Former St. Louis Brown Rollie Stiles, thought to be the oldest former major-leaguer, died in his sleep Sunday morning at Bethesda Southgate nursing home in St. Louis County, a spokesman for the nursing home said Monday. He was 100.
Born Nov. 17, 1906, in Ratcliff, Ark., Mr. Stiles pitched for the Browns in 1930, 1931 and 1933, compiling a 9-14 record with a 5.92 ERA. Babe Ruth was among the hitters he faced.
"I had a great game against him," Mr. Stiles recalled in a 2006 interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I held him to three hits."
SELIG STILL NONCOMMITAL: Commissioner Bud Selig denied a USA Today report that he had decided not to participate in any onfield celebration when the Giants' Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's home run record. "That's just wrong," Selig said. "No decisions have been made."
And Kimberly Bell, who claims to be Bonds' mistress, said she would discuss the couple's relationship and pose nude in the November issue of Playboy.
ASTROS: CF Hunter Pence, a leading NL Rookie of the Year candidate, went on the disabled list with an injured wrist and is likely to miss four to six weeks.
CUBS: RHP Wade Miller is scheduled to start for Double-A Tennessee on Wednesday as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
METS: RHP Pedro Martinez threw 50 pitches in a simulated game against minor-leaguers after a 19-day hiatus. He had surgery Oct. 5 on a torn rotator cuff.
NATIONALS: INF Ronnie Belliard agreed to a $3.5-million, two-year extension through the 2009 season.
RANGERS: RHP Robinson Tejeda, 5-9 with a 6.61 ERA, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma.
PHILLIES: RHP Brett Myers struck out three and allowed one hit in 11/3 shutout innings in his second rehab appearance with Class A Clearwater. Myers strained his right shoulder May 23.
YANKEES: DH Jason Giambi took 38 swings during his first onfield batting practice session since hurting his left foot two months ago.