The Angels can continue using Los Angeles in their name, a state appeals court ruled yesterday.

The 4th District Court's ruling, to be made public today, was revealed by the city of Anaheim. The ruling upholds a decision by an Orange County Superior Court judge denying the city's bid for a preliminary injunction to block the name change.

The team is billing itself as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

An Orange County Superior Court judge has set a Nov. 7 trial date.

* RANGER ROGERS HURT: Rangers LHP Kenny Rogers broke a bone in his non-pitching hand when he hit a water cooler in frustration, and he will miss at least one start.

Rogers, 9-3 with an AL-leading 2.46 ERA, broke a bone at the base of his right pinkie after coming out of his last home start, a 6-0 loss June 17 against the Nationals, Manager Buck Showalter said.

Showalter said Rogers will miss his scheduled start today and could miss another turn as well since it would take 10 to 12 days for the bone to heal totally.

* ATTENDANCE UP: Interleague games averaged 32,985 fans this year, an 11.5 percent jump over last year's 29,581.

The move of Montreal to Washington was a factor in the rise, with the Nationals averaging 33,046, up from the Expos' average of 8,137 last year.

Attendance overall averaged 30,352 through Sunday, up 1.9 percent from 29,782 for the same date last year.

* RIPKEN GROUP BUYS CLASS A TEAM: The Ripken Baseball Group, which owns the Aberdeen Ironbirds, announced the purchase of the Augusta Greenjackets, a first-year Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Ripken Baseball, which represents the business and philanthropic efforts of Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken, will assume full operation of the Greenjackets on Oct. 1.

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