Anna Benson withdraws divorce papers

Posted: April 05, 2006

Two days before righthander Kris Benson was scheduled to make his Baltimore Orioles debut, his outspoken wife, Anna, withdrew her petition for divorce.

Anna Benson, an actress and model who has posed topless, filed for divorce in Atlanta on March 31. The petition for divorce claimed the marriage was "irretrievably broken."

Anna Benson's attorney, Jeffrey B. Bogart, said the petition was withdrawn yesterday. Asked why she changed her mind so quickly, Bogart said: "I think Anna did some soul-searching over the weekend and decided that she wanted to make every effort to repair her marriage. Hopefully, Kris feels the same way."

The couple has been married for 7 years and has two children. Anna Benson had sought full custody, along with child support and alimony.

Impulsive behavior is nothing new for Anna Benson. In an interview with the Associated Press last week, before she filed for divorce, Kris Benson said he still thinks the New York Mets traded him to Baltimore because of his wife.

Anna Benson wore a provocative dress at the team Christmas party, and there was talk that she was considering posing nude for Playboy. She's also known for making frank comments about the couple's sex life.


* Roger Clemens, in Houston to get his National League championship ring, made a racially insensitive remark when asked about playing in the World Baseball Classic and observing the devotion of Japanese and South Korean fans, reported.

"None of the dry cleaners were open, they were all at the game, Japan and Korea," Clemens said. "So we couldn't get any dry cleaning done out there, but I guess the neatest thing is that 50,000 of them were at Anaheim Stadium."

* Commissioner Bud Selig defended his choice of George Mitchell to head baseball's steroid investigation, saying the former Senate Majority Leader has independence. Mitchell is a director of the Boston Red Sox and chairman of the Walt Disney Co., which owns ESPN.

In a related matter, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said baseball and San Diego police failed to protect Bonds and should try to find out who threw a syringe at him in the Giants' opener at Petco Park. Bonds, who was targeted because he is under investigation for steroid use, was not hurt.

* Salomon Torres agreed to a $6.5 million, 2-year contract extension with Pittsburgh.

* Jackson County, Mo., residents approved a $425 million tax plan for renovating the Royals' Kauffman Stadium and the Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium, but rejected a $200 million plan for rolling roofs on the stadiums.

* Former star pitcher Dwight Gooden faces up to 5 years in prison when he is sentenced today in Tampa for violating probation. He was serving 3 years' probation for speeding away from a police officer during a drunken-driving traffic stop last year and has admitted using cocaine.

* The Los Angeles Dodgers placed first baseman Nomar Garciaparra on the 15-day disabled list and recalled James Loney from Triple A Las Vegas.

* Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby will miss about a week with a bruised and cut index finger on his left hand.

In AL games last night:

* At Arlington, Texas, former Phillie Vicente Padilla allowed one run and four hits, struck out five and walked two in six innings in his Rangers debut as Texas beat the Boston Red Sox, 10-4.

* At Toronto, Roy Halladay allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits, striking out four and walking none in 7 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-3.

* At Seattle, Richie Sexson had a three-run homer and drove in five runs as the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels, 10-8.

* At Oakland, Marco Scutaro's RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Athletics over the New York Yankees, 4-3.

In NL games:

* At Houston, Miguel Cabrera hit one of four Florida homers and the rookie-laden Marlins roughed up Andy Pettitte for 10 runs and 13 hits in an 11-2 rout of the Astros.

* At Los Angeles, J.D. Drew hit a two-run homer to highlight the Dodgers' four-run first inning in a 5-4 victory over Atlanta.

* At Milwaukee, Damian Miller drove in three runs and pinch-hitter Gabe Gross hit a two-run homer in the sixth as the Brewers beat Pittsburgh, 7-5.

* At San Diego, the game between the Giants and Padres was postponed by rain and rescheduled as doubleheader July 1.

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