Kenny Rogers left the Rangers' clubhouse yesterday without saying whether he will participate in the All-Star Game, but later told a newspaper that he is going to Detroit.
Rogers told team officials that he wasn't speaking to reporters after the Rangers beat Toronto, 9-8, in their final game before the break. The 40-year-old left-hander didn't respond when asked questions while walking out of the clubhouse.
The Dallas Morning News reported last night on its Web site that Rogers was going and wouldn't be deterred by boos.
"People are going to do whatever they are going to do," Rogers told the newspaper by phone. "I'm going because I was voted in by the players and I earned it. I want the players to know their vote means a lot to me. I know how the players feel and if I thought it would benefit them if I didn't go, I wouldn't go."
Rogers has continued to pitch while the players' association appeals his 20-game suspension and $50,000 fine from Commissioner Bud Selig for shoving two cameramen last month. Rogers's contract includes a $50,000 bonus for being an all-star.
* SCHILLING GETS SOME RELIEF: Curt Schilling is ready to get back to Boston -- and maybe face the New York Yankees. But the Red Sox ace will have to wait until the team needs him in his new role as a reliever.
Schilling pitched back-to-back games this weekend for the Class AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. He faced four batters in the eighth inning yesterday, helping the PawSox beat the Syracuse SkyChiefs, 4-0.
It could be his last rehab appearance, though there has been no official word from the Red Sox on whether he will be activated for a four-game series against the Yankees, which starts Thursday.
Schilling had surgery during the offseason to repair a tendon in his right ankle and started this season on the disabled list. He went 1-2 before bruising that ankle on April 23 and going back on the DL.
* HE'S BACK: Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly made his first appearance since serving an eight-game suspension for having pine tar on his glove in a game against Washington on June 14. He struck out three consecutive batters in the eighth after giving up a leadoff double to the Mariners' Raul Ibanez.
* RODRIGUEZ JAMMIN': Tigers all-star C Ivan Rodriguez started for the second straight day after missing a pair of games with a jammed left pinkie finger. He will represent Puerto Rico in today's Home Run Derby. "I'm going to do my best," he said. "I'm not a home run hitter. I just want everybody to know that."
* THE IN CROWD: The crowd of 54,256 at Yankee Stadium yesterday was New York's ninth straight sellout and 20th this year.
-- From News Services