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Jerry Seinfeld will be part of the Mets broadcast team for Tuesday's game versus San Francisco.



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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez are getting back together.

Seinfeld -- a longtime Mets fan and the creator of "Seinfeld," which Hernandez guest-starred on in 1992 -- will join Ron Darling, Gary Cohen and Hernandez in the SNY announcers' booth during New York's game against the Giants on Tuesday night, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Seinfeld, who previously called a Mets game in June 2010, also will appear on SNY's pregame show at 6 p.m. ET, according to The Reporter.

"Four guys who love to talk sharing one broadcast booth sounds like a bad idea on its face. I don't even know if the chairs will fit," Seinfeld told The Reporter. "But to spend an evening with Keith, Ron and Gary, I will stand if I have to. Those guys, and the incredible Bobby Ojeda, are the all-star team of baseball broadcasting."

Hernandez and Seinfeld worked on Seinfeld in 1992, when the former Mets first baseman appeared as himself in a two-part episode called "The Boyfriend," in which he is accused of spitting on Newman (Wayne Knight) and Kramer (Michael Richards) following a Mets game. Hernandez also breaks plans with Seinfeld in order to go out with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) before Seinfeld later breaks off the friendship.



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PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated outfielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list for the third time this season.

Kemp isn't in the lineup for the Dodgers' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

The 2011 NL MVP runner-up first went on the disabled list on May 30 with a mild right hamstring strain. He was activated on June 25 but lasted only 12 days before heading back to the DL with inflammation in his left shoulder.

Kemp was activated on July 21 and went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs before spraining his left ankle in a play at the plate in the ninth inning, sending him back to the DL for the third time.

In 62 games, Kemp is hitting .263 with five home runs and 27 RBIs.

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DENVER -- Todd Helton has more homers than Hank Greenberg, more RBIs than Johnny Mize, a higher career batting average than Eddie Murray and has scored more runs than Willie McCovey.

All those first basemen are in the Hall of Fame.

Helton will find out in five years if he's done enough over his 17-year career with the Colorado Rockies to merit consideration.

The 40-year-old Helton, who announced his retirement over the weekend, holds virtually every offensive record for the Rockies, the only club he's ever known. But he remains on the bubble for the Hall of Fame, mainly because he spent his career playing half his games in the friendly confines of Coors Field.

Asked about his enshrinement possibility at his official retirement ceremony before the game Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Helton quickly tabled such talk.

"Obviously, it's an honor to be mentioned in that conversation," Helton said. "But that's for a later date."

His numbers, though, do some pretty loud speaking. He's a .317 hitter in his career with 367 home runs, 1,397 RBIs and 1,394 runs. He was an All-Star from 2000 to 2004 and captured three Gold Glove awards.

"He's a Hall of Famer, no matter what people say," Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "He put up great numbers and he didn't play all his games in Coors Field. That (argument) frustrates me, because we don't have control over that.

"He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He's a great player and that's where the great players go."

The days of grabbing his glove and sauntering out to first base are quickly dwindling for Helton.

After Monday, just 11 more contests remain in Helton's illustrious career. The normally stoic Helton allowed his emotions to surface as he addressed a crowded room, a rare peek into his personality.

His wife and two kids were by his side at the table. Troy Tulowitzki and a few other Colorado players were listening in the audience. Even former Rockies slugger Matt Holliday, who's now a member of the Cardinals, showed up and took a seat next to Tulowitzki.

"I'm going to miss walking out of the tunnel at night ... trying to figure out how I'm going to get a hit the next day or how we're going to win a game the next day," Helton said, pausing for a moment to gather his emotions. "To me, that's going to be the hardest (part).

"My relationship with the game is going to come to an end. The relationships I made in the game will carry on. To me, that is what is important."

Even with his time in purple pinstripes growing short, Helton remained focused on going deep.

"I'd like to hit about 40 more homers," Helton said, grinning through his bushy goatee.

That would definitely pad his resume. Not that it needs any help, at least in the opinion of Holliday. Helton found the holes inside spacious Coors Field before the humidor was introduced a decade ago, and after its arrival, too. He hit .345 with 225 homers at home and .287 with 142 on the road.

