Hall of Fame RHP Bob Lemon, a seven-time 20-game winner with the Indians and manager of the Yankees during their 1978 World Series title run, died Tuesday night. He was 79.

Lemon led the AL in victories three times and won two games in the 1948 World Series--the last time the Indians were champions. He finished with a 207-128 record and a .232 batting average and was inducted into the Hall in 1976.

Two years later, Lemon, who also managed Kansas City and the White Sox, took over the Yankees at midseason when Billy Martin resigned and led them to the World Series title.

Lemon, a seven-time all-star, remained on the Yankees' payroll until his death as a scout and adviser to owner George Steinbrenner.

ROCKER: John Rocker admitted that his racial and ethnic comments in a Sports Illustrated article made him sound like "a complete jerk." In his first interview since the uproar, the 25-year-old relief pitcher spoke to ESPN at his home in Macon, Ga., and again apologized, repeating that he is not a racist.

MOVES: The Rangers continued their tilt toward a left-handed rotation, agreeing with Darren Oliver on a $19 million, three-year contract.

Oliver joins a rotation that had added left-handers Kenny Rogers and Justin Thompson.

Oliver's deal includes a $6 million signing bonus, with $1.5 million payable in each of the 2001 and 2002 seasons and the remaining $3 million in 2003.