Ryan To Buy, Move Double-a Team

Posted: May 01, 1998

Former pitching great Nolan Ryan, his son and a former part-owner of the Houston Astros signed an agreement to buy a minor-league team and plan to move it to central Texas.

Ryan said the group will buy the Jackson Generals, the Houston Astros' double-A franchise in Mississippi, and move the team to a suburb of Austin, Texas, where it will play in the Texas League.

* Paul O'Grady, the man who ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium during the 1996 World Series with a taunt to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani written on his back, was convicted of criminal trespass. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

* Anaheim placed pitcher Jack McDowell on the 15-day disabled list and activated infielder Craig Shipley.

* Baltimore righthander Mike Mussina, on the DL with a wart on his right hand, threw on the side and will be activated for Sunday's game, manager Ray Miller said.

* Orioles reliever Norm Charlton was listed as day-to-day after suffering a broken nose Wednesday night on a ball hit by Chicago's Frank Thomas.

* San Francisco signed second baseman Jeff Kent to a three-year, $18 million contract, locking up the team's cleanup hitter through the 2001 season. Kent, 30, leads the team with 16 runs batted in and 15 runs scored. He's hitting .262 with two home runs in 25 games.

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