Indians RHP Dwight Gooden, who pulled himself from a start Monday night against the Red Sox after just 2 2/3 innings with shoulder stiffness, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Gooden, 3-3 with a 5.81 earned run average in 17 starts, went on the DL as Indians RHP Jaret Wright came off. Wright started last night's game against the Red Sox' Pedro Martinez, who was also coming off the DL.
The Indians, hammered by injuries all season, now have five players on the DL, including regulars Travis Fryman, Sandy Alomar and Wil Cordero.
TWIN CITY SWITCH?: The owner of the NHL's expansion Minnesota Wild could purchase the Twins by October and keep them in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, the Wild's chief executive said.
The hockey team, which is owned by local businessman Bob Naegele, has agreed to consult with the city of St. Paul about building a downtown ballpark and finding new owners for the major league baseball team.
"The mayor has deputized us to find new owners, which may be us," said Jac Sperling, CEO of the Wild, which will begin play in a new downtown St. Paul arena in 2000-01.
Twins owner Carl Pohlad agreed with city officials this week to sell the team at a still-to-be-determined price by Oct. 1. The new owners will then take an equal partnership role with the city and state in building a $325 million ballpark.
JUNIOR IN CONTROL: CF Ken Griffey Jr. said he hasn't made up his mind if he's going or staying with the Mariners. "I've got full control of my future," Griffey said before Monday night's game with the Devil Rays. "If I want to sign, I'll sign. If I don't want to sign, I won't sign."
Griffey also refuted a statement apparently made by his father in Sunday's editions of the Dayton Daily News. The story said the Mariners may fire Manager Lou Piniella and replace him with Ken Griffey Sr., who is a bench coach for the Reds. The newspaper quoted Griffey's father as saying: "That might be the only way to keep Junior. He said he's gone."