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Journeyman left-hander White tells Twins he's retiring

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Gabe White is worn out, and he told the
Minnesota Twins Friday he's retiring.

One of three journeyman left-handers invited to camp to compete
for a spot in the bullpen, with Dennys Reyes and Darrell May, White
was with his seventh different organization.

Last season, he was released by Atlanta at the end of spring
training and cut by St. Louis at the end of July after making six
relief appearances. Minnesota signed him to a minor-league contract
in January.

"I just laid awake all night last night, staring at the TV," White said. "Physically and mentally, it's just time to move on.
Just time to let somebody else do it."

White gave up two triples and two runs in one inning for the
Twins in Thursday night's exhibition game against Boston. He said
his elbow was bothering him and his knee has swelled this spring
after running.

"Not only is it the most difficult decision I've ever made in
my life, it's also the scariest," he said. "Because now I have to
figure out what I'm going to do."

White, 34, had his best year in 2000 with Colorado after an April trade from Cincinnati. He went 11-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 83 innings with five saves and 82 strikeouts for the Rockies that season. White also pitched for the Expos and Yankees in his eight-plus years of major league experience.