As the great Ernie Harwell might say, the corner of Michigan and Trumbull will never be the same.

The City of Detroit has rejected a $33.4 million proposal by a nonprofit group to preserve and renovate Tiger Stadium, and the old stadium will be demolished as soon as a deal is negotiated with a contractor.

Tiger Stadium, which opened in 1912 as Navin Field, was abandoned after the 1999 season when the Tigers moved to Comerica Park. A demolition project that began a year ago leveled most of the stadium, but the City Council halted the project last fall.

The Council wanted to give the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy time to raise funds for a proposed redevelopment of the site using what remained of the stadium. But the city's Economic Development Corp. decided that "financial milestones had not been met" by the agency and ordered demolition to be completed.

Don't call him Eva

Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria has passed Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter to become the leading vote-getter in results of fan balloting for the American League all-star team released yesterday.

Longoria has 1,036,071 votes in the latest returns, with Jeter second, Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler third, and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer fourth.

Longoria, who left last night's game against Kansas City because of tightness in his left hamstring, has more than double the votes of the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez at third base. Rodriguez, who is third behind Longoria and the Rangers' Michael Young, was the overall top vote-getter the last two seasons and was picked by fans to start 11 times.

Other position leaders: first baseman Kevin Youkilis of Boston, and outfielders Jason Bay of the Red Sox, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, and Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle.


Shortstop Kyle Haines, who batted .253 in 26 games with the Camden Riversharks, signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians. He was scheduled to join the Indians' farm club at double-A Akron last night. . . . The Rangers' Hamilton underwent an MRI test yesterday for a strained groin. He was hurt May 17 crashing into an outfield wall while making a leaping catch. . . . The Red Sox activated outfielder Mark Kotsay from the DL. Kotsay has been out since spring training after undergoing back surgery. . . . The Royals reinstated closer Joakim Soria and shortstop Tony Pena Jr. from the 15-day DL. They placed righthander Sidney Ponson on the DL with a right-elbow strain and outfielder Coco Crisp on the bereavement list. Crisp, whose great-grandmother died, is expected back tomorrow. . . . Oakland promoted Vin Mazzaro from triple A and started him vs. the White Sox last night for his major-league debut. He won. The Athletics sent righthander Kevin Cameron to Sacramento. . . . Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left last night's game against Minnesota with a left shoulder injury after sliding into second base.