BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Fans and friends but not family gathered Monday at Fenway Park to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Boston Red Sox baseball great Ted Williams.
Billed as "Ted Williams: A Celebration of an American Hero," the tribute remembered the Hall of Famer not only for what he did on the diamond, but also his service to his country in two wars as a Marine fighter pilot as well his selfless contributions on behalf children with cancer with the Jimmy Fund charity.
"He was my hero growing up," said Bill Nowlin, author of "Ted Williams: In Pursuit of Perfection," one of hundreds of fans who showed up early at Fenway Park for the free morning segment of a two-part celebration.
"It's a day of celebration, more than a sad day," Nowlin said. "He had just such a wonderful life."
Williams died July 5 at the age of 83 following a series of strokes and congestive heart failure.
Fans were allowed in free to see the banners and larger-than-life photos adorning the famed Green Monster left field wall and elsewhere around the park.
A second, ticketed event was scheduled for Monday evening featuring a lineup of some 50 dignitaries led by Pesky and another former teammate, Dom DiMaggio. Among those scheduled to speak were Sen. John Glenn, who flew combat missions with Williams during the Korean War.
Reds reactivate Griffey
CINCINNATI, July 22 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds Monday reactivated Ken Griffey Jr., from the disabled list.
The 11-time All-Star centerfielder had been out since June 25 with a strained right hamstring and the Reds appear to have faring better without him.
Griffey has played in just 26 games this season, including 20 starts, and the Reds are 10-16 in that span. Without Griffey, they are 41-31 and trail first-place St. Louis by 3 ½ games in the National League Central.
Griffey is batting just .243 with two home runs and four RBI. His first stint on the DL this season was from April 8-May 23 with a torn patella tendon in his right knee. He also missed eight games from June 8-16 with his hamstring injury.
Orioles' Erickson arrested for assault
BALTIMORE, July 22 (UPI) -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson was arrested Sunday night on an assault charge and released on his own recognizance, police said Monday.
Police did not reveal further details, but Baltimore television stations reported Monday that the assault charge was related to a domestic violence incident. Erickson is single.
The Orioles have not issued a statement.
The 34-year-old righthander pitched on Sunday afternoon and allowed five runs over five innings in Baltimore's 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He has a 4-9 record with a 4.25 ERA in 21 starts this season.
Baltimore's Opening Day starter, Erickson missed all of last season after undergoing elbow surgery in 2000.
Rogers puts Reds on hold
CINCINNATI, July 22 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds have worked out an agreement to acquire Kenny Rogers from the Texas Rangers, but the veteran lefthander has put the deal on hold.
Rogers has a no-trade clause in his contract and is still deciding on whether to waive it and accept the deal.
"I haven't made up my mind," Rogers said Monday. "My first inclination is to stay here (in Texas) because it's home, but I'm not trying to lean either way right now."
The Reds confirmed Sunday that they reached an agreement to acquire Rogers from the Rangers for three minor leaguers, contingent on Rogers waiving his no-trade clause.
The 37-year-old Rogers is in the final year of a three-year contract with the Rangers that will pay him $7.5 million this season. He is 10-5 with a 3.39 ERA for a team that is in last place in the American League West with a 41-57 record.
Agassi back in action
LOS ANGELES,July 22 (UPI) -- Andre Agassi returns to
action this week when the $375,000 Mercedes-Benz Cup opens the United States summer hardcourt season.
Agassi, the second seed, has not played since suffering a stunning straight-sets loss to Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in the second round of Wimbledon.
The 32-year-old Agassi has won this event twice. Last year he defeated fellow American Pete Sampras in the final. Agassi has won three titles this year, with the most recent coming at the Tennis Masters Series Rome in May, when he won in straight sets over Germany's Tommy Haas in the final.
Agassi faces Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen in the first round.
Moya seeks 3rd straight title
SOPOT, Poland, July 22 (UPI) -- Second seed Carlos Moya of Spain seeks his third title in as many weeks at the $681,000 Idea Prokom Open.
Moya is coming off titles at the Swedish Open and Croatia Open and is seeking his 10th career claycourt crown. On Sunday, Moya successfully defended his title at the Croatia Open, cruising past compatriot and qualifier David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-3, in the final.
The 25-year-old Moya's 31-6 record on claycourts this season is the best on the ATP tour. He faces Sweden's Andreas Vinciguerra in the first round. Vinciguerra has not won a match since January's Australian Open.
Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic is the top seed. Novak, who has reached the semifinals in five events this season, takes on French qualifier Sebastien De Chaunac.
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