San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales announced plans to submit a proposal to baseball in hopes of attracting a team to the city, which rests about 50 miles south of San Francisco.
Gonzales held an informal news conference in front of Phoenix Municipal Stadium before the start of yesterday's spring training game between Oakland and San Francisco.
Schmidt Ain't It|
Jason Schmidt allowed 10 runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in the Giants' 17-3 loss to Oakland.
"I was hoping the game would be played under protest," Schmidt joked. "This might cost me the ERA title."
Nomar Garciaparra homered twice in the Cubs' 9-5 loss to San Diego. He has five this spring.
"A major league team in San Jose just makes sense," Gonzales said. "San Jose represents baseball for the future. If San Jose had an American League team, we would be the fifth-largest city in the league."
San Jose, known as the heart of Silicon Valley, has been at the center of an ongoing debate for the A's and Giants the past two decades.
San Francisco was given territorial rights to San Jose when the Giants moved west from New York in 1958. Since then, both Bay Area teams have made inquiries into moving their franchises there. . . .
Kansas City optioned reliever D.J. Carrasco to Class AAA Omaha.
Carrasco, who had made the team out of spring training the last two years, had a 5.14 ERA in five appearances this spring. In seven innings, he walked four, struck out two and allowed nine hits.
-- From News Services