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Heath Bell stays with San Diego Padres

The San Francisco Giants claimed the San Diego closer off waivers Wednesday but could not work out a deal for Bell before the deadline passed.

August 26, 2011|Wire reports
  • Padres closer Heath Bell works against the Phillies last month during a game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Padres closer Heath Bell works against the Phillies last month during a… (Hunter Martin / Getty Images )

Heath Bell will remain as the San Diego Padres' closer.

The deadline for working out a deal with the San Francisco Giants, who claimed him on waivers Wednesday, passed without a trade being completed. It is believed the Giants claimed Bell primarily to keep him from going to the Arizona Diamondbacks, or any of the league's other top teams.

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said a meeting with a group of major league officials about allegations that he participated in illegal poker games "went well," but he would not discuss the line of questioning with reporters. …

An MRI exam revealed that Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has a slight tear in his right rotator cuff that does not need surgery and he hopes to return in the next few weeks. … Indians placed starter Josh Tomlin and outfielder Michael Brantley on the disabled list. … Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano (strained shoulder) is back on the disabled list. … The New York Mets put outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list and promoted right-hander Miguel Batista from triple A. …

The Reds reinstated right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek off the 15-day disabled list. … DeWayne Wise will join Toronto for a third time after the Blue Jays claimed the veteran outfielder off waivers.

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