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Rogers picks family over pennant race

Kenny Rogers decided it was more important to keep his family in Texas than to take a chance at the playoffs.

After several days of mulling it over, the left-hander from Plant City blocked a tentative deal Tuesday that would have sent him to the Reds for three minor-leaguers.

Rogers invoked a no-trade clause in his contract, deciding to keep his word that he would play out his contract with the last-place Rangers.

"It was really a family decision more than a baseball decision," Rogers' agent, Scott Boras, said.

The Reds went with their backup plan, trading three minor-leaguers to Detroit for right-hander Brian Moehler and minor-league infielder Matt Boone, the son of Reds manager Bob Boone. Moehler, 30, has made three starts this season in a comeback from major shoulder surgery.

Meanwhile, the Reds exercised the option on Bob Boone's contract, giving him a chance to lead the transition to the Great American Ball Park, which is scheduled to open next season.

Also, right-hander Seth Etherton was returned to Cincinnati after baseball voided his waiver claim by the Yankees because he wasn't able to pitch.

BRAVES: Rightfielder Gary Sheffield reached base for the 49th straight game, breaking Dale Murphy's club record set in 1987. Catcher Javy Lopez took batting practice, but his strained right shoulder probably will keep him out of the lineup at least until Friday.

MARLINS: Shortstop Alex Gonzalez had surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder and is out at least six months.

ORIOLES: Right-hander Pat Hentgen, who has missed the season after elbow ligament replacement surgery, has been throwing on the side and has his velocity up to 86 mph. Manager Mike Hargrove said it's unlikely Hentgen will return before September.

YANKEES: Closer Mariano Rivera will test his strained right (pitching) shoulder with a game of catch in the bullpen today, a session that will be monitored closely by the team. Catcher Jorge Posada was knocked flat and had his left ear cut when he was hit with a bat during the fifth inning. He was replaced by Chris Widger. Left-hander Sterling Hitchcock, out with a lower back injury, reported no problems after throwing 36 pitches in batting practice at the minor-league complex in Tampa.

_ TIMES WIRES

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