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Tris Jones named after Tris Speaker

9/23/2005 - MLB

Atlanta Braves: Chipper Jones' new son has a name: Tris, a nod to Hall of Famer Tris Speaker.

Tristan Clay Jones was born Tuesday, but his parents took a few days to settle on a name. Sharon Jones wanted to bond with the couple's third son before making it official.

Chipper was certainly in agreement with Tris, knowing that Tris Speaker was one of the greatest players in baseball history. He had a career average of .344 in a 20-year career.

Actually, Speaker's first name was Tristram, but Tristan is close enough for his father.

Jones was in a better mood Friday after declining to talk with reporters following a 4-0 loss to Philadelphia the previous day. The game was scoreless until the ninth, when the Phillies scored four runs off Tim Hudson.

"I was obviously real frustrated with our offensive output," Jones said. "It was 10 times as frustrating for Huddy, because he went out there and pitched his tail off. But a loss is a loss is a loss."

Boston Red Sox: Three weeks ago, the Red Sox signed first baseman Michel Abreu to a $425,000 contract. Friday, the club began the process of voiding the deal.

The principle reason is that the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Abreu, a Cuban refugee, could not establish residency and therefore would not be eligible to play in 2006.

Another reason is that Abreu represented himself as being 26 years old. However, the roster from the 1999 Orioles-Cuba national team game lists Abreu's birth date as Feb. 8, 1975. The Red Sox found that to be the legitimate date, and Abreu mispresenting his age made the contract voidable.
-- Peter Gammons, Special to ESPN.com

Washington Nationals: Right-hander Tony Armas Jr. is to have arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder Wednesday.

Armas, 7-7 with a 4.97 ERA, last pitched Sept. 1, giving up seven runs in four innings against Atlanta, and then was dropped from the rotation. He went 0-2 with a 9.75 ERA in his final three starts.

The pitcher appeared in a total of just 21 games the previous two years because of major shoulder surgery in May 2003.

"His arm wasn't right a lot of the season. Hopefully he can get this corrected once and for all. It's been three years now," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said Friday.

Asked if at any point this season Robinson felt Armas was on the way back to being the pitcher who was the Expos' 2003 Opening Day starter, the manager said: "I thought at one time, early on he was
building toward that, but I never felt he was close to being back at any time. Then he started going backwards."

Short's stint finished: Career minor-leaguer Rick Short left his third start in the majors after injuring his left shoulder trying to make a play at second base in the sixth inning of the Nationals' game against the Mets.

Short, a 32-year-old who flirted with batting .400 at Triple-A New Orleans this season, was hurt when he dived to his right to grab a hard shot hit by Jose Reyes. Short landed hard and tried an underhand throw to first that was too late to get the speedy Reyes.

Short stayed down on his back and flung his cap away. He stayed down for a while while manager Frank Robinson came out of the dugout, along with a trainer, and teammates gathered around. Eventually, Short was led off the field, keeping his left arm tight against his body. He was diagnosed with a partially dislocated shoulder and will be re-examined Saturday.

He was replaced at second base by Jamey Carroll.

After making a run at becoming the first player to hit .400 in a full-season professional league since Aaron Pointer in 1961, Short was called up from New Orleans on Sept. 2 and finished at .383.

Until a brief stay with Washington in June, Short had collected 1,235 hits over more than a decade in the minors without ever spending a day in the big leagues.

Philadelphia Phillies: Jimmy Rollins' first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 28 games, the longest by a Phillies player this century.

Rollins' game-opening hit off Cincinnati's Aaron Harang added to the longest streak by an NL player this season. Boston's Johnny Damon hit in 29 straight games, the longest streak in the majors.

It's the longest streak by a Phillies player since Ed Delahanty hit safely in 31 straight in 1899.

Minnesota Twins: Right-hander Carlos Silva had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Wild team physician and Twins physician John Steubs did the surgery. Silva will rehab in Venezuela in the offseason, the Star Tribune reported.

"The doctors said it went very, very well," Twins trainer Rick McWane told the paper.

