MLB notes: City of San Jose suing MLB

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin argues with first base umpire Chris Conroy in the fourth...

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin argues with first base umpire Chris Conroy in the fourth inning of a May 2013 MLB game. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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The City of San Jose is suing Major League Baseball for what it says are infringements on its right to purchase and relocate the Oakland A’s.

Tuesday, San Jose city councillors voted in favour of filing a lawsuit, claiming the MLB’s territorial rules that restrict it from moving the A’s from Oakland, and their dreadful venue, O.co.com Stadium, are unfair.

“For more than four years, the City of San Jose has made an exhaustive effort to work with Major League Baseball to resolve any concerns about our city’s capacity to host a major league ballclub,” San Jose mayor Chuck Reed said in a statement. “During that time, it has become abundantly clear that Major League Baseball prefers to use territorial restrictions as an excuse to restrict commerce and prevent the Athletics from relocating to San Jose.”

San Jose and the A’s have a contract in place to purchase property to build a ballpark.

However, the San Francisco Giants have territorial rights to the Santa Clara County area of California. The two cities are approximately 40 miles apart.

San Jose says having a MLB franchise in town would create 1,000 full- and part-time jobs, generate $130 million in economic output per year, and contribute an additional $5 million in tax revenue per year.

TEIXEIRA, YOUKILIS ADDED TO YANKEES DL

Corner infielders are dropping like flies in the Big Apple.

The New York Yankees announced on Tuesday that first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Kevin Youkilis have both been placed on the disabled list.

Youkilis’ injury, a herniated disc, is much more severe.

He will require surgery and is expected to be out 10-12 weeks. The ex-Red Sox slugger was hitting just .219 through 28 games this season.

Yankees general manager Mark Cashman told reporters Teixeira’s injured right wrist needs a cortisone injection.

An MRI revealed no tear in his tendon sheath. Teixeira will be sidelined for at least a week.

The 33-year-old was hitting an awful .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs before going down with the injury on Saturday. He has only played 15 games this season.

The two injuries are the latest in a string of Yankee ailments. Stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson – among others – are also sidelined at the moment.

OSWALK DEBUT

Colorado Rockies righty Roy Oswalt will make his first major-league start of the season against the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

After signing a minor-league deal with the Rockies in early May, the 35-year-old Oswalt impressed at double-A Tulsa, accumulating a 2.16 ERA in 33 1/3 innings over five minor-league outings, including 25 strikeouts.

In his final minor-league effort last week, the three-time all-star threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings.

In nine starts last year with the Texas Rangers, Oswalt garnered a 4-3 record with a 5.80 ERA, the highest in his 12-year MLB career.

TWINS’ ROOKIES IN CRASH

A bus transporting the Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins, a rookie-league affiliate of the big-league Twins, was involved in a fatal accident near Jacksonville, Fla., on Tuesday.

The driver of a wrong-way vehicle was killed during the early-morning hours along a stretch of Interstate-295.

The team reported none of its 31 members aboard the bus were injured in the incident ahead of the club’s Appalachian League opener at home on Thursday.

The Elizatethton Twins had been training at the Minnesota Twins’ training complex in Ft. Meyers prior to the start of the rookie-league season.

BRIEFLY

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been cleared to resume workouts to see how his left knee responds. The 20-year-old Harper has been on the DL with patellar bursitis since the end of May … Philadelphia Phillies activated catcher Carlos Ruiz from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday … Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. He has a right oblique strain … Pittsburgh Pirates signed its 2013 first-rounder, catcher Reese McGuire, on Tuesday … New York Mets infielder Justin Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. He has a strained left intercostal muscle


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