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BASEBALL HIRES BEESTON AS NO. 2 -- WITH NO NO. 1

With the hiring of Paul Beeston as baseball's No. 2 official, some teams have increased their pressure on Bud Selig to accept a full term as commissioner.

"All I'll say is I haven't changed my mind since Sept. 9, 1992," Selig said Tuesday after announcing Beeston's appointment as Major League Baseball's president and chief operating officer.

Beeston resigned Tuesday as Toronto's president and chief executive officer.

In other baseball news:

New York Yankees outfielder Mark Whiten denied raping a woman at the team's hotel and contended the sex was consensual, police said. He expects to play today while waiting to see if he is charged in Milwaukee. The outfielder missed two games last week to travel to Clearwater, Fla., to be with his wife, Sheri, when she delivered their second child.

Red Sox third baseman Tim Naehring will have surgery on his right elbow and miss the rest of the season.

Chicago White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura, sidelined since March 21 with a fractured ankle, will return from his minor-league rehabilitation assignment on Thursday.

Milwaukee pitcher Ben McDonald will have surgery on his right shoulder and could miss the rest of the season.

Boston outfielder Wilfredo Cordero will face an additional charge of violating an emergency restraining order, in connection with allegations that he beat his wife after an early morning argument June 11, according to prosecutors.

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