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Van Slyke breaks collarbone

Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andy Van Slyke broke his right collarbone Monday night when he slammed into the wall. He will be sidelined at least eight weeks.

"Andy plays in pain," Pirates trainer Kent Biggerstaff said. "But he was sore in a couple of places and you have to take what he says seriously."

Van Slyke, hitting .322, leads the Pirates with six home runs and 39 RBI.

"We can't lose him," pitcher Denny Neagle said. "That's the worst thing that can happen."

Van Slyke was trying to track down a two-run homer by St. Louis' Erik Pappas during the fourth inning of the Pirates' 8-3 loss to the Cardinals. The ball glanced off his glove into a row of bushes just beyond the wall. Van Slyke was down on the warning track several minutes, then walked off the field favoring his right side.

Cards put Ozzie Canseco

on disqualified list

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Ozzie Canseco, the twin brother of the Texas Rangers' Jose Canseco, has left the Louisville Redbirds of the American Association.

Canseco cited displeasure with the Redbirds' parent team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He announced he was quitting before his team's Triple-A game Saturday night against the Bisons in Buffalo, N.Y.

"This is a game full of surprises," interim manager Mark Riggins said. "Everyone reacts differently. Maybe he thought he belonged up there (in the majors)."

Canseco, 28, was placed on the voluntary retired list.

He had just one hit and four strikeouts in eight at-bats in the first two games of the Buffalo series. He was hitting .240 at Louisville with 13 homers and 33 RBI in 44 games with 154 at-bats.

Redbirds spokesman Tab Brockman said St. Louis placed Canseco on the disqualified list Monday. That will keep Canseco from playing for any other team and could leave the door open for his return.

Redbirds manager Jack Krol, awaiting mouth cancer surgery in Louisville, said: "Maybe striking out more than half the times he batted had something to do with it. He never seemed very happy here since he came down (from the Cardinals)."

Canseco said he would return home to Miami as soon as today to pursue another job, possibly in real estate. He said he was keeping a promise to himself to retire from baseball when the game was no longer fun.

Brewers: Mike Boddicker, who'd lost four straight decisions, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury, and Milwaukee said it will go with a four-man rotation.

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