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Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Outfielder's 5-year deal worth $6.25M

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Outfielder Delmon Young, the No. 1 pick in last June's draft, was signed Tuesday to a five-year contract.

The deal is worth $6.25M and includes a $3.7 million signing bonus, ESPN's Peter Gammons reports.

Young will report to the Devil Rays' instructional league program Sept. 19.

Young, the younger brother of Detroit's Dmitri Young, hit .541 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 22 games this season at Camarillo (Cal.) High School. He was the first selection in the June draft.

"Delmon's one of the fine young hitters in the country," Tampa Bay general manager Chuck LaMar said. "He's got the potential to hit and hit with power and be a productive middle-of-the-lineup-type hitter on a major league club."

To make room on the 40-man roster for Young, Tampa Bay transferred shortstop Rey Ordonez from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. Ordonez is out with a knee injury.

Anaheim Angels: Angels shortstop David Eckstein was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Eckstein was on the disabled list since Aug. 19 with a nerve irritation in his right leg.

"He worked out hard yesterday and was ready to go," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We look forward to having him start tomorrow.''

Eckstein is batting .254 with three homers and 30 RBI in 109 games this season.

San Diego Padres: The Padres acquired first baseman Todd Sears from Minnesota for minor league outfielder Alex Garcia.

Sears, 27, played in 24 games with the Twins and hit .246 with two home runs and 11 RBI. He hit .254 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 80 games with Triple-A Rochester.

Sears, a 6-foot-5 left-handed hitter, will report to the Padres on Wednesday.

Garcia, 21, appeared in 73 games for Class A Eugene and Fort Wayne, batting .243 with 16 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

San Francisco Giants: Giants rookie right-hander Jesse Foppert said Tuesday that he'll have reconstructive elbow surgery next week.

Foppert, on the disabled list since Aug. 21 with a nerve problem in his right elbow, was hurt in a simulated game Sunday morning.

Foppert said he felt his elbow pop. "I knew it was something a little bit more than just a minor setback," he said.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

Foppert was 8-9 with a 5.03 ERA.

"There's no point in sitting around and pouting about it," Foppert said. "It's a little setback, and it'll be a good challenge for me."

The Giants activated right-handed reliever Dustin Hermanson from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against San Diego.

Hermanson was put on the DL on Aug. 30, retroactive to Aug. 24, with a strained back muscle. He is 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA and one save this season.

Cleveland Indians: The Indians put outfielders Matt Lawton and Ryan Ludwick on the disabled list Tuesday and bought the contract of outfielder Chris Magruder from Triple-A Buffalo.

Lawton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right middle finger. He dislocated the finger in a game in July and was on the disabled list from July 12 to Aug. 28.

He was batting .249 in 99 games, with 15 home runs and 53 RBI.

Lawton went to Baltimore on Tuesday to be examined by a hand specialist. The Indians have no immediate plans to fill his roster spot and said his prospects for playing again this season are uncertain.

Ludwick was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a bruised patellar tendon in his right knee. He injured the knee sliding back into first base against Detroit on Sept. 3.

He was hitting .265 with seven homers and 26 RBI for the Indians, who acquired him from Texas on July 18.

Magruder, who takes Ludwick's roster spot, hit .328 with three homers and 15 RBI in 41 games with Buffalo. He spent the first half of the season on the minor league disabled list after tearing a ligament in his thumb in the spring.

Wilbur Snapp, 'Three Blind Mice' organist, dies: Wilbur Snapp, a minor league baseball organist who drew national attention after an umpire ejected him for playing "Three Blind Mice," died at 83.

Snapp died Saturday at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in South Pasadena, Fla.

Snapp played "Three Blind Mice" during a game in 1985 after what he thought was a bad call against the Clearwater Phillies at Jack Russell Stadium. Not amused, the ump pointed up at the organist, then thumbed him out of the game.

Snapp's ejection brought phone calls from around the country. Weatherman Willard Scott mentioned it on NBC's "Today" show, and Paul Harvey talked about it on his syndicated radio program. Fans sought his autograph, and he signed it "Wilbur Snapp, Three Blind Mice organist."

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.