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All-Star Game loses three more

Brawl: Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg fight in the eighth. Benches cleared after Gregg threw two inside pitches to Ortiz. After Ortiz flied out, the two exchanged words, and the benches emptied again. Ortiz, Gregg, Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Orioles reliever Jim Johnson were ejected.

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Brawl: Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg fight in the eighth. Benches cleared after Gregg threw two inside pitches to Ortiz. After Ortiz flied out, the two exchanged words, and the benches emptied again. Ortiz, Gregg, Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Orioles reliever Jim Johnson were ejected.

Yankees SS Derek Jeter, Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and Phillies CF Shane Victorino became the latest All-Star scratches Friday.

Shortly after Jeter pulled himself out of Tuesday's game in Arizona to rest an injured calf, the Yankees announced Rodriguez would be absent because of a sore knee. Thursday, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera announced he will sit to heal his right triceps.

Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta will replace Jeter, and the Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera will start for him. Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis will replace Rodriguez, and the Rangers' Adrian Beltre will start for him.

A day after winning the Internet voting for the final NL spot, Victorino went on the DL with a sprained ligament in his right thumb. Dodgers RF Andre Ethier, one of the players he beat, replaced him.

Also this week, Mets SS Jose Reyes pulled out with a strained left hamstring. More roster changes are expected, with some players nursing injuries and pitchers starting Sunday can't participate.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was Jeter's decision to skip the game.

"It's probably best not to push it," Jeter said, "because it's more important to be ready for the second half (of the season)."

Girardi also said Rodriguez made the decision to sit.

Angels: CF Mike Trout, among the game's top prospects, was called up from Double A. With CF Peter Bourjos day to day with a strained right hamstring, manager Mike Scioscia said Trout is likely to play all weekend. Trout, at 19 the youngest player in the majors, was hitting .324 with nine homers, 27 RBIs, 11 triples and 28 stolen bases.

Cubs: OF Fernando Perez, part of the Matt Garza trade with the Rays, was released. He was hitting .238 with three homers, 20 RBIs and 17 stolen bases at Triple A. Also, RH reliever Marcos Mateo is out 4-5 weeks with a strained right forearm.

Diamondbacks: Closer J.J. Putz, out since June 29 with tendinitis in his right elbow, emerged pain-free from a bullpen session. The righty plans another session Sunday and hopes to return for the start of the second half.

Giants: 2B Bill Hall went on the DL with a left leg laceration a day after being spiked while San Diego's Jason Bartlett tried to steal second.

Indians: 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was diagnosed with a broken nasal bone on the right side of his face. The rookie, who hopes to miss only a few games, was hit by a pitch Thursday.

Nationals: C Ivan Rodriguez went on the DL with a strained right oblique sustained during batting practice Thursday.

Orioles: RHP Brad Bergesen left the game against the Red Sox with a right forearm bruise after being hit by David Ortiz's liner.

Rangers: INF Andres Blanco went on the DL with a stress fracture in his lower back and will miss 2-3 weeks. The team said it is unsure how the injury occurred.

Red Sox: RHP Josh Beckett left the game against the Orioles after hyperextending his left knee on a wet mound. Also, RHP Kyle Weiland will be called up from Triple A to start Sunday for Jon Lester, out with a strained lat muscle.

All-Star Game loses three more 07/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 9, 2011 12:06am]
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