Of his 586 career doubles -- which rank 16th all-time -- 315 were at home.

"He's an elite player for a long time," Holliday said. "That's what qualifies you for the Hall of Fame."

Earlier this month, Helton became the 96th player in major league history to reach the 2,500-hit milestone. He joins Hall of Famer Stan Musial as the only players in major league history with at least 2,500 hits, 550 doubles, 350 home runs and a .310 or higher career batting average.

Over the past few seasons, though, Helton has been bothered by back and hip trouble. He hit a career-low .238 in 2012. Still, his struggles at the plate didn't spill over to the field. He has a career fielding percentage of .996, which is among the all-time best for a first baseman.

"I love his competitiveness," Vinny Castilla said. "He just hates to lose."

This season, Helton has helped mentor Nolan Arenado, the slick-fielding third baseman who isn't afraid to unleash throws from any angle knowing that Helton will likely dig it out of the dirt.

"For him not to be there anymore, it's pretty crazy to think about," Arenado said. "He's someone I'm always going to idolize."

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As another dismal season winds down for the Miami Marlins, owner Jeffrey Loria has taken over as the decision maker for the majority -- and perhaps all -- of the team's baseball matters, according to the Miami Herald.


That would seem to put the futures of president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and team president David Samson in jeopardy for next season.

"He has marginalized the front office," a source told the newspaper. "The front office isn't making decisions. Loria makes them all."

The Marlins dropped to 55-95 on the season following Monday night's 12-2 loss to the Phillies.

Efforts by the Herald to reach Loria were unsuccessful, but a team spokesman issued a statement that read: "For over a decade, the Marlins have maintained an official policy of not commenting on personnel during the season."
Neither Beinfest nor Samson were quoted in the report.

Sources told the newspaper that despite Loria having taken the reins of baseball decisions, Samson's job is not in jeopardy even though sources paint a picture of dysfunction in the front office.

Among the examples given in the report, the Marlins brass tried to send scuffling catcher Rob Brantly to the minors in May. But Loria disagreed and Brantly remained in the majors until August, when he was finally demoted.

Also, the front office wanted to call up utility infielder Chris Valaika last month, only to have Loria deny the promotion. The infielder was one of several players who accused former hitting coach Tino Martinez of verbal and physical assault. Martinez was a personal hire by Loria.

"The team is run in this sort of backwards way," a source was quoted in the report.

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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will have his next scheduled start pushed back to Saturday, MLB.com reported.

Kershaw, who originally was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, instead will pitch Saturday against the San Diego Padres, according to the report.
The move gives Kershaw, who leads the majors with 223 innings pitched, an extra three days off. The Dodgers say it is only a precautionary measure and that Kershaw is healthy.

Right-hander Stephen Fife will start for the Dodgers in Arizona on Wednesday.

Kershaw, 25, also boasts the majors' best ERA at 1.94 and leads the National League with 214 strikeouts this season. The left-hander is 14-9 in 31 starts and is a front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award.

The Dodgers (86-64) entered Tuesday with a 9½-game lead over the Diamondbacks atop the NL West.

Fife, 26, is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 games -- nine starts -- this season.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tuesday that he fears for his job as his club trudges its way through a second straight September swoon.

The Rangers have lost seven consecutive games and haven't had a lead in any of the 63 innings during the streak. They are holding on tight to the second wild-card spot in the American League, a half-game ahead of Cleveland after leading the West by two games to start September. They now trail the division-leading Oakland Athletics by 6.5 games.

Washington said hasn't had any conversations with the Rangers front office about his job status but said he is worried.



"That decision, if it's made, it's out of my hands," Washington said during his weekly radio spot with Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "And yes, I'm concerned about my job. Who wouldn't be. But I hope that I've gained credibility for what all we've accomplished in the past few years. I'm not a finger pointer. I'm not pointing the finger at anyone. We all have to take the blame for our collapse right now if that's what you want to call it. I'm not calling it a collapse. I'm just calling it a slump. But there isn't anything I can do about that. I don't really think about that type of stuff. I know at some point in this game of baseball we all have to look for another job, but it isn't anything I'm concerned about."

Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said Monday on ESPN Dallas' "Galloway & Company," that he doesn't think Washington should or would be fired at the end of the season.

