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Outfielder's 5-year deal worth $6.25M

9/10/2003

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Outfielder Delmon Young, the No. 1 pick in last June's draft, was signed Tuesday to a five-year contract.

The deal is worth $6.25M and includes a $3.7 million signing bonus, ESPN's Peter Gammons reports.

Young will report to the Devil Rays' instructional league program Sept. 19.

Young, the younger brother of Detroit's Dmitri Young, hit .541
with seven homers and 28 RBI in 22 games this season at Camarillo
(Cal.) High School. He was the first selection in the June draft.

"Delmon's one of the fine young hitters in the country," Tampa Bay general manager Chuck LaMar said. "He's got the potential to
hit and hit with power and be a productive middle-of-the-lineup-type hitter on a major league club."

To make room on the 40-man roster for Young, Tampa Bay
transferred shortstop Rey Ordonez from the 15- to the 60-day
disabled list. Ordonez is out with a knee injury.

Anaheim Angels: Angels shortstop David Eckstein
was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's
game against the Oakland Athletics.

Eckstein was on the disabled list since Aug. 19 with a nerve
irritation in his right leg.

"He worked out hard yesterday and was ready to go," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said. "We look forward to having him start
tomorrow.''

Eckstein is batting .254 with three homers and 30 RBI in 109
games this season.

San Diego Padres: The Padres acquired first baseman Todd Sears from Minnesota for minor league outfielder Alex Garcia.

Sears, 27, played in 24 games with the Twins and hit .246 with
two home runs and 11 RBI. He hit .254 with seven homers and 41
RBI in 80 games with Triple-A Rochester.

Sears, a 6-foot-5 left-handed hitter, will report to the Padres on Wednesday.

Garcia, 21, appeared in 73 games for Class A Eugene and Fort
Wayne, batting .243 with 16 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

San Francisco Giants: Giants rookie right-hander Jesse Foppert said Tuesday that he'll have reconstructive elbow surgery
next week.

Foppert, on the disabled list since Aug. 21 with a nerve problem
in his right elbow, was hurt in a simulated game Sunday morning.

Foppert said he felt his elbow pop. "I knew it was something a
little bit more than just a minor setback," he said.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in
Birmingham, Ala.

Foppert was 8-9 with a 5.03 ERA.

"There's no point in sitting around and pouting about it,"
Foppert said. "It's a little setback, and it'll be a good
challenge for me."

The Giants activated right-handed
reliever Dustin Hermanson from the 15-day disabled list before
Tuesday night's game against San Diego.

Hermanson was put on the DL on Aug. 30, retroactive to Aug. 24,
with a strained back muscle. He is 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA and one save
this season.

Cleveland Indians: The Indians put outfielders
Matt Lawton and Ryan Ludwick on the disabled list Tuesday and
bought the contract of outfielder Chris Magruder from Triple-A
Buffalo.

Lawton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in
his right middle finger. He dislocated the finger in a game in July
and was on the disabled list from July 12 to Aug. 28.

He was batting .249 in 99 games, with 15 home runs and 53 RBI.

Lawton went to Baltimore on Tuesday to be examined by a hand
specialist. The Indians have no immediate plans to fill his roster
spot and said his prospects for playing again this season are
uncertain.

Ludwick was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a bruised
patellar tendon in his right knee. He injured the knee sliding back
into first base against Detroit on Sept. 3.

He was hitting .265 with seven homers and 26 RBI for the
Indians, who acquired him from Texas on July 18.

Magruder, who takes Ludwick's roster spot, hit .328 with three
homers and 15 RBI in 41 games with Buffalo. He spent the first
half of the season on the minor league disabled list after tearing
a ligament in his thumb in the spring.

Wilbur Snapp, 'Three Blind Mice' organist, dies: Wilbur Snapp, a minor league
baseball organist who drew national attention after an umpire
ejected him for playing "Three Blind Mice," died at 83.

Snapp died Saturday at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in South Pasadena, Fla.

Snapp played "Three Blind Mice" during a game in 1985 after
what he thought was a bad call against the Clearwater Phillies at
Jack Russell Stadium. Not amused, the ump pointed up at the
organist, then thumbed him out of the game.

Snapp's ejection brought phone calls from around the country.
Weatherman Willard Scott mentioned it on NBC's "Today" show, and
Paul Harvey talked about it on his syndicated radio program. Fans
sought his autograph, and he signed it "Wilbur Snapp, Three Blind
Mice organist."

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.