GORDON SURGERY LIKELY: Red Sox closer Tom Gordon got the doctor's opinion he didn't want to hear: He probably needs season-ending elbow surgery.

Gordon, who set a major league record by succeeding in 54 consecutive save chances, last pitched June 11. After a conversation with orthopedic specialist James Andrews on Wednesday, Gordon said his season could be over. Gordon, who has 11 saves, has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He planned to see Andrews again.

Also, Manager Jimy Williams has benched 2B Jose Offerman for defensive reasons. Offerman signed a $26 million, four-year contract during the offseason. Williams used Donnie Sadler at second Wednesday night.

SELIG TESTIFIES: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig testified in a deposition before lawyers for ESPN as part of the sport's lawsuit against the cable network.

ESPN wants to switch three late-season games to ESPN2 because of a conflict with NFL contests. Major League Baseball disagreed, contending its contract specifies the games must be on the primary network, which reaches nearly 12 million more homes.

The case is scheduled to be tried in November in U.S. District Court in New York.

TRADE: The Athletics acquired IF Randy Velarde and RHP Omar Olivares from the Angels in exchange for minor league RHP Elvin Nina and OFs Jeff DaVanon and Nathan Haynes.