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Orlando Sentinel: PRODUCT: OS/ DESK: SPT/ DATE: 04-28-2004/ EDITION: MET/ ZONE: MET/ PAGE: D5.0/ DEADLINE: 22.24/ OP: ahuff/ COMPOSETIME: 00.57CMYK COLORSTRIP: Orlando Sentinel FINAL WEDNESDAY, APRIL28,2004 D5 ARIZONA CARDINALS — Agreed to terms with RB Larry Croom, TE Eric Edwards, S Adrian Mayes, WR Romby Bryant and P-K Matt Fordyce. ATLANTA FALCONS — Released QB Kurt Kittner, LB Keith Newman, P Jonathan Kilgo and WR John Lewis. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Released WR Frank Sanders. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed QB Scott Rislov, RB Nick Ayers, G Tyronne Armstrong, G Ibrahim Khan, WR Jamall Broussard, WR Jeremiah Cock- heran, WR Marlus Mays, WR Lance Young, C Michael Powers, TE Michael Woolridge, TE Jonathan Pritchett, FB Alex Wade, DE Derrick Crawford, DT Mondre Dickerson, DT Eric Johnson, LB Larry Stevens, S Wendell Williams and P Kyle Larson to two-year contracts. DETROIT LIONS — Agreed to terms with C Dave Pearson, P Curtis Ansel, LB Andrew Battle, FB Keith Belton, TE Matt Brandt, DT Ahmad Childress, QB Jason Fife, LB Scott Genord, G Branden Hall, CB Kenny Heatly, S Clifford Johnson, DE Patrick Ka- bongo, DE Andrew Shull, K Chris Snyder, G Greg Walker and WR George Wilson. HOUSTON TEXANS — Released S Pat Dennis and TE Rashod Kent. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Announced the retirement of Pat Mondock, eastern regional scouting supervisor. NEW YORK JETS — Waived WR Rob Turner, WR Rob Milanese, P Tim Morgan and OT Reggie Coleman. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Signed WR Mark Bartosic, DT Jon Bradley, WR Yardon Brantley, C Anthony Foli, TE Ronnie Ghent, CB Brandon Haw, WR Justin Jenkins, LB Mike Labinjo, WR Jerome Leslie, QB Scott McMullen, WR Carlos Perez, S Brandon Pinderhughes, WR Jeremiah Pope and LB Greg Richmond. ST. LOUIS RAMS — Agreed to terms with DB Kailan Williams, CB Dwight Anderson, TE Mike Brake, S Shedrick Copeland, TE John Frieser, OT Joel Hofmann, DT Brian Howard, CB Michael Jolivette, WR Jamal Jones, WR Kelvin Kight, RB Adam Matthews WR Derek McCoy, RB Dusty McGrorty, WR Ryan McGuffey, P Jimmy Miner, OT Matt Morgan, WR Nick Narcisse, OT Jeremy Phillips, DT Jeff Ruffin, OT Brandon Stephens and CB Corey Yates. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS — Re-signed LB Carlos Polk to a one-year contract. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Waived P Filip Filipovic. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Agreed to terms with WR Jafar Williams, S Denard Wilson, WR Jonathan Brewer, DL Ryan Boschetti, DL Rufus Brown, OL Quinn Christensen, DL Norman Heuer, LB William Strother, WR John Standeford and DL Garnell Wilds. NFL TRANSACTIONS after his meeting with Dyer. “But I’m confident they would do something to help us out.” Anumber of renovations are needed in the aging stadium — most of the lower bowl consists of the same seats that were there three decades ago — but the centerpiece of the plan would add about 7,500 new seats, bringing the total capacity in line with other stadiums hosting BCS games. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., is an anomaly, with room for up to 93,000 fans, but the other three bowls currently in the BCS each hold about 72,000. The Citrus Bowl’s current seating capacity is 65,438. Mickle is expecting a more exact estimate from the architectural firm HNTB by the end of the week. He then hopes the city, county and UCF, which plays its home games in the stadium, will be prepared to present a financing plan to the BCS as part of a bid in June. By that time, BCS organizers should have settled on the fifth- game format — a foregone conclusion, Mickle says — and begin the search for a site. “I think there’s too much pressure to not have the fifth game,” Mickle said. “There’s some concern over the value of afifth game with TV networks, but I don’t have any question there will be a fifth game.” Eleven other bowls formally submitted a letter