Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter and Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez won their fifth straight Gold Gloves yesterday.
Boston catcher Jason Varitek, Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira and Toronto second baseman Orlando Hudson were first-time winners, while New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells won for the second straight season.
Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers won for the fourth time overall and second in a row.
Hudson was surprised he beat out Baltimore's Brian Roberts.
"I would have bet anything that he was going to win," Hudson said. "This has always been a goal of mine, so I've accomplished one of my goals already."
NL Gold Glove winners will be announced today. . . .
Pat Gillick will become the Philadelphia Phillies' new general manager, a baseball official told the Associated Press last night. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement is not scheduled until possibly today. . . .
World Series crew chief Joe West defended umpires against criticism of their postseason performance, saying "I think we did just fine."
"Instead of criticizing the umpires, the media should be thankful," he said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. "But sometimes I wonder if the media doesn't like the controversy because that gives you more to write about or talk about." . . .
Former manager Larry Bowa was hired by the New York Yankees as third base coach, three weeks after the team's first-round playoff loss.
* TENNIS: Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport (flu) and Maria Sharapova (sprained right thumb) withdrew from the Advanta Championships in Villanova, Pa. . . .
Tomas Berdych upset second-seeded Guillermo Coria, 6-4, 6-2, to reach the third round of the Paris Masters.
* HOCKEY: Los Angeles Kings left wing Luc Robitaille might miss two to four weeks with a broken right leg. The 39-year-old Robitaille had been playing despite the injury. But he felt persistent soreness in the leg, and an MRI exam revealed the fracture, the Kings said. . . .
Vancouver Canucks forward Matt Cooke broke his jaw in practice when he was struck by a puck and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said. . . .
Former NHL star Pavel Bure was selected as general manager of Russia's Olympic team, charged with improving on a poor showing in the Salt Lake City Games.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Jim Boeheim, beginning his 30th season as Syracuse's coach, was ejected for the first time in his career last night in the final minute of the first half of the Orange's exhibition game against Saint Rose.
* OBITUARY: Tony Jackson, an all-American in 1960 and one of the best basketball players in St. John's history, died Friday at 65, the school said. He had cancer.
-- From News Services