MLB notes: Giants boss Bruce Bochy tips cap to 49ers QB Alex Smith

Giants manager Bruce Bochy. (JOHN SOMMERS II/Reuters file photo)

Giants manager Bruce Bochy. (JOHN SOMMERS II/Reuters file photo)

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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy wore a 49ers cap during a pre-game session with reporters Thursday to poke fun at the uptight NFL and show support for quarterback Alex Smith.

"We're just having a little fun with this," Bochy said. "We want to show our support for the 49ers just like Alex Smith shows his support for us."

The NFL has threatened to fine the 49ers' Smith $15,000 for wearing a Giants hat during post-game press conferences. Apparently apparel from another sport isn't acceptable under the football league's wardrobe rules.

BAKER UNDERGOING HEART TESTS

With their manager in the hospital suffering from an irregular heartbeat, the Cincinnati Reds became the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot.

The Reds, who lead the NL Central, guaranteed themselves at least a wild-card spot with a 5-3 win Thursday over the Chicago Cubs.

Meanwhile, Reds manager Dusty Baker underwent more tests Thursday on his heart and will remain in a Chicago hospital until Friday.

Acting manager Chris Speier said if doctors give the go-ahead Baker could fly back to Cincinnati Friday, where the Reds begin a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I worry about Dusty and everybody in that clubhouse was really worried," Speier said. "You don't just go to the hospital for a cold or anything like that. My thoughts are more about Dusty than this game."

Baker, 63, managed his 3,000th career game Tuesday.

SO LONG SOX?

Pretty much any other season, Cody Ross would jump at the chance to re-sign with the Boston Red Sox.

But instead, the 31-year-old pending free agent wants to sign with a winner.

Ross is open to any offers from the Red Sox but has admitted that he developed an off-season strategy in which he'll target winning teams, WEEI.com reports.

The Red Sox had a 68-82 record entering their game Thursday night against Tampa Bay. Ross was hitting .274 with 21 homers and 74 RBI.

OAKLAND LEFTY OUT FOR SEASON

An oblique strain will sideline Oakland A's left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson for the rest of the regular season, manager Bob Melvin said Thursday.

"He is not going to pitch the rest of the (regular) season," Melvin said. "He has a Grade 2 strain."

It's not known whether Anderson might return if the A's reach the playoffs. Dan Straily is expected to start in his place Monday in Texas.

Anderson returned last month from Tommy John surgery and allowed only two earned runs over his first 26 innings.

He made his sixth start of the season Wednesday in Detroit but left in the third inning with soreness in his oblique.

BRIEFLY

The Miami Marlins are expected to fire team president Larry Beinfest and replace him with vice-president of player personnel and assistant general manager Dan Jennings, USA Today has reported. Beinfest was hired as Marlins general manager in 2002 and built the 2003 World Series championship team ... The San Diego Padres have shut down right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner for the rest of the season. Cashner, 26, struggled in his most recent start on Sept. 14, giving up 10 hits and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. He started the season as a reliever ... Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez left Thursday's game in the second inning. He missed two recent games because of a left hamstring injury ... The Boston Red Sox on Friday will promote infielder Danny Valencia and pitchers Pedro Beato and Zach Stewart, CSNNE.com reported.


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