SEATTLE — Randy Johnson is back in the city where he became the most feared left-handed pitcher in baseball, to be inducted today into the team's Hall of Fame along with former C Dan Wilson.
Johnson, 48, said his departure in 1998 (he was traded to the Astros), when he was distracted by a contract dispute and speculation he was purposely tanking his season, still bothers him.
"The one thing that bothered me when I Ieft here was when people thought that I wasn't trying my hardest," Johnson said. "That, as an athlete, that bothered me a lot. I'll be the first to say I didn't play well, I didn't pitch well. Did it distract me? Absolutely.
"I also wanted to stay here, and that needs to be cleared up, too. I never wanted to leave. I didn't mean to get off on that, and hopefully no one will even write about that, because (Friday) and (today) are special days. I have too many memories here and that's why Seattle has always been near and dear to me."
Phillies To keep Lee: In the wake of extending LHP Cole Hamels' deal, the Phillies also plan to keep LHP Cliff Lee, and won't move him before Tuesday's nonwaiver trade deadline, CBSSports.com reported. In other Phillies news, INF Kevin Frandsen was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley after 3B Placido Polanco went on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. Mike Fontenot started at third Friday night.
big mets debut: RHP Matt Harvey made a notable major-league debut Thursday night, holding Arizona to three hits and striking out 11 in 5 1/3 innings in a 3-1 win. Harvey, 23, the Mets' top pick in 2010 out of North Carolina, set a franchise record for strikeouts in a debut — Tom Seaver and Bill Denehy each struck out eight in their debuts in 1967. Harvey also doubled and singled to become the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out more than 10 and collect two hits in his first game. "It was everything I could have imagined," said Harvey, who Friday put his cellphone on silent and let it charge after all the calls and texts he got. Harvey's next start will be Tuesday against Tim Lincecum and the Giants in San Francisco.
expanded replay: Commissioner Bud Selig said instant replay will expand to include trapped balls and line drives down the foul lines. Currently, replay is used to verify home runs. Selig did not say when replay expansion would begin.
Braves: RHP Miguel Batista, 41, signed a minor-league contract and will be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett.
cubs: In a pregame ceremony, the team honored new Hall of Famer Ron Santo. The late third baseman's No. 10 uniform number was carved into the outfield grass and his young grandson threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood. … RHP Matt Garza won't pitch again before Tuesday's trade deadline after an MRI exam revealed a slight fluid buildup in his right triceps area. The former Ray is expected to be ready to return late next week.
Rangers: RHP Roy Oswalt's Sunday start against the White Sox was pushed to Monday against the Angels because of back tightness. RHP Scott Feldman will start Sunday. … RHP Colby Lewis had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow and is expected to miss 9-12 months.
red sox: Slugger David Ortiz had his walking boot removed and tested his strained right Achilles by taking batting practice. Out since July 17, he is eligible to come off the DL Wednesday.
Rockies: 1B Todd Helton was activated from the 15-day DL and started against the Reds. Helton, 38, missed 12 games with inflammation in his left hip. RHP Edwar Cabrera was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Bonds appeal: Former slugger Barry Bonds was granted a two-week delay in his appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco postponed the deadline for his reply brief from Aug. 2 to Aug. 16.