The Yankees-White Sox game in New York was delayed for four minutes in the eighth inning when an 18-year-old fan, Scott Harper of Armonk, N.Y., plummeted about 40 feet from the upper deck onto the netting behind home plate.

"That was the only exciting thing that happened today," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said.

Harper told three friends he was sitting with that he was going to test whether the net would hold his weight -- and then he jumped, Det. Kevin Czartoryski said.

Obviously shaken after he landed, Harper sat with his head in his hands for a few moments before climbing on the net back up to the loge level as players watched and the crowd roared. He was hoisted over the railing and led away by security.

After the game, Harper was carted from the ballpark on a stretcher, his head immobilized in a neck brace, and taken to Lincoln Hospital for observation.

He was arrested, and Czartoryski said police expect to charge Harper with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

"I've never seen anything like that before," Chicago Manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think that's New York, you know, anything can happen."

* TRADE: The Red Sox tried to bolster their bullpen with yet another left-hander, getting Mike Remlinger and cash from the Cubs for minor leaguer P Olivo Astacio. RHP Wade Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder stiffness to make room on the roster for Remlinger.

* R. JOHNSON AILING: LHP Randy Johnson will miss his turn in the rotation tomorrow because of a bad back. Johnson is 11-7 with a 4.29 ERA in his first season with the Yankees, who are missing injured starters Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown, Chien-Ming Wang and Jaret Wright.

-- From News Services