HARGROVE'S DILEMMA: Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove doesn't see the point in picking an All-Star pitcher who can't pitch in the game.

Hargrove, the AL All-Stars' manager, said Friday that he would be reluctant to name a starting pitcher to his roster who pitches on July 5 - two days before the game at Coors Field in Denver."How can you take a guy who pitches on Sunday?" Hargrove said. "You can't do that."

That approach could cause some problems. New York's David Cone, a 10-game winner and four-time All-Star, would be scheduled to pitch on July 5. Texas Rangers 11-game winner Rick Helling's spot would come up on the same day.

"I would be very hesitant to take a guy who couldn't pitch in the game," Hargrove said. "That's not to say I wouldn't."

The starting lineups for the July 7 game in Denver will be announced Monday and Tuesday. Managers fill out the 30-man roster by picking the pitchers and reserves, submitting their choices by 6 p.m. Wednesday. NL manager Jim Leyland has said starters who pitch July 5 will not be considered.

ROSE JR. SIGNS WITH SOUNDS: Pete Rose Jr., the son of baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose, has signed a contract to play for the Nashville Sounds.

Rose Jr., 28, joined the team in Oklahoma City on Friday, where the Sounds were playing a series against the Redhawks. He requested and was granted his release by the Reds after they demoted him from Triple-A Indianapolis to Double-A Chattanooga.

LEITER OUT 4-6 WEEKS: Mets left-hander Al Leiter will miss at least four weeks after partially tearing a knee tendon in Friday night's Subway Series opener against the Yankees.

Leiter injured his left knee while racing to cover first base in the seventh inning on a slow roller hit to the right side by Derek Jeter. Leiter hurt the knee while trying to tag out Jeter.

ROYALS ACQUIRE ALLENSWORTH: The Kansas City Royals obtained outfielder Jermaine Allensworth from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league pitcher Saturday, a trade that could lead to another deal.