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Tulowitzki Placed on 15-Day DL


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies Tuesday with a left hip flexor strain.

The move is retroactive to July 20, when he left the team's game against Pittsburgh after running out a grounder.

The 29-year-old Tulowitzki has not played over 150 games in a season since 2009.

Before the injury, Tulowitzki was putting up fantastic numbers leading baseball in batting average (.340) and on-base percentage (.432) while scoring 71 runs, hitting 21 homers and knocking in 52 runs.

Both Tulowitzki and Rockies skipper Walt Weiss don't think the injury is too serious.

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Yankees Trade for 3B Chase Headley


Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.

The 30-year-old Headley had a great 2012, hitting .286, with 31 home runs, 115 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and a .376 on-base percentage. But Headley broke his left thumb at the beginning of 2013 and hasn't been the same since.

"I think he can certainly deliver a long ball and this ballpark is certainly more conductive to that than where he's coming from," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "I think he's a professional hitter and a switch-hitter that can spray it all over the place. I don't think we're getting a big thumper, but I do think we're getting an upgrade and a professional at-bat. He's going to give you a good at-bat."

Headley is in the final year of his contract which pays him $10.525 million in 2014.

This season, Headley is hitting .229, with seven home runs and 32 RBIs.

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Woodhead Agrees to Contract Extension with Chargers


Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Running back Danny Woodhead agreed to a two-year contract extension with the San Diego Chargers Tuesday that will keep him in San Diego through the 2016 season.

The 29-year-old Woodhead joined the Chargers last season after playing his first four seasons with New York Jets and New England Patriots.

“Danny is an integral part of our offense,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said. “His work ethic and on-field production were key elements last year. We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the future.”

Last season, the 5-foot-9 Woodhead had 1,034 yards from scrimmage catching a career-high 76 balls for 605 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for another 429 yards and two touchdowns.

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Indians Recall Danny Salazar


(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Pitching prospect Danny Salazar has been recalled by the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians wasted no time getting Salazar on the mound, giving him the start in Tuesday night's 8 to 2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Salazar was sharp, throwing five innings, giving up one run, walking three while striking out six.

The team had high hopes for the 24-year-old this season after he started 10 games last season pitching 52 innings, with a 3.12 ERA, striking out 65 batters while walking only 15. But Salazar wasn't as sharp and was sent to Triple-A Columbus on May 16 after starting eight games, during which he compiled a 1-4 record, 5.53 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.

To make room for Salazar the Indians optioned reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/22/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 7 (52-49) - Boston Red Sox 3 (47-53)

Miami Marlins 6 (47-52) - Atlanta Braves 5 (54-46)

Chicago Cubs 6 (41-57) - San Diego Padres 0 (43-56)

Pittsburgh Pirates 12 (53-47) - Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (56-46)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (56-45) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (51-49)

Cleveland Indians 8 (51-49) - Minnesota Twins 2 (45-54)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (48-53) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (54-46) 

Kansas City Royals 7 (49-50) - Chicago White Sox 1 (48-53)

New York Yankees 2 (51-48) - Texas Rangers 1 (40-60) - 14 Innings

Washington Nationals 7 (55-43) - Colorado Rockies 4 (40-60)

San Francisco Giants  9 (56-44) - Philadelphia Phillies 6 (43-57) - 14 Innings

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-37) - Detroit Tigers 4 (44-57)

New York Mets 3 (47-53) - Seattle Mariners 1 (53-47)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (55-44) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (59-40)

Houston Astros 3 (42-58) - Oakland Athletics 2 (61-38) - 12 Innings

 

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Giants Place Matt Cain on DL


Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The San Francisco Giants placed pitcher Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list due to elbow inflammation on Monday.

Cain was scheduled to start on Tuesday night against the Phillies, but will be replaced by Yusmeiro Petit.

"I'm not exactly sure, but I'm pretty optimistic that it shouldn't be too bad," Cain said of his return.

Cain's move to the DL was retroactive to July 11, the maximum 10-day period. 

Cain is 2-7 this year with a career high 4.18 ERA in 15 starts this year.

The right-hander is earning $20-million this season and is in the middle of an eight-year deal that he signed for $140-million.

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Mark Teixeira: Back Has Been 'Pretty Painful'


Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been battling a lower lat strain for the past few weeks that will keep him out of the lineup the next few days.

Teixeira got an MRI on Sunday that revealed a Grade 1 strain of the latissimus dorsi muscle on the left side of his back and said he experienced the pain in mid-June.

"Throwing, hitting -- anything with any type of rotation, it's been pretty painful," Teixeira said. "The spasms, unfortunately, have gone from my neck to my lower back, up and down the whole time. We just kind of put the fires out, and finally when the pain ratcheted up, it was one spot."

Teixeira has spent time on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury already this season and said that it's frustrating being a 34-year-old player.

"It's tough. I thought the year off last year would kind of give me a fountain of youth, and it's just made me rusty," Teixeira said. "That's the way it feels. It's been something. Every game, it's something. I'm still happy with the way I've played when I'm healthy; I just need to get healthy again."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Monday that Teixeira's back problems were "not a DL situation at this time."

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ESPN: Donald Sterling Meets with Steve Ballmer


(NEW YORK) --  Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday in Los Angeles to discuss the pending sale of the team, according to ESPN.

Sterling and Ballmer met for about 90 minutes at Sterling's house in Beverly Hills in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29.  Sources say it was a "friendly conversation."

A settlement has yet to be reached, but the sale of the team will reportedly be worth $2 billion. 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week that he wasn't sure a new owner of the Clippers would be in place by the start of next season. 

The original agreement called for the sale to close by July 15, with a possible extension to Aug. 15, but Donald Sterling has vowed to fight his termination and the sale of the team.

Ballmer is ready to buy the Clippers, but an issue in that case is whether Shelly Sterling was authorized to sell the franchise to him without the authorization of her husband.

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Mike Pettine: Manziel Will Be a 'Non-Story' in Camp


Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) --  Johnny Manziel's off-field activity has been a major story dating back to his days at Texas A&M, but Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine believes it will "be a non-story" once training camp kicks off this weekend.

"It's something that was a hot topic for the offseason just because of who he is," Pettine said. "It's a very unique thing. I don't think he can get a handle on the why. Is his behavior that much different from the average NFL player?"

Manziel was drafted by the Browns in the first round of May's NFL draft. When he wasn't working out in Ohio during the offseason, the former Heisman Trophy winner has been photographed in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Mexico. 

Pettine went on to say that none of these photos reflected badly on the organization.

"I just think to over react to stuff that's occurred before he's even taken a snap in training camp, we weren't going to do that," he said. "And it's been such a small sample of him being here. While he's been here he's been great."

Manziel is expected to compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job when the Browns open up their training camp on July 26.

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Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn


BananaStock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Nate Craig, the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 6 player overall in the ESPN Junior 300, verbally committed to play football for the University of Auburn on Monday night.

Craig chose the Tigers over USC, Ohio State, and Alabama.

"I just thought Auburn was the best fit for me," Craig said. "I got to go up there this weekend and spend some time with coach [Dameyune] Craig and coach [Gus] Malzahn and that just sealed the deal for me."

"I was at Alabama for the whole week, but just building a relationship with the Auburn coaches and coach Craig was a big impact on my recruitment and did a great job. With coach Malzahn I got to spend some time with him and then I sat down with my mom and decided to make a decision," he continued.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Craig caught 37 passes for 502 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore for Tampa Catholic High School this past season. 

Auburn now has three commits for the class of 2016.

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