to BCS officials by last week’s deadline expressing interest in hosting the fifth game, which would come into play when the current BCS contract expires at the end of the 2005 season. Orlando is hoping it will take an upper hand into the process, having informally marketed the Capital One Bowl as the “fifth BCS game” for the past decade. The Big Ten-Southeastern Conference game has the highest payout of any of the non-BCS games. “We certainly hope that our historical contribution to college football will be an important factor,” Mickle said. “Dollars will speak the loudest at the end of the day, but our historical contribution being the fifth game for the last decade is strong.” Part of FCS’s bid to the city and county includes a package of economic impact numbers it says would double from about $35 million to about $75 million-$80 million should the Capital One Bowl be elevated to BCS status. That number would double again in years when Orlando would serve as the rotating host of the national-championship game. Mickle has connections to many of the BCS players — Orlando’s two games are tied to four of the six major conferences, all but the Big East and Pac-10 — but he didn’t dispatch arepresentative to the meetings. One reason: The meetings are unlikely to produce any definitive answer. Most of the talks have focused not on a fifth game, but on how to resolve last year’s split national championship scenario and whether ABC should continue to monopolize BCS broadcasting rights. In addition, there have been reports that BCS officials are considering adding two games to the process — a fifth BCS game, then a national-championship game after those five games have been played. ABC reportedly is behind the plan. But in a Los Angeles Times story, ABC Senior Vice President /Programming Loren Matthews dismissed those reports. Emily Badger can be reached at ebadger@orlandosentinel.com. Citrus Bowl needs 7,500 more seats BCS FROM D1 Ankle sprain lands Blue Jays’ Myers on 15-day DL The Toronto Blue Jays placed C Greg Myers on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a sprained left ankle. Myers, who was injured in Monday night’s win at Minnesota, is expected to miss at least four weeks, Manager Carlos Tosca said. The Blue Jays purchased C Gregg Zaun ’s contract from Class AAA Syracuse to fill Myers’ roster spot. Tosca said Myers also has a deep bone bruise. Muscle strain sidelines Royals’ Appier 4-6 weeks Kansas City P Kevin Appier will be out four to six weeks with a strained muscle that could be related to his elbow surgery. Appier, the only right-han- der in the Royals’ rotation, came out in the second inning against Minnesota last Friday night. He had surgery in the offseason for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. Red Sox call on Daubach to fill in for injured Burks The Boston Red Sox called up Brian Daubach from Class AAA Pawtucket to replace Ellis Burks , who is expected to miss six weeks after knee surgery. Daubach was designated for assignment by the Sox on April 10 and then reported to Pawtucket. Daubach, who has often served as a designated hitter and can also play the outfield, averaged 21 homers and 75 RBIs for Boston from 1999-02. Kearns fitted with cast after suffering broken forearm Cincinnati Reds OF Austin Kearns got a small cast on his left forearm after breaking a bone when he was hit by a pitch. Ryan Vogelsong ’s pitch hit Kearns just above the wrist in the first inning Monday night in Pittsburgh. X- rays detected a break in a forearm bone. The Reds will have a better idea of how long Kearns will be sidelined when he’s examined again next Monday. He played in only 82 games last year because of a shoulder injury. From Wire Reports Around the Bases BY THE NUMBERS Who’s Hot Who’s Not ‘You certainly can’t have your thoughts change after just 19 games. You can’t have ashort-term sample shake your judgment.’ —Yankees GM Brian Cashman on the team’s rocky start Detroit scored only 591 runs last season, the fewest in the American League. This season, though, the Tigers lead the league and are on a pace to score 1,015 runs. Fun Fact Angels at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. What a difference a year makes. After setting an American League record with 119 losses last season, the Detroit Tigers shelled out $63 million during the winter for a bevy of free agents who they hope will elevate them from the lowly status of being baseball’s laughingstock. So far, the plan is working. The Tigers were 11-8 heading into Tuesday night’s game, and already there’s talk of a Tiger being elected to a starting spot on the AL all-star team. Catcher Pudge Rodriguez, 1 of the free-agent acquisitions, is off to ahot start and is no stranger to all-star teams. The last Tiger to start an all-star game? Cecil Fielder in 1991. On TV Florida Marlins at Colorado Rockies, 3 p.m.FSN Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Boston Red Sox, 7 p.m.FSN Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees, 7 p.m.ESPN Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants, 10 p.m.ESPN2 TODAY’S TOP MATCHUP An angry Tommy Maddox met Tuesday with Steelers Coach Bill Cowher , presumably to discuss the team’s use of a first-round draft pick on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . Maddox, Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback for the past two seasons, left the Steelers’ training complex without talking to reporters and there was no word on what they talked about. The meeting came three days after the Steelers added Roethlisberger, the only quarterback they have drafted in the first round since 1981. Roethlisberger is expected to become the starter by the 2005 season. Maddox, the 2002 NFL comeback player of the year, is upset because the Steelers indicated to him before the draft they would choose a right tackle and not a quarterback. Maddox, 33, also expected the team would renegotiate his $750,000 salary — the lowest for an NFL veteran starting quarterback, but now realizes the addition of Roethlisberger might change that. With the Steelers already close to the NFL’s salary cap and Roethlisberger all but certain to get the richest rookie contract in their history, it’s unlikely they can pay Maddox more money. Bledsoe renegotiates QB Drew Bledsoe renegotiated his contract with Buffalo, providing salary cap room for the team and ensuring he will continue to be its starting quarterback. Bledsoe had seven years left on his old deal, and was due a $7 million bonus had he still been on the Bills’ roster this November. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $5.9 million this season, a figure that would balloon to $12 million in 2008. 3Jags listed as witnesses Three Jacksonville players are listed as potential wit- nesses at the federal trial of a tire and rim shop owner accused of selling drugs from his store. Jaguars DTs John Henderson and Marcus Stroud and RB Fred Taylor could testify at the trial of Don Brown Jr. , 33, who was arrested by federal agents in a 10-kilogram cocaine sting last year. Federal prosecutors allege Brown used his Downtown Sounds business as a front to sell marijuana and cocaine. His trial is to begin next week. Henderson and Stroud are listed in court records as potential prosecution witnesses. Apolice report said Brown told authorities he sold marijuana to Stroud and former Jaguar RB Stacey Mack , and gave it to Henderson. Prosecutors said the defense’s witness list includes Stroud and Taylor. Mack is not listed by either side. The players have denied any involvement with Brown, saying they only shopped for auto accessories at his store. None of them have been charged, but Henderson and Stroud testified before a federal grand jury. Player recovering Dennis Weathersby was moved out of an intensive care unit Tuesday, but the Cincinnati Bengals corner- back still has months of thera- py ahead as he recovers from asevere head injury sustained in a car accident. Weathersby had been in a special neurological unit at University Hospital