Titans to retire jerseys of George, McNair

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nobody with the Titans will ever wear Eddie George's No. 27 nor the No. 9 of the late Steve McNair again, players who helped the franchise through its difficult relocation from Houston to Tennessee to its lone Super Bowl berth.

Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk announced Wednesday that the franchise will retire both numbers Sept. 15 at their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

"This is a big moment for me personally because I love these guys, and I know my dad loved these guys and he will be so happy and proud that we were honoring them today," Strunk said of her late father, Bud Adams, who founded the franchise in 1960.

The Titans say this will be the first time an NFL team has retired either a No. 9 or 27, giving the league 153 numbers that have been retired. McNair and George will join six other former Titans and Oilers whose numbers have been retired, including Warren Moon, Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak, Bruce Matthews and Elvin Bethea - all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"I couldn't imagine having a day like this where my jersey (is) retired by myself," George said. "It has to be with Steve. ... It's totally appropriate to have us go in together."

Mechelle McNair, his widow, was not able to attend Wednesday's news conference. Team announcer Mike Keith read a statement she sent.

"Steve would be truly honored to know that he was held in such high esteem by you," Mechelle McNair wrote. "Retiring his jersey is a really big deal for us. It is a tangible reminder for me and the boys to know that No. 9 will forever be held in the highest regard in the Titans nation."

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Bobby Witt Jr. has spent his much of his short life around the major leagues. For the first time Wednesday, he was the star attraction at the ballpark.

The son of retired pitcher Bobby Witt was introduced as the highest-profile new member of the Royals' farm system. Witt, who turns 19 on Friday, was the second-overall pick in last week's draft.

"It's a blessing for me to be a part of this organization," Witt said. "They really respect their players and their staff. I was really impressed with the respect they had for me."

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays have placed closer Ken Giles on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.

Giles is 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA and has 11 saves in 12 tries. The move, announced by the team on Wednesday, is retroactive to June 9.

Manager Charlie Montoyo expects Giles to serve the minimum time on the IL, adding, "He's been doing fine. Let's make sure he's healthy to come back."

Montoyo says Joe Biagini will serve as the closer during Giles' absence.

Toronto selected the contract of right-hander Jordan Romano from Triple-A Buffalo. Romano will become the 28th Canadian-born player to play for Toronto and the 13th to make his major league debut with the Blue Jays.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Taylor Jenkins feels confident that Memphis' new front office will give him enough time to turn around the Grizzlies.

The 34-year-old Jenkins said Wednesday at a news conference that he learned a lot about the Grizzlies during the interview process and the front office's vision.

"We know there's going to be ups and downs," Jenkins said. "We're going to have our successes. We're going to have our mistakes. We want to be perfect, but we know it's going to take a team to do that, and that's what made me excited about this opportunity and there was no concern whatsoever."

It's the first NBA head coaching job for Jenkins, who was Mike Budenholzer's assistant in Milwaukee this season and was with him in Atlanta for five seasons.

Jenkins started in the NBA as an intern with the San Antonio front office before going into coaching with the Spurs' G League team, coaching the Toros for one season.

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