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A-Rod suit a Fed issue
Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit claiming Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig went on a "witch hunt" to force him from the sport has been moved from state to federal court.
Major League Baseball filed a notice of removal Monday, saying claims by the New York Yankees third baseman are governed by federal law.
The lawsuit, originally filed Thursday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, was assigned to U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who joined the bench in December, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox.
Rodriguez's legal team could file a motion asking that the case be returned to state court. One of his lawyers, Joseph Tacopina, said in a statement that the league "knows that these state law claims properly belong where they were filed, in the New York state court."
The legal action comes during a grievance by the Major League Baseball Players Association to overturn a 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.
In other baseball news, the Toronto Blue Jays say hitting coach Chad Mottola and first base coach Dwayne Murphy won't return next season.
The team said Monday that Murphy was retiring as a major league coach.
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale, pitching coach Pete Walker, third base coach Luis Rivera and bullpen coach Pat Hentgen will be back in their current roles.
Lynx look keep Dream down
The Minnesota Lynx looked every bit the favorite to win the WNBA title in their commanding victory over the Atlanta Dream in the opener.
They have home-court advantage in the championship round for a third straight year, a proud, confident and determined bunch pursuing their second title in that span. The Lynx used balance, depth and strength at both ends of the floor to overwhelm the Dream 84-59 in Game One on Sunday night, the second-largest margin in WNBA finals history.
That doesn't mean this best-of-five series is sewn up, though. …