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Rangers get righty reliever from Pirates

The Texas Rangers have received righthanded reliever Jhan Marinez on a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Texas will have to make a corresponding roster move before its game Friday against AL West-leading Houston to add Marinez to the active roster. The Rangers were off Thursday.

Marinez, who turns 29 on Saturday, has gone 0-3 with a 3.91 ERA over 39 relief appearances this season with Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

After making an opening day roster for the first time, starting the season with the Brewers, he made 15 appearances before being designated for assignment on May 15. Four days later, the Pirates got him on a waiver claim, and he pitched 24 games for them before being designated for assignment again last Saturday.

Umpire who quit during 1999 labor talks dies • Former major league umpire Ken Kaiser has died at 72.

The World Umpires Association said Thursday he died in his hometown of Rochester on Tuesday. Kaiser had diabetes for years.

Kaiser was a colorful figure in more than two decades on the diamond. His career abruptly ended nearly two decades ago during labor talks. He joined a group of umpires who submitted resignations in 1999 during negotiations. The gamble by the Major League Umpires Association failed and he was not rehired.

An American League umpire from 1977-99, Kaiser umpired two World Series, one All-Star Game and several playoff series.

Mariners will retire Martinez’s number • The Seattle Mariners on Saturday will retire the No. 11 of Edgar Martinez, the team’s former star and current hitting coach.

Martinez will be the second Seattle player to have his number retired. Ken Griffey Jr.’s number was retired a year ago following his induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

It makes sense for Martinez’s number to

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