Reggie Jackson's number was retired by the Athletics in a brief ceremony yesterday before their game against the Royals.

Jackson's No. 9 is the third number to be retired by the team, joining Catfish Hunter's No. 27 and Rollie Fingers's No. 34.

With Jackson seated behind the podium at home plate, his brother, Joe, and daughter, Kimberly, unveiled an image of his jersey on the right field fence.

"Oakland will always have a place in my heart," said Jackson.

* F. ROBBIE: Even though he doesn't know where the team will play or who will own it, Frank Robinson said he'd be willing to come back and manage the Expos again next season.

"It's only May, but right now, if you asked me to sign a contract to manage this club, I'd sign a contract," Robinson, 68, said. "Of course, you've got to be wanted."

* GIAMBI ON DL: Yankees 1B Jason Giambi went on the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career, giving him two weeks to rest a sprained ankle.

Giambi hurt his right ankle playing Friday night in Texas; he left the stadium using crutches.

* SEXSON CHECKS OUT: Diamondbacks 1B Richie Sexson left last night's game against the Marlins after aggravating his left shoulder injury while checking his swing on ball four. He came off the DL Friday after being sidelined more than three weeks.

-- From News Services