Aaron's childhood home will be museum

Famed baseball writer dies at 81

Jerome Holtzman, a longtime baseball writer who made the Hall of Fame, created the saves rule and later became Major League Baseball's official historian, died Saturday in Evanston, Ill. He was 81.

”As a baseball writer, columnist and historian for more than 50 years, Jerome Holtzman was a beloved figure and made an incredible impact on the game,“ Commissioner Bud Selig said.

Holtzman, who worked at the Chicago Sun-Times and later the Chicago Tribune, won the J.G. Spinks Award and a spot in the Hall of Fame in 1989.

Wagner will have shoulder checked

■ Two days after striking out three consecutive Reds to earn his 24th save, Mets closer Billy Wagner will have his tight shoulder re-evaluated on Tuesday to determine if there is an injury to his pitching arm. The left-hander felt the tightness while warming up Sunday in Cincinnati. Wagner has a 2.20 ERA and 48 strikeouts. His 382 saves are sixth on baseball's all-time list.

Posada's season in doubt

■ The Yankees placed Jorge Posada on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an injured right shoulder, leaving the All-Star catcher's season in doubt. Posada missed more than a month earlier this season with right rotator cuff tendinitis and could opt to have season-ending surgery. ”It's just really, really tough,“ Posada said. ”Right now, I'm going through tough times.“

Short hops

■ All-Star Carlos Zambrano hit his 14th career home run in a game against the Astros this past weekend. The Cubs right-hander has hit four home runs at Houston's Minute Maid Park, the most by any pitcher in the history of the ballpark, which opened in 2000.

■ Athletics designated hitter Frank Thomas, sidelined almost two months because of right quadriceps tendinitis, has been cleared to start a running program on Friday. Thomas resumed taking batting practice on the field before Monday night's game against Tampa Bay.

The childhood home of former baseball home run king Hank Aaron will be donated to the city where he grew up and will become a museum operated by the city's minor-league team.

The home in Mobile, Ala., is expected to be moved in October next to ”The Hank,“ or Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile BayBears. Aaron's family and team officials made the announcement Monday.

The three-bedroom home, which is currently boarded up, could open as a museum in late March. The city will own the house, but the team will handle the renovations and run the museum.

”This was our castle,“ the former Atlanta Braves slugger said Monday. ”No matter where I've been, this will always be my home.“

Aaron, now 74, grew up about a block from a city park that now bears his name. He hit 755 home runs — a record that stood until it was broken last year by Barry Bonds. The home is about five miles away from the stadium.