"Ron is not the guy out there standing on the mound or in the batter's box or fielding a position," Ryan said. "Ron has done everything within his power to try to motivate his club, and I just think we have some people having sub-par years, and we've had some injuries, and we just, we brought a lot of young players into our organization that don't have a lot of experience."

Washington became the winningest manager in Rangers' franchise history in August, passing Bobby Valentine. Washington has won 601 games and led the Rangers to three consecutive playoff appearances, including the World Series in 2010 and 2011.

But Washington has overseen two poor Septembers, including a 2-12 record this month. The Rangers blew a six-game division lead in nine games to close out 2012, losing the American League West on the final day of the regular season, then losing the wild card game at home to Baltimore.

"I look at it in the big picture. What we've done here since I've been here, that should mean something," Washington said. "If a blip at the end of the year makes people decide that Ron Washington isn't the guy for the job, there isn't anything I can do about that.



"We're all worried about our job. I'm no different. I'm concerned about my job. But the only thing I'm worried about now is getting back on track."

This latest stretch of poor play is even more bewildering than last season with the Rangers having not led since Sept. 8 at Anaheim, nine days ago, in a 4-3 victory over the Angels. Texas has lost four one-run games since then.

They haven't homered during the stretch and the starting pitching has slumped, going 1-12 with a 5.99 ERA for September.

Veterans such as 37-year-old Lance Berkman said after Monday's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay that he has never seen a stretch where a team has trailed for a week. Washington agreed on Tuesday.

"I've never seen a stretch like this especially with the quality of players you have," Washington said. "You figure that maybe a dunk base hit or a something out of the ordinary would happen, but it just hasn't happened. We have to keep grinding and be able to make it happen. It's not going to happen because we want it to happen."

Washington was asked if the Rangers from last year's collapse are battling any demons.

"Demons don't have anything with what's happening," Washington said. "What's happening is an anomaly. I've never seen this before in history of the game. We can't score runs. We can't shut down innings. I've just never seen that before. The guys' hearts are in the right place. We just have to go out there and make something happen."

Washington believes in his team and believes they will turn it around in the final 13 games of the season.

"We're going to find a way to get out of it because Ron Washington isn't a loser and Ron Washington is not a quitter and never has been and never will be," Washington said.

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NEW YORK -- Seattle Mariners minor league pitcher Forrest Snow has been suspended for 50 games following a second positive drug test.

The 24-year-old right-hander tested positive for what is considered a drug of abuse. The suspension was announced Tuesday and will begin next season.

There have been 52 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program and 15 under the major league program

Snow was 4-0 with a 2.93 ERA in one start and 18 relief appearances this year for Triple-A Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League. He was 1-5 with a 3.00 ERA in one start and 22 relief outings for Double-A Jackson of the Southern League.

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TORONTO -- Alex Rodriguez is back in the New York Yankees' lineup after being removed from Sunday night's game in Boston because of leg problems. He is scheduled to bat second as the team's designated hitter.



On Sunday at Fenway Park, Rodriguez was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right calf. He previously had left hamstring issues. Heading into Tuesday night, Rodriguez had been the DH in the previous five games.

After the Yankees' loss on Sunday, Rodriguez said he hurt the calf running out of the batter's box in the third inning. He felt it further, he said, when he ran the bases on Robinson Cano's subsequent double.

Rodriguez missed the first four months of the season as he rehabilitated his surgically repaired hip. He returned on Aug. 5 in Chicago against the White Sox. On the day he played his first game of 2013, he was suspended by baseball for violating MLB's Joint Drug Agreement and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

On the season, Rodriguez, 38, is hitting .282 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 36 games.

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NEW YORK -- New York Mets All-Star Matt Harvey, who has been steadfast in his desire to avoid Tommy John surgery, will make an attempt to avoid the procedure.

After getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Harvey has decided to try to rehab the injury for a month or two and then attempt to throw rather than immediately undergo surgery, a league source has told ESPN.com.
Tommy John surgery still could occur during the offseason if the elbow does not respond.

CBSSports.com earlier reported Harvey's decision.

