Major League Baseball officials, including President and Chief Operating Officer Robert DuPuy and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, were in Washington yesterday to meet with local officials and review further financial information as part of the league's ongoing effort to find a new home for the Montreal Expos, according to several people familiar with the meetings.

Baseball officials and their outside counsel met with representatives from public agencies from the District and Northern Virginia for several hours. Both Washington and Northern Virginia are pursuing the Expos.

DuPuy and Reinsdorf sit on the league's relocation committee and are trusted advisers to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

The league is approaching the final stages of its search for a new home for the Expos, with the greatest attention focused on the Washington area, Las Vegas and Norfolk. Selig is expected to make a decision on relocation in about a month, or possibly sooner.

* WHITE SOX GET R. ALOMAR: The White Sox acquired 2B Roberto Alomar from the Diamondbacks, the second straight year Chicago has traded for the 12-time all-star for the stretch run. In return, the White Sox gave Arizona a player to be named and cash.

Alomar, 36, batted .309 with three homers and 16 RBI in 39 games for Arizona. He is a career .301 hitter with 209 home runs, 1,126 RBI and 474 stolen bases in 17 seasons with the Padres, Blue Jays, Orioles, Indians, Mets, White Sox and Diamondbacks. He hit .253 in 67 games for Chicago last year.

* BURRELL HEADS TO DL: The Phillies placed OF Pat Burrell on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left wrist. Burrell said he hurt the wrist during batting practice Tuesday.

* GARCIAPARRA ISSUE: Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra has come under renewed scrutiny after a published report raised questions about when he hurt his right Achilles' tendon.

Garciaparra claims he was injured when hit by a ball in batting practice on March 5.

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the infielder told a different story to Red Sox officials. A source said he was told that Garciaparra, traded to the Cubs last Saturday, was hurt before spring training.

Garciaparra's agent, Arn Tellem, called the assertion "totally, unequivocally, positively false."

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