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Rodriguez declines challenge to release evidence
NEW YORK – A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez declined Major League Baseball’s challenge to make public evidence that led to the 211-game suspension of the New York Yankees star.
MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred wrote to lawyer Joseph Tacopina yesterday, urging him to waive his client’s confidentiality so the documents could be released.
He says the league would disclose “all drug tests” and “all prior violations” tied to Rodriguez, plus any documents linked to whether Rodriguez obstructed MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis clinic.
According to the letter, which was released by MLB, Rodriguez’s side also would be able to disclose documents.
Tacopina said in a statement that the letter was a “publicity stunt” and “a trap,” and said a waiver would need the union’s approval.
Rodriguez is playing pending his appeal, which likely won’t be decided by an arbitrator until at least November.
Reliever Wilson activated by Dodgers
MIAMI – Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson was activated yesterday from the disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers after being sidelined since April 2012 because of an elbow injury.
Wilson, mounting a comeback from Tommy John surgery, was available for the start of the Dodgers’ series at Miami. Outfielder Scott Van Slyke was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Dodgers’ bullpen has been the best in the majors since the All-Star break, and Manager Don Mattingly said Wilson’s role was yet to be determined.
“We’re going to get him out there and see,” Mattingly said. “This guy hasn’t pitched in a long time. We know what he has been able to do in the past. We know he’s not going to be afraid. He has been there before. We want to get him in the mix and see what it looks like.”
Wilson made four scoreless appearances during a minor league rehab assignment. The Dodgers signed him after he was non-tendered by the San Francisco Giants last winter.
Rays activate OF Jennings from DL, option Gomes
BALTIMORE – The Tampa Bay Rays activated outfielder Desmond Jennings from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Brandon Gomes to Triple-A Durham.
Jennings fractured his left middle finger while sliding in a game Aug. 3. He’s batting .258 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs, along with a team-high 17 stolen bases.
Jennings was in the starting lineup last night against the Orioles. He batted leadoff and was in center field.
To make room for Jennings, the Rays optioned right-hander Brandon Gomes to Triple-A Durham. Gomes is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in 15 appearances, all of them in relief.
Marlins’ Polanco placed on seven-day concussion list
MIAMI – Miami Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion.
The move was made before last night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Polanco was hit in the back of the helmet with a pitch Friday against San Francisco.
The Marlins selected infielder Gil Velazquez from Triple-A New Orleans. They also transferred outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the 60-day disabled list.
Nationals get OF DeJesus in trade with Cubs
CHICAGO – The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder David DeJesus in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.
The deal bolsters Washington’s bench as it tries to make an improbable late run for a playoff spot. Coming into the day, the Nationals trailed Cincinnati by 9½ games for the NL’s second wild-card slot.
The Cubs receive a player to be named. They also save about $2.5 million, including $1.5 million to buy out a 2014 option for $6.5 million.
The 33-year-old DeJesus is batting .250 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games. He didn’t have to go far to join his new team, with Washington opening a four-game series at Chicago last night.
The Cubs activated outfielder Brian Bogusevic from the 15-day disabled list to take DeJesus’ roster spot, while the Nationals released outfielder Roger Bernardina.
Astros call up LHP LeBlanc, option OF Krauss
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Houston Astros called up left-hander Wade LeBlanc from Oklahoma City and optioned rookie outfielder Marc Krauss to the Triple-A team.
Houston made the move with LeBlanc yesterday before opening a three-game series at Texas.
LeBlanc was claimed off waivers by the Astros from Miami in June. He had a 9.82 ERA in 3.2 innings in three appearances earlier this season for the Astros, and was 3-1 with a 4.33 ERA at Oklahoma City.
Krauss hit .162 with 32 games for the Astros. He was sent to Oklahoma City after Sunday’s game.
Chiefs trade Baldwin to 49ers in WR swap
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs traded wide receiver Jon Baldwin to the San Francisco 49ers for wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in a swap of disappointing first-round picks.
