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INDIANS-TWINS SERIES WILL GO ON AFTER BRIDGE COLLAPSE

This weekend's four-game series between the Indians and Twins will be played as scheduled at the Metrodome, despite the fatal freeway bridge collapse near downtown.

The Twins postponed Thursday's game against the Royals because of the disaster that occurred about a half-mile from the stadium. The accident sent dozens of cars into the Mississippi River as fans were filing into the Dome on Wednesday night.

Cleveland 3B Casey Blake spent three seasons in the Twins' organization and often drove over the bridge.

"It's a big blow to that city," Blake said. "I would imagine the city is very somber. I don't know what affect it will have on the players or the crowd. It's sad."

Thursday's postponed game will probably be made up Aug. 31 as a day-night doubleheader when the Royals visit next.

B.J.'S BROTHER MAKES THE SHOW: Arizona's top prospect, OF Justin Upton, made his big-league debut when he came in to play rightfield in the eighth inning against the Padres. He fouled out leading off the ninth.

Upton got his first big-league callup after the team put Carlos Quentin on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

Upton, the No. 1 overall pick in the June 2005 draft, was promoted from Double-A Mobile. He is scheduled to start in rightfield at Los Angeles tonight.

Upton's brother B.J. was taken by the Devil Rays with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, making them the only brother combination to be selected as the No. 1 and No. 2 choices in different drafts.

NO BONDS ZONE FOR MADDUX: Greg Maddux would prefer to avoid becoming part of history.

Maddux is scheduled to start for the Padres tonight in the opener of a three-game series against Barry Bonds and the Giants. Bonds went into Thursday's game at Los Angeles with 754 homers, one short of tying Hank Aaron's career record.

Maddux leads a list of 444 pitchers to surrender a home run to Bonds, giving up eight along with Terry Mulholland, Chan Ho Park, Curt Schilling and John Smoltz.

Then again, Maddux last served up a homer to Bonds on May 1, 1998, while he was pitching for Atlanta.

And yes, it would bother him if he were to give up the homer that tied or break the record. "Well, absolutely," Maddux said. "All the home runs I've given up have bothered me. You do what you can to pitch around him if you have to, and try to win."

MARLINS: RHP Josh Johnson will require elbow surgery and likely is out through the 2008 season. The team anticipates that Johnson will need ligament replacement, known as Tommy John surgery, meaning he would be out 12 to 18 months.

METS: A day after his first scheduled minor-league rehab start was rained out, RHP Pedro Martinez pitched 51/3 innings in a simulated game against minor-leaguers in Port St. Lucie. With GM Omar Minaya looking on, Martinez gave up two runs - one earned - and four hits against players from the St. Lucie Mets and the Gulf Coast League Mets. Martinez threw 50 of 67 pitches for strikes. He struck out three, walked none and hit a batter. "I feel well right now," Martinez said. He could start for the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League as soon as Tuesday.

REDS: INF Juan Castro is scheduled for reconstructive elbow surgery Tuesday. Castro has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

STUBHUB ENTERS ARENA: EBay's StubHub unit will be the official online seller next year for resold tickets for Major League Baseball, taking on Ticketmaster for a share of the multibillion dollar U.S. secondary ticket market. StubHub signed a five-year agreement to be the online secondary ticket broker for at least 26 of the 30 teams. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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