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Yankees' Rivera could pitch tomorrow

September 5, 2009

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Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will throw in the bullpen today and could be ready to return to the mound tomorrow, manager Joe Girardi said. Rivera, who has a sore left groin, has not pitched since Tuesday. He was scheduled to throw “10 to 15 pitches’’ off the bullpen mound yesterday, according to Girardi . . . Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore will miss the remainder of the season because of inflammation in his left elbow that will require surgery . . . Braves outfielder Nate McLouth was activated from the disabled list after missing 17 games with a strained left hamstring . . . The Nationals activated catcher Jesus Flores from the 15-day DL and will use him as a pinch hitter while he continues to strengthen his injured right shoulder.

Cubs’ Soriano (knee) out indefinitely
Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano is out indefinitely with a sore left knee. Manager Lou Piniella says the team plans to hold Soriano out of the lineup, giving him time to rest and treat his ailing knee. Asked whether Soriano could miss the rest of the season, Piniella said he wasn’t ready to go that far . . . Royals righthander Gil Meche was scratched from his start against the Angels last night due to shoulder fatigue. Meche will undergo tests before the Royals determine if he can make his next start. Also, the Royals announced second-year manager Trey Hillman will be back next season even though Kansas City has the worst record in the American League . . . The Phillies activated righthander Brett Myers from the disabled list. He had hip surgery June 4. Manager Charlie Manuel said Myers would be available out of the bullpen. The Phillies also delayed the start of Clay Condrey’s rehab assignment at Triple A Lehigh Valley because he still has pain in a strained left oblique muscle . . . Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes could play today or tomorrow against the Rockies according to manager A.J. Hinch. Byrnes missed 64 games with a broken left hand. . . . Ernie Harwell, 91, the Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Tigers, said he has inoperable cancer. Harwell was in the Tigers’ broadcast booth 1960-2002.

Sessions signs offer sheet with ’Wolves
Restricted free agent forward Ramon Sessions signed a four-year, $16 million offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a source told The Milwaukee Bucks have seven days to match the offer, which they are not expected to do . . . The New York Knicks expect to sign restricted free agent David Lee to a one-year contract after Labor Day, officials familiar with the talks said. Knicks president Donnie Walsh said he is not interested in signing Lee to a long-term contract in order to maintain payroll flexibility for next summer, when LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and other stars will be free agents . . . Amber Holt scored 11 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the host Connecticut Sun kept their WNBA playoffs hopes alive with an 88-85 victory over the New York Liberty. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota tied her career high with 23 points and had seven rebounds and four assists for the Sun (15-17) . . . Deanna Nolan scored 22 points, Shavonte Zellous added 16, and the host Detroit Shock moved closer to the playoffs with a 70-63 overtime win over the Indiana Fever . . . Sylvia Fowles scored 13 points and Jia Perkins and Dominique Canty had 12 each to help the host Chicago Sky beat the Washington Mystics, 92-86, for their franchise-record 15th victory of the season . . . Erika de Souza had 27 points and 13 rebounds and Angel McCoughly added 26 points and 10 assists in the Atlanta Dream’s 98-90 road victory over the Sacramento Monarchs.

Blue Jackets lock up center Brassard
The Blue Jackets signed center Derick Brassard to a four-year contract extension worth $13 million through 2013-14. Brassard, 22, had 10 goals and 15 assists in 31 games last year before a dislocated shoulder ended his season in December . . . The Ducks signed defenseman Steve Eminger to a two-year contract . . . Jenny Potter scored twice to lead the US Women’s National Team to a 4-2 victory over Team Canada in the Canada Cup, earning the top seed going into the semifinals in Vancouver . . . The Nevada Supreme Court yesterday denied O.J. Simpson’s request to be let out of prison on bail pending the appeal of his conviction in a gunpoint robbery in Las Vegas in 2007. . . . A Kenyan quartet broke the oldest world record in track, eclipsing the 32-year-old 4 x 1,500-meter mark. William Biwott, Gideon Gathimba, Geoffrey Rono, and Augustine Choge clocked 14:36.23 at a meet in Brussels, setting the mark by more than 2 1/2 seconds.

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