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Team comes first after Moyer's record night

DENVER — Jamie Moyer wasn't overly sore or elated after his record-setting night.

The 49-year-old Rockies left-hander was pretty much business as usual Wednesday, the day after becoming the oldest pitcher to win a major-league game.

Moyer was the talk of baseball after he turned in a vintage performance against the Padres to work his way into the record books.

But the record didn't mean as much to him as pulling the Rockies out of a two-game skid.

"Milestones and records become secondary when you're playing a team sport and have a goal of progressing into the playoffs," he said. "If I can give the team enough innings, enough quality innings to put us in a position to win games, that's what it's about."

He has received more than 100 texts and 20 voice messages offering congratulations.

And he will get back to everyone, just as soon as all the hubbub and hoopla die down.

"I pull for him. I think he's amazing," said Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel, who had Moyer for parts of five seasons when he was in the Phillies rotation. "I've known him basically his whole career."

In other Rockies news, SS Troy Tulowitzki was out of the lineup in a scheduled day off.

PUDGE TO RETIRE: C Ivan Rodriguez plans to retire as a member of the Rangers, his team for the first 12 years of his 21-year career, during a pregame ceremony Monday, reported. Rodriguez, 40, was a 13-time Gold Glove winner and a 14-time All-Star and won the 1999 AL MVP Award.

CLEMENS SAGA: The lawyers for seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens are seeking to limit the testimony of Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte at Clemens' perjury trial, according to a document filed in U.S. District Court. Pettitte is expected to say he received HGH from Brian McNamee, Clemens' former trainer, which the defense says is guilt by association.

DYKSTRA SENTENCED: Former Mets OF Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading no contest to charges he exposed himself to women he met on Craigslist and assaulted one.

ANGELS: Gold Glove-winning SS Erick Aybar, 28, is close to agreeing to a contract worth a guaranteed $35 million over four years, reported. The deal could be announced today.

D'BACKS: CF Chris Young went on the disabled list with a right shoulder contusion a day after slamming into the wall making a catch. INF Geoff Blum went on the DL with a pulled muscle in his side. OF A.J. Pollock and INF Cody Ransom were recalled from Triple-A Reno.

GIANTS: All-Star closer Brian Wilson is set to have reconstructive surgery on his right (pitching) elbow today in Pensacola.

INDIANS: RHP Jeanmar Gomez was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at the Royals' Mike Moustakas on Saturday.

PIRATES: RHP Jeff Karstens went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

RANGERS: 1B/DH Mitch Moreland returned to the lineup after missing three games following oral surgery for an abscessed tooth. DH Michael Young sat out with back stiffness.

RED SOX: RH reliever Mark Melancon, who has a 49.50 ERA in four outings, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. On Tuesday he gave up six earned runs, including three homers, without recording an out, which said had never been done before. RHP Junichi Tazawa was recalled from Pawtucket. … Former manager and current ESPN analyst Terry Francona changed his mind and said he will attend the team's 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park on Friday.

Team comes first after Moyer's record night 04/18/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:20pm]
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