Report: Yankee Stadium to host 2008 All-Star Game

Posted: January 24, 2007

Baseball is set to announce Yankee Stadium as site of the 2008 All-Star Game.

Commissioner Bud Selig will hold a news conference at New York's City Hall with Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Jan. 31. Selig has said since last summer that Yankee Stadium was a leading candidate for the game.

The ballpark, which opened in 1923, is scheduled to close after the 2008 season, and the Yankees will move into a new stadium, being built across a street, the following year.

This year's game will be in San Francisco, and the 2009 game will be in St. Louis.

The timing of the news conference was reported yesterday by Newsday.

Noteworthy

* New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado could miss a few games at the start of the season for the birth of his child. He said his wife was due to give birth to the couple's first child within a few days of the Mets' April 1 opener at St. Louis.

"My child comes first," he told the newspaper El Nuevo Dia.

Delgado did not say whether his wife, Betzaida Garcia, planned to give birth in New York or his native Puerto Rico.

* Boston avoided arbitration with righthander Brendan Donnelly by agreeing to a 1-year, $1.4 million deal. He was 6-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 62 games last season.

* Oakland traded pitcher Kirk Saarloos to Cincinnati in exchange for minor league reliever David Shafer. Each team also received a player to be named. The 27-year-old Saarloos went 7-7 with two saves and a 4.75 ERA last season.

* Chicago White Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik will be sidelined 6 weeks after having groin surgery, according to several reports. The White Sox are also close to signing free agent Darin Erstad, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site.

* Second baseman Robinson Cano is switching numbers in case Roger Clemens joins the Yankees, giving up No. 22 and taking No. 24. Clemens left the Yankees after the 2003 season and spent the last 3 years with his hometown Houston Astros. He is likely to pitch this season, agent Randy Hendricks said, and will choose among the Astros, Yankees and Boston Red Sox, his original team. Cano's decision was first was reported by the New York Post.

* Righthander Tomo Ohka and Toronto reached a preliminary agreement on a 1-year, $1.5 million contract. Ohka went 4-5 with a 4.85 ERA in 18 starts with Milwuakee last season. Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said the deal was pending a physical.

* Los Angeles Angels infielder Dallas McPherson had surgery to remove a herniated disc in his lower back and is expected to be sidelined for most, if not all, of the upcoming season.

* Reliever Rudy Seanez and infielder Fernando Tatis agreed to minor league contracts with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Seanez, a 37-year-old righthander, has a 30-23 record with a 4.21 ERA in 429 career games with eight big-league teams, including the Dodgers, for whom he pitched in 1994-95. Tatis' best moment as a major leaguer came at Dodger Stadium on April 23, 1999, when he hit two grand slams in the same inning for St. Louis. Tatis played for Baltimore last season, hitting .250 with two homers and 18 RBI.

* Outfielder Luis Matos and infielder Nick Green agreed to minor league contracts with Pittsburgh. The righthanded hitting Matos, 28, had a .206 average with two homers in 69 games with Washington and Baltimore last season. Green, also 28, had a .184 average with two homers and four RBI while splitting last season between Tampa Bay and the Yankees. *

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