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LEGENDARY BROADCASTER HARWELL, 91, HAS CANCER

Compiled from Times wires

DETROIT - Ernie Harwell, 91, a Baseball Hall of Fame honoree and the longtime broadcaster for the Tigers, said Friday that he has inoperable cancer.

Harwell said he knows he'll go through painful days but is in good spirits and appreciates the good wishes he has received from hundreds of fans.

"I guess they (listeners) got used to me, good or bad," he said in an interview from his home in suburban Novi. "It's a great honor to be part of the family like that. ... So-called fame is fleeting."

Harwell said he began feeling ill in the summer. He had surgery last month for an obstructed bile duct. Doctors found a cancerous tumor and several days ago advised him against further surgery.

"They told us what the situation was," he said. "We trusted their judgment."

The Tigers said Friday that Harwell and his family will be "in our thoughts and prayers as he faces a courageous battle against a serious illness."

Besides spinning yarns about baseball stars from Ty Cobb to Mark McGwire, Harwell brought a bit of flair to calling the games. "He stood there like the house by the side of the road," he might say of a batter taking a called third strike. Foul balls into the stands were always, "Caught by a man from (whatever small town came to mind)." A home run was, "Long gone!"

Harwell spent 42 of his 55 years as a broadcaster calling Tigers games, from 1960 to 2002, and he was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1989.

Broadcaster dies:Robert G. "Buddy" Blattner, 89, a former major-leaguer whose broadcast career included play-by-play stints for the Cardinals, Angels and Royals, died of complications from lung cancer at home in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield.

Sox closer Papelbon fined for snail's pace

CHICAGO - Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was fined again for slowing down games. Papelbon was fined $5,000 by the league for taking too long to throw his first pitch Tuesday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. It was his second fine for failure to adhere to new rules for pitchers. "After this, I don't know, man," he told the Boston Herald. "I think they're going to call my parole officer and put me away."

Braves: OF Nate McLouth, who missed 17 games with a strained left hamstring, came off the 15-day disabled list.

Cubs: LF Alfonso Soriano is out indefinitely with a sore left knee.

Indians: CF Grady Sizemore will miss the rest of the season with a sore left elbow and will have surgery next week. He'll have abdominal surgery a week later.

Mariners:Ken Griffey was a late scratch against the A's because of soreness in his left knee.

Nationals: C Jesus Flores was activated from the 15-day DL and will pinch-hit while strengthening his injured right shoulder.

Phillies: RHP Brett Myers, who had hip surgery June 4, came off the DL.

Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton didn't travel to face the Orioles after having a bad reaction to a shot he took to ease the pain from a pinched nerve in his back.

Royals: RHP Gil Meche was scratched against the Angels because of shoulder fatigue.

Yankees: RH closer Mariano Rivera (sore left groin) will throw in the bullpen today and could be ready to return Sunday, manager Joe Girardi said.

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