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Notebook : Ancient aces abound today

Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer is one of seven over-40 pitchers who start today.Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer is one of seven over-40 pitchers who start today.Associated Press (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

It really will be old-timers’ day in the major leagues today, when a record seven pitchers in their 40s are scheduled to start.

The New York Yankees’ Roger Clemens (44), Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer (44), Detroit’s Kenny Rogers (42), San Diego’s Greg Maddux (41), the New York Mets’ Tom Glavine (41), Houston’s Woody Williams (40) and Atlanta’s John Smoltz (40) are set to pitch on the same day.

The previous record of six was set last Friday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, when all but Clemens started.

“It is remarkable,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “You talk about the Glavines of the world – the guys who have milestones they’re shooting for, and yet they’re not on their ballclubs just to go for their milestones. They’re on their ballclubs to help them win pennants.”

Percival back in majors

Almost two years after he retired, Troy Percival returned to the big leagues.

The St. Louis Cardinals called up the former All-Star closer.

The 37-year-old Percival, 12th on the career saves list with 324, last pitched with Detroit on July 9, 2005.

Clearing the bases

Pedro Martinez threw to hitters for the first time since rotator cuff surgery last fall, another benchmark in his quest to return to the New York Mets’ rotation by August. … Randy Johnson will return to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ rotation on Thursday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back. … The Chicago Cubs put closer Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, and transferred Wade Miller to the 60-day disabled list. The Cubs called up right-hander Billy Petrick from Double-A Tennessee. … The Detroit Tigers placed right-hander Fernando Rodney on the 15-day DL and activated lefty Nate Robertson. … Injured Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada won’t resume baseball activities for at least a month because of a fractured left wrist, and could be sidelined well into August. … In a shuffle of middle relievers, the Arizona Diamondbacks optioned right-hander Jailen Peguero to Triple-A Tucson and recalled lefty Randy Choate. … Barry Bonds met with Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson and agreed to provide the Hall with an artifact when he breaks Hank Aaron’s home-run record. This came after Bonds made it unclear if he would donate anything, with him saying, “I’m not worried about the Hall. I take care of me.”