News briefs: Pujols won't comment about Morgan tweet wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols has no comment on a derogatory tweet the Brewers' Nyjer Morgan posted after getting ejected from a game against the Cardinals. Pitcher Chris Carpenter said he wasn't totally blameless in the incident, but said Morgan's reaction was over the top.

Morgan, whose handle is TheRealTPlush, referred to Pujols as Alberta and criticized Pujols for running to the mound and making sure Morgan's confrontation with Carpenter didn't escalate in the ninth inning of a shutout over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

"Alberta couldn't see Plush if she had her gloves on!!" Morgan tweeted, and added, "Wat was she thinking running afta Plush!!! She nver been n tha ring!!!"

Earlier he referred to the Cardinals as crying birds. Full Story

White Sox utility player Lillibridge breaks hand

CHICAGO -- White Sox utility player Brent Lillibridge suffered a broken hand when he was hit by a pitch during Chicago's 8-1 victory against Cleveland on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Lillibridge was hit by Indians reliever Josh Judy during Chicago's seven-run rally in the seventh. He remained in the game to run the bases, but was removed after the inning. X-rays revealed a fracture on the outer part of his right hand.

"It hurt bad and got checked out," Lillibridge said after the game. "It's frustrating, but I'll be around as much as I can."

The versatile Lillibridge emerged as one of Chicago's most valuable players this season, hitting .258 with 13 home runs while starting five different positions.

Hamilton out of Texas lineup for child's birth

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton was scratched from the Texas Rangers' lineup and was with his wife for the birth of their fourth daughter.

The Rangers said Stella Faith Hamilton was born at 6:35 p.m., about 30 minutes before their game began. They said mother and child doing good.

Hamilton was originally in the Rangers' lineup for the opener of a series against Oakland before his wife, Katie, went into labor.

The Rangers had listed Hamilton batting third and playing left field

Cook to receive one final start with Rockies

Aaron Cook will receive one last start for the Rockies at some point in September, the Denver Post writes. Until his next start is determined, which could be during the final homestand of the year, Cook will pitch in long relief.

Inning limits aren't why Cook's season is ending -- rather, the team wants to get a look at its younger pitchers. Drew Pomeranz has assumed Cook's turn in the rotation after recovering from emergency surgery for appendectomy after being dealt earlier in the season from Cleveland as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez package. Pomeranz will be debuting Sunday.

"It's never easy," Cook said of the news. "I told them I will take the ball whenever they need me to pitch. I am going to show up, work hard and keep my mouth shut."

The 32-year-old is the franchise leader in victories with 72 and enjoyed a nice run of success from 2004-09, including bouncing back from blood clots in his lungs in 2004. But over the last two years, Cook's ERA has been north of 5.00. He started the year sidelined with shoulder issues, as well as breaking his finger in spring training. Since debuting on June 8, the righty has made 16 starts with a 5.74 ERA. He's allowed eight homers and 35 walks in 91 innings, whiffing 38. Cook's game was never about stuff, as his bread and butter has been inducing groundballs. However, more balls have fallen into play this year than they should have, leading to his 5.74 ERA while xFIP suggests Cook deserves a 4.53 mark. Better, but still not great.

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