Former Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen retired yesterday in the middle of a poor season for the Blue Jays.

The 35-year-old right-hander is 2-9 with a 6.95 ERA after returning to the Blue Jays last offseason.

Hentgen walked 42 and allowed 90 hits -- including 16 homers -- in 801/3 innings this season.

"It's been a tough grind for me, mentally and physically," Hentgen said. "I'm not just helping the club like I want to. I always told myself I would retire from baseball if I felt like I couldn't do what I'm used to doing. I think it's the right time."

Hentgen won the 1996 AL Cy Young Award, going 20-10 with a 3.22 ERA. The three-time all-star spent 14 seasons in the majors, going 131-112 with a 4.32 ERA. He also pitched for the Cardinals and Orioles.

Drafted by Toronto in 1986, Hentgen spent his first nine seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays before being traded after the 1999 season to St. Louis.

Hentgen had elbow ligament replacement surgery in August 2001. He went 7-8 for Baltimore last season, going 6-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 13 starts after the all-star break.

Hentgen won back-to-back World Series with the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.

* DEAL: The Blue Jays traded RHP Terry Adams to the Red Sox for minor league 3B John Hattig.

-- From News Services