Major League Baseball
Reds Wear Jerseys As Tribute To Nuxhall
CINCINNATI - The Reds paid tribute to former player and broadcaster Joe Nuxhall by wearing special jerseys before their season opener Monday. Coaches and players donned jerseys that had Nuxhall's No. 41 and his name on the back. All but starting pitcher Aaron Harang switched into their regular jerseys for the game. Harang got permission from the commissioner's office to wear his Nuxhall jersey during the game, then donate it to the team's hall of fame. Nuxhall was the youngest player in major-league history at age 15 in 1944. He pitched for the Reds and later was a broadcaster. He died in November at age 79.ATTENDANCE: A record 3,692,125 fans attended spring training games this year, topping last year's mark of 3,421,055. The average crowd was 8,026, the commissioner's office said, topping the previous high of 7,709 set in 1994 - before a 7 1/2 -month strike. BLUE JAYS: Toronto and right fielder Alex Rios are ironing out the final details of a six-year contract extension through 2014 that would guarantee him about $64 million. ROCKIES: Molson Coors Brewing Co. said it has signed a 10-year sponsorship agreement for Coors Field.