A group hoping to permanently bring the Expos to Puerto Rico submitted a bid to buy the team.

Miami attorney Scott Shapiro said yesterday that he sent the group's proposal to Commissioner Bud Selig on Friday.

The new proposal probably comes too late for baseball to give it much consideration. Selig hopes to decide on a permanent home for the team next month. Washington and Northern Virginia appear to be the leading candidates.

The Expos, owned by the other 29 major league clubs, are playing 22 "home" games in Puerto Rico for the second consecutive season in an effort to boost revenue.

* MOLINA ACTIVATED: The Angels activated C Bengie Molina (strained calf) and placed IF Shane Halter (dislocated finger) on the 15-day disabled list, the team said.

* GRUDZIELANEK RETURNS: The Cubs activated 2B Mark Grudzielanek from the 15-day disabled list. Grudzielanek had been on the disabled list since April 10 with inflammation of his right Achilles' tendon.

* LEE SUSPENDED: Indians P Cliff Lee was suspended for six games for intentionally throwing at the head of the Reds' Ken Griffey Jr.

Lee's fastball whizzed behind Griffey's head in the fourth inning last Sunday, and plate umpire Matt Hollowell tossed the left-hander almost as quickly as the ball reached the backstop.

This happened after Griffey had tagged Lee for his 499th career home run. Lee maintained he wasn't trying to hit Griffey, and has appealed the suspension.

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