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MLB notes: Yankees reflect on anniversary of attacks

This is a 2011 photo of pitcher Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees baseball team.  This image reflects the Yankees active roster as of Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
This is a 2011 photo of pitcher Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees baseball team. This image reflects the Yankees active roster as of Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ASSOCIATED PRESS

The New York Yankees marked the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks with a ceremony Wednesday before a game against the Baltimore Orioles. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took part in the on-field tribute to soldiers, rescue workers and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The salute was held four days early at Yankee Stadium because the team will be in the middle of a long road trip Sunday.

"What I remember of those days is that the whole country got together. That's a beautiful thing," Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera said. "I wish it was still like that, but it's not."

The ceremony began with a message from first lady Michelle Obama on the big video board in center field. New York City firefighter Regina Wilson sang the national anthem, and there was a moment of silence to honor all the victims of Sept. 11. Yankees ticket operations representative Hank Grazioso, who lost both his sons at the World Trade Center, threw out the first pitch.

Loewen back in baseball as a hitter

Three years after his pitching career was ended by stress fractures in his elbow, Adam Loewen is back in the major leagues. Only this time, he's playing the field and swinging a bat.

Loewen made his debut as a position player Wednesday, starting in right field for the Blue Jays against Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

Baltimore's first-round draft pick in 2003, Loewen went 8-8 with a 5.38 ERA in 35 career games for the Orioles. His final appearance on the mound was a one-inning relief stint against Texas on July 6, 2008. The left-handed Loewen was forced out of the game after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired elbow, and he never pitched again.

Instead, he signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays to play first base and the outfield, starting his comeback with Class A Dunedin in 2009. Loewen joined the Blue Jays as a September call-up after finishing the season with Triple-A Las Vegas with a .306 average, 17 homers and 86 RBI.

His story is similar to that of Washington's Rick Ankiel, whose career as a pitcher was cut short by control issues. Ankiel became an outfielder.

Short hops

■ A's right-hander Guillermo Moscoso set an Oakland record by retiring 30 consecutive hitters — the final 13 against Seattle last Friday and the first 17 against the Royals on Wednesday.

■ Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett threw three wild pitches Wednesday to raise his season total to 23, by far the most in the majors.

■ The Marlins' new ballpark, a $515 million project, is 80 percent complete, and the team says it is on schedule. The ballpark will have 36,000 seats, and 33,500 have been installed. The Marlins anticipate full houses all season in 2012.

■ The Pirates activated outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the 15-day disabled list. Ludwick hadn't played since Aug. 22 because of mid-back spasms.

■ Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has seven homers in his last seven games.

■ Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe had surgery Wednesday to repair a sports hernia and will be out for the rest of the season. He's expected to be ready by spring training.

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