Baldwin was the 26th overall pick of the Chiefs in 2011. He missed time his rookie season after getting hurt in a fight with a teammate, and has been prone to dropping passes. He has just 41 catches for 579 yards and two touchdowns in two seasons.
Jenkins was the 30th overall pick of the 49ers last year. He appeared in only three games as a rookie and did not make a catch, even though he was healthy all season.
It’s the second significant deal between the Chiefs and 49ers this year. Kansas City acquired quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco for a pair of draft picks during the offseason.
Saints cut QB Wallace, WRs Breaston and Crayton
METAIRIE, La. – The New Orleans Saints terminated the contracts of reserve quarterback Seneca Wallace and receivers Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton, placed defensive end Kenyon Coleman on injured reserve and waived five others.
Wallace, who was competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees, completed three of six passes for 32 yards in his five scoreless series of a preseason game against Oakland on Friday night. He also was intercepted and fumbled into the end zone, resulting in an Oakland touchdown.
Coleman tore a pectoral muscle earlier this month. His season is over as he was not designated for possible return.
The Saints also waived defensive back A.J. Davis, receiver Jarred Fayson, guard Ricky Henry, linebacker Chase Thomas, and defensive back Dion Turner.
The NFL posted the moves yesterday afternoon.
Jaguars release WR Massaquoi, OL Spitz
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars released receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and offensive linemen Jason Spitz.
The moves were somewhat expected since both had fallen on the depth chart during training camp and preseason.
Massaquoi was behind Cecil Shorts III, Justin Blackmon, Ace Sanders, Mike Brown, Jordan Shipley and Tobais Palmer. Spitz, who snapped a ball over quarterback Mike Kafka’s head in Saturday’s preseason game against the New York Jets, was working with the third-team offensive line.
Massaquoi, a second-round pick by Cleveland in 2009, has 118 receptions for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns. He signed with Jacksonville in April, getting a $65,000 bonus.
Spitz, a third-round pick by Green Bay in 2006, has started 45 games over seven seasons. He missed all of last year with a foot injury.
Jets’ Coples out indefinitely, McIntyre to fill in
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets linebacker Quinton Coples will be sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury, and Coach Rex Ryan said veteran Garrett McIntyre will take his place on the starting defense.
Coples was hurt late in the second quarter of New York’s 37-13 win over Jacksonville on Saturday night when he batted down a pass by Chad Henne and suffered what is believed to be a hairline fracture in his right ankle.
The Jets announced Sunday night that Coples, who led the team with 5½ sacks last season as a rookie, was having a “medical procedure” today. Ryan would say only that the team hopes Coples is back “sooner than later.”
McIntyre, in his third year with the Jets, practiced with the starters yesterday.
Stephens wins in first round of New Haven Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – American Sloane Stephens beat Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-4 yesterday in the first round of the New Haven Open.
The sixth seed broke Schmiedlova in the third game of the match, while reeling off 13 straight points. The two traded breaks in the second set until Stephens held serve to go up 4-2.
Fifth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy was the tournament’s first upset victim, falling 7-5, 6-3 to Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard will next play Romanian Simona Halep, who beat Daniela Hantuchova of Slovokia, 6-2, 6-1.
The 21-year-old Halep has already won three tournaments this year and is coming off an appearance in the quarterfinals in Cincinnati, where she lost to Serena Williams.
Other winners early Monday included Russians Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina.
Ex-Northeastern coach ‘Tinker’ Connelly dies at 85
BOSTON – John J. “Tinker” Connelly, who coached Northeastern baseball for 26 years and led the Huskies to the 1966 College World Series, died yesterday. He was 85.
Connelly died Saturday after a long illness, the school announced.
Connelly earned nine varsity letters in football, hockey and baseball and was the quarterback of the Northeastern team that went undefeated in 1951. After graduating, he joined the athletic staff as a backfield coach in football and as a freshman hockey and baseball coach. He was named the head baseball coach in 1956 and posted a record of 288-280-5 before he retired in 1981.
Connelly stayed on as manager of Matthews Arena until he retired in 1991.
He was inducted into the Northeastern University Hall of Fame in 1975 and the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.