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Murray breaks two ribs

Eddie Murray broke two ribs on his left side while sliding into catcher Matt Walbeck in the third inning Sunday of the Indians-Twins game. Murray was expected to go on the 15-day disabled list today.

Murray, who got his 3,000th career hit Friday night, singled, doubled and drove in a run in his first two at-bats Sunday, raising his total to 3,005. He took himself out of the game while batting in the fifth.

On the play at home, Walbeck blocked the plate and hit the sliding Murray with his left knee on a close play.

"Walbeck tagged him hard in the ribs," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. "He knew it was sore right away."

Astros: Brian L. Hunter had a 12-game hitting streak stopped. The team is 14-5 in games the rookie has started. Phil Nevin was 0-for-24 on the 10-game homestand and is hitting .075 (4-for-53) since he was called up from Triple-A Tucson.

Athletics: Cuban rookie Ariel Prieto made his major-league debut in the eighth inning and hit Damion Easley in the left elbow with his second pitch. He worked two innings and didn't allow a hit.

Blue Jays: Centerfielder Mike Huff left the game after making a sliding catch in the fourth inning, re-aggravating his injured right hamstring.

Cardinals: Catcher Tom Pagnozzi, who bruised his right thumb Saturday, did not play Sunday. Former USF star Scott Hemond made his third start and singled to snap an 0-for-20 slump.

Dodgers: Shortstop Jose Offerman, who has made 18 errors despite hitting .320, got booed at home after it was announced he made the All-Star team.

Expos: Infielder Mark Grudzielanek was sent down to Triple-A Ottawa. Infielder Tom Foley was activated from the DL.

Mariners: Pitcher Steve Frey was activated from the DL and outfielder Marc Newfield was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Phillies: Outfielder Gregg Jefferies returned to the lineup after missing 14 games with an inflamed left thumb.

Pirates: Pitcher Paul Wagner left the game in the seventh with a strained right groin.

Rangers: Mark McLemore was hit by a pitch on his right ankle in the top of the second. He was taken to an area hospital for X-rays. Will Clark left the game in the third with a strained right groin.

Twins: When Kirby Puckett doubled in the fourth, he kept alive a streak of 300 games without going two in a row without a hit.

Yankees: Second baseman Randy Velarde's error in the second snapped the club-record streak of 10 straight games without an error. Darryl Strawberry and the Tampa Yankees of the Gulf Coast League had the day off.

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