Detroit Tigers: Outfielder Cameron Maybin, the 10th overall pick in this year's draft, agreed to terms.

The 6-4, 205-pound Maybin batted .662 during his senior season at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, N.C., setting a state record.

He had 15 homers and 66 runs scored with 32 stolen bases en route to earning North Carolina Gatorade High School Player of the Year honors for a second straight season.

Chicago Cubs: Second baseman Todd Walker strained his right knee running the bases in the first inning and was taken to a hospital.

Walker was rounding second on Derrek Lee's double off the wall in center when he slowed and began limping and grimacing. He made it to third and then put his hands down and fell, clutching his right leg. He was on the ground for several minutes while trainers tested the knee.

He was helped off the field and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for an MRI.

Walker spent more than a month on the disabled list this year after injuring his other knee. He sprained a ligament in his left knee in an April 10 collision with Milwaukee's Carlos Lee.

Walker, whose single gave him a hit in 12 of his last 13 games, is batting .305 with 12 homers and 39 RBI.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Bank One Ballpark was renamed Chase Field following months of speculation that the Diamondbacks' home stadium would get a new name.

The park that opened in March 1998 also got a new logo -- the octagonal symbol of JPMorgan Chase & Co. superimposed between the
Chase Field name and a design resembling the silhouette of the 49,000-seat stadium.

The logo features a trestle shape like the top of the ballpark, which has a retractable roof to keep out the sun during Phoenix's triple-digit days of summer, and the team's traditional snake-fangs design in its purple, copper and teal colors.

"It's simple, straightforward and reminiscent of old-time baseball," said Joe Gionta, head of Chase Consumer Bank for the Southwest.

Diamondbacks president Rich Dozer said the team would retain its mascot, D. Baxter Bobcat, as a concession to fans who grew to know the place as "BOB."

The field's new name has been the subject of speculation since Chase merged with Bank One on Jan. 14, 2004, acquiring Bank One's interest in the $66 million, 30-year naming rights contract, which expires in 2028.

D-Backs' Bell rung: Diamondbacks bench coach Jay Bell was suspended one game and fined for his actions in a game against the Rockies on Sept. 9.

Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball, said the action was taken because of Bell's "inappropriate actions and comments."

The former Diamondbacks infielder will serve the suspension Saturday night in the second game of a series with San Diego.

Bell, manager Bob Melvin and right-hander Brandon Medders were ejected in the ninth inning of Arizona's 7-1 victory in Denver. The incident also involved home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, who tossed the trio after Medders hit Colorado's Luis Gonzalez with a pitch. Bell stepped onto the field to defend Medders, arguing that Cuzzi was having too many words with the reliever.

Bell declined to discuss the incident.

"It's automatic," Melvin said about the punishment. "I knew when he stepped out there that he was going to be suspended."

First baseman Tony Clark said Bell's actions showed his loyalty to the players.

"I've known Jay long enough to know that when he's passionate about something, he's going to fight for it," Clark said.

Detroit Tigers: The team activated shortstop Carlos Guillen from the 15-day disabled list before Friday night's game against the Mariners.

Guillen was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 11 with a sore knee. He has been limited to 81 games this season after tearing his right ACL last Sept. 11.

An All-Star last year, Guillen has hit .318 in 2005 with five homers and 23 RBI.

Guillen is expected to start one or two games during Detroit's current seven-game homestand and is also available to pinch-hit. He will not play in the season-ending three-game series in Minnesota because of the Metrodome's artificial surface.

"This is what I wanted," Guillen said. "I wanted to get back out there before I went home."

Minors set attendance record
Minor-league baseball games drew a record 41.3 million fans this season, setting an attendance mark for the second straight year.

The 176 teams in 15 affiliated leagues drew 41,333,279 during the regular season. The Pacific Coast League became the first league to top 7 million fans.

The overall total was up 3.6 percent from last year, when 39,887,755 watched minor-league games. That total broke the record set in 1949, when there were 448 teams.

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