CINCINNATI — Pete Rose stood on first base and tipped his cap to the screaming crowd, a bit like he did 25 years ago.
The banished hits king made a rare onfield appearance Saturday while the Reds commemorated the 25th anniversary of his record hit No. 4,192 at Cinergy Field.
Wearing a No. 14 Rose jersey, he was driven onto the field at Great American Ball Park, walked over to first base and stomped on it with his booted right foot while a less-than-capacity crowd stood and cheered. Rose broke Ty Cobb's hits record with his single off the Padres' Eric Show on Sept. 11, 1985.
Rose, 69, was greeted at first base by former teammates Tony Perez and Cesar Geronimo, along with a few other former Reds players. Owner Bob Castellini gave him a trophy commemorating the anniversary.
Rose didn't do interviews or speak directly to the crowd. Highlights of his pursuit of the hit and his recollections of it were shown on the videoboard.
Fans chanted "Hall of Fame" before he left on the cart.
Rose finished his career with 4,256 hits. He agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 for gambling on baseball, which made him ineligible for the Hall of Fame.
PETTITTE HEALING: Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte, on the disabled list since mid July with a strained left groin, will return to the rotation Sept. 19 against the Orioles if all goes well in his rehab start Tuesday with Double-A Scranton.
In other Yankees news, SS Derek Jeter, in the midst of an 8-for-67 slump and coming off a 1-for-7 performance in Friday's 13-inning game, got the night off.
LOWELL TO RETIRE: Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell confirmed that he will retire after this, his 13th season in the majors, the Boston Herald reported. Lowell, 36, is a four-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner.
A'S: The club exercised its option on manager Bob Geren's contract for the 2011 season. The team is likely to miss the playoffs but has stayed around .500 despite youth and injuries.
CARDINALS: 1B Albert Pujols picked up his 101st RBI , extending his major-league record to 10 straight seasons of 30 or more homers and 100 or more RBIs to start his career. He has the second-longest streak of 100-RBI seasons to start a career, behind Al Simmons' 11.
DODGERS: RHP Vicente Padilla skipped his start against the Astros because of a bulging disc in his neck.
MARLINS: RHP Josh Johnson, who skipped his start Friday with shoulder inflammation and a mid-back strain, canceled a bullpen session, leaving Wednesday's scheduled start in doubt.
METS: CF Carlos Beltran sat out with tendinitis in his left knee caused by overcompensating during rehabilitation from surgery on his right knee.
RANGERS: 1B Chris Davis, who started the year in the majors but was demoted twice after struggling, was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
ROCKIES: After consecutive 0-for-4 performances, CF Carlos Gonzalez was out of the starting lineup. Manager Jim Tracy said he wanted to give the Triple Crown candidate a breather.
TWINS: DH Jim Thome returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a mild abdominal strain.
WHITE SOX: RHP Freddy Garcia was scratched from his start against the Royals with a sore lower back. RHP Lucas Harrell started in his place.