One of London's famous cricket venues has joined Major League Baseball's list of potential sites for regular season games in 2007.
After moving games to Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan, baseball officials have met with representatives of the Surrey County Cricket Club, which runs The Oval cricket ground in south London. Wet, chilly weather in the spring could make an opening-season game difficult, but a game later in the season is possible.
"Major League Baseball is very interested in playing games in Europe," baseball senior vice president Paul Archey said yesterday. "We're investigating possibilities in Europe where we may be able to play regular season games as early as the 2007 season."
Archey, who is in the Netherlands for baseball's World Cup, said other venues in Europe being considered include Rome, Paris, Munich, and Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
* LOHSE REPORTEDLY HAS TIRADE: Minnesota RHP Kyle Lohse damaged the door to Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire's office with a baseball bat Tuesday night in a tirade for being pulled from a game against Texas after two innings, according to newspaper reports. Lohse (8-12, 4.36 ERA) may have injured a finger in the tirade, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. X-rays on the finger showed no damage. The door next to Gardenhire's office was dented with several scratch marks and was missing a handle.
* PADRES 3, ROCKIES 2: Robert Fick singled in the winning run with two outs in the 10th in San Diego to push the Padres one game above .500. Brian Lawrence, Akinori Otsuka, Trevor Hoffman and Scott Linebrink combined to five-hit the Rockies. Box score on E8. . . .
Padres ace Jake Peavy will skip his scheduled start tomorrow at Los Angeles because of pain in his right shoulder, and probably won't pitch again for a week.
-- From News Services