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REIGNING CY LINCECUM OUT WITH BAD BACK

SAN FRANCISCO - Giants ace RHP Tim Lincecum was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night against the Padres with inflammation in the lower left side of his back.

Manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes Lincecum, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, will make his next start and will need only a couple of days rest to let the back calm down. That start could be Sunday against the NL West-leading Dodgers.

Lincecum had tests given by a back specialist and is taking anti-inflammatories. He will be re-evaluated later in the week.

The Giants recalled top RHP prospect Madison Bumgarner to make his major-league debut.

BELTRAN RETURNS: Mets CF Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup. Sidelined since June 22 with a bone bruise on his right knee, the five-time All-Star was activated from the disabled list before the opener of a three-game series against the Marlins.

DISGRACED PITCHER HONORED: Carl Mays, responsible for the only fatal pitch in major-league history, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame along with former Cardinals 3B Ken Reitz and former Royals RHP Steve Busby. Mays, who went 207-126 with a 2.92 ERA during a 15-season career, threw a pitch in 1920 that killed Indians SS Ray Chapman.

LEAKER RELEASED: Troy Ellerman, the lawyer who leaked confidential grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds and other athletes to the San Francisco Chronicle five years ago, was released from prison Jan. 16 after serving 16 months of his 30-month sentence. Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said he was let go under a program in which a term can be reduced by one year if a prisoner successfully completes a substance-abuse treatment program.

BLUE JAYS: DH Randy Ruiz returned to the lineup two days after he was knocked out of a game when he was beaned.

BREWERS: LHP Manny Parra was forced from his start against the Cardinals with neck spasms after pitching in the first.

PHILLIES: Manager Charlie Manuel said he was committed to RHP Brad Lidge, who has blown 10 of 38 save opportunities. "Lidge is our closer," Manuel said. "You've definitely got to show confidence in him."

ROCKIES: SS Troy Tulowitzki sat out with a stiff lower back and remains day to day.

YANKEES: RHP Ian Kennedy said he felt good after a simulated start in Tampa, his first game-type action since surgery in May to remove an aneurysm below his right biceps.

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