Thursday, February 19, 2015

Touch 'Em All: Torre's No. 6 retired by Yankees

Joe Torre lingered on the field at Yankee Stadium, hugging each one of the guests on hand Saturday to honor New York's four-time World Series winning manager.

If Torre's time with the Yankees always felt like a family affair, why should the day his No. 6 was retired be any different?

"It's a long, long journey from the field to Monument Park," Torre said. "However, I was blessed to make that journey on the shoulders of some very special players."

The recently inducted Hall of Famer unveiled his number alongside those of 17 other retired numbers in Monument Park at the start of the ceremony. With No. 6 forever out of circulation, that leaves Derek Jeter's 2 as the only single digit number still being worn on Yankees pinstripes.

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The Yankees captain, who is retiring after this season, escorted Soot Zimmer, the wife of the late Don Zimmer, onto the field to present Torre with a proclamation from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio naming Saturday Joe Torre Day.

Torre rode in a golf cart with Yogi Berra to the area in front of the mound, where the Yankees presented him with the 29th plaque to be placed in the area beyond the center-field wall at the stadium. The team also gave Torre a flashy commemorative ring.

Boston signs Cuban

The Boston Red Sox announced they signed Cuban defector Rusney Castillo to a seven-year contract Saturday.

Castillo appeared at Fenway Park, wearing Boston Red Sox shorts and a T-shirt three hours before the game with the Seattle Mariners.

The 27-year-old Castillo hit .324 in 2011 and .332 in 2012, during his best two years in Cuba.

Machado's season over

Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will have season-ending surgery on his ailing right knee.

Dan Duquette, the vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles, said Machado told the team on Friday that his knee wasn't responding to rest. Duquette said Machado conferred with his doctors and felt surgery was the best option.

It's a difficult blow for the AL East-leading Orioles, who are going for their first division title since 1997.

Associated Press
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