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The Cleveland Indians demoted reliever Doug Jones, their all-time save leader, to Class AAA Colorado Springs yesterday.

Jones had the right to refuse the assignment and become a free agent, but said he would report to the minors. If he had opted for free agency, he would have forfeited more than $700,000 remaining on his $2.05 million salary for this year.

"That decision wasn't hard at all," Jones said.

He said he wasn't surprised that no team claimed him off waivers.

"Who wants my contract?" he said.

Jones, 34, has struggled all season, going 1-7 with a 7.47 ERA and six saves in 11 opportunities. He had a team-record 43

saves last year, his third straight year with more than 30. He has 127 saves in four-plus seasons with Cleveland. Opponents have batted .328 against him in 1991.

* PHILLIES: Len Dykstra's arraignment on drunken driving and other charges concerning his May automobile accident has been postponed until the Phillies complete their West Coast trip. The court proceeding will be Aug. 8, according to the Delaware County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office.

The arraignment was scheduled for today, but the team is in the middle of a nine-game road trip in California.

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