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Spring training is just about to wrap up, but what with the World Baseball Classic and the Barry Bonds allegations, you may have missed some of these notes from the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues …

AMERICAN LEAGUE

BALTIMORE -- In an attempt to boost attendance, the Orioles added "Women in Scoring Position Night" to their promotional schedule, with the first 10,000 fans 18-and-older eligible to sleep with Anna Benson.

BOSTON -- General manager Theo Epstein traded his dirty laundry to Detroit for three top prospects then traded a five dollar bill for two tens with Kansas City general manager Allard Baird.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX -- The White Sox finished up camp in Tucson, Ariz., by working on their fundamental drills of how to run to first base after a non-dropped third strike. … Manager Ozzie Guillen stunned the team and fans when he uttered the words no one ever expected to hear from his lips: "No comment."

N.Y. YANKEES -- Owner George Steinbrenner followed up his posted notice apologizing to fans for the absence of third baseman Alex Rodriguez, shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielders Johnny Damon and Bernie Williams due to the World Baseball Classic by posting a notice to fans apologizing for the presence of right-handed pitcher Tanyon Sturtze on the roster. … A-Rod sat out Tuesday's game because he could not decide whether to wear the Yankees' home alternate jersey or their white pinstripe top because wearing either wouldn't be fair to his T-shirt.

SEATTLE -- The Mariners continued their strong Japanese presence by signing Iron Chef Morimoto as their team cook and middle reliever.

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays tested their new plumbing facilities in Dunedin, Fla., by having general manager J.P. Ricciardi flush $16 million down the toilet "just because I could."


NATIONAL LEAGUE

ATLANTA -- Bad news for their rivals: The Braves refinanced their mortgage on the NL East penthouse for more years at a lower interest rate.

CHICAGO CUBS -- RHP Kerry Wood was struck by lightning while playing long toss. The Cubs listed him as day-to-day. … RHP Mark Prior was hit by a bus on the way to the ballpark. The Cubs named him their Opening Day starter.

CINCINNATI -- The Reds announced that President Bush will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and that OF Adam Dunn will swing and miss it.

COLORADO -- The Rockies announced Tuesday they are withdrawing from the National League. No one noticed.

FLORIDA -- Echoing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, owner Jeffrey Loria is threatening to rename his team the Florida Marlins of Las Vegas.

HOUSTON -- The Astros are close to re-signing 43-year-old RHP Roger Clemens to a $10 million contract that will require him to only pitch weekday home games against the Pirates, Rockies, Nationals and Cubs in months with an "R" in them if the moon is full and his son is on the roster.

N.Y. METS -- First baseman Julio Franco missed Tuesday's game when he forgot where he placed his car keys. And his teeth. … The Mets cut 42 more players Tuesday, leaving them with just 81 on their roster heading into the final weekend of spring training.

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