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Reds' Leake keeps job in the wake of arrest

CINCINNATI — Reds RHP Mike Leake will keep his spot in the rotation while he handles a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

Manager Dusty Baker decided to keep Leake as his starter for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks. Leake was arrested Monday afternoon at a downtown Macy's, accused of removing the tags from six T-shirts and trying to steal them.

Baker talked to Leake before deciding to keep him on schedule to start.

"We talked about how he felt and could he handle the pressures of it, and he said yeah," Baker said. "Sometimes when you're in times of trouble, it's easier to go to work than to not go to work."

Leake declined to be interviewed.

CABRERA CASE: Prosecutors released documents related to Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera's drunken-driving case in which witnesses describe seeing a dark SUV driving on the wrong side of the road the night of Feb. 16, when the slugger was arrested in Fort Pierce. In other Tigers news, DH/C Victor Martinez went on the 15-day disabled list a day after aggravating a groin injury.

PENSION BOOST: Major League Baseball and the players' association agreed to increase pensions for older retired players, the Associated Press reported. The increases involve players from before 1980 who had less than four years of big-league service.

DYKSTRA EVADES CHARGES: Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file charges against former Mets and Phillies OF Lenny Dykstra after he was arrested on suspicion of trying to buy a stolen car.

ANGELS: Former Rays LHP Scott Kazmir, sidelined after one start by lower back soreness, threw three innings in an extended spring game. Manager Mike Scioscia said his velocity picked up during the outing.

BLUE JAYS: RHP Frank Francisco, a closer candidate before straining his right shoulder, was activated off the 15-day disabled list. RHP Jesse Litsch, a former Dixie Hollins standout, was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

CARDINALS: RHP Ryan Franklin was bumped from the closer's role after blowing four of five save chances and posting an 11.57 ERA. … 2B Skip Schumaker (right triceps strain) and reserve OF Allen Craig (left groin strain) went on the 15-day disabled list. INF Nick Punto was activated from the disabled list and 1B Mark Hamilton was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

MARINERS: CF Franklin Gutierrez, out since mid March with a stomach ailment that plagued him last season, is headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. … RHP David Aardsma, coming back from January hip surgery, began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma. … 1B Justin Smoak went on the bereavement list to visit his ill father.

MARLINS: RF Mike Stanton, batting .194 with no homers in his first season as a cleanup hitter, was dropped to sixth in the batting order.

METS: INF Brad Emaus was designated for assignment, and INF Justin Turner was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

PHILLIES: LH reliever J.C. Romero went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf. LHP Mike Zagurski was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

RANGERS: RHP Tommy Hunter threw off a mound for the first time since straining his right groin during spring training and said he felt no pain.

ROCKIES: 3B Ian Stewart was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for RHP Ubaldo Jimenez's return from the 15-day disabled list.

TWINS: 1B Justin Morneau sat out for the third straight game with the flu.

WHITE SOX: RHP Jake Peavy will miss his next rehab start because of muscle tenderness and irritation in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

YANKEES: 3B Alex Rodriguez was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of a sore left side. He said he expects to return today.

Reds' Leake keeps job in the wake of arrest 04/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 9:34pm]
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