MLB notebook: Yankees to retire Torre's No. 6
The Yankees will retire former manager Joe Torre's No. 6, leaving Derek Jeter's No. 2 as the last single digit in New York's pinstripes.
Torre, Rich Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill also will be honored with plaques in Monument Park, the team said Thursday.
Torre managed the Yankees to World Series titles in 1996 and from 1998-00 and six AL pennants during 12 seasons as manager that ended in 2007. Currently Major League Baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations, he is being inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame this summer.
“I am incredibly humbled,” Torre said in a statement. “The Hall of Fame became possible for me because of what our players accomplished in 12 memorable years representing this historic franchise together. I hope that number 6 will stand for everything that our players achieved.”
Torre's number will be retired during a ceremony in Monument Park on Aug. 23. His number will join those of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9), Phil Rizzuto (10), Thurman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Casey Stengel (37), Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).
Jeter, the Yankees' captain since 2003, said in February this will be his final season.
Martinez's ceremony will be June 21 as part of Old-Timers' Day weekend followed the next day by the honors for Gossage, one of only a handful of pitchers in the Hall of Fame who primarily were relievers. O'Neill's ceremony will be Aug. 9.
The Yankees said the ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015, but they did not specify what honor Williams will receive.
Mariners farm team rallies from 16 runs down
Trailing 17-1 after five innings, the Clinton LumberKings were down — in their moods as well as on the scoreboard.
But the Mariners' farm team in the Class A Midwest League started chipping away. And by the time Wednesday night's game was over, the LumberKings had beaten the Burlington Bees, 20-17, over 12 innings in one of the greatest comebacks in professional baseball history.
“I'm still in shock,” Clinton manager Scott Steinmann said. “I've never been a part of that.”
The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, which governs the minors, didn't have any records of a 16-run comeback. The largest deficit overcame in a big league victory is 12 runs, accomplished by Detroit against the Chicago White Sox on June 18, 1911; by the Philadelphia Athletics versus Cleveland on June 15, 1925; and by the Indians over Seattle on Aug. 5, 2001.
Mauer still out, could go on disabled list
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer missed his fourth straight game with lower back spasms and manager Ron Gardenhire said the six-time All-Star could go on the disabled list.
Mauer played catch and hit off a batting tee Wednesday, but it's unclear when he'll be able to play.
The Twins have been playing short-handed throughout their four-game series with the Indians and their lack of depth became a bigger problem when outfielder Sam Fuld couldn't play Thursday because of headaches. Gardenhire said Fuld was being checked for a possible concussion.
The injuries left infielder Pedro Florimon as Minnesota's only player on the bench.
Eduardo Escobar, normally a shortstop, had to play left field Wednesday. He misjudged a fly ball in the ninth inning that led to Cleveland scoring the winning run in a 4-3 loss. Escobar started in center Thursday.
Rangers designate Mt. Lebo native Wilson
The Rangers promoted infielders Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor from Double-A when Texas put Donnie Murphy was put on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain and designated Mt. Lebanon product Josh Wilson for assignment.
Murphy has started 18 games at second base, and Wilson started 16.
Indians OF Bourn returns to lineup after injury
Indians center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn returned to the lineup after missing four games because of an injured left hamstring. Bourn left Saturday's game with tightness in his leg after beating out a bunt against the Chicago White Sox.
Nyjer Morgan, recalled from Triple-A Columbus when Bourn was injured, likely will stay with the team.
Minneapolis sued over All-Star game ordinance
Organizers of a one-day street festival in Minneapolis are suing the city over an ordinance that limits events surrounding the All-Star game in July.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. It claims an ordinance that gives Major League Baseball authority to approve activities in certain areas for 15 days surrounding the game is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two organizers of a festival that marks the 1934 Teamsters strike, in which two people were killed by Minneapolis police.
Festival organizer Jim McGuire says he's insulted he needs permission from a private company to exercise his right to free speech.
A spokesman for the city says officials are checking to see if they have received the lawsuit.
Around the majors
Former NBA star Tracy McGrady is set to make his first start for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Saturday night in an Atlantic League game against the Somerset Patriots. … Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind was activated off the 15-day disabled list. … The Phillies recalled right-hander Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley and sent right-hander Shawn Camp outright to the Triple-A team.
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