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Despite Fenway controversy, Yanks' Sheffield remains focused



Published: Mon, April 18, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

BALTIMORE -- While Gary Sheffield waits to hear what, if any, discipline he faces for his part in Thursday's incident involving a Red Sox fan at Fenway Park, the Yankee right fielder doesn't seem to have any problem focusing on baseball.

Sheffield homered and drove in three runs on Saturday and was 2-for-4 Sunday, upping his average to a team-high .333.

Meanwhile, Bob Watson, MLB's chief of discipline, said he is still reviewing tapes of the eighth-inning scene in which a fan -- identified as Chris House of Dorchester, Mass. -- reached over the right field fence and made contact with Sheffield's face as he fielded Jason Varitek's triple.

Watson wouldn't comment further, but Sheffield's agent, Rufus Williams, said he and Sheffield are planning to meet with MLB officials. The hope was that the meeting would take place today, but it could be pushed back a day because of scheduling conflicts, Williams said.

The important thing is for the meeting to be held before the Yanks leave for Toronto after Tuesday's game; the sentiment around baseball is that Sheffield could avoid a suspension because he said he never made contact with the fan, though he did make a violent shoving motion at him.

Sheffield also could be fined, but Williams has said any punishment will be appealed.

"We're confident the process will move quickly," Williams said. "Until it's over, Gary will just worry about playing."

Sheffield is considering pressing charges against House, and Boston police are still investigating the situation.

The Red Sox are also considering revoking House's season tickets, Sox spokesman Glenn Geffner told The Associated Press; Geffner said the team hopes to have a decision in the next day or two.




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