- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2002

From combined dispatches
Nelson Doubleday agreed yesterday to sell his 50 percent of the New York Mets to co-owner Fred Wilpon, settling an ugly lawsuit filled with accusations of misconduct.
Wilpon sued Doubleday last month in federal court to try to force a sale of his partner's 50 percent share based on a $391million appraisal of the team made in March by Robert Starkey.
There was no immediate word on the price Doubleday will receive as part of the agreement. Under the Starkey appraisal, Doubleday would have received $137.9million half the team's value, after adjustments for the team's debt.
ASTROS: Houston recalled shortstop Adam Everett from Class AAA New Orleans to take the spot of Julio Lugo, who will miss at least six weeks because of a broken forearm. Lugo was hit by a Kerry Wood pitch Monday night.
Lugo, the Astros leadoff hitter, was batting .261 with 35 RBI and nine stolen bases. Everett was the Astros' Opening Day shortstop. He batted .182 with three RBI in 44 at-bats in two previous stints with the club. But he was hitting .275 with 25 RBI, 12 stolen bases and two homers for New Orleans.
Meanwhile, Orlando Merced, who led the majors in RBI by a pinch-hitter last season, agreed to a $1.7million, one-year contract extension with the Astros. Merced, in his second season with Houston, is hitting .315 with six homers and 22 RBI. The deal allows him to make an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.
CUBS: Chicago placed right-hander Juan Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with a tired arm and recalled reliever Francis Beltran from Class AA West Tennessee. Cruz has made 32 appearances this season, going 1-10 with a 4.18 ERA. Beltran has been in two games with the Cubs, going 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA. He's 2-2 with 23 saves and a 2.59 ERA at West Tennessee and has been scored upon just twice over his last 22 innings.
INDIANS: Dave Burba, who re-signed with Cleveland last week after being released by Texas, is back in the Indians' bullpen after the club purchased his contract. Burba signed a minor league deal with the Indians on Aug.7, returning to the team he pitched for from 1998 to 2001.

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