MOVING ON: The White Sox claimed football player Deion Sanders from the Yankees off the irrevocable waiver list. He has until Tuesday to accept or reject the waiver claim. If he rejects it, he would become a free agent.

"We're focusing on a kid who down the road can be an exceptional player," Manager Jeff Torborg of the White Sox said.

Sanders has said he would like to play for the Braves, so he would be on football and baseball teams in the same city. The Braves say they're receptive.

SURGERY: Brewers first baseman Paul Molitor will have surgery on his right shoulder and forearm. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery had been scheduled for some time, but Wednesday he hurt the forearm colliding with second baseman Jim Gantner chasing a pop fly.

BIG TIME: Bob Welch of the Athletics is the first 26-game winner in the majors since Steve Carlton of the Phillies won 27 in 1972. He's the first in the AL since the Tigers' Denny McClain won 31 in 1968. The previous Oakland A's record was Catfish Hunter's 25 in 1974.

AARON ON CANSECO: Hank Aaron thinks Jose Canseco of the A's is about the only player who could break his home run record -- if Canseco keeps playing.

"That's the problem, baseball players today can afford to quit," said Aaron, who made $5,000 his first year. "I had to keep playing; I needed the money.

"There's so much focus on the money aspect right now. You can't put a dollar value on the home runs, the runs batted in in your career. . . . besides, a fool and his money always part."

Aaron, who played all but two of his seasons with the Braves, also said player loyalty was a thing of the past.

"Today the agents keep them jumping from club to club to see who can pay the most money."

RANGER RESIGNS: President Mike Stone resigned as president of the Rangers.

"Did he leave voluntarily?" said George W. Bush, managing general partner of the Rangers. "I don't think he did. We've got new needs in his job. We need a little different look on the marketing side."