Reggie Jackson, who helped the Athletics win three straight World Series championships, has joined a group trying to buy the team. Jackson played for the A's for nine years and was the American League's most valuable player in 1973.

The Hall of Famer joined a group headed by former A's marketing director Andy Dolich after another former big leaguer, Joe Morgan, dropped out.

"Baseball has been and will always be a part of me," said Jackson, who lives near Carmel, Calif.

AL COACHES NAMED: Jimy Williams of the hometown Red Sox, former Boston manager Don Zimmer and Jerry Manuel of the White Sox were picked yesterday as AL coaches for the All-Star Game at Fenway Park on July 13.

Jack McKeon of the Reds and Jim Riggleman of the Cubs were selected as NL coaches. Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams will throw out the first ball.

HURTING: RHP Mark Wohlers, trying to find the strike zone and resurrect his career with the Reds, has torn an elbow ligament and will have reconstructive surgery.

Wohlers, 29, will be sidelined for up to 18 months after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament while throwing a pitch in a minor league game last week. . . . An MRI exam of Rangers C Ivan Rodriguez's injured knee showed no damage, and the team said he could be in the lineup for tonight's game.