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Stephen Cannella
April 10, 2000
See the Expos at La Stade Olympique this season, or don't see them at all. As of Opening Day, Montreal's local television and radio networks, English-language and French, had refused to meet new general partner Jeffrey Loria's demands for higher rights fees, which means that none of the Expos' schedule will be broadcast in Canada. Fans interested in Expos games will need a satellite dish or Internet hookup to follow their team, or a ticket....
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April 10, 2000

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See the Expos at La Stade Olympique this season, or don't see them at all. As of Opening Day, Montreal's local television and radio networks, English-language and French, had refused to meet new general partner Jeffrey Loria's demands for higher rights fees, which means that none of the Expos' schedule will be broadcast in Canada. Fans interested in Expos games will need a satellite dish or Internet hookup to follow their team, or a ticket....

Pirates lefthander Jimmy Anderson, 24, won the fifth spot in the Pittsburgh rotation when veteran Pete Schourek was released last week. Now Anderson, whom some say has a questionable work ethic, has to win over his teammates, several of whom were critical of the Pirates' decision. "We can live with Pete Schourek going out there, even if he gives up 10 runs," said Pittsburgh rightfielder Brian Giles. "You know he's going to throw it all on the line. Jimmy has good stuff, but he needs to learn how to work and make himself better. We haven't seen him make that commitment."...

Rightfield at new Pac Bell Park will be nothing if not entertaining. Balls that clear the fence could land in San Francisco Bay, and those that hit the 25-foot-high wall—a combination of brick, simulated brick, padding and cyclone fencing—can rebound any which way. "You probably won't see the ball do the same thing twice in a game," rightfielder Ellis Burks said last week after the Giants' first official workout at Pac Bell....

Can Pedro Martinez pitch every day? The Red Sox' already shaky staff absorbed a blow on March 28 when righthander Juan Pe�a was hit on the wrist by a line drive. The impact tore the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow, and Pe�a, who had a 1.62 ERA in six spring appearances, will have Tommy John surgery and miss the season. The Boston bullpen was already shorthanded thanks to Rod Beck's absence—he started the season on the disabled list with an irritated nerve in his neck. The Red Sox did get some encouraging news: Bionic man Bret Saberhagen is recovering from off-season rotator-cuff surgery more quickly than expected, and he could rejoin Boston by mid-May....

First campaign promise of the season: Manager Phil Garner, whose Tigers open with a hellish six-game road trip to Oakland and Baltimore, guaranteed last week that Detroit will return home with a winning record.

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