PEORIA, Ariz. -- A's owner Lew Wolff dismissed a report that the A's likely will be denied permission to pursue a move to San Jose.

The New York Daily News' Bill Madden wrote Saturday that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is likely to uphold the Giants' territorial rights to San Jose, ending the A's drive to build a new ballpark in that city.

"I spoke to Bud today on another matter, he didn't bring it up," Wolff told this newspaper Saturday night. "I think he would have told me if that's the case. We talked about something else. I think he would have alerted me or the Giants if he had made a decision."

The New York Daily News story did not cite sources with direct knowledge of Selig's plans. But it does quote a lawyer who predicts that other owners would not vote to overturn the Giants' rights to San Jose, for fear that doing so could open the gates to their own teams' losing territorial rights in the future.

Wolff said he wasn't aware of the story, as did A's general manager Billy Beane, who declined to comment.

The A's have been waiting nearly three years for Major League Baseball to rule whether they can build a new ballpark in downtown San Jose, which the Giants vehemently oppose.

A "no" vote would be devastating to the A's, given that so much of their decision-making has revolved around a potential move to the South Bay.


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Beane traded three All-Star pitchers over the winter in exchange for a stockpile of young prospects -- which he hopes will form the core of a team ready to flourish if and when a new stadium is built in San Jose.

The A's maintain that they can't realistically compete while playing in the outdated O.co Coliseum. They finished last in home attendance in 2011. The Giants contend that much of their fan base and corporate sponsorship is based in the South Bay and is key to their revenue.

  • Right-hander Jarrod Parker, pitching his first game in an A's uniform, struck out four in two shutout innings as the A's beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2 on Saturday.

    Manager Bob Melvin was asked if Parker, 23, has a shot to break camp in the A's rotation, given that he's made just one career big league appearance.

    "He has to be a guy you consider," Melvin said. "The stuff is just too good."

    A's starter Tyson Ross threw 33 pitches in his one inning, walking two and allowing a run.

    Jonny Gomes and Jemile Weeks each homered for the A's.

  • The A's are expected to broadcast a large majority of their home games on three Spanish radio stations -- KIQI 1010, KATD 990 and Fresno-based 1330 AM. Amaury Pi-Gonzalez and Manolo Hernandez-Douen will call the games.