Oates has number retired by Rangers

Updated: August 7, 2005, 3:02 AM ET
Associated Press

Texas Rangers: The Rangers retired former manager Johnny Oates' No. 26 before Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Oates, who died of a brain tumor Dec. 24, 2004, led the Rangers to their only division titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Nolan Ryan's No. 34 is the only other uniform number retired by the team. A sign with Oates' name and number was unveiled in left field, next to Ryan's number, at Ameriquest Field.

"He was a great manager," said former Rangers infielder Mark McLemore, who was among 15 of Oates' players who attended the ceremony. "He led Texas to its first division title, but he was more than that. He was a man of great character, integrity and passion."

Oates' widow, Gloria, attended the ceremonies along with several family members.

"He would be overjoyed," Gloria Oates said. "To see the outpouring of love from the fans, the former players and the Rangers organization is a blessing to me."

Rangers sign Sele: Right-hander Aaron Sele, released earlier in the week by Seattle, was signed to a minor league contract by the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

Sele will pitch for Triple-A Oklahoma next week.

Sele, who pitched for the Rangers from 1998-99, was released by the Mariners last Monday. The 35-year-old was 6-12 with a 5.66 ERA in 21 starts this season. He lost a career-worst seven straight starts after being 6-5 on June 25.

Hidalgo lands on DL: The Rangers placed outfielder Richard Hidalgo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left wrist.

Team physician Dr. Keith Meister said earlier Saturday that Hidalgo had a chip fracture of the wrist, but further examination changed the diagnosis to the tendon strain.

The Rangers recalled infielder Marshall McDougall from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Hidalgo's wrist has been sore since Wednesday night when he was injured while sliding in the seventh inning of a 13-5 victory over Tampa Bay. He started on Thursday night but was taken out of the game because of the wrist problem.

Hidalgo is batting .221 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 88 games.

Florida Marlins: The Marlins placed first baseman Carlos Delgado on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 28, and recalled right-handed pitcher Randy Messenger from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Delgado has been sidelined since July 27 with a sore left elbow and hand. He took batting practice Friday and said his elbow was improving, but his hand wasn't getting better. He is hitting .294 with 21 home runs and is tied for eighth in the National League with 77 RBI.

Messenger was called up for the third time this season. He is 0-0 with a 5.11 ERA in 11 appearances with the Marlins this year.

New York Yankees: Hideo Nomo gave up two runs and six hits in six innings Saturday in his second start with Triple-A Columbus since signing with the New York Yankees.

He struck out five and issued a pair of walks, getting nine fly outs while facing 24 Richmond Braves batters. He left with a 3-2 lead.

Nomo went 5-8 with a 7.24 ERA for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who designated him for assignment July 16 and released him July 25. The Yankees signed him in an attempt to shore up their injury-plagued starting rotation.

Nomo set down nine of the first 10 men he faced, retiring the side in order in the first and third innings. He gave up a leadoff triple in the second to Richmond Braves cleanup hitter Scott Thorman, who had two of the three extra-base hits Nomo allowed.

Nomo failed to make it out of the third inning in his first start on Aug. 1 at Norfolk.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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