NEW YORK The 30 major league teams and the sport's league office will combine to sponsor a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar for each club from 2009-11.
The pledge of $1.2 million announced Monday raises the foundation's support from MLB and its teams to more than $10 million since 1996, the commissioner's office said.
Players again have been invited to wear Robinson's No. 42 on Tuesday, the 61st anniversary of when Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the major league color barrier. More than 330 players, managers and coaches are expected to wear No. 42, up from more than 240 last year.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced 11 years ago that Robinson's number was being retired by all major league teams. The only player wearing No. 42 then who remains active is New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera.
"Major League Baseball has not forgotten and will never forget the great contribution and sacrifice that Jackie made to baseball and to all of society," Selig said.
Everyone in uniform will wear No. 42 for the Washington Nationals' game at the New York Mets, Pittsburgh's game at the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels' game at the Texas Rangers. Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay also planned to have everyone wear No. 42, bringing the total to nine teams up from six last year.
KENDRICK OUT: Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick is expected to miss at least a couple of games with a strained left hamstring. Kendrick wasn't in the starting lineup Monday night at Texas after getting hurt in the seventh inning of Sunday's 10-5 victory at Seattle. He is batting .500 (18-for-36) and has six hits in his last eight at-bats.
BIG PAPI BACK: A text message on Red Sox manager Terry Francona's cell phone delivered the good news: David Ortiz wanted in. Off to the worst start of his career, Boston's slumping slugger was back in the starting lineup on Monday night against the Cleveland Indians after sitting out a game against the New York Yankees to clear his head and find his batting stroke. Ortiz was in his familiar No. 3 spot as Boston's DH, one night after sitting out the nationally televised game.
ASTROS CALL UP QUINTERO : Catcher Humberto Quintero's contract was purchased Monday by the Houston Astros after regular starter J.R. Towles was hit in the left hand by a pitch. In a corresponding roster move, infielder David Newhan was designated for assignment.
Towles was struck by Kevin Gregg's pitch in the eighth inning of Houston's 5-1 victory on Sunday. Brad Ausmus replaced Towles for the rest of the game.
Team officials said after the game that Towles bruised a hand. X-rays Monday didn't show a break.
The 28-year-old Quintero was sent down to Triple-A Round Rock on April 9. He batted .226 in 29 games last season. Newhan was called up from Round Rock on Saturday, after third baseman Ty Wigginton went on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury.
SEATTLE MAKES 4 MOVES: Pitchers Arthur Rhodes and R.A. Dickey were brought up Monday by the Seattle Mariners, who optioned struggling reliever Eric O'Flaherty to Double-A West Tenn. Seattle also placed outfielder Mike Morse on the 15-day disabled list after he dislocated his left shoulder diving for a fly ball on Sunday.
"With the injuries we've had our pitching is a little beat up," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "Going to 12 pitchers will allow us some more protection while we battle through this stretch. Both Arthur and R.A. were very good this spring, and have thrown the ball well in the minors."
Rhodes, a non-roster invitee to spring training, had elbow surgery last May. He pitched well in spring training and stayed behind in Arizona at extended spring training to do additional rehab work.
In his one outing with West Tenn, Rhodes allowed three runs one earned and recorded just one out.
Dickey may be used in long relief or eventually as a starter. The knuckleballer has made two starts with Triple-A Tacoma, going 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA. In his last outing, Dickey carried a no-hit bid into the seventh.
O'Flaherty was expected to take over the main left-handed relief role after George Sherrill was part of the trade that brought Erik Bedard to the Mariners. But O'Flaherty has struggled, allowing runs in six of his seven appearances. On Sunday, O'Flaherty gave up six runs and eight hits against the Angels, watching his ERA balloon to 20.25.
"We think giving Eric some time to straighten himself out will benefit him, and us, this season," McLaren said.
Morse had an MRI exam on Monday that revealed the dislocation. He had played in just five games in the regular season, but hit .492 in spring training to earn a roster spot.