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News briefs: Red Sox reliever Jenks put on 60-day DL

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TORONTO -- Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is likely to miss the rest of the season and playoffs due to lingering pain in his back.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Jenks did not travel with the team to Toronto and is set to see a doctor on Wednesday. Jenks last pitched July 7 against Baltimore. He was transferred to the 60-day DL Sept. 1 when Boston acquired outfielder Conor Jackson from Oakland.

Francona also said left-hander Erik Bedard (left knee) will not make his next scheduled start, Friday at Tampa Bay. Bedard also missed a month with knee soreness while with Seattle earlier this season.

The Red Sox also recalled catcher Ryan Lavarnway and right-hander Kyle Weiland from Triple-A Pawtucket, and purchased the contract of infielder Nate Spears. Full Story

Marlins ace Johnson throws off mound

MIAMI -- Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson threw off a mound for the first time in more than two months on Monday.

Johnson, on the disabled list since May 21 with right shoulder inflammation, previously threw off a mound in late June.

Johnson threw 21 fastballs off the Sun Life Stadium bullpen mound before Monday night's game against the Mets.

The plans were for him to throw again Wednesday and Saturday.

Mets' Davis, Santana nearing returns

MIAMI -- Mets first baseman Ike Davis took part in pregame drills as he and the team try to determine if surgery will be required to repair his left ankle.

Davis, on the disabled list since May 12 with a left ankle sprain and bone bruise, said the ankle pain had subsided, and both he and the team were hopeful surgery could be avoided.

Also, Mets left-hander Johan Santana was scheduled to throw in the bullpen Tuesday before pitching in a minor league game on Friday.

The team said there was a chance Santana could pitch for the Mets before the season ends.

Sick Beltran a late scratch for Giants

SAN DIEGO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy says right fielder Carlos Beltran is a late scratch for Monday's game against the Padres.

Bochy says Beltran has either food poisoning or the flu. The manager says Beltran was sick all night.

Cody Ross was in the lineup in right, Andres Torres in center and Brandon Belt in left.

Beltran is hitting .295 with 17 homers and 73 RBI for the defending World Series champion Giants, who entered Monday's game seven games behind the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

Jays skipper Farrell rejoins team

TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Farrell rejoined the team after missing the past 10 games because of pneumonia.

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu managed the team in Farrell's absence.

Toronto also activated Dustin McGowan off the 60-day disabled list. The 29-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in the big leagues since July 8, 2008, when he came out of start against Baltimore due to shoulder pain.

Surgery followed soon after and he wasn't able to pitch until the spring of 2010 before more problems surfaced. The former first-round pick had a second shoulder operation last June.

Mets recall ex-Expo Pascucci

The Mets have promoted first baseman Valentino Pascucci from Triple-A Buffalo to join the big-league club.

Pascucci, 32, hit .259/.370/.473 in the minors this season. He's been in the majors before -- back in 2004 -- as a member of the Montreal Expos.

Pascucci's stint with the Expos didn't go well, as he hit .177 with a .588 OPS. Still, that was seven years ago and he only got 74 plate appearances.

At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Pascucci's power should be real. He hit 21 homers in 129 Triple-A games this season, so he'll bring some punch to the Mets for the rest of the 2011 season.

Rockies recall Reynolds, Romero

DENVER -- The Rockies recalled right-hander Greg Reynolds and left-hander J.C. Romero from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

This is the fifth call-up this season for Reynolds. He is 3-0 with a 6.46 ERA, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in seven appearances, three of them starts. Reynolds is 6-7 with a 6.81 in 19 starts with Colorado Springs.

Reynolds was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in four games with Colorado in August.

Romero began the season with Philadelphia before spending time in the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees organizations. The Rockies signed him after the Yankees released him Aug. 14.

Contenders in place, races ease into September

The final month of the baseball season is upon us, and intrigue is unusually absent with the postseason looming. The contenders have been identified, and the pretenders are looking forward to the offseason.

Four of the six division leaders have cushions of at least six games, and the wild-card races are all but over as well.

The Phillies, Brewers and Diamondbacks are rolling to division titles in the National League, with the Atlanta Braves enjoying a comfortable lead over St. Louis and San Francisco for the NL wild card.

Things are a little tighter in the American League, which features the only two races worth watching. Justin Verlander and the Tigers are up 7½ games on the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, but it does get interesting on both coasts.

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