While they appear to want to go ahead with contraction, theydelayed any further announcements. A factor in that decisionapparently involves a temporary injunction issued by a Minnesotajudge that forces the Twins to fulfill their lease next season atthe Metrodome. Twins owner Carl Pohlad has appealed thatdecision.

Although the owners have not yet identified the teams likely tobe eliminated, the Twins and the Montreal Expos are said to be theleading candidates.

Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearingnext week on baseball's antitrust exemption in Washington.Following the decision by baseball owners to eliminate two teams,legislation was introduced to strip baseball of its 79-year-oldexemption from antitrust laws.

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