Royals' Splittorff dies at 64

Paul Splittorff, 64, the winningest pitcher in Kansas City Royals history and a broadcaster for the team, died Wednesday of complications from skin cancer.

The Royals said Mr. Splittorff died at his home in the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs, Mo. His family said 10 days ago that he had been battling melanoma and oral cancer, the Associated Press reported.

"This is a very difficult day for our organization," Royals owner and CEO David Glass told reporters. "We will not only miss the insight and humor that he injected into every telecast, but most importantly we will miss his friendship. He epitomized class."

Drafted by the expansion Royals in the 25th round in 1968, the lefthander spent his 15-year career in Kansas City. He retired during the 1984 season with a club-record 166 wins.

Yankees' Soriano out with elbow injury

It looks as if the Yankees will be without setup man Rafael Soriano for quite a while.

The former all-star has an inflamed ligament in his right elbow, according to general manager Brian Cashman, who said he doesn't think Soriano will be able to face hitters for at least six weeks.

Soriano was examined Wednesday by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. The doctor recommended that he rest the elbow for about two weeks before beginning a light throwing program.

Soriano signed a three-year, $35 million deal with New York in the offseason to handle the eighth inning. He was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances before going on the disabled list on May 17.

Rest ordered for Twins' Slowey

Minnesota Twins righthander Kevin Slowey has a strained abdominal muscle and will go on the 15-day DL. A specialist recommended seven to 10 days of rest.

Rays-Tigers rained out

Lightning and rain forced postponement of the Tampa Bay Rays' game Wednesday in Detroit.