An Aug. 26 MRI, taken by Mets doctors two days after Harvey felt discomfort while facing the Detroit Tigers, revealed the All-Star had a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Mets officials at that point seemed resigned to losing Harvey for the entire 2014 season to Tommy John surgery.

General manager Sandy Alderson noted that players who bypass the ligament-replaced procedure often delay the inevitable and cost themselves more time because the surgery ultimately becomes necessary anyway.

Harvey nonetheless expressed optimism he would avoid Tommy John surgery. He tweeted the day after the initial MRI: "I may be done for this year, but I will be back next year for April 1."

"I think anybody would be in denial to some extent," Alderson countered at the time.

"And so, typically, in these situations where denial is part of one's reaction, the passage of time usually helps with that."

Harvey subsequently chatted with Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay, who spoke about his decision to bypass surgery for an elbow issue several years ago. Halladay continues to pitch without ill effects from what turned out to primarily be a flexor pronator issue, not a problem with the UCL.

Harvey sought a second opinion Monday from Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.

For the past few weeks, Alderson has been preparing for 2014 without Harvey. Figuring he would lose his ace, the GM noted offseason free-agent spending likely would need to be redirected toward signing an established starting pitcher to pair with Zack Wheeler, Jonathon Niese and Dillon Gee next season. Minor leaguers Jacob deGrom or Rafael Montero could also be in the mix.

Harvey, 24, had been 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts before getting shut down for the season. He struck out 191 and walked 31 in 178 1/3 innings.

The Mets had been vigilant in monitoring Harvey's workload in order to reduce his susceptibility to injury. They cut short his 2012 season after a Sept. 19 start to cap his workload between the majors and minors at 169 1/3 innings. This year, they planned to halt his workload at roughly 205 innings.




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Another day, more bad news for the Blue Jays.


The team announced Tuesday that first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and left-handed reliever Brett Cecil will be shut down for the remainder of the season.


Encarnacion will undergo surgery to repair the nagging left wrist injury he has been dealing with for most of the season.


“He’s been dealing with it all year,” Jays manager John Gibbons said of Encarnacion’s wrist pain.


The surgery was described by Gibbons and Encarnacion as minor. Scar tissue and cartilage will be “cleaned out” of the joint they said. There is no structural damage to the ligaments or tendons of the wrist. Encarnacion said he will be fully recovered in two months.


Cecil, meanwhile, has been dealing with discomfort in his left elbow and will have an MRI done on his arm to ensure there is not a significant injury in the joint.


Cecil has been dealing with soreness in his elbow for the last six weeks, but he says the MRI is precautionary and he is confident he will not require ligament reconstruction surgery, otherwise known as Tommy John.


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MILWAUKEE -- Fortunately for Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum, he won't be judged on wins and losses as he approaches the conclusion of his second season in the dugout. But that doesn't mean he won't be scrutinized.

"Anytime an organization suffers back-to-back potential last-place seasons, you have to examine every single aspect of the organization," team president Theo Epstein said Tuesday afternoon.

Sveum is 124-184 as Cubs manager entering Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers after signing a three-year deal before the 2012 season. The team has an option for 2015.

"That's a subject that gets addressed after the season," Epstein said, regarding Sveum's future.

Epstein indicated every situation is different in regards to the idea of a lame duck manager going into 2014. Though Sveum won't be evaluated on wins and losses, there's still plenty to dissect.

"There's development of young players," Epstein explained. "That's an important factor. There's in-game decision making. ... The way the manager uses the roster. ... There's the ability to create a culture of accountability, hard work, preparation. That's a factor."

The Cubs' front office has especially liked Sveum's demeanor. Whether that's handling the benching of shortstop Starlin Castro earlier in the season or managing tempers as he had to do Monday night when pitcher Edwin Jackson was upset he got pulled after four innings.

"As far as incidents and tempers flaring there really haven't many," Epstein said. "Teams take on the personalities of their managers. Dale being so even-keeled and calm has rubbed off on the atmosphere here.

"With respect to keeping the clubhouse incident-free, he's done a remarkable job."

The more debatable issues involve young players developing and in-game decisions. Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have had their struggles but catcher Welington Castillo has advanced as has pitcher Travis Wood. And while Sveum can be questioned about moves within a game, he's had to deal with a franchise record number of players on the roster in back-to-back years. That's made his job harder.

