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Moyer, 49, makes Rockies roster

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jamie Moyer, at 49 years old, made the Rockies' starting rotation, manager Jim Tracy said Friday.

The lefty, entering his 25th season, posted a 2.77 spring earned-run average. He will follow righty Jeremy Guthrie and start the second game of the season, April 7 at Houston.

Moyer will be the oldest to start a game since Satchel Paige at 59 in 1965, ESPN said, and could become the oldest to earn a win. The last player to play in the majors at 49 was infielder Julio Franco in 2007.

"I think he can still be very, very effective," Tracy said. "He has incredible know-how. He's an incredible pitch-maker. When he's right, he can carve a strike zone up."

Moyer, who was unavailable for comment, missed last season after elbow ligament replacement surgery (also known as Tommy John surgery). Tracy said when he informed Moyer of his decision, Moyer thanked him.

"I stopped him right there and said, 'Thank you is not necessary because we don't give handouts here. Your professionalism and the way you've handled yourself is immensely appreciated,' " Tracy said. "He earned it."

Moyer will be the active leader in wins (267), innings (4,020) and starts (628). In 2010 he went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA with the Phillies. Overall he is 267-204 with a 4.24 ERA.

Ramirez charge dropped: A Florida prosecutor dismissed a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against A's designated hitter Manny Ramirez because his wife wouldn't cooperate. The Broward County State Attorney's Office said it was unable to serve a subpoena on Juliana Ramirez, the alleged victim. Ramirez had pleaded not guilty to slapping her Sept. 12 during an altercation in which she said her head struck a bed headboard.

Livan cut, signed: A few hours after the Astros released him, righty Livan Hernandez was signed by the Braves to a one-year deal worth $750,000 (not including incentives). Hernandez, 37, is second among active players in starts (474) and innings (3,1212/3). Last season, his 16th, he went 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 starts for Washington.

Angels: Reliever Jason Isringhausen made the team. Last season, his 15th, the righty went 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA and seven saves in 53 games for the Mets. Isringhausen, 39, had said he would have retired had the Angels not signed him. Also, outfielder Mike Trout, one of the club's top prospects, was sent to the minors. He missed time in the spring because of the flu, which caused him to lose about 15 pounds.

Indians: Righty Derek Lowe, who left Thursday's start after three innings with tightness near his rib cage, said he felt better and didn't expect to go on the disabled list. Reliever David Huff is out indefinitely with a sore hamstring. The lefty was hurt Thursday while fielding a slow roller. And Jeanmar Gomez, battling to be the fifth starter, left Friday after 32/3 innings with a mildly strained hip. The righty was hurt stretching for a throw while covering first.

Marlins: Rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton, out since March 11 with wrist and knee injuries, and leftfielder Logan Morrison, out since March 13 with a sore knee, returned.

Mets: Righty Miguel Bautista, 41, made the team. Last season, his 17th, he went 5-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 35 games (five starts) for the Cardinals and Mets.

Padres: Lefty Cory Luebke signed a four-year extension worth $12 million with two team options that could make it worth $27.75 million. Luebke, 27, went 6-10 with a 3.29 ERA in 46 games (17 starts) last season.

Pirates: Reliever Juan Cruz, who went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA for the Rays last season, made the team as a nonroster invitee.

Royals: Leftfielder Alex Gordon agreed to a four-year extension worth $37.5 million that includes a player option that could make it worth $50 million. The No. 2 overall pick in 2005 last year hit .303 with 23 homers and 87 RBIs.

Moyer, 49, makes Rockies roster 03/30/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 12:24am]
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