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Athletics to honor Rickey Henderson by naming Coliseum field “Rickey Henderson Field”

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The Athletics announced on Monday that the club will honor Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson by renaming the Coliseum field “Rickey Henderson Field.” The dedication ceremony will be held on Opening Night, scheduled for April 3 against the Angels. Additionally, the Athletics have scheduled Rickey Henderson Day for July 15 which features a Henderson jersey giveaway.

Henderson, 58, was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 2009, receiving 511 of 539 (94.8%) votes. The Athletics retired his No. 24  in August 2009.

As a member of the Athletics, Henderson hit .288/.409/.430 with 167 home runs, 648 RBI, and 867 stolen bases. He holds the career major league records for stolen bases (1,406), runs scored (2,295), unintentional walks (2,129), and leadoff home runs (81). He holds the single-season record for stolen bases as well, having stolen 130 in the 1982 season.

Henderson will also serve as a special assistant to A’s president Michael Crowley, noted in the team’s announcement on Monday.

Rays acquire Peter Bourjos from the White Sox

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The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.

Reds claim Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers

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The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.

Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.

Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.