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Broadcast legend Scully back next year

LOS ANGELES — In the autumn of his life, Vin Scully has decided to prolong summer for another year.

The Hall of Fame broadcaster, 82, said Sunday that he'll return to the broadcast booth to call Dodgers games for his 62nd season in 2011 because "when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave."

Scully, whose nearly 61 years of service make him the longest tenured broadcaster in sports history, said he made the decision with the blessing of his wife, Sandy, and his five children.

"With continued health, we'll do next year," he said.

He has said that though he loves the job he has had with the team since 1950, when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn, it's increasingly hard to be away from his wife of 36 years.

"My wife understood, God bless her," Scully said in the Dodger Stadium press box named for him. "She said, 'You love it, do it,' and so I love it, and I'm going to do it."

Scully said he considered cutting back his schedule, but at his wife's urging he decided to continue calling all Dodgers home games and road games against NL West and AL West teams. He calls all nine innings of the team's television broadcasts, while the first three innings of his games are simulcast on the radio.

He works alone on the air and long ago reduced his travel schedule to avoid calling games east of the Rockies.

"I'm just going to try to do the best I can, certainly for next year," he said. "Please don't ask me anything about after next year. I'm lucky to look for tomorrow morning."

In March, Scully was briefly hospitalized after falling and hitting his head at home. Scully said he is in good health and still gets excited about his job.

"The love of the game still produces goose bumps. That might be my thermometer," he said. "Every time there's a good play, the other night when the kid at second base threw the ball to first behind his back, I had goose bumps like it was the first big-league game I'd ever seen.

"I went home thinking, 'Holy mackerel, it's still deep inside of me, this love for the game.' I'm so blessed."

Waiting on Strasburg

PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Strasburg's right arm has the Nationals on edge again.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said the team will wait for results of an MRI exam before deciding what to do with their injured ace right-hander.

Strasburg strained a tendon in his right forearm Saturday night. Rizzo said he went through his normal post-start workout that included some light tossing, and he hoped to have the MRI results by the end of Sunday.

Manager Jim Riggleman said it was "probably safe to say" Strasburg would miss his next start. Rizzo insisted there would be no decision until the MRI exam was done.

DODGERS GET CATCHER: Los Angeles acquired Rod Barajas from the Mets for cash in an effort to bolster the catching corps. Barajas, 34, hit .225 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs in 74 games with New York this season.

GIANTS ADD ROSS: San Francisco was awarded OF Cody Ross from the Marlins on a waiver claim. Ross, 29, is batting .264 with a .315 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage in 451 at-bats.

ANGELS: INF Maicer Izturis went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. RHP Jordan Walden was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City.

ROCKIES: CF Carlos Gonzalez was in the starting lineup for the first time since banging his right knee against the outfield wall Wednesday night.

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