The Seattle Mariners don't want any more changes to their schedule because of the war in Iraq.
"It's already wrecked our trip to Japan," reliever Jeff Nelson said yesterday. "I think we have to live life the same."
The season-opening series against Oakland at Tokyo Dome on March 25-26 was canceled because of the war, the games rescheduled for later this season at Oakland Coliseum. Seattle quickly extended its spring training schedule to fill the void.
"We're already living different as it is because of 9/11," said Nelson, the Mariners' top setup right-hander. "So you have to keep going."
* METS: The Queens district attorney's office won't file criminal charges in the case involving RHP Grant Roberts and a former girlfriend who released a photograph of him smoking marijuana. Roberts claimed last fall that the woman, Jodi Turner, tried to extort money from him before releasing the 1998 photo, which Newsday published.
* DODGERS: Billionaire Eli Broad has confirmed his interest in being part of a group buying the team from News Corp. Broad, 69, is the first Los Angeles person to publicly acknowledge his intention to join a group headed by New York sports executive David Checketts.
* CUBS: Closer Antonio Alfonseca will miss the first month of the season after straining his right hamstring on Tuesday.
* YANKEES: DH Nick Johnson will be sidelined until next week because of a sprained left thumb. . . . The team is trying to trade LHP Sterling Hitchcock, who is among seven starters on the roster.