Sosa makes Rangers' 25-man roster
Sosa, out of baseball last season, is fifth in major league history with 588 homers. He will begin the season as the Rangers' designated hitter.
Left-hander Bruce Chen, 0-7 for Baltimore in 2006, also will open the season on the Texas roster as a long reliever, Rangers manager Ron Washington said following Saturday night's final exhibition game.
Right-hander Eric Gagne, recovering from back surgery but expected to take over as the closer early in the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 28.
Washington said his toughest duty was to inform Byrd, who played the last two seasons for the Washington Nationals, that he didn't make the Rangers' final 25. Kata beat out Byrd for the spot as a reserve outfielder.
"(Byrd) had a heck of a spring," Washington said. "It was hard to tell him he wasn't going to make the team. He played very well. It was also tough telling Ojeda."
There will be more moves involving the pitching staff when Gagne comes off the DL and when a spot is needed to activate No. 5 starter Jamey Wright, a non-roster invitee to spring training.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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