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Tiger-ump reunion goes smoothly

DETROIT — No controversy this time for Jim Joyce and RHP Armando Galarraga.

Friday marked the first time Joyce umpired with Galarraga pitching since June 2, when he retired the first 26 batters before Joyce mistakenly called the Indians' Jason Donald safe at first on an infield roller. Joyce apologize to Galarraga after the game, and they hugged the next day.

Joyce received applause from the crowd when he was introduced before the game. He said the butterflies didn't go away until after the first half-inning.

"That was probably the second-hardest plate job of my life for the first three outs," Joyce said, comparing it with the game he called the day after his mistake. "After those three outs, though, I felt like I could go back to being Jim Joyce the umpire."

Galarraga threw a perfect first before allowing a single to start the second.

"I understand the hype. It was crazy what happened. But he's going to be behind the plate for me many, many more times," he said. "I don't want to make it a big deal, and I'm sure he doesn't. He showed (Friday) that he is a professional — one of the best in the game."

Joyce did not comment before the game, saying he was told by MLB not to give interviews unless it approved. During the game, MLB said Joyce was free to speak after the game if he chose to.

Surgery for Santana

NEW YORK — Mets LHP Johan Santana will have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, marking the third straight offseason the two-time Cy Young winner will spend rehabbing.

Santana, 31, left a start last week because of tightness. Thursday's MRI exam showed he has a torn anterior capsule on the front and bottom of the shoulder.

The Mets said they anticipate Santana resuming throwing in the spring. But Santana said doctors told him it was "not a common injury."

"Whether it's April, May, July, October," Santana said. "Who knows? Time will tell."

Santana's 2009 season was cut short by Sept. 1 surgery for bone chips in his elbow. In October 2008, he had surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee.

K.C. signs QB: Pat White, a star quarterback at West Virginia released last week by the Dolphins, signed a minor-league deal with the Royals. White was a pitcher and centerfielder in high school but never played in college. He was drafted by the Angels in 2004, Reds in 2008 and Yankees in 2009 but never signed.

Aki cut loose: The Pirates released former Rays 2B Aki Iwamura after he cleared waivers. Iwamura, traded during the past offseason, hit .182 with two homers and nine RBIs and was slowed by a sore left knee. He tore the ACL in it in 2009.

Marlins: 1B Gaby Sanchez dropped his appeal and began serving a three-game suspension for his part in a brawl with the Nationals on Sept. 1.

Phillies: SS Jimmy Rollins sat with a tight right hamstring and is day to day.

Reds: RHP Aaron Harang will move to the bullpen. In two starts since missing two months with back spasms, he has allowed seven runs and 12 hits over 61/3 innings.

Tigers: 2B Carlos Guillen, out since Aug. 17 with a left knee contusion, is set for season-ending surgery Sept. 17. He's expected to be ready by spring training.

Twins: DH Jim Thome missed his second game with an abdominal strain. But manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects him to return tonight.

Tiger-ump reunion goes smoothly 09/10/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 11, 2010 3:49pm]
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