearly five months on the disabled list and two knee operations.

REDS: Outfielder Wily Mo Pena has a hamstring strain that is expected to keep him sidelined the rest of the season, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

YANKEES: Starter Kevin Brownhad the pins removed from his broken left hand. He will throw a bullpen session today.

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