No major-league baseball park has ever reached its 100th birthday. So the Boston Red Sox say Fenway Park deserves quite a party. The team began celebrations for Fenway's 100th on Wednesday, the 99th anniversary of its first game, by announcing a new Web site, a new logo and other marketing ideas designed to capitalize on the start of the beloved ballpark's second century of service.
"We wanted to make it a yearlong celebration," team president Larry Lucchino said at a town hall meeting with fans 99 years after the ballpark opened with a 7-6, 11-inning victory over the New York Highlanders.
Fenway opened on April 20, 1912, the week the Titanic sank, and was saved in the early part of this century when new owners led by John Henry decided to renovate it instead of tearing it down. After 10 years and $285 million, there are seats above the Green Monster, family restrooms, sushi at the concession stands and a new vibe that the team says can keep the park in business for decades.
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■ Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya will delay surgery on his ailing right elbow for six more weeks in an effort to pitch this season. Zumaya was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL on Monday.
"If he did have a surgical procedure, the timetable is not favorable to pitch in 2011," Tigers trainer Kevin Rand. "So Joel has opted to go through another six weeks of rehabilitation to give himself a chance to hopefully pitch later on this summer."
Zumaya broke a bone in his right elbow while pitching late last June.
■ White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy says he hopes to make a minor-league rehab start next week. Peavy left his last start for Double-A Birmingham on Monday after 15 pitches because of muscle tenderness and irritation in his surgically repaired right shoulder. The right-hander said Wednesday that the problem stemmed from scar tissue. Peavy is on anti-inflammation medication and won't throw until Friday.
"It was painful but, at the same time, I'm very encouraged about the reports," Peavy said. An MRI exam on Tuesday found no major problems.
■ Rangers minor-league pitcher Eric Hurley has a mild concussion and a small fracture after being struck on the right side of his head by a one-hop comebacker, the team said Wednesday. Hurley was released from a hospital after he was hit Monday night while pitching for Triple-A Round Rock at New Orleans. Hurley, a first-round pick by Texas in 2004, made five major-league starts in 2008.
■ RHP Brett Tomko is back in the major leagues for the first time since 2009. The Rangers purchased Tomko's contract Wednesday from Triple-A Round Rock. Texas plans to use him as a long reliever, and he was in uniform for the series finale against the Angels. The last time Tomko pitched in the major leagues he threw a five-hit shutout for Oakland at Texas.
■ Former Mets and Phillies star Lenny Dykstra posted $150,000 bond Wednesday in a federal case where he's accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate Dykstra, 48, is set to return to court May 16, when he is expected to enter a not-guilty plea to one count of bankruptcy fraud.