Friday, May 9, 2003
Baseball's best-hitting catcher might eventually be moving out from behind the plate. After years of speculation, the Mets talked with All-Star catcher Mike Piazza about beginning the process of learning to play first base. "We had a very good conversation with Mike," general manager Steve Phillips said. "It was a very frank and open conversation. Mike was very receptive to the idea and the concept." Phillips and manager Art Howe met with Piazza before Thursday night's game against the Dodgers.
Once again, Toronto Blue Jays fans are being offered huge discounts on baseball tickets. The Blue Jays announced that Expedite Plus, a Toronto-based delivery company, has purchased all remaining 200 level seats in the outfield and all 500 level tickets to four upcoming games at SkyDome and is offering them to fans for $2 each.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the second game of his minor league rehabilitation stint with the Trenton Thunder.
Kings forward Chris Webber was carried to the locker room by four teammates after injuring his left leg in the third quarter against the Mavericks. Webber, who has been battling knee, ankle and back ailments, was going for a lob pass under his own basket when he suddenly fell to the ground and was motionless out of bounds for at least 10 seconds. There was no immediate word on the exact nature of the injury.
The Mavericks and Kings tied an NBA playoff record by combining for 84 points in the first quarter of Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal.
Detroit's Ben Wallace and San Antonio's Tim Duncan led the NBA All-Defensive team. Also on the first team were Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, Sacramento's Doug Christie and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
Michigan's basketball team was barred from the next postseason and put on 3 1/2 years probation by the NCAA for rules violations dating to the Fab Five era. The team also will lose one of its 13 scholarships a year for four years, beginning in 2004-05.
Still working his way back from a leg injury, Yevgeny Kafelnikov knocked off third-seeded Carlos Moya 6-4, 7-6 (4) to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals.