MLB notes: Hamilton in hospital
By QMI Agency
|Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers talks with the media before playing the Houston Astros in game one of their Silver Boot Series at Minute Maid Park on May 18, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP)
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton has been hospitalized because of an intestinal virus.
It is expected he will receive fluids and stay in hospital for 12-24 hours, the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The Rangers called up centre fielder Leonys Martin from triple-A Friday to replace Hamilton.
Hamilton was hospitalized with pneumonia in January 2011.
NO-HITTER NOT TO BE
A New York Mets' appeal was rejected for a scoring change that would have awarded pitcher R.A. Dickey a no-hitter.
Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice-president of baseball operations, upheld a scorer's ruling that a grounder in the first inning of a game Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays was indeed a hit and not an error.
The hit was the only one Dickey allowed in the game.
Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton hit a chopper down the line that Mets third baseman David Wright was unable to field with his bare right hand.
The Mets wanted the play to be ruled an error, which would have given Dickey the no-hitter. But it also made Wright feel "awkward" while Dickey said being granted a no-hitter would have been "a little bit cheap."
SOX SCRATCH BECKETT
Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett will miss his start Sunday because of a shoulder inflammation.
Reliever Franklin Morales will take his place, making his first start since 2009
Beckett has been steady during his past six starts, with a 2.68 earned-run average during that span.
He was scratched from a start in early May because of a latissimus muscle strain and then caught heat when he went golfing in the meantime.
Expect Beckett to stay off the links this time.
The Toronto Blue Jays are interested in acquiring Canadian Justin Morneau, CBSSports.com reports. There is no indication the Minnesota Twins are interested in parting with their first baseman, however ... The Atlanta Braves have designated veteran pitcher Livan Hernandez, 37, for assignment, likely ending his run with his eighth MLB franchise. The right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in 18 relief appearances. The Braves have 10 days to trade him, release him or send him to the minors -- the latter an option only if Hernandez agrees to go ... The Tigers' Doug Fister is expected to come off the disabled list in time to start Saturday for Detroit against the Colorado Rockies, Fister has been on the DL twice this season because of a strained left side. Fister, 28, is 0-3 with a 3.15 ERA ... The Miami Marlins have optioned outfielder Chris Coghlan to triple-A New Orleans and recalled outfielder Scott Cousins from the Zephyrs ... The Cleveland Indians have activated third baseman Jack Hannahan from the 15-day DL. Hannahan, who has recovered from a strained left calf, entered Friday hitting .276 with three homers and 18 RBI in 31 games ... The Texas Rangers have placed pitcher Koji Uehara on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 10, with a right latissimus strain. Uehara has a 0-0 record with a 2.11 ERA.