A's give permission to Mets


New York Mets: The club has received permission to
interview Oakland Athletics pitching coach Rick Peterson for their
vacancy in the same position.

"(Oakland GM) Billy Beane and I spoke this afternoon and Billy
agreed to let us talk to Rick about our opening because of his
unique family position," Mets interim general manager Dan Duquette
said. "Rick's family is from New Jersey and he wants to, if
possible, work on the East Coast."

In the last five of Peterson's six seasons as the A's pitching
coach, the team has finished in the top three for earned-run
average in the American League -- best the last two.

The Mets removed pitching coach Vern Ruhle after the team
finished 10th in the NL with a 4.48 ERA this season.
He will be reassigned to another position within the organization

Anaheim Angels: The Angels agreed to a one-year
contract extension with pitching coach Bud Black on Friday.

Black, 46, has been the club's pitching coach for
four seasons.

The Angels' 4.28 ERA was the sixth-lowest in the American League
this past season. The staff ranked third with a 3.69 ERA during the
team's World Series championship season in 2002.

Anaheim's bullpen has been the league's best the past two
seasons, with an ERA of 2.98 in 2002 and 3.03 in 2003.

Black pitched 15 years in the majors, going 121-116 with a 3.84
ERA in 398 games for Seattle, Kansas City, Cleveland, Toronto and
San Francisco.

He was a member of the Royals' 1985 World Series champions.

Chicago White Sox: The top eight rows of seats at US Cellular Field are being taken out as part of offseason renovations.

About 6,600 seats in the upper deck are being permanently
removed in an attempt to make the ballpark smaller, more intimate.

The work is part of a two-year stadium makeover
made possible by the sale of naming rights for $68 million dollars over 23 years to US Cellular.