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GOVERNOR CRIES `FOUL’ REGARDING ATTEMPTS TO RELOCATE MARINERS

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Racism, Japan-bashing and anti-Seattle bias are all contributing to criticism of a Japanese offer to buy the Seattle Mariners baseball team, Gov. Booth Gardner alleges.

Gardner said he'll present the region's support for the deal to Commissioner Fay Vincent."The only foreign ownership I'm concerned about is Tampa Bay," Gardner said Monday, referring to efforts to lure the team to Florida.

"We'll use every card we have available to us," the governor told a news conference. That would include criticism of possible racism, appeals to major league owners' business sense, and possibly lawsuits, he said.

The state Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Vincent to "recognize and applaud the international appeal of baseball" and avoid making a decision based on the bidders' national origin.