DAY OF RECKONING: Former Reds player and manager Pete Rose will learn in about two weeks whether he goes to jail.
A U.S. District judge in Cincinnati on Monday set July 19 as the date for Rose's sentencing on felony tax charges.
Rose faces up to six years in jail and a maximum $500,000 fine after admitting he filed false income tax returns.
U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel has a lot of leeway in sentencing Rose, who pleaded guilty to two tax charges as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors.
Rose admitted he failed to report $354,968 in income from autograph appearances, memorabilia sales and gambling. He has paid $366,043 in back taxes, interest and penalties.
Rose could receive probation on the first count, but the second appears to fall on the border between a prison sentence and probation. Where he falls under federal sentencing guidelines depends in part on how the judge factors in his acceptance of responsibility, his level of involvement in the crime and the amount of money involved.
Rose, who was banned from baseball for life last August for gambling, has spent most of his time at his winter home in Plant City, Fla., commuting to Cincinnati for a weekly radio show and to receive treatment for a gambling disorder.
EXPANSION FEVER: Washington attorney Stephen W. Porter, former counsel to the D.C. Baseball Commission, is part of an investors group that announced it is interested in obtaining a major league franchise for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. Porter and fellow investor Joel Schur are co-owners of the Class A St. Petersburg Cardinals. Another group member is Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney and vice chairman of the Disney Corp.
AWARDS: Randy Johnson (5-0, 2.40 ERA), who threw the first no-hitter in Mariners history on June 2, was named the AL pitcher of the month. The Indians' Brook Jacoby (.394) is AL player of the month.
Two other pitchers who threw no-hitters in June, Dave Stewart of the Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers, were named the AL and NL players of the week, respectively.
MOVES: Outfielder Deion Sanders returned to the Columbus Clippers of the International League last night -- four days after his demotion by the Yankees. He hit .327 for the Clippers in May, but only .126 after being promoted to the Yankees. . . . Left-hander Terry Wells was called up by the Dodgers and will make his major league debut tonight against the Cubs. He was acquired from the Astros on April 1 in exchange for Franklin Stubbs. . . . The Angels activated catcher Bill Schroeder and optioned catcher John Orton to Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League.