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Surgery to bench A-Rod 4-6 weeks

NEW YORK — Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez will have surgery today in Miami to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee, and he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the team said.

Rodriguez likely will be back in time for the final month or so of the regular season.

Before Saturday's game, manager Joe Girardi revealed the injury to the leg Rodriguez uses to push off while swinging. Rodriguez, who turns 36 later this month, has already pulled out of Tuesday's All-Star Game. He tweaked his knee at Wrigley Field on June 19, and the tear in his meniscus has slowed him on the bases. He is batting .359 with 10 RBIs in his past 16 games, but he has looked much more like a singles hitter.

After 3,000: Yankees SS Derek Jeter said he celebrated with family and friends after reaching 3,000 hits Saturday "but not too much because I don't recover like I used to."

All-Star outage: Despite the exodus of 16 players from All-Star rosters over the past few days (chart, 4C), union chief Michael Weiner said the mass withdrawals are more about "circumstance" than an indication that players don't care about the game, ESPN.com reported. "By and large, I think players are excited to participate in the game," Weiner said.

AL starter? Angels ace Jered Weaver said he was told by his manager, Mike Scioscia, that he will start for the AL in Tuesday's All-Star Game. "It's very exciting," said Weaver (11-4, 1.86 ERA), who said Scioscia received a call from AL manager Ron Washington of the Rangers.

Snag Gold: A few of the balls used in tonight's Home Run Derby are made with one panel that's infused with 24-carat gold leather and will be used once a batter is down to his final out in each round. The balls have a retail value of $149.99.

Garvey fired? The Dodgers fired Tampa native Steve Garvey for his attempts to buy the team that he helped to the 1981 World Series title, according to multiple media outlets. Garvey, 62, worked in community relations. He had discussed forming a group with former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser that has the goal of buying a professional sports franchise.

Three-ball gaff: Angels DH Bobby Abreu was allowed to take first on a three-ball count in the Angels' 4-2 win over the Mariners. The same thing happened to Seattle on July 2 against San Diego. Plate umpire Gerry Davis apparently lost track of Felix Hernandez's count on Abreu, and the Seattle dugout didn't protest when Abreu trotted to first on a 3-and-1 count. Last weekend, San Diego's Cameron Maybin took first on a 2-and-2 pitch and eventually scored the only run in the Mariners' 1-0 loss.

Sox-Orioles ejections: Orioles reliever Michael Gonzalez and manager Buck Showalter were ejected in the sixth against the Red Sox after Gonzalez threw a pitch behind Boston's David Ortiz, who did not charge the mound the way he did Friday, a move that touched off a benches-clearing brawl. Sox starter Kyle Weiland and manager Terry Francona were ejected in the fifth after Weiland, making his majors debut, said something after hitting Vladimir Guerrero.

Rays' Beckham has hand in Futures win

PHOENIX — The Rays' Tim Beckham doubled in the tying run, then the Yankees' Austin Romine singled home the go-ahead run in a three-run eighth, leading the United States over the World team 6-4 in the All-Star Futures Game featuring top minor-league prospects. Oakland's Grant Green was selected MVP after starting the rally in the eighth with his second double.

Surgery to bench A-Rod 4-6 weeks 07/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2011 12:55am]
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