When the latest all-star tour of Japan ends this weekend, the Montreal Expos will be no more. First baseman Brad Wilkerson has been wearing his team's uniform throughout the tour, but he will be property of the Washington ballclub for his next game.
"People come up to him and say, 'Oh, you are the last Expo,' " agent Scott Boras said. "He is wearing the Expos uniform and everyone is trying to get pictures of him. He is like a cult figure." . . .
Don't be surprised if Barry Larkin becomes a centerpiece for the Washington franchise. He's looking to be a regular shortstop at age 41 and GM Jim Bowden respects his leadership skills from their years together in Cincinnati. Montreal traded Orlando Cabrera to the Red Sox in the Nomar Garciaparra deal and has no replacement in place.
* YOUTH SERVED: Boston's sweep of the Cardinals made Theo Epstein the youngest general manager of a World Series champion. At 30 years 10 months, he was five months younger than Brian Cashman when the Yankees won in 1998, his first year as GM.
Before Cashman, the youngest GM of a World Series winner had been Andy MacPhail, who was 33 when the 1987 Twins won. Only seven active GMs have a World Series title on their resume.
"He has done something that most people can say they haven't done," Cashman said about Epstein.
* MOVES: Washington's franchise lost minor league pitcher Seung Song when the Blue Jays claimed him off waivers. Song, 24, went 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 appearances for Class AAA Edmonton after being promoted from Class A Brevard County in 2004.
-- From News Services