The Oakland Athletics will retire Rickey Henderson's No. 24 jersey during a pregame ceremony Aug. 1 for the major-league career leader in runs scored (2,295) and stolen bases (1,406).

Henderson, 50, spent most of his 25 big-league seasons with Oakland, which selected him in the fourth round of the 1976 amateur draft.

On July 26, Henderson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He will be the fifth Oakland player whose number is retired, joining pitchers Catfish Hunter (No. 27), Rollie Fingers (34), and Dennis Eckersley (43), and outfielder Reggie Jackson (9).

Don't write him off yet

After hitting only three home runs last year during a forgettable season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, outfielder Andruw Jones has connected 14 times for the Texas Rangers.

He had three round-trippers in his first three at-bats Wednesday in an 8-1 win over the Angels in Los Angeles. The long balls are a by-product of the regular playing time Jones has received in recent days.

"I've just got to get an opportunity and get consistent," he said.

On the rebound

After starting 0-5 and being sent down to the minors, Chicago righthander Jose Contreras is giving his team the kinds of outings he produced when his team won the World Series in 2005.

"He came up right at the time we needed him the most," manager Ozzie Guillen said Wednesday after Contreras beat Cleveland, 5-1, to give the White Sox their 16th win in their last 22 games.

Contreras is 4-2 with a 2.06 ERA in six starts since being recalled from the minors on June 8.


Toronto manager Cito Gaston will miss at least the first two games of the team's weekend series in Baltimore to attend funeral services for his sister. Bench coach Brian Butterfield will fill in beginning tonight. . . . Minnesota starter Glen Perkins was not feeling well when he arrived at the team's ballpark yesterday, and he will not start against the White Sox today. . . . Cleveland sent struggling lefthander Jeremy Sowers to triple-A Columbus and activated reliever Rafael Betancourt from the disabled list.