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Posada likely out for game against Rays

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada likely will miss Friday's series opener at the Rays. He needed nine stitches to close a cut on his left ear after he was struck in the side of the head Tuesday night by a bat.

Posada was flattened and cut when Indians centerfielder Milton Bradley accidentally hit him with his backswing during the fifth inning. Manager Joe Torre said he probably will keep him out until Saturday. Until then, Chris Widger will catch; Torre said outfielder Shane Spencer had some minor-league experience and could catch in an emergency.

Posada, who did not blame Widger, said he had a CT scan and doctors said he did not have a concussion. He said he had a nasty headache most of Wednesday night, and that his stitches will stay in for at least a week.

"I was a little shaken, a little messed up. But I never lost consciousness," Posada said.

ATHLETICS: Left-hander Ted Lilly, who has made two starts since being acquired in a trade from the Yankees, was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed left shoulder. The move is retroactive to Monday. Results from an MRI were not immediately available. Replacing Lilly on the roster is right-hander Aaron Harang, who spent a day with Triple-A Sacramento before getting recalled.

CARDINALS: First baseman Tino Martinez sat out with a sore back, and likely will miss tonight's game, manager Tony La Russa said.

EXPOS: A federal judge scheduled an Oct. 11 conference for the racketeering suit filed against commissioner Bud Selig and former team owner Jeffrey Loria by unhappy Canadian investors.

INDIANS: First baseman Jim Thome was frustrated after missing a sixth consecutive game because of back stiffness. "It's no fun not playing. Friday is the day and I can't wait," said Thome, who expects to return for the opener of a three-game series at Detroit.

MARLINS: Centerfielder Preston Wilson missed a fourth consecutive game because of swelling in his right wrist. Manager Jeff Torborg said Wilson might play tonight at Montreal.

METS: Left-hander Al Leiter, 36, agreed to an $18-million, two-year extension rather than test an uncertain free-agent market in an offseason threatened with a work stoppage. "Obviously, that's a factor," Leiter said. "But it's more about me being able to tell my wife, look, this is where we're going to be. This is some sort of continuity and stability. That was number one." Leiter might have been the premier pitcher available in the trade market, but "we're not going to dismantle this club," owner Fred Wilpon said.

ORIOLES: Eager to add punch to an injury-depleted lineup, Baltimore activated Chris Richard from the 60-day disabled list. Richard had offseason surgery on his left shoulder and has been on the DL since March 30. Outfielder Luis Matos was optioned to Rochester.

PADRES: Left-hander Jason Kershner got his first big-league promotion when left-hander Kevin Pickford was outrighted to Triple-A Portland.

PHILLIES: Prospect Gavin Floyd had a no-hitter in the Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws' 1-0 loss to Lexington, with two errors leading to the run. Floyd, the Phillies' top draft pick in 2001, struck out eight and walked one in the South Atlantic League game.

RED SOX: Right-hander Dustin Hermanson went on the disabled list five days after he was activated. He had fluid drained from his left elbow Monday, a condition caused by a staph infection.

ROYALS: First baseman Mike Sweeney went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 14. The team purchased the contract of first baseman Chan Perry from Double-A Wichita. Perry took the 40-man roster spot of Mark Quinn, who was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

TIGERS: Shortstop Ramon Santiago went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist and Craig Monroe was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Santiago is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

LABOR TALKS: Revenue sharing was the chief topic as players and owners resumed talks, and the sides agreed they are about $70-million apart annually. Revenue sharing is one of two key issues, along with management's desire for a luxury tax on high payroll clubs that would slow salary growth. Sessions are scheduled today and Friday.

_ TIMES WIRES

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