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BIGGIO WILL RETIRE 'ON TOP' AFTER SEASON

Astros INF Craig Biggio plans to retire at the end of the season after a 20-year career in which he joined the elite 3,000-hit club.

"I get to go out on top. The 3,000th hit night was the best. I'll never forget that," Biggio, 41, said Tuesday. "I think I've done everything I could on a baseball field. I just can't believe it's over."

Biggio began Tuesday with 3,014 hits, six shy of tying Rafael Palmeiro for 23rd.

CARPENTER OUT FOR YEAR: Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter had reconstructive right elbow surgery and is likely to miss at least a year. The 2005 NL Cy Young winner, out since opening day, had surgery in May to remove bone spurs then swelling and stiffness developed July 8.

BREWERS: Catching prospect Angel Salome was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. Salome, 21, who plays for Class A Brevard of the FSL, is the 18th player suspended this year under baseball's minor-league program.

CUBS: INF Ronny Cedeno was recalled from Triple-A Iowa, where he was batting .360 with 10 home runs, 13 doubles and 32 RBIs. Cedeno was optioned to Iowa in May after batting .097.

ORIOLES: Injured SS Miguel Tejada has been cleared to play and could be activated from the 15-day DL against the Yankees on Friday. Tejada had a fractured bone near his left wrist. Also, closer Chris Ray has a bone spur and inflammation in his right elbow. He was not available Tuesday against the Rays.

PADRES: C Michael Barrett was suspended for one game and fined $1,500 after he was ejected against the Phillies. He will appeal.

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