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Zumaya, Biggio Sitting Out

September 13, 2006|From the Associated Press

Detroit Tigers rookie reliever Joel Zumaya, who has a 1.98 earned-run average in 56 games, has a sprained right wrist and won't be available for a few days.

"He has a tendinitis in his right wrist, which is causing some tightness in his forearm," team trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday.

A doctor examined Zumaya on Monday and the right-hander received a cortisone shot. He will not pick up a baseball until at least Friday, Rand said.

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Houston second baseman Craig Biggio, mired in an 0-for-20 slump that has dropped his average to .248, is getting a couple of games off even though the Astros are fighting for a playoff spot.

Manager Phil Garner started Chris Burke at second base on Tuesday night in the second game of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, and said Biggio would not start today either.

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New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said that if all goes well when he plays catch today, he could throw bullpen sessions Friday and Saturday. Rivera hasn't pitched since Aug. 31 because of a muscle strain near his right elbow.

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The first radio station to broadcast a major league baseball game is losing the rights to Pittsburgh Pirates games after 51 years.

KDKA will cease to be the Pirates' flagship station in 2007 as the team's radio rights shift for the first time to FM station WPGB. KDKA has carried Pirates games since 1955 and, in 1921, carried the first live broadcast of a major league game -- about a year after becoming the nation's first licensed commercial radio station.

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Welington Dotel, an outfielder in the Seattle Mariners' minor league system, was suspended for 50 games in the 2007 season by the commissioner's office after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Dotel hit .261 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs in 52 games for the Mariners' rookie league team in Peoria, Ariz., this season.

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