Orioles slugger Sammy Sosa is being sued by a law firm over claims that he owes more than $22,000 for the firm's work in resolving tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
The lawsuit filed earlier this month in Miami-Dade Circuit claims that Sosa has failed to pay the Boca Raton, Fla., firm Tescher, Gutter, Chaves, Josepher, Rubin, Ruffin and Forman. The firm represented Sosa and his charitable foundation in two tax cases that were resolved in Sosa's favor.
According to the lawsuit, Sosa and his agent paid bills from April 2001 through last October but did not make any further payments as required once the tax cases were settled in U.S. Tax Court in December.
"Excellent results were achieved as a result" of the law firm's efforts, says the lawsuit, which seeks $22,025 plus interest.
Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
* MARINERS' WILSON RETIRES: Mariners C Dan Wilson, sidelined most of this season by a knee injury, announced his retirement yesterday.
Wilson, 36, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on May 4 while returning to first base after a teammate hit a fly ball against the Angels. He has been on the 60-day disabled list since May 6.
A career .251 hitter coming into this season, Wilson was batting .185 with two RBI in 10 games. He spent 14 seasons in the majors, including 12 in Seattle.
* SANTANA WILL MISS START: Twins LHP Johan Santana (13-7, 3.17 ERA, 207 strikeouts) will miss his scheduled start tomorrow against the Tigers because of a blister on his middle finger. Francisco Liriano will start tomorrow for the Twins.
* A'S MAKE CALL-UPS: OF Hiram Bocachica, who broke his right wrist during spring training, and reliever Jairo Garcia were recalled from Class AAA Sacramento by the Athletics. The club also designated RHP Seth Etherton for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Bocachica.
* INDIANS ADD PITCHERS: RHPs Fausto Carmona and Jason Davis were recalled from Class AAA Buffalo.
-- From News Services