Which way will Wichita go?

ADAM WAZNY

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

We won't know if the Northern League will be expanding into Wichita, Kan., on Tuesday, but we'll at least know what the prospective owner has in mind to secure the franchise.

According to yesterday's Wichita Eagle, three groups representing three different independent baseball leagues have formally expressed their intentions to the city and will now wait anywhere from two to four weeks for a decision on which direction Wichita will go.

The Northern League group is fronted by attorney Harvey R. Sorensen. He'll be holding a press conference Tuesday, outlining his bid and the deep pockets behind it. The American Association and United Baseball League are also looking to secure the Wichita market. Of note is the AA bid, fronted by Horn Chen (who is infamous in this country as the former owner of the Ottawa Rough Riders). The inconspicuous Chen is already on Wichita's sporting landscape as owner of the Central Hockey League's Thunder .

LEAVING

Wichita would like to get a team in place for the 2008 season to occupy Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The Wranglers (Texas League, Double-A) are leaving at the end of this season.

ONE IN, ONE OUT: On a day the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks got an important player back, they saw another one head elsewhere.

Prior to the game with the Winnipeg Goldeyes at CanWest Global Park last night, the defending Northern League champs sold the contract of infielder Darryl Lawhorn to the Oakland Athletics. The A's assigned the 24-year-old to their high Single-A affiliate (Stockton) in the California League.

Lawhorn was batting .280 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI, the latter two team-highs.

This news comes as F-M welcomed centre-fielder Joe Mathis into the lineup. The speedy veteran missed three games (and the all-star game) with a knee injury. He was back at the top of the 'Hawks order last night.


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