Trade could not be worked out

Seattle Mariners:Former AL batting champion John Olerud was released Friday by the last-place Mariners.

Olerud was hitting .245 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 77 games
when he was designated for assignment last week. He was in the
final year of his contract, earning $7.7 million this season.

The 35-year-old Olerud hit an AL-leading .363 with Toronto in
1993, when the Blue Jays won their second straight World Series
title. He has a career average of .295.

The Mariners tried to trade Olerud but couldn't work out a deal.
The Mariners were able to deal shortstop Rich Aurilia to San Diego
this week after designating him for assignment.

Out of contention in the AL West, Seattle wants to look at some
of its minor league prospects, such as first baseman-designated
hitter Bucky Jacobsen.

"We investigated a lot of different potential opportunities for
John, but we were not able to find a good match within the 10 days
we had to trade him," general manager Bill Bavasi said in a

Olerud, a two-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner,
said last week that he wanted to continue playing. He is now free
to sign with any club.

"We wish John and his family only the best and thank him for
everything he did for the Mariners organization," Bavasi said.

Toronto Blue Jays: Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek was back in
the broadcast booth Friday night for Toronto's game against the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays -- calling his first game since undergoing
surgery last month to remove a brain tumor.

Cheek announced the fifth and sixth innings of the game.

"The rookie is back on the job and it's nice to talk to you all
out there," Cheek said.

Cheek, 65, called every game in franchise history before missing
one in early June because of his father's death -- ending his streak
at 27 seasons. He called 4,306 consecutive regular-season games,
plus 41 more in the postseason, since the Blue Jays began playing
in 1977.

Just over a week later, he found out he had a brain tumor. Cheek
hasn't called a game since June 10, undergoing radiation and oral

New York Mets: Mets outfielder Shane Spencer is on the disabled list for doing something "stupid."

Spencer was wearing sandals when he stepped on some glass on
a bar room floor, causing a cut on his right heel that
required five stitches. The incident occurred on Thursday
night after New York lost to the Montreal Expos, 4-1.

"It's frusrating," Spencer said. "You do not want to go on the
disabled list for something stupid. It does not hurt or
nothing. It is just a big gash."

The Mets placed Spencer on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Spencer has a .281 average with four home runs and 26 RBI in 74
games with the Mets this season.

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles placed center fielder
Luis Matos on the 15-day disabled list and brought up
pitcher John Maine, who started against the Minnesota Twins in his
major league debut.

Matos bruised his right shin Wednesday when he slammed into the
wall at Fenway Park while making a sensational catch in the
Orioles' 10-5 win over Boston. He missed time during spring
training with a stress fracture in the same shin.

"The thing is, that area is so sensitive," Matos said Friday,
"and I hit the wall in the same spot."

Matos is hitting .224 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 89 games.
He will be replaced in center field by Karim Garcia, who was
obtained in a trade with the New York Mets on Monday.

"As a baseball player, you want to be helping your team by
being on the field," Matos said. "But they need a spot and I'm
banged up right now, so they put me on the DL."

Texas Rangers: Outfielder Brian Jordan was activated by the Rangers after missing 46 games because of
inflammation in his left knee.

Right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez was put on the 15-day disabled
list, backup catcher Danny Ardoin and outfielder Chad Allen were
designated for assignment, right-hander Rosman Garcia was recalled
from Triple-A Oklahoma and catcher Gerald Laird was activated from
the 60-day disabled list.

Jordan, hitting just .103 with no homers and three RBIs, has
been out since May 25. He also missed a month earlier in the season
with a sprained left knee.

Manager Buck Showalter put Jordan in the lineup Friday night
against Oakland.

"If you're going to take a guy and activate him, he's ready to
play," Showalter said.

Cleveland Indians: Indians left-hander Jason Stanford likely will have "Tommy John" surgery on his elbow next week and may miss the 2005 season.

Stanford made the Indians' starting rotation in spring training
but has been sidelined since April. He went 0-1 in two starts
before going on the disabled list.

Stanford was supposed to make a minor league rehab appearance
today, but had it scrapped when he experienced pain after throwing
a simulated game earlier this week.

Stanford is to see Doctor James Andrews on Wednesday. If Andrews
recommends surgery, the operation would take place the following

Stanford will be the third young Indians pitcher to undergo
ligament replacement surgery in eleven months, following
left-handers Billy Traber and Brian Tallet.