since his car went off a highway ramp and hit a utility pole April 12. He was upgraded from serious to fair condition and moved out of the 20-bed unit. Patients must be awake and alert to leave the unit, which typically treats people who have had head injuries and strokes, Dr. Lori Shutter said. The 23-year-old Weathersby will remain in the hospital while getting therapy. Etc. The Atlanta Falcons released two-year veteran QB Kurt Kittner, three days after drafting Matt Schaub in the third round. ... The New York Giants signed QB Jared Lorenzen, the 280-pounder from Kentucky who looks more like an offensive lineman than a quarterback. ... The San Diego Chargers signed restricted free agent LB Carlos Polk to a one-year deal. ... The Tennessee Titans signed University of Miami RB Jarrett Payton as an undrafted free agent. ... The Baltimore Ravens released WR Frank Sanders. 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RVazqz 3b4000.120 Loretta 2b4010.358 BGiles rf4000.169 Nevin 1b3110.313 Klesko lf3110.274 Payton cf3121.262 RHrnndz c3021.242 Rbinson pr0000.214 Otsuka p0000— c-Eaton ph0000.100 Greene ss4000.288 Peavy p2000.273 Witasick p0000.000 Linebrink p0000— Long ph0000.346 Ojeda ph-c2011.313 Totals32383 Padres 3, Expos 2 Montreal000002000—280 San Diego000200001—381 Two outs when winning run scored. E—Linebrink (1). LOB—Montreal 6, San Diego 7. 2B—Vidro (4), Wilkerson (5). SB—EnChavez (2), TBa- tista (1), Robinson (1). CS—Klesko (1). S—LHernan- dez, Eaton. GIDP—OCabrera. DP—San Diego 1. MontrealIPHRERBBSOERA LHernandez6 1 ⁄ 3 522363.00 Beltran 2 ⁄ 3 000000.00 Ayala L, 0-31 2 ⁄ 3 311014.76 San DiegoIPHRERBBSOERA Peavy5 2 ⁄ 3 722171.86 Witasick 2 ⁄ 3 100012.00 Linebrink 2 ⁄ 3 000002.45 Otsuka W, 2-12000010.82 Inherited runners-scored—Beltran 1-0, Witasick 1-0, Linebrink 1-0. T—2:44. A—25,438 (42,445). Ojeda lifts Padres SAN DIEGO — C Miguel Ojeda hit a bloop RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 win over the Montreal Expos. ... Ojeda, who entered as a pinch-runner in the seventh and stayed in the game, hit the first pitch he saw from RHP Luis Ayala (0-3) into left-center field. ... Padres Manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing with plate umpire Joe Brinkman after RHP Livan Hernandez was awarded first on obstruction. ... The crowd of 25,438 was the smallest in 10 games at 42,500- seat Petco Park. ... Padres 3B Sean Burroughs missed his second straight start with a sprained ankle. LATE MONDAY Atlantaabrhbiavg. Furcal ss3100.214 DeRosa 3b4112.254 MGiles 2b4030.387 JDrew rf3000.255 AJones cf3010.282 Laroche 1b4010.212 EddPerez c3000.250 JEstrada c1000.281 DWise lf3000.205 HRamirez p3000.000 Gryboski p0000— Hessman ph1000.000 Totals32262 San Fran.abrhbiavg. Durham 2b4111.282 Alfonzo 3b3111.217 Feliz 1b4021.308 Bonds lf1000.500 Hmmonds rf3000.156 Pierzynski c3000.220 Herges p0000— Mohr cf4000.043 NPerez ss3110.184 Schmidt p1000.000 Tomko ph1000.000 Brower p0000— DCruz ph10101.00 Christnsn p0000— FRodrigz p0000— Torrealba c0000.133 Totals28363 Giants 3, Braves 2 Atlanta000020000—260 San Francisco00300000x—360 LOB—Atlanta 9, San Francisco 7. 2B—AJones (5), Alfonzo (4), DCruz (1). 3B—Durham (1). HR—DeRosa (2), off Schmidt. SB—MGiles (5). GIDP—DWise, Pierzynski. DP—Atlanta 2. San Francisco 1. AtlantaIPHRERBBSOERA HRamirez L, 0-26 1 ⁄ 3 633462.73 Gryboski1 2 ⁄ 3 000200.93 San FranciscoIPHRERBBSOERA Schmidt W, 1-25622465.63 Brower H, 22000013.09 Christiansen0000100.00 FRodriguez H, 41000012.70 Herges S, 71000115.25 Christiansen pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. IBB—off Gryboski (Pierzynski) 1, off HRamirez (Bonds) 2. WP—Gryboski. T—2:46. A—35,866 (41,584). Schmidt stifles Braves SAN FRANCISCO — RHP Jason Schmidt earned his first win of the season and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2. ... Schmidt (1-2) became the first of San Francisco’s top three starters to win this year — LHP Kirk Rueter is 0-2 and RHP Brett Tomko is 0-1. Schmidt allowed six hits, struck out six and walked four in five