The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Baseball -

In­di­ans: Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s No. 25 has been re­tired by the Cleve­land In­di­ans.

The club’s ca­reer home run leader, Thome was hon­ored dur­ing a cer­e­mony Satur­day be­fore the In­di­ans hosted Bal­ti­more. Thome belted 337 of his 612 homers dur­ing two stints with the In­di­ans and his pow­er­ful swing helped the club rise from a peren­nial laugh­ing­stock to one of base­ball’s best teams in the 1990s.

Na­tion­als: Wash­ing­ton put starter pitcher Jeremy Hel­lick­son on the 10-day dis­abled list with a right wrist sprain and re­called pitcher Je­fry Ro­driguez to start against the Mi­ami Mar­lins. The 31-year-old Hel­lick­son is 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA in 18 starts.

The Na­tion­als also re­called pitcher Jimmy Cordero from Syra­cuse and op­tioned re­liever Trevor Gott to Triple-A.

Yan­kees: Mar­i­ano Rivera, Andy Pet­titte and Jorge Posada re­turned to the Bronx for the New York Yan­kees’ cel­e­bra­tion of their 1998 World Se­ries cham­pi­onship team, which racked up a thenAL record 114 wins and added 11 more in the post­sea­son to set a ma­jor league record with 125 vic­to­ries.

Gi­ants: San Francisco ac­ti­vated re­liever Hunter Strick­land from the 60day dis­abled list. Strick­land broke his pinkie fin­ger on his right hand when he punched a door in frus­tra­tion after a blown save against Mi­ami on June 18.

Tigers: Detroit ac­quired mi­nor league right-han­der Nolan Black­wood from Oak­land as a player to be named in the deal that sent pitcher Mike Fiers to the A’s.

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