Two-time AL batting champion Edgar Martinez announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season, ending his career with the Mariners as one of baseball's greatest designated hitters.
Martinez, 41, was a seven-time all-star. He batted over .300 in 10 seasons, and led the league in hitting in 1992 and '95.
This year, Martinez is batting .258 with eight home runs and 46 RBI.
"I have decided that this will be my last season," Martinez said. "I am very fortunate and grateful that I have been able to play my entire career with the Seattle Mariners. The fans here have always been, and continue to be, great."
* TRADE: Trying to bolster a rotation depleted by injuries, the Phillies acquired starting RHP Cory Lidle (7-10, 5.32 ERA) from the Reds for two minor leaguers and a player to be named. Cincinnati obtained Class A OF Javon Moran and LHP Joe Wilson in the trade. Meantime, Phillies slugger Pat Burrell will have season-ending wrist surgery Friday. Burrell, who injured his left wrist in batting practice last Tuesday, was hitting .263 with 18 homers and 68 RBI.
* PENNY UPDATE: Dodgers RHP Brad Penny has a strained right biceps and is expected to miss one start after being forced to leave a weekend game because of pain in his arm.
-- From News Services