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Jays extend Carter, Gaston

Outfielder Joe Carter and manager Cito Gaston, who helped lead the Blue Jays to consecutive World Series titles, agreed Wednesday to contract extensions through the 1997 season.

"I don't have to worry about going to Atlanta, the Dodgers or San Diego," Carter said during a news conference at SkyDome. "Now all the media can stop asking me about rumors about being traded."

Carter, 36, has a $6-million salary and had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series. He clinched the Jays' second straight World Series title in 1993 with a two-run, ninth-inning homer off Philadelphia's Mitch Williams in Game 6.

Carter is hitting .286 this season with 19 homers and 67 RBI.

Gaston, 52, joined the Blue Jays as hitting coach Nov. 4, 1981. He became interim manager May 15, 1989, was hired as the permanent manager two weeks later.

PHILLIES: LHP David West will make a rehab start at Class AAA Scranton on Friday and, if all goes well, will rejoin the Phillies afterward.

REDS: LHP Pete Schourek, out for the season after elbow surgery, says he wants to pitch for Cincinnati next year if the team will have him back.

ROYALS: RHP Kevin Appier and the team are close to agreement on a three-year deal, compromising on a no-trade clause that had been the sticking point in negotiations. Appier, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season, had said he was willing to accept less money to stay in Kansas City if the Royals assured him he would stay there. Asked if the team had agreed to a one-year no-trade clause, general manager Herk Robinson said, "That's somewhat in the ballpark." Talks have become more pressing as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

WHITE SOX: RHP Kirk McCaskill was released after Wednesday's game. McCaskill, 35, was 5-5 with a 6.97 ERA in 29 games, including four starts. He joined the White Sox in 1992. Luis Andujar was called up from Triple-A Nashville to start today's game against Texas. Surgery on C Chad Kreuter's severely dislocated left shoulder was postponed after he experienced stomach bleeding. He is now expected to undergo the procedure Monday.

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