Yankees set to talk to A-Rod

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The New York Yankees are trying to set up a meeting with Alex Rodriguez while they work on picking a manager.

Rodriguez has until the 10th day after the World Series to decide whether to opt out of his record $252 million, 10-year contract and become a free agent. The Yankees plan to offer him an extension and say they would drop out of talks if A-Rod opts out.

Hank Steinbrenner, a son of owner George Steinbrenner, said Friday the club probably will meet soon with Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras.

New York also could select a manager soon, but Hank Steinbrenner said not to expect an announcement over the weekend. The Yankees interviewed bench coach Don Mattingly, broadcaster Joe Girardi and first-base coach Tony Pena and don't expect to talk to anyone else.

ROCKIES: The FBI opened an investigation after Colorado claimed an "external, malicious attack" on computers halted the team's first attempt to sell World Series tickets.

Computer servers handling the online-only sale were overwhelmed by 8.5 million hits in the first 90 minutes Monday, crashing the system and forcing the Rockies to suspend sales. On Tuesday, fans snapped up more than 50,000 tickets in 21 hours. and followed an NFL broadcast.

DODGERS: Might return to the Los Angeles Coliseum, site of "Moon Shots," for one game next season.

If it works out, the game will be part of the team's 50th anniversary in Los Angeles. The Dodgers played in the Coliseum for four years after moving west from Brooklyn in 1958.

PIRATES: Claimed former Reds and GreenJackets left-hander Phil Dumatrait off waivers Friday.

The 26-year-old Dumatrait was 10-6 with a 3.53 ERA in 22 starts at Triple-A Louisville this year. He made six starts for the Reds and went 0-4 with a 15.00 ERA and while allowing 30 earned runs in 18 innings.

WHITE SOX: Reinstated third baseman Joe Crede from the 60-day DL after he missed most of the season with a back injury.

PADRES: Put second baseman Marcus Giles on waivers Friday. The Padres owe Giles a $500,000 buyout of his $4 million option.


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