innings. Schmidt won 17 games last season and led the NL in ERA, but the Giants had not scored arun for him this year until going ahead 3-0 in the third inning. ... OF Barry Bonds went 0-for-1 with three walks, two intentional, leaving the six-time NL MVP with 667 career homers. ... Giants 1B J.T. Snow (flu) was a late scratch. LATE MONDAY Floridaabrhbiavg. Pierre cf4230.317 LCastillo 2b5121.284 Cabrera rf4224.312 Lowell 3b3210.303 WCrdero 1b5121.226 Conine lf5143.302 Redmond c4100.333 AGnzalez ss4011.179 Oliver p3010.273 Perisho p0000— Wayne p0000— Nunez ph1000.333 CFox p0000— Bump p0000.000 Totals38101610 Coloradoabrhbiavg. LuGnzlz 2b4000.245 Miles ph-2b1000.273 Clayton ss5223.320 Helton 1b3322.338 Castilla 3b5023.324 Burnitz cf-rf5223.299 CJhnson c3221.333 Holliday lf3211.361 Hocking lf0000.259 Pellow rf2100.273 VNunez p0000— MaSwny ph0100.174 Chacon p0000— Estes p1010.091 Wendell p0000.000 RReyes cf2000.147 Totals34131213 Rockies 13, Marlins 10 Florida300140020—10160 Colorado01331005x—13120 LOB—Florida 6, Colorado 4. 2B—Cabrera (3), Conine 2 (4), AGonzalez (4), Castilla 2 (8), CJohnson (5). HR—Cabrera (8), off VNunez; Holliday (3), off Oliver; CJohnson (7), off Oliver; Helton (5), off Oliver; Burnitz 2 (6), off Oliver 2. CS—Cabrera (1). S—Estes. GIDP— Redmond 2, Castilla. DP—Florida 1; Colorado 2. FloridaIPHRERBBSOERA Oliver4988148.06 Perisho 1 ⁄ 3 000101.93 Wayne2 2 ⁄ 3 000130.00 CFox L, 0-10133106.75 Bump BS, 11222136.30 ColoradoIPHRERBBSOERA Estes41188435.72 Wendell1200114.09 VNunez W, 2-03222033.38 Chacon S, 51100005.40 Oliver pitched to 2 batters in the 5th, CFox pitched to 3 batters in the 8th, Estes pitched to 5 batters in the 5th. IBB—off Bump (Helton) 1. HBP—by CFox (Holliday). WP—CFox. T—3:04. A—20,615 (50,449). left off Darren Oliver. The Marlins chased Shawn Estes in a four-run fifth inning. Wil Cordero had an RBI single and Conine hit a two-run double into the left-field corner off Estes. Castillo put Florida ahead 8-7 with his 1,000th hit. Burnitz threw out two runners at the plate in the inning. Castilla tied it at 8 in the fifth with an RBI double. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER — Vinny Castilla hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth inning, and Jeromy Burnitz homered twice to lead the Colorado Rockies over the Florida Marlins 13-10 Tuesday night. Burnitz, Charles Johnson and Matt Holliday hit consecutive home runs to start the third inning, the second time in franchise history Colorado has hit three straight homers. Burnitz also threw out two runners at the plate from the outfield in the fifth inning. Royce Clayton tied the game at 10 with a two-out single off Nate Bump after the Rockies loaded the bases against Chad Fox (0-1). Todd Helton was walked intentionally to load the bases again, and Castilla sent a 2-2 pitch to the wall in left. Shawn Chacon pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, and Luis Castillo had two hits to become the first Marlins player to reach 1,000. Cabrera broke an 8-8 tie in the eighth with a two-run ho- mer off Vladimir Nunez (2-0). Juan Pierre singled with one out after Holliday dropped his foul fly in left. The Marlins led 3-0 after one inning on a two-run double by Cabrera and a bloop RBI single by Conine. Burnitz hit the first of his home runs in the second to make it 3-1. The Rockies took a 4-3 lead in the third on Clayton’s two-out RBI single and Helton’s two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch. Doubles by Jeff Conine and Alex Gonzalez tied it at 4 for the Marlins. Colorado regained the lead, 7-4, in the fourth when Burnitz, Johnson and Holiday hit solo home runs on five pitches, all to Rockies win slugfest vs. Marlins Colorado scored five runs in the eighth inning to pin a 13-10 loss on Florida. JACK DEMPSEY /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Calm before storm. Rockies starter Shawn Estes works against the Marlins in the 2nd inning. He was knocked out in the 5th.

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