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This is a 2013 photo of Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. This image reflects the Minnesota Twins active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, when this image was taken in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress (80) stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. The Giants won 18-13. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Twins place ’06 MVP Morneau on waivers
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins placed first baseman Justin Morneau on revocable waivers.
If Morneau is claimed before today’s deadline, the Twins can work out a trade with the claiming team, let that team take his contract or pull him back and keep him in Minnesota. If he is not claimed, the Twins are free to negotiate with any team.
Morneau was drafted by the Twins in 1999 and has been a cornerstone of the team for a decade. He is in the final year of his contract and declined to comment yesterday about being placed on waivers.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said placing players on waivers is simply a procedural move that the Twins and other teams do with a majority of their players every August.
Blue Jays put RHP Johnson on DL
TORONTO – Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson was put on the 15-day disabled list with a sore forearm and right-hander Thad Weber was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.
Johnson’s scheduled start Monday had been pushed back to today because of the pain. The decision to put him on the DL came after he felt sore while playing catch during batting practice yesterday.
“I finally felt comfortable on the mound,” he said. “It’s very frustrating.”
Acquired from Miami in a 12-player trade last November, Johnson is 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 starts.
Weber and right-hander Esmil Rogers, who recently lost his rotation spot after nine consecutive winless starts, are possibilities to start today against Boston.
Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus was out of the lineup for a second straight day last night with a strained left abdominal muscle.
Rangers’ Harrison won’t pitch again this season
ARLINGTON, Texas – Opening day starter Matt Harrison won’t pitch again this season for the Texas Rangers.
Harrison made only two starts at the beginning of the season before two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back. He had been pitching in rehab games before feeling a twinge in his elbow and numbness in his hand last week.
General Manager Jon Daniels said yesterday that Harrison met with the team doctor and the surgery who did the operations. They determined that Harrison’s back wasn’t strong enough, and that he was making adjustments in his delivery that led to his symptoms. While there’s nothing structurally wrong with the elbow, Harrison needs additional rest and rehab.
Daniels said Harrison is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring training.
Twins get Sulbaran from Dodgers to finish Butera trade
MINNEAPOLIS – The player to be named in the trade that sent catcher Drew Butera from Minnesota to the Los Angeles Dodgers now has a name.
The Twins announced yesterday that they acquired left-hander Miguel Sulbaran from the Dodgers to complete the trade. The Twins sent Butera, who spent most of the season at Triple-A Rochester, to the Dodgers just before the trade deadline at the end of last month.
The 19-year-old Sulbaran went 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 23 appearances for the Single-A Great Lakes Loons. Sulbaran started 16 games for the Loons.
He will report to Single-A Cedar Rapids.
Investigators await tests on fallen fan
ATLANTA – Fulton County Medical Examiner’s investigators say the man who fell over a railing at an Atlanta baseball didn’t have injuries other than those from the fall and that toxicology tests are pending.
In a release yesterday, officials said 30-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers, Ga. fell 85 feet to his death at Turner Field on Monday night. Authorities initially said the man had fallen 65 feet.
Police say the fall appears to be an accident. No one was standing near Homer at the time and the incident wasn’t recorded on surveillance cameras.
The medical examiner’s office said Homer died of blunt force trauma. Toxicology tests on Homer could take up to three weeks.
Homer’s relatives said he was a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan.
Steelers put WR Burress on injured reserve list
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have put wide receiver Plaxico Burress on the injured reserve list, likely ending his season.
The Steelers made the move yesterday, a day after Burress turned 36.
Burress had surgery Monday morning to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Burress joined the NFL with Pittsburgh in 2000. He has caught 553 passes for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns in the regular season with the Steelers, Giants and Jets. He played three games for Pittsburgh last season.
In the 2008 Super Bowl, Burress caught a 13-yard TD pass with 35 seconds left to lift the Giants over the New England Patriots.
Redskins S Thomas out for year with foot injury
RICHMOND, Va. – Washington Redskins safety Phillip Thomas will miss his rookie season with a foot injury.
Coach Mike Shanahan said yesterday that Thomas will have surgery on a torn ligament in the left foot.
Thomas will require four to five months of recovery and will be placed on injured reserve.
Thomas is a fourth-round pick from Fresno State. He was injured in last week’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.
Albany Coach Ford announces retirement
ALBANY, N.Y. – Longtime University at Albany football Coach Bob Ford is coaching his last season.
Ford announced yesterday at the team’s media day that he’ll retire after the season. Hired in 1970, he’s the longest tenured coach in college football. With 264 career victories, Ford ranks second among all active college coaches and first among active Division I coaches. He’s been named Northeast Conference coach of the year four times and has led the Great Danes to six NEC titles.
At one time, Ford was the youngest head football coach in the nation when at 26 he took over the reins at St. Lawrence University in 1965. He will end his career as the nation’s oldest. He turns 76 next month.
Azarenka holds off King at Western & Southern
MASON, Ohio – Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka held off an upset bid by qualifier Vania King to pull out a 6-1, 7-6 (6) win and advance to the third round of the Western & Southern Open yesterday.
Azarenka, the WTA’s second-ranked player, had to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to force the tiebreaker and win her first match since losing to Samantha Stosur in the finals of the Southern California Open two weeks ago. Azarenka suffered a lower back injury in that match that forced her to withdraw last week in Toronto.
In men’s action, 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori advanced with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Feliciano Lopez, and 11th-seeded Tommy Haas cruised into the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 19th-ranked Kevin Anderson.