If Denver gets a National League expansion franchise, the team should be called the Denver Bears, say the majority of people voting in a newspaper poll.
With two days left in balloting, the Rocky Mountain News said Bears leads Rockies, 492-222, in the nickname race.
Denver is favored over Colorado, 582-483, in voting for the team's first name, and silver leads gold, 535-424, in voting for the team's second color. The prospective ownership group has selected purple as the primary color.
* GIANTS: All-Star outfielder Kevin Mitchell went to a hospital last night for tests on his swollen left knee.
Mitchell was out of the starting lineup because of the sore knee, which had forced him out of a game one week ago. Reds team Dr. Michael Lawhon examined him and recommended tests to determine whether Mitchell has torn something in the knee.