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Five-time AL batting champion Wade Boggs, eight-time All-Star Darryl Strawberry and two-time NL batting champion Willie McGee are among 12 players who will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

In other baseball news:

A new ballpark for the soon-to-be Washington Nationals appeared to be headed to approval after the chair of the District of Columbia Council decided not to oppose financing. The Council is scheduled to vote today, two weeks after Council Chair Linda W. Cropp removed the proposal from the agenda.

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to buy SkyDome, the team's 50,000-seat ballpark, for about $21.2 million. The sale is expected to close in December. The team plans to replace the artificial turf with FieldTurf and install a new JumboTron.

Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley has been charged with disorderly conduct after interfering with a traffic stop near Akron. Police say Bradley, who was driving ahead of a woman stopped by police for weaving on a highway last Thursday, stopped on an exit ramp and challenged the officer, putting his hands behind his back and saying "go 'head and arrest me." The officer obliged him.

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