Sunday, February 25, 2018
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D'backs keep flailing star Upton on bench

PHOENIX — Struggling Diamondbacks RF Justin Upton was held out of the lineup for the second straight night and the third time in five games.

Manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday that he hoped time off would help his star snap out of his funk, and he again had him on the bench against the Rockies on Wednesday night.

"Nothing's changed," Gibson said. "Hopefully he'll have a productive day and be ready to win the game for us if that should be the case. He's a very important part of our team, we all know that, and we're going to try to get him back on track."

Fourth in the NL MVP voting last year, Upton, 24, younger brother of Rays CF B.J. Upton, has struggled this season. Since a nine-game hitting streak in May, Upton has gone 4-for-28 in seven games.

TOP PICK NEAR DEAL: Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said the team has agreed to some elements of a contract with top overall pick Carlos Correa but said "it is by no means a done deal." Correa, 17, a shortstop from Puerto Rico, is likely to sign for about $2 million less than the assigned slot value of $7.2 million. That could leave Houston with more money to sign Jesuit RHP Lance McCullers, the 41st overall pick who has a commitment to Florida.

Clemens trial: The estranged wife of Roger Clemens' chief accuser testified that her husband did not initially confide in her about injecting players with performance-enhancing drugs, contradicting his account of how and why he kept needles and other medical waste from injections he allegedly gave the star pitcher. Former strength coach Brian McNamee is considered a key prosecution witness in Clemens' perjury trial. Eileen McNamee told jurors she did not initially know what was in the box she discovered in their home in 2001. Her husband said "he was saving things for his protection and it was none of my concern," she testified.

O'S SIGN MOYER: The Orioles signed 49-year-old LHP Jamie Moyer to a minor-league deal and assigned him to Triple A.

BRAVES: 3B Chipper Jones, out since May 24 with a bruised lower left leg, is taking batting practice and might begin a rehabilitation assignment this weekend. … 1B Freddie Freeman left in the fourth inning with a bruised left index finger.

METS: LF Jason Bay, out six weeks with a broken rib, was activated from the disabled list.

PHILLIES: 1B Jim Thome (back strain) was activated from the DL after being out since late April.

REDS: CF Drew Stubbs will be out for at least a few days with strained muscles in his left side.

RED SOX: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka is set to start Saturday, one day short of a year after he had elbow reconstructive surgery.

WHITE SOX: 1B Paul Konerko was sidelined for a second straight game after having a procedure to flush a bone chip out of a joint in his left wrist.

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