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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM

MLB-RODRIGUEZ-BASEBALL INVESTIGATION

Targeting A-Rod

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.

Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if the players' association files a grievance.

While use of banned performance-enhancing substances falls under the drug agreement, MLB may argue other alleged violations are punishable under the labor contract, a person familiar with management's deliberations told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

Taking that action would prevent the New York Yankees third baseman from returning to the field, even if he recovers from a quadriceps injury cited by the team as the reason for keeping him on the disabled list.

And merely threatening to use that provision might give MLB leverage to force a deal.

MLB-MOVES

Rockies get Gonzalez back

UNDATED (AP) — All-Star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is back in the lineup for the Colorado Rockies tonight against Atlanta after missing the last three games with a sprained right middle finger. Gonzalez aggravated the finger last Thursday at Miami and left the game. He was originally injured July 7 while batting at Arizona.

Gonzalez is batting .298 with 26 homers, second-most in the NL, and 67 RBIs, third-most.

— The Detroit Tigers hope they've acquired a key player to address their season-long bullpen issues. The AL Central leaders have picked up reliever Jose Veras in a trade with Houston. Veras is 0-4 with 19 saves and a 2.93 ERA. The right-hander has struck out 44 in 43 innings with only 14 walks.

In return, the Astros are getting minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.

— The Atlanta Braves have added a needed left-hander to their bullpen by acquiring Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league righty Cory Rasmus. The NL East leaders have lost left-handed relievers Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty to season-ending elbow injuries. The 37-year-old Downs was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 43 games with the Angels. He is 36-35 with a 3.47 ERA in 12 seasons.

— Tampa Bay has acquired injured reliever Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox in an attempt to bolster their bullpen for the AL East stretch run. The 32-year-old right-hander is 2-3 with a 1.15 ERA in 38 appearances. He was placed on the disabled list on July 3 with a right shoulder strain.

— Marlins pitcher Kevin Slowey will be out four to six weeks due to a strained right forearm muscle an MRI revealed on Monday. Slowey felt discomfort while warming up in the bullpen during Saturday's game against Pittsburgh. Slowey is 3-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 20 games, making 14 starts in his first year with the Marlins.

MLB-RED SOX-ORTIZ

No suspension for Ortiz

BOSTON (AP) — Boston designated hitter David Ortiz won't be suspended for destroying two dugout phones with his bat during this weekend's series in Baltimore.

Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said the incident remains under review but that a suspension has been ruled out.

Ortiz was tossed from the game after showing his unhappiness with two called strikes by home plate umpire Tim Timmons Saturday. He returned to the dugout after being ejected and destroyed the covers of two phones with his bat before charging onto the field.

MLB-OBITS

Scott, Castillo die

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — George "Boomer" Scott, a three-time All-Star first baseman during the 1960s and 1970s who slugged 271 career homers, has died at the age of 69. Scott spent most of his 14-year career with the Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. He hit 27 homers during his rookie season with the Red Sox in 1966 and had his best year with the Brewers in 1975, when he hit 36 homers and had 109 RBIs. He also won eight Gold Gloves, playing primarily first base.

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of former major league pitcher Frank Castillo after he apparently drowned at a lake northeast of Phoenix.

Family members and friends say the 44-year old wasn't a good swimmer, but he jumped off a pontoon boat Sunday afternoon and didn't resurface. Divers searched for several hours before suspending the search until Monday.

Castillo had an 82-104 record in 13 major league seasons.

MLB-OBAMA-GIANTS

Obama meets 2012 winners at the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has once again welcomed the San Francisco Giants to the White House, saying the club is making a "habit" of dropping in at the White House to celebrate a World Series victory.

The Giants took the 2012 Series in a sweep over the Detroit Tigers, their second world title in three years.

The crowd of well-wishers included Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

NFL-INJURIES

QB suffers injury

UNDATED (AP) — Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert sprained his right ankle in practice. He was stepped on by a teammate during a drill and the team believes he could return later this week. Gabbert slammed his helmet against the grass in frustration and was helped off the field.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles linebacker Jason Phillips tore his right ACL in Monday's practice. He's the second player to sustain a season-ending injury in three days. Starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore his right ACL on Saturday. Phillips played in 16 games for Carolina last year, mostly on special teams. He spent his first 2½ seasons with Baltimore.

NFL-EAGLES

McNabb retires

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb has officially retired as a Philadelphia Eagle. The team leader in many passing categories played 11 of his 13 seasons in Philadelphia, guiding the Eagles to eight playoff appearances, five NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss.

The 36-year-old hadn't played in the NFL since 2011. He was traded to Washington in 2010.

The Eagles have announced that they will retire his No. 5 jersey on Sept. 19 when they play host to the Chiefs, who are now coached by former Eagles coach Andy Reid.

NFL-MOVES

First round pick comes to term

UNDATED (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with offensive guard Chance Warmack, who had been the last remaining unsigned first-round draft pick. The Tennessean reported the former Alabama All-American has agreed to a four-year contract that features a fifth-year team option and has a total value of $12.17 million, including a $7.2 million signing bonus. Warmack was a three year starter at Alabama and was the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft.

In other NFL news;

— The Baltimore Ravens have re-signed fullback Vonta Leach to a two-year contract just weeks after releasing him in June. He returned to the Ravens after failing to land a deal in the free agent market. Leach paved the way for running back Ray Rice to gain 1,143 yards last season.

NBA-MAVERICKS-LARKIN

Mavs sign Larkin

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have signed first-round pick Shane Larkin, who is likely out until training camp in October with a broken right ankle.

Larkin is slotted to make $1.28 million in the point guard's first season under the rookie salary scale.

The Mavericks traded down twice in the draft and ended up with the rights to Larkin, the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin. He was taken 18th by Atlanta.

Larkin led Miami in scoring with a 14.5 point average. He helped the Hurricanes to their first Atlantic Coast Conference title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-SENIOR BRITISH OPEN

Wiebe wins on fifth hole

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Mark Wiebe's (WEE'-beez) par on the fifth playoff hole earned him the win in the rain delayed Senior British Open. He defeated Bernhard Langer who bogeyed the hole.

The playoff was held over from Sunday due to darkness. Langer had a chance to win the tournament on the first hole of the day, but missed a 12-foot birdie putt.

PENN STATE

McQueary: Officials dropped the ball

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary has testified in court that former head coach Joe Paterno told him the university mishandled its response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. McQueary was called as a witness in a hearing for three former Penn State officials accused in a cover-up of the scandal. He told the judge that the late Hall of Fame coach had told him that "Old Main screwed up", referring to university administrators, responding to the allegations against Sandusky.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yer), retired university vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley are accused of failing to tell police about a sexual abuse allegation involving Sandusky and then trying to cover it up.

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