DUNEDIN, Fla. -- New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was the designated hitter for his second minor league rehabilitation game and went 0 for 3 with a walk on Saturday night.
The original plan was for Rodriguez, who had right knee surgery on July 14, to play five or six innings at third base for Class-A Tampa against Dunedin. A-Rod was the third-place hitter after going through a pregame session that included throwing in the outfield, fielding 31 grounders at third and taking 50 swings in batting practice.
Rodriguez struck out swinging in the first and took a 93 mph fastball for a called third strike in the fourth against second-year pro Drew Hutchison.
Rodriguez drew a walk against Hutchison on a 3-2 pitch in the sixth. He stayed in the game after reaching base and advanced to third on a pair of singles before scoring on an infield grounder.
The three-time AL MVP grounded out against Matt Daly to end the seventh. As he returned to the dugout, Rodriguez gave his bat to a young fan is the stands. He also signed autographs for fans en route to the clubhouse.
Rodriguez went 2 for 3 as the DH in his first game Friday night, including a long home run in the first and a third-inning double, on which he ran tentatively from the plate to second.
After the game Friday, Rodriguez said the knee was healthy. Rodriguez did look as if he was running somewhat better Saturday. Full Story
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter donated to the Hall of Fame the batting helmet and batting gloves that he wore when he homered for his 3,000th hit.
Jeter made the presentation during a brief ceremony honoring him for becoming the 28th player and first in pinstripes to reach the milestone before the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees presented Jeter with a Waterford crystal vase and gave the captain, his parents and sister rings commemorating the feat. The rings Jeter and his father received have 50 diamonds each, 14 making the No. 2.
Jeter's teammates gave him a 225-pound, mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture. It featured the No. 3,000, topped by a bust of Jeter waving his helmet to the crowd.
As if the Mariners haven't had enough bad fortune this season, a bad hop caused a ground ball to jump up and break first baseman Justin Smoak's nose.
The mishap happened on the night Smoak finally returned to the lineup after an eight-game absence due to a thumb injury.
Smoak was in front of a Jarrod Saltalamacchia groundball in the second inning as the Mariners were facing the Red Sox at home, when the ball unexpectedly jumped up and hit him square in the face. Smoak was immediately replaced at first by Adam Kennedy.
There's been no timetable announced for how much time, if any, Smoak will miss.
CLEVELAND -- Indians outfielder Michael Brantley's right wrist is not getting better.
Brantley was not in the starting lineup Saturday for the fourth straight game and manager Manny Acta said he intends to keep the outfielder out until at least Tuesday.
Acta said that if Brantley does not show improvement, a trip to the disabled list is possible. Brantley has had several tests, including an MRI, and doctors have said the injury is not serious, though the outfielder said it still hurts when he swings a bat.
NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Freddy Garcia has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Rays because of a cut on a finger sustained in a kitchen accident four or five days ago.
A.J. Burnett will start in his place and manager Joe Girardi will be able to temporarily push back a decision on who gets dropped from New York's six-man rotation. Girardi has been promising for several days that the team would go back to a five-man rotation after Sunday. Instead, the rest of the starters will move up a day.
Burnett will be followed by Ivan Nova on Monday in Kansas City. Bartolo Colon starts Tuesday and CC Sabathia goes Wednesday.
CLEVELAND -- Infielder Alexi Casilla is headed back to the Twins' disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Casilla had difficulty running. The second baseman was activated from the DL on Friday.
Casilla, hitting .260 with two homers and 21 RBI in 97 games, had been sidelined since July 28 with the injury.
The Twins have had 20 different players go to the disabled list this season.
MIAMI -- The Giants have placed outfielder Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno.
Torres was hit by a ball during Friday night's loss at Florida, resulting in a bruised right leg. The switch hitter is batting .228 with three homers in 85 games.
Carlos Beltran also was out of San Francisco's lineup with a strained right hand. He also missed the team's previous four games.
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks have signed free-agent infielder Lyle Overbay and placed infielder Xavier Nady on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand.
Arizona designated pitcher Juan Jaime for assignment.
Nady was injured Friday night when he was hit by a second-inning pitch from the Mets' Dillon Gee.
The 34-year-old Overbay was released Tuesday by Pittsburgh after hitting .227 with eight homers and 37 RBI in 103 games.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Infielder Brandon Allen had been called up from the minors and immediately inserted into the Athletics' starting lineup.
Allen was acquired from Arizona for reliever Brad Ziegler on July 31.
A career .213 hitter over parts of three seasons in the majors, Allen hit just .172 with three home runs and seven RBI in 11 games for the Diamondbacks. He was batting .250 for Oakland's Triple-A team in Sacramento.
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are planning to wear special jerseys Sunday to honor the city's German heritage, and Zack Greinke provided a sneak peek by accident.
Greinke had the wrong jersey on when he hit for Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada in the fifth inning against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Greinke, who started and got the win against the Pirates on Friday night, was wearing Sunday's jersey with Bierbrauer across the front.
Greinke moved Jonathan Lucroy to second with a sacrifice, but the Brewers failed to score.