SS Brad Miller called up, will start against Cubs
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have selected infielder Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma and put him in the starting lineup for his major league debut Friday night against the Chicago Cubs.
Seattle also optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to Tacoma and designated infielder Alex Liddi for assignment.
Miller was in the ninth spot in the lineup. He was on a 22-game hitting streak or Tacoma, hitting .356 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 26 games after starting the year with Double-A Jackson.
“He’s been playing fantastic in Triple-A, and he made a good impression on us in spring training,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “It’s a good time to take a look at him.”
Triunfel was 2 for 24 in nine games and Liddi 1 for 17 in eight games.
Braves retire Chipper Jones’ No. 10 jersey
ATLANTA (AP) — Chipper Jones has been greeted with a long ovation as the Atlanta Braves retired his No. 10 jersey Friday night.
Jones, the 1999 NL MVP and an eight-time All-Star, was honored before Atlanta’s game against Arizona. The former third baseman retired after last season’s playoff loss to St. Louis having played his entire 19-year career with the Braves.
Wearing a gray suit and a red tie, Jones spoke to the Turner Field crowd before he threw out the ceremonial first pitch and was driven around the field to adoring cheers.
Most seats in the stands were filled as Jones stepped to the microphone while “Crazy Train,” the 1980 hit single by Ozzy Osbourne that used to play before his at-bats, boomed through the public address system.
Among those joining Jones on stage were former manager Bobby Cox, former owner Ted Turner and former outfielder Dale Murphy, Braves president John Schuerholz, second baseman Dan Uggla, his parents and four boys.
Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter sat in Turner’s box near the home dugout.
The Braves inducted Jones into their hall of fame during a luncheon Friday at a downtown hotel. Hank Aaron, baseball’s No. 2 career leader in homers, spoke at the luncheon to congratulate Jones.
Jones’ jersey number joined Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Aaron, Murphy and Cox on the franchise list of retired numbers.
Jones, the 2008 NL batting champion, ranks as the career leader among third basemen with 1,623 RBIs.
The crowd at Turner Field cheered loudest for Cox, Murphy and Turner, though Arizona’s Martin Prado, a Braves regular from 2006-12, drew a loud ovation when Jones pointed to him in the visitors’ dugout.
Franklin, Ledecky each win titles at US nationals
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke Friday at the U.S. national championships, and 16-year-old Katie Ledecky moved into position to chase one of the toughest feats in swimming.
Franklin finished in 58.67 seconds, setting a U.S. Open and long-course championship record, then told reporters she would not swim the 200 individual medley Saturday. Elizabeth Pelton was second in the 100 back in 59.27.
Ledecky, America’s top distance swimmer on the women’s side, won for the second time this week at the IUPUI Natatorium. She finished the 400 freestyle in a personal best of 4:04.05, easily defeating Chloe Sutton — second in 4:06.64.
If Ledecky wins the 1,500 free Saturday, she could swim in the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 at next month’s world championships in Barcelona.