All-Star tix available; Boras responds to Jay-Z

Tickets for Monday night’s Home Run Derby were available Sunday

evening on Major League Baseball’s website, priced at $205, $263,

$267, $300 and $310. Nearly 2,700 resale tickets were listed on

StubHub for $112-$2,327.

Tickets for Tuesday night’s All-Star game were still tied to

Mets season-ticket, partial season-ticket and premium-ticket

packages on MLB.com, and StubHub had just over 2,300 All-Star

tickets from $288-$9,172.

MLB boosts the price of All-Star tickets when the game is in New

York. The range was $150-$725 for 2008 at old Yankee Stadium,

$100-$360 the following year in St. Louis, $190-$350 in 2010 at

Anaheim and $90-$425 in 2011 at Phoenix.

Last year’s game in Kansas City was priced at $125-$450 and this

year’s at $195-$715, with an additional 54 seats at $968.

Next year’s game is at Minnesota and the 2015 showcase is in

Cincinnati.

DIFFERENT TYPE OF RECORD: Agent Scott Boras responded to Jay-Z’s

shot at him on the rapper’s newest recording, ”Magna Carta… Holy

Grail,” which was released July 4.

Jay-Z rapped: ”Scott Boras, you over baby/Robinson Cano, you

coming with me” on the song ”Crown.”

”I listen to jazz. Bernie Williams is my favorite musician,”

Boras said, referring to the retired New York Yankees outfielder, a

longtime client. ”In the owners’ game of player contracts, it’s

about what you know, not who knows you. And behind the owners’

door, the game takes care of itself, and the only records that I’m

familiar with are the ones that are related to player contracts.

And until you have those, I don’t think any owner is going to find

you credible.”

Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports partnered with the Creative Artists

Agency’s CAA Sports in April to represent athletes, and Jay-Z

became a certified baseball agent who will represent Cano along

with CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen

NOT INTERESTED: Gene Orza, the former chief operating officer of

the Major League Baseball Players Association, said he will not

return to the union.

Orza joined the union as associate general counsel in 1984 and

retired in March 2011, 15 months after Michael Weiner replaced

Donald Fehr as executive director. Weiner said last August that he

has a brain tumor and has remained on the job, and there has been

speculation about succession plans.

Yahoo Sports reported Friday that MLBPA officials have talked

about the possibility of Fehr returning; Fehr has said he has had

no such discussions.

”This talk about succession at the players’ association would

be unseemly even if it were informed, but, having taken place, let

me curtail some of it,” Orza said in a statement Sunday to The

Associated Press. ”I am not returning to the players’ association,

still loved though it is. I am happily retired.”

CELEBRITY MVPS: John Wege of the Wounded Warrior softball team

and actor and comedian Kevin James were voted MVPs of Sunday’s

celebrity softball game, which followed the All-Star Futures

Game.

Wege, who has two prosthetic limbs that replace legs blown off

in Afghanistan, homered during the six-inning game, which also

included retired major leaguers Mike Piazza, Frank Thomas, Rickey

Henderson and Bernie Williams.