The Mariners will retire Ken Griffey, Jr.’s number in August

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Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. will have his number retired by the Mariners in August,’s Greg Johns reports. He’ll become the first Mariner to have his number retired by the club.

The Mariners are designating August 5-7 — a home series against the Angels — as Ken Griffey, Jr. weekend. Griffey will also throw out the first pitch before the Mariners’ home opener on April 8 against the Athletics, Johns notes.

Griffey and Piazza learned on Wednesday they were the two inductees into the Hall of Fame. Griffey received votes on 99.3 percent of ballots, surpassing Tom Seaver’s previous high water mark of 98.84 percent. Piazza received 83 percent of the vote.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.