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A man who allegedly threw a cup of beer on Jason Giambi has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.
Eric Anduri, 30, did not attend Monday's court hearing. His attorney, Michael Roman of Berkeley, entered the plea on his behalf in Alameda County Superior Court.
Giambi said after the May 14 incident at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland that he wasn't interested in pursuing charges against the man, but prosecutors went ahead with the case.
If convicted, Anduri could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.
Giambi was allegedly doused with the beer by a yelling Anduri as he walked back to the Yankees' dugout after flying out in the eighth inning of a game the Yankees won 15-6.
According to a person familiar with the situation, the Yankees like Mike Cameron the most. But even though the Mets would have interest in Tom Gordon, who might be available, it's extremely hard to envision the Mets trading Cameron to the Yankees.
The Yankees like Athletics centerfielder Mark Kotsay, but not as much as Cameron.
"He's a good journeyman player," an American League scout said of Kotsay. "He runs the ball down, throws it pretty good. He's leading off for those guys, but he swings at the first pitch a lot. He should be a sixth or seventh guy. He's a competent player."
But he's certainly not anybody you'd trade the farm for.
The Athletics would like to work out an extension for Kotsay, who is making $6.5 million this season. But Kotsay's agent, Greg Genske, said yesterday, "We're not close."
But that's not reason alone to trade him, and Oakland general manager Billy Beane has always acted cautiously when trading players within his league.
The AL scout believed that Kotsay could help in the right situation, saying, "He's not a star by any means, but if he's got a good cast around him, he can be a capable player."
Although Mark Kotsay is signed through 2006 at $6.5 million per, he can exercise an option to become a free agent after this season, based on how his contract is structured -- he gained that right because he was traded from the Padres in November 2003.
On the other hand, his agent, Greg Genske, is working on a possible extension and spoke Friday with A's general manager Billy Beane.
"I think they've exchanged possibilities of getting something done," said Kotsay, the leading candidate to represent the A's at the July 12 All-Star Game. "I definitely like it here, but I want to win. Everyone in this clubhouse wants to win. A lot of these guys, like (Eric Chavez) and Barry (Zito), they've been to the postseason. They've had the experiences ... and obviously want to get back there."
Peter Gammons reported on ESPN.com that the Yankees are pursuing Kotsay to play center field, between Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield, and that prospects such as pitcher Philip Hughes and third baseman Eric Duncan could be shipped to Oakland.
The A's say they're not shopping Kotsay, and Kotsay called the report "speculation."
Kirk Saarloos recovered from Jimmy Rollins' leadoff homer to shut down the Philadelphia Phillies and pitch the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory Saturday.
Scott Hatteberg and Dan Johnson each drove in a run for the A's, who held off Philadelphia with excellent defense. Ricardo Rincon worked two scoreless innings, his longest outing in seven years, and Justin Duchscherer earned his first career save.
Rollins, playing in his native Oakland this weekend for the first time as a pro, had three hits and two stolen bases, but the Phillies lost for just the third time in 11 games.
After losing the first two games of a three game set in Oakland, the Mets battled the rain and had a seven-run fifth inning to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Athletics.
This series was a rematch of the 1973 World Series, which was won by the Dick Willaims? A?s and featured the descent of Willie Mays.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the fifth inning, the Mets strung together six straight hits, including a three-run home run from Carlos Beltran, deep into the right field bleachers.
Beltran, who has been carried by Cliff Floyd for most of the season in the middle of the New York lineup, got a fat pitch from Oakland starter Ryan Glenn.
With the 9-6 win, the Mets are once again playing .500 baseball.
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