"Then there is the ability to develop solid, trusting relationships with players so you can get through periods when you don't see eye to eye," Epstein said. "As a whole Dale has had a nice, calming effect on the club. He's established a level of professionalism that's admirable."

But that doesn't mean the Cubs are ready to pick up his option. Nor are they ready to say he's not their man going forward. It's just that his record won't be the determining factor.

"I think we've been very up front," Epstein reiterated. "We're not evaluating Dale based on wins and losses."

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HOUSTON -- Astros All-Star catcher Jason Castro has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with discomfort in his right knee, ending his season.

Castro had a cyst in his right knee drained on Sept. 3 and appeared in two games at designated hitter since then, but has not played defense.

The Astros hoped that he would respond to treatment and be able to return this season, but decided Tuesday that it would be better to shut him down.

The 26-year-old Castro set career highs in games played (120), batting average (.276), home runs (18) and RBIs (56).

Castro was selected the American League player of the week twice this season.

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PHOENIX -- Mindful of his heavy workload this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have pushed back ace Clayton Kershaw's start to Saturday in San Diego, three days after he was originally scheduled to pitch.

The move means Kershaw, who leads the majors with 223 innings pitched -- 10 short of his career high -- will now make two more regular-season starts instead of three.



MLB.com earlier reported the move.

"We've been talking about Kersh as the year has gone on. It just seems like every time out, it's seven, eight, nine innings," said manager Don Mattingly. "I know [general manager] Ned [Colletti] is concerned and the whole organization is concerned with how are we going to keep his innings down."

Kershaw originally was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Had he pitched Wednesday and stayed on four days' rest the remainder of the season, he would have lined up to pitch Game 1 of a playoff series, which starts Oct. 3. Now, he would be on six days' rest for Game 1.

"I'm going to get stir-crazy around when I should be starting, but I understand," Kershaw said. "Saturday will get here fast enough."

Right-hander Stephen Fife will start Wednesday's game.

Kershaw, 25, also boasts the majors' best ERA at 1.94 and leads the National League with 214 strikeouts this season. The left-hander is 14-9 in 31 starts and is a front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award.

The Dodgers (86-64) entered Tuesday with a 9½-game lead over the Diamondbacks atop the NL West.

Fife, 26, is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 games -- nine starts -- this season.

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NEW YORK -- Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada suffered a broken right fibula in the team's 5-4 walk-off win against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.

Tejada suffered the injury on a freak play in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, the Giants' Angel Pagan hit a pop-up to shallow left field, and both Tejada and left fielder Andrew Brown converged on the ball. Tejada made an acrobatic diving catch, but his right leg collided with Brown in the process.



"I was trying to go down low like we're taught, go down and try to get out of the way," Brown said. "He caught my leg.

"It makes me feel really horrible, to be honest with you. It's the last thing I wanted to do."

Mets manager Terry Collins and a team trainer ran onto the field to check on Tejada. He remained in the game for the final out of the frame but was lifted for a pinch hitter during the Mets' four-run rally in the ninth.

"I feel bad for Ruben, because he had something to really prove here in the last couple weeks," Collins said. "And now he's not gonna get that chance."

Tejada, 23, became the Mets' starting shortstop last season, after Jose Reyes signed with the Miami Marlins. He hit .289 in 114 games in 2012, and was the starter entering this season, as well. But after a sluggish start, Tejada was eventually optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he spent much of the season, before finally being called back up last week.

General manager Sandy Alderson questioned Tejada's work ethic earlier this year. It remains to be seen whether Tejada figures into the team's long-term plans.

Tejada finished the season batting .202 in the majors, with no home runs and 10 RBIs in 57 games.

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura left Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs after the first inning with what the team announced as a strained right hamstring.

Segura, hitting .296, walked in the first inning, advanced on a single by Jonathan Lucroy and then scored from second on a single by Aramis Ramirez. Segura did not appear to slow down while running the bases.

He is listed as day to day.

"It's not bad but saying that, we'll see how many days it's going to be," manager Ron Roenicke said after the team's 7-0 victory against the Cubs. "If he walks in here tomorrow and hardly feels anything, then we have a chance to get him back out there."

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