As part of the 10-year lease extension the Oakland Athletics signed in July to remain at O.Co Coliseum, owner Lew Wolff vowed to continue seeking a new ballpark for the franchise.
The extension was not expected. The team reached agreement on a 10-year lease extension to remain in a facility that has experienced sewage and lighting problems in recent seasons.
Outgoing commissioner Bud Selig said a new ballpark must be on the frontburner for the Athletics to remain competitive. The A's have played in the Coliseum since 1968 and are in contention for the American League West division title.
"This is always something I wanted to get resolved before I leave office, which is another 5 1/2 or six months," Selig said during a visit to Oakland on Tuesday. "I've always said the local club, they know their market best."
Following threats that the team could move from Oakland concessions were made for the team to pay reduced rent. The A's considered San Jose, and the city is appealing a judge's decision that the San Francisco Giants own the territorial rights to that city, preventing the Athletics from relocating there -- for now.
GIANTS WIN PROTEST
The San Francisco Giants will get another shot at the Chicago Cubs after Major League Baseball reversed the umpires' decision to end Tuesday's game after 4 1/2 innings due to unplayable field conditions at Wrigley Field.
Baseball officials on Wednesday agreed with the Giants' protest and called for the game to be resumed Thursday at 4:05 p.m. CT.
The Cubs confirmed the game would pick up with the hosts coming to bat in bottom of the fifth inning with a 2-0 lead.
The regularly scheduled series finale will follow at approximately 7:05 p.m.
It was the first MLB protest upheld since June 18, 1986, the Pittsburgh Pirates got similar ruling after a rain-shortened loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. That game also was ordered to be resumed.
A surprise 15-minute rainstorm hit in the fifth inning Tuesday, and Wrigley Field's grounds crews had trouble positioning the tarp on the infield, leading to excessive water on the field and difficulty restoring it to playing condition.
Play was halted for 4 hour, 34 minutes until umpires finally called the game at 1:16 a.m., giving the Cubs what turned out to be a temporary 2-0 victory.
MLB executive vice president Joe Torre ruled that Tuesday's game should be resumed because of a "malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club."
According to a press release from MLB, "Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs' inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use. As a result, the groundskeeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(3), the game should be considered a suspended game that must be completed at a future date.
"In addition, Major League Baseball has spoken with last night's crew chief, Hunter Wendelstedt, and has concluded that the grounds crew worked diligently in its attempt to comply with his direction and cover the field. Thus, there is no basis for the game to be forfeited by the Cubs pursuant to Rule 4.16."
MYERS BACK WITH RAYS
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers returned from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday after sitting out close to three months of the season with a broken right wrist.
The 2013 American League Rookie of the Year was in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. To make room on the roster, the Rays sent designated hitter Vince Belnome to Triple-A.
The 23-year-old Myers was injured May 30 during an outfield collision with Desmond Jennings while diving for a ball. Myers was batting .227 with five home runs for the Rays at the time of the injury.
Myers played in seven minor league games on a rehab assignment and had six hits in 24 at-bats with two home runs.
Belnome saw action in four games for the Rays earlier this season and went 1-for-10 at the plate with three walks.
SWISHER UNDER THE KNIFE
Cleveland Indians first baseman-outfielder Nick Swisher had surgery on both knees Wednesday in Los Angeles to alleviate chronic discomfort caused by wear and tear.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed an arthroscopic debridement procedure on the medial meniscus. Swisher will begin rehab on Friday. A recovery period of eight to 10 weeks is expected.
Swisher was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 10 with soreness in his knees. It was his second stint on the DL this year, having been out from May 27 to June 11 with the same issue.
In 97 games for the Indians this season, Swisher batted .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs.