News briefs: Dykstra to stand trial for auto theft, drug charges

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LOS ANGELES -- Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been ordered to stand trial on car theft and drug possession charges.

A judge said Friday that the 48-year-old former baseball star will go to trial on 25 counts. If convicted, Dykstra faces up to 12 years in prison. He remains in jail.

Prosecutors say Dykstra, his accountant and a friend leased three high-end cars from a Southern California dealership this year by providing phony information and claiming credit through a phony business.

Police who arrested Dykstra at his Los Angeles home in April say they found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone.

Dykstra also faces federal bankruptcy fraud charges. Full Story

Rangers' skipper receives fine for criticizing ump

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has received the big fine he's expected since criticizing umpire Angel Hernandez early this month.

Washington said Friday that he had just received the fine "and it wasn't nice." He wouldn't say how much it was, only that it was a lot.

Washington and first-base coach Gary Pettis were ejected by Hernandez during a game July 3 against Florida.

After the 6-4 loss, Washington said, "Angel is bad. That's all there is to it." The following day, Washington reiterated his feelings, saying it was the truth and that he expected to be fined.

Washington says he doesn't plan to talk about umpires anymore.

Padres' Bell ok with setup role with Phillies if traded

There are a lot of trade rumors out there right now, and Heath Bell as at the center of many of them.

The Padres closer told David Hale of the News Journal in Delaware that he's playing close attention to all the rumors.

Bell said his wife and kids have made their preferred choices known as a trade will serve as a vacation of sort -- if anyone who lives in San Diego really needs to go anywhere for a vacation. Nobody, Bell noted, was interested in visiting the Liberty Bell.

That doesn't mean Bell wouldn't be happy to go to the Phillies. He said the park is fine if you're a good pitcher and the fans aren't that bad -- "They've never told me I suck," Bell told Hale. "They just say I'm fat."

O's activate Scott from DL, demote Angle

BALTIMORE -- Luke Scott was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles, who hope the time he had off will enable him to play the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

Scott has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He ultimately will have to address the problem with either a rehabilitation program or surgery, but the timing remains uncertain.

The answer will probably be evident within the week.

"We've been talking about three to five days," Scott said. "I feel like that will be plenty of time to measure whether I've got enough (strength) and it allows me to do a good job."

HOF-bound Gillick open to job with Cubs

Pat Gillick is in Cooperstown this weekend to be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his brilliant career in the front office, specifically building the Blue Jays, Mariners and Phillies into consistent contenders under his watch. Might the Cubs -- a large-market franchise in a state of disarray as things presently stand -- turn to him?

There were reports earlier this week that the Cubs were talking with Gillick, but those were summarily shot down when Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued a press release saying he hadn't spoken with Gillick.

If there is interest in Gillick, however, the feeling is reportedly mutual.

"If the situation was right for Pat, he would definitely consider the Cubs," one of his longtime associates told ESPNChicago.com.

Tigers add Fister and Vargas to list

The Tigers have looked at every starting pitcher who is available, and some who may not be available.

It's a long list, and it extends from Ubaldo Jimenez and James Shields to Jeremy Guthrie and Aaron Harang and Hiroki Kuroda. And also to Doug Fister and Jason Vargas, CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler reports.

According to sources, the Tigers had a scout in Toronto this week to watch Fister and Vargas pitch for the Mariners. The Mariners also had two scouts in Detroit. That doesn't mean the two teams are close to a deal, because the Tigers have had scouts watching all of the above pitchers and more.

The Mariners are believed to have made Fister and Vargas available, while telling teams that Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda will not be moved.

Giants' Posey has screws removed from left ankle

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey has cleared another hurdle in his long road to recovery, getting the screws removed from his surgically repaired left ankle.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy says Posey is still weeks away from being able to put weight on the leg. Posey is pushing himself around in a makeshift scooter that supports his reconstructed ankle.

The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year is out for the season. He tore three ligaments in his ankle and fractured a bone in his lower left leg in a home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins on May 25.

Posey will continue to receive treatment on his injuries in hopes of returning for spring training. San Francisco was opening a three-game series Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brewers' Braun out of lineup with left calf strain

SAN FRANCISCO -- All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun is out of the starting lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers against the San Francisco Giants to rest his lingering left calf strain.

Braun says he feels fine and he didn't re-injure his calf after playing the last two games. Mark Kotsay started in his place

The injury sidelined Braun for the All-Star game despite being the NL's top vote-getter. He also missed more than a week before the break, and the Brewers want to ease his transition back.

Braun is hitting .319 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI. The Brewers entered Friday percentage points behind first-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

Pudge still bothered by oblique strain

LOS ANGELES -- Washington Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez has experienced a setback that is expected to delay his return to the roster at least another week.

The 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner has been sidelined since July 7 because of an oblique strain on his right side. He has been taking early batting practice this week, twice in Houston and again at Dodger Stadium on Friday, but still isn't right. He was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Manager Davey Johnson said Rodriguez will travel to Miami and continue to rehab under the guidance of a physical therapist who works with the NBA's Heat, someone he has known for years and has a lot of confidence in.

Rodriguez, 39, is batting .214 with two homers and 19 RBI in 39 games. The 21-year veteran, playing for his fifth team in the last four seasons, has a lifetime .297 average with 311 home runs and has caught more games that anyone in major league history. He is 158 hits shy of 3,000.

Rangers president Ryan feeling better, returns to work

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nolan Ryan knows his cardiologist would probably prefer for him to cut back on his non-stop workload as CEO, president and part-owner of the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.

Yet, the Hall of Fame pitcher who played a record 27 seasons in the major leagues is showing no signs of slowing down.

Ryan, who has dealt with a heart condition since double-bypass surgery in 2000, was back at Rangers Ballpark, only days after being hospitalized because of an incident with his heart.

"Good, everything's going fine," the 64-year-old Ryan said before the Rangers played their first home game since the All-Star break.

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