Michael Mahan figured it was worth spending $25,000 for baseball tickets -- especially when it bought him the entire section at Dodger Stadium where he thought Barry Bonds's 700th home run ball might land. But now it appears Bonds will reach that milestone in the coming days so Mahan has been selling most of those tickets in the right field pavilion at Dodger Stadium.
Mahan, 28, decided six months ago to purchase every seat in the section for two of the three games against the Giants that end the season in October. He was hoping that Bonds would join Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in the 700 home run club. Mahan has been reselling most of the 6,458 tickets for as much as $15 each -- much more than the $3.50 the Dodgers' front office gave him as part of a standard group-discount rate.
"An individual found a way to manipulate the system, and it won't happen again," Gary Miereanu, the Dodgers' vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times.
* SEATING PLAN: Red Sox officials said they hope to add up to 2,000 seats to Fenway Park after next season in a proposal that will be unveiled to the neighborhood and the city over the next few months. Team officials refused to disclose any specifics of where the seats would be added.
* DEAL: The Padres acquired SS Alex Gonzalez from Montreal to fill in for Khalil Greene, who will miss the rest of the regular season with a broken right index finger. . . . Blue Jays RHP Roy Halladay threw 45 pitches in a simulated game and is expected to start next week against the Yankees.
-- From News Services