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Liner injures Hamels, but Phils expect him back

PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels sure got a scare.

Fortunately for him and the Phillies, he didn't become the latest star pitcher on Philadelphia's staff to land on the disabled list.

Hamels was forced out of the game Thursday after he was hit in the glove hand by a liner, spoiling a duel between two of the game's top lefties in Boston's 5-2 win.

Roy Oswalt and closer Ryan Madson were recently put on the DL. Joe Blanton, Brad Lidge, and Jose Contreras were already out.

"We don't need to lose any pitchers," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We definitely need to keep him there, if possible."

Hamels just couldn't stay in against Boston after he was hit by Adrian Gonzalez's liner in the fourth inning and soon left.

Manuel said Hamels sustained a "real good bruise" between his thumb and his palm.

The Phillies said X-rays were negative, and Hamels will make his next start.

Dodgers bounce checks: Paychecks for some part-time game-day staffers bounced, but not because the team didn't have enough money to cover them, the team said. Spokesman Josh Rawitch said when the team filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, its accounts were frozen for 48 hours. Some security guards and ushers found their paychecks had bounced. The checks were reissued.

Derby captains: NL captain Prince Fielder and AL captain David Ortiz, the past two derby winners, will get to pick three teammates for the All-Star Home Run Derby on July 11 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Marlins' park opener: The Marlins will open their new $515 million, retractable-roof ballpark against the Cardinals on April 4, the Associated Press reported. MLB does not plan to announce the schedule, which is still preliminary, until September.

Jeter's return: Yankees SS Derek Jeter (calf) is set to rejoin the team Monday after minor-league rehab games Saturday and Sunday at Double-A Trenton. He's expected to be with the Yankees on Monday for a series in Cleveland.

Rockies-A's: The Rockies looked to bolster their infield by acquiring veteran 2B Mark Ellis from the A's, who will also receive minor-league RHP Bruce Billings and a player to be named for Ellis, 34, and cash.

Cubs: RHP Carlos Zambrano left his start against the Giants in the second because of soreness in his lower back and went for an MRI exam.

Mets: OF Willie Harris was put on the bereavement list after his wife went into premature labor and their baby died.

Rangers: Team president Nolan Ryan said he would be in favor of the Astros moving to the AL West if baseball realigns. He said having another Central Time Zone team would ease some travel issues and having the Astros in the division would stimulate baseball interest in Texas.

Red Sox: OF Mike Cameron, hitting .149 with three homers and nine RBIs, was designated for assignment. The club has 10 days to trade or release him.

Tigers: LHP Phil Coke, 1-8 with a 4.91 ERA, is moving back to the bullpen, and manager Jim Leyland said Charlie Furbush will take Coke's place.

Liner injures Hamels, but Phils expect him back 06/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 12:57am]
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