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San Diego Padres' Cameron Maybin, left, talks with Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp prior to a baseball game, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
New York Yankees' Kelly Johnson, right, celebrates with Jacoby Ellsbury after scoring during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Yankees' Kelly Johnson, bottom, breaks up a double play attempt by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Skip Schumaker during the third inning of the game at Yankee Stadium Sunday, July 20, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Houston Astros' George Springer looks serious at bat in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Miami Heat's Norris Cole, left, Udonis Haslem (40) and Rashard Lewis, right, celebrate from the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Cleveland. Miami won 98-95. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, right, answers questions from reporters as wide receiver Quinton Patton smiles behind him in the locker room at an NFL training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The 49ers lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Padres OF Maybin tests positive for amphetamine
CHICAGO – San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball yesterday for testing positive for an amphetamine.
Maybin said in a statement distributed through the Major League Baseball Players Association the failed test was the result of a change in the medication he was using to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.
Under the drug agreement between MLB and its players’ union, 25 games is the penalty for a second positive amphetamine test. A first positive results only in six unannounced follow-up tests over the next year.
The 27-year-old Maybin was batting .247 with one home run and nine RBI in 62 games this season.
MLB permits an exemption for players with attention deficit disorder.
Astros place rookie outfielder Springer on DL, recall Krauss
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Houston Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps and recalled utility man Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Springer’s stint on the DL is retroactive to Sunday because he hasn’t played since Saturday at the Chicago White Sox. He has sat out with he called discomfort in his quadriceps and knee area since.
Springer is batting .231 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI through 78 games in his rookie season
Krauss hit .173 with four homers and 14 RBI in 39 games with the Astros earlier this year. He has hit .289 with five homers and 38 RBI in 42 games for Oklahoma City.
Yankees put infielder Johnson on 15-day DL
NEW YORK – Yankees infielder Kelly Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.
New York selected the contract of right-hander Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before last night’s game against Texas. The move adds a fresh arm to the bullpen following a 14-inning victory Tuesday night.
Johnson made his first major league start in right field Tuesday and was injured trying to beat out a 10th-inning grounder. He left the game and was replaced by Ichiro Suzuki.
Johnson is batting .219 with six homers and 22 RBI in his first season with the Yankees. He has made 33 starts at third base and 23 at first.
Nats place Zimmerman on DL with hamstring strain
DENVER – The Washington Nationals placed third baseman and outfielder Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
To take his place on the roster, the Nationals recalled infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse.
Zimmerman was injured in the sixth inning Tuesday night while running out a grounder. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman had an MRI yesterday and remains “pretty sore.”
The 29-year-old Zimmerman missed 44 games with a fractured right thumb earlier this season.
The Nationals are 33-19 this year when Zimmerman is in the lineup. He’s hitting .282 with five homers and 36 RBI.
Twins let Guerrier go, recall reliever Pressly
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins designated right-hander Matt Guerrier for assignment and will recall right-hander Ryan Pressly from Triple-A Rochester to take his place in the bullpen.
The move was made yesterday. The Twins have 10 days to trade or place Guerrier on unconditional waivers. If he clears waivers, Minnesota can release him.
Guerrier had a 3.86 ERA in 27 appearances, but he gave up four runs in the ninth inning Tuesday. The 35-year-old is third on the club’s all-time relief innings list with 488.
Seattle wide receiver Rice announces his retirement
RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice is retiring from the NFL after an injury-plagued career that included issues with concussions.
The Seahawks announced Rice’s decision yesterday, two days before the start of training camp. The news was first reported by Pro Football Talk.
Rice missed half of last season with the Seahawks after tearing his ACL against St. Louis. Rice re-signed with Seattle in the offseason on a $1 million, one-year deal. But he was going to be pushed to make the Seahawks’ final roster with the additions of draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood and a healthy Percy Harvin.
Rice signed with Seattle as a free agent before the 2011 season. He played in 33 regular-season games with the Seahawks, his best season coming in 2012 when he had 50 receptions and seven touchdowns and played all 16 games.
Jets sign DE Babin; Colon, Barnes on active/PUP
CORTLAND, N.Y. – The New York Jets agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free-agent defensive end Jason Babin, giving Rex Ryan’s defense a veteran pass rusher.
Babin had 7½ sacks last season for Jacksonville, and was released in the offseason.
Guard Willie Colon and linebacker Antwan Barnes were each placed on the active/physically unable to perform list as they recover from knee surgeries.
Tight end Davis arrives at 49ers’ camp; Boone missing
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Tight end Vernon Davis reported to training camp with the San Francisco 49ers after sitting out the offseason program and mandatory minicamp hoping for a new contract.
Right guard Alex Boone was still expected to be a no-show as he also seeks a deal with two years remaining on his contract, just like Davis. The 49ers, who lost in the NFC championship game to Seattle, hold their first full practice today.
The 30-year-old Davis, who had 52 catches last season and matched his career high with 13 touchdowns, typically takes about a month off following the season before he starts training again full time. He said he worked out on his own, running hills in the area.
Eagles offensive lineman Johnson suspended 4 games
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
The fourth pick in the 2013 draft will be eligible to return to the Eagles’ active roster Sept. 29. He’ll miss games against Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Washington and San Francisco. Johnson started all 16 games and played all but one snap in a solid rookie year.
Johnson is allowed to practice and play in the preseason.
Source: Chiefs, running back Charles reach 2-year deal
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles reached a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.
A person familiar with the contract said the deal will keep Charles in Kansas City through the 2017 season. He spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.
The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as the Chiefs reached the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game.
Vikings waive suspended defensive end Nealy
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings waived defensive end Spencer Nealy and signed tight end Mike Higgins yesterday.
The NFL announced two weeks ago that Nealy will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating rules against performance-enhancing drugs. He was a member of the practice squad for six weeks last year.
In a statement distributed by the NFL Players Association after the punishment was revealed, Nealy said he took a supplement with a banned stimulant and that he took responsibility for his action.
LeBron apologizes to neighbors, sends cupcakes
BATH, Ohio – LeBron James sent cupcakes to his neighbors to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his homecoming earlier this month.
Cleveland Cavaliers fans and journalists arrived en masse to the NBA star’s Akron-area home to await his July 11 decision on whether he would come back to northeast Ohio or stay with the Miami Heat. A commotion ensued, and the police were called to direct traffic.
To make amends, the LeBron James Family Foundation sent a note of apology accompanied by a dozen cupcakes to neighbors on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets.
Several neighbors tweeted photos of the cupcakes and the note saying that “we are sorry for the chaos,” adding that the James family is “so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.”
Mavs void deal for veteran Lewis over knee issue
DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks voided the contract of Rashard Lewis because the free agent forward needs surgery on his right knee.
President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said yesterday the team discovered the need for surgery during a physical. Lewis had signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.
The 34-year-old Lewis spent the past two seasons mostly coming off the bench in Miami. He averaged 4.5 points last season. He was expected to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward.
Robredo, Cilic, Rosol in Umag quarterfinals
UMAG, Croatia – Defending champion Tommy Robredo beat fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-4, 6-4, yesterday to reach the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open.
Robredo, seeded second, converted only two out of 11 break points on his way to victory. The Spaniard played a very solid game from the baseline and won 90 percent of his first serves.
Third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia also advanced, beating Dutchman Igor Sijsling, 7-5, 6-3.
Cilic won the tournament in 2012 and reached the 2011 final.