Sosa milestone: Sammy Sosa was one home run shy of becoming the fifth Major League player to reach the 600 mark, heading into Tuesday's game against the Cubs. Chicago manager Lou Piniella said reaching that number is a lock for the Hall of Fame."I'm not in position [to say anything] for that, but 600 is 600," Sosa said. "But, somebody else has to make that call." Sosa said the Rangers will celebrate his 600th blast, but it will be far from his last. "I can play five more years," Sosa said with an impish grin. Daniels extension: Owner Tom Hicks announced earlier Tuesday that Daniels received a one-year contract extension through 2009. Shortstop Michael Young said he was in favor of the extension. "As far as wins and losses go [this season], it's unacceptable," he said. "I don't want to rebuild, we need to fix it immediately. ... But, we definitely need stability, that's been an issue the last few years." Young said that turning the team around will not be easy, but it's what he expects. Washington, who was hired by Daniels, was pleased as well. "Jon Daniels is one of the best people I've met in baseball, not because he hired me, but because of who he is," he said. "It shows [Hicks] believes he's going in the right direction." He said it: "I don't have any response to that. I don't want to talk about anything off the field." -- Teixeira, on Daniels' one-year contract extension Monday's Minor League stars:
Gold: Edinson Volquez improved to 6-0 with 10 strikeouts over five innings as Double-A Frisco defeated Midland, 9-4.Silver: Outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs for Triple-A Oklahoma. The RedHawks led New Orleans, 8-4, when the game was suspended in the ninth so the team could catch a flight. Bronze: RoughRiders shortstop Casey Benjamin went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and hit his sixth home run in the Frisco victory. Pregame festivities: "Buses for Baseball," a program administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and underwritten by Majestic Athletic, provided underprivileged children an opportunity to watch their first Major League Baseball game Tuesday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The select group received round-trip transportation, met players such as Kenny Lofton and Young and received tickets, food and souvenirs. Briefly: Class A Bakersfield is at the All-Star break, with the Blaze sending Chris Davis to the game held Tuesday. ... Class A Clinton had eight players selected to the Midwest League All-Star Game played Tuesday: Chad Tracy, John Whittleman, K.C. Herren, Jose Vallejo, Broc Coffman, Omar Poveda, Zachary Phillips and Brennan Garr. ... Class A Spokane begins its season Tuesday against Eugene. Up next: The Rangers hand the ball to Loe in the second of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at 7:35 p.m. CT at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Cubs counter with right-hander Jason Marquis.
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less