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Yanks to retire Torre's number

NEW YORK — 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, Tampa's Tino Martinez, Rich "Goose" Gossage 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, 73, 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 No. 6 will stand for everything that our players achieved."

Torre's number will be retired in a ceremony 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), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49), plus the 42 of Jackie Robinson retired throughout baseball but worn until last year by Mariano Rivera.

Jeter, the Yankees' captain since 2003, said in February this will be his final season.

The ceremony for Martinez, 46, is June 21 as part of Old-Timers' Day weekend, followed the next day by the honors for Gossage. O'Neill's ceremony is Aug. 9.

Blue Jays: 1B Adam Lind was activated off the 15-day disabled list and started against Philadelphia. RHP Chad Jenkins was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Lind.

Giants: The team and closer Sergio Romo agreed to delay contract talks, perhaps until after the season, reported. Romo is making $6.3 million this season.

Phillies: The club recalled RH Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley and sent righty Shawn Camp outright to the Triple-A team.

Twins: 1B Joe Mauer, who missed his fourth straight game because of back spasms, could be headed to the disabled list. OF Sam Fuld was placed on the seven-day DL with concussion-like symptoms, leaving INF Pedro Florimon as the team's only bench player against Cleveland.

White Sox: Slugger Adam Dunn was back in the lineup against the Cubs after he missed a game with a bruised right calf.

Yanks to retire Torre's number 05/08/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:11pm]
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