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Monday's roundup: Yankees retiring 3 more numbers

Associated Presss

New York — The Yankees are retiring the uniform numbers of Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams and will honor the trio with plaques in Monument Park this season along with Willie Randolph.

Pettitte (46), Posada (20) and Williams (51) will raise the Yankees' total of retired numbers to 20. The Yankees also are expected to at some point retire Derek Jeter's No. 2, their last single digit number in use.

Williams will be honored before the May 24 game against Texas and Randolph as part of Old Timers' Day before the June 20 game against Detroit. Posada's ceremony will be on Aug. 22, followed by Pettitte's the next day.

Williams joined Jeter as part of the group that won four World Series titles in a five-year span from 1996-2000, and Posada, Pettitte and Jeter won five titles in all.

Their numbers join those of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Joe Torre (6), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9), Phil Rizzuto (10), Thurman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Casey Stengel (37), Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).

Randolph was a part of championship teams in 1977 and '78, is a former Yankees' co-captain and was a coach for 11 seasons.

Headley, A-Rod talk

Chase Headley says Alex Rodriguez has "reached out and introduced himself."

Headley was signed to a $52 million, four-year contract by the Yankees, who plan to start him at third base and shift Rodriguez to designated hitter.

Returning from a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, the 39-year-old Rodriguez hopes to win back his old job at third base. Headley said A-Rod contacted him shortly after he reached the agreement in mid-December.

"We didn't talk about that," Headley said Monday after working out at the Yankees' minor league complex. "It was just more of an introduction. I think we both care about winning. That's the most important thing and that's what we talked about. That (other) stuff will sort itself out. I'm not going to concern myself with that. I'm going to come out and try to do the best I can to do my job, and however that shakes out it will shake out."

Headley was acquired from the San Diego Padres last July, then became a free agent before signing with the Yankees.

Maier auctioning glove

The glove Jeffrey Maier used to catch Derek Jeter's tying home run against Baltimore in the eighth inning of the 1996 AL Championship Series opener at the original Yankee Stadium will be auctioned.

Heritage Auction said Monday the glove will be put up for bids on Feb. 21 in New York. It did not identify the current owner, whom it said had purchased the glove from Maier.

Then 12, Maier reached in front of the right-field wall and prevented Tony Tarasco from catching Jeter's drive on Oct. 9, 1996. Umpire Rich Garcia declined to call fan interference and Bernie Williams hit an 11th-inning home run that gave the Yankees a 5-4 victory. Baltimore's protest was denied by baseball's ruling executive council and AL President Gene Budig.

New York went on to defeat the Orioles in five games and win the first of what would be four World Series titles in five years.

Ex-Dodger Guerrero hospitalized

Former Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Pedro Guerrero has been hospitalized in the Dominican Republic with bleeding on the brain, but a friend says the 1981 World Series co-MVP appears to be in good spirits and is speaking with people in the hospital.

Andres Vanerhorst, who visited Guerrero in the hospital, spoke with the Associated Press on Monday.

The 58-year-old Guerrero was in the intensive care unit and is being treated by a neurosurgeon while undergoing further testing. He was hospitalized a day earlier, and tests detected the cranial bleeding.

"We send all our best thoughts to Guerrero and his family," a statement on the Dodgers Insider blog read.