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Twins hang Joe Mauer’s No. 7 with other franchise greats

Eighteen years after the Minnesota Twins took Joe Mauer with the first overall draft pick, the hometown star with the textbook left-handed swing was still having a hard time realizing his place with the franchise’s all-time greats. Mauer’s No. 7 joined the seven others retired by the Twins. The six-time All-Star and three-time batting champion sounded as awestruck of his place in team history as on his first day of rookie ball. More than 20 former teammates were on the attendance list.
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Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks goes on IL with shoulder inflammation

The Cubs have placed starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. The move comes a day after one of the right-hander’s worst outings of the season. He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers. Hendricks entered Friday’s game with a 6-0 record and 1.99 ERA in his previous eight starts.
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Mets shuffle leaky bullpen, sign 1st-round draft pick

Desperate for help in a failing bullpen, the New York Mets have acquired reliever Brooks Pounders from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Pounders, who had been pitching at Triple-A Columbus, was immediately added to the major league roster. The Mets also recalled right-hander Chris Flexen from Triple-A Syracuse and put him in the bullpen as well.
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Babe Ruth road jersey sells at auction for $5.6 million

UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

A Babe Ruth road jersey dating to 1928-30 has sold at auction for $5.6 million. Hunt Auctions, which handled Saturday’s sale, says the price breaks a record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. A Ruth jersey from 1920 previously sold for $4.4 million. The auction was conducted at Yankee Stadium. The jersey was part of a collection of items that Ruth’s family put up for sale.
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Angels designate relief pitcher Cody Allen for assignment

The Los Angeles Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment. The move comes a day after the veteran relief pitcher gave up four runs in a 9-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night. The 30-year-old Allen was signed to a one-year, $8.5 million contract in January after seven seasons with the Cleveland Indians. In 25 games this season, Allen is 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA and four saves in four opportunities. The Angels recalled right-hander Taylor Cole from Triple-A Salt Lake City.
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A’s Stephen Piscotty undergoes surgery to remove melanoma from ear

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 6:07 p.m.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty will be out until at least next week after undergoing surgery to remove a melanoma from his right ear. The 28-year-old Piscotty had the operation after the melanoma on the outer lobe of his ear was discovered during a routine spot check on May 28. A biopsy came back positive a week later.
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Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree placed on IL with elbow strain

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Boston Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right elbow. Hembree is 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA and one save in 31 appearances. Boston recalled rookie left-hander Josh Taylor to fill the void in the bullpen.
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Yankees’ Aaron Judge joins Giancarlo Stanton on rehab assignment at Triple-A

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is set to join Giancarlo Stanton on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees announced Judge would begin his rehab assignment. Judge has been sidelined because of a strained left oblique. Stanton is out because of biceps, shoulder and calf injuries. Manager Aaron Boone is hopeful Stanton could be activated before Tuesday’s home game against Tampa Bay.