Yankees SS Derek Jeter won his first AL Gold Glove yesterday, taking over from teammate Alex Rodriguez, who had won it two straight years before moving to third base this year.

Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells also was a first-time winner.

In his first season with Detroit, C Ivan Rodriguez won his 11th Gold Glove, his first since 2001 with Texas and the most for any catcher. Johnny Bench won the award 10 times.

Rangers LHP Kenny Rogers, who turns 40 on Nov. 10, won for the third time, the first since 2002.

Athletics 3B Eric Chavez, Twins CF Torii Hunter and Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki all won the award for the fourth straight season. 2B Bret Boone won his third straight Gold Glove for the Mariners, his fourth overall, and Angels 1B Darin Erstad won his third award, his first since 2002.

* MARTINEZ FILES FOR FREE AGENCY: Red Sox RHP Pedro Martinez filed for free agency, a week after his Game 3 victory helped Boston win its first World Series title since 1918. Martinez joins more than a dozen members of the World Series champions headed for the free agent market.

Yankees RHP Orlando Hernandez, Devil Rays 1B Tino Martinez and Padres LHP David Wells also were among the 11 players who filed, raising the total to 181 among the 216 players potentially eligible. Players may file through Nov. 11.

* KUHN RECOVERING FROM HEART SURGERY: Bowie Kuhn, 78, is home following heart surgery and plans to attend the home opener of Washington's new team in April. The former baseball commissioner had surgery Oct. 25 to repair a heart valve and bypass two arteries. He had another operation two days later to receive a pacemaker, and was released Saturday from St. Luke's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, in Jacksonville, Fla.

* LEYLAND WON'T MANAGE METS: Jim Leyland spoke to the Mets about becoming their manager and decided he wasn't interested, leaving Yankees coach Willie Randolph, Rangers coach Rudy Jaramillo and former Astros and Angels manager Terry Collins as the three finalists.

* SCHILLING HAS ANKLE CHECKED: Red Sox RHP Curt Schilling will have his injured right ankle examined on Friday, and could have surgery early next week.

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