" It felt great to be out there. It's been a long road and here I am back doing what I love to do."

Rangers LHP Justin Thompson, working in relief for the first time after 101 starts, on his first major league appearance since Aug. 15, 1999. Thompson, 32, has spent the past six years in the minors trying to recover from four operations on his pitching arm


Indians: 2B Ronnie Belliard left with a strained neck after running into umpire Eric Cooper's left hip while chasing a grounder in the sixth inning. Belliard was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays, which were negative.

Rangers: Reliever Kevin Gryboski was suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for "inappropriate actions" following an Aug. 9 game against the Red Sox. . . .

Recalled 1B Adrian Gonzalez from Class AAA Oklahoma and optioned RHP Scott Feldman to Class AA Frisco.

Twins: OF Torii Hunter (broken ankle) is expected to undergo another exam this weekend.



Record of Rangers rookie LHP C.J. Wilson. He is 0-6 with Texas after going 0-5 in the minors. He missed last season after elbow surgery.

-- Compiled by Bill Wolle