MLB notes

TIGERS: Miguel Cabrera was back in the lineup as the designated hitter against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, one day after missing a 4-1 loss to Kansas City because of left quadriceps soreness.


Gary Sheffield was out of the lineup after tearing a tendon near the top of one of his fingers sliding headfirst into second trying to stretch a single Thursday. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sheffield should be able to play when the swelling on his finger subsides.

Leyland said Sheffield will wear a splint when he's not playing for six weeks and wear another kind of padding when he plays.

BLUE JAYS: Outfielder Alex Rios finalized a $64 million, six-year contract extension that runs through 2014, and second baseman Aaron Hill agreed to a $12 million, four-year deal.

Rios' deal includes a $13.5 million team option for 2015 with a $1 million buyout that, if exercised, would increase the value to $76.5 million over seven seasons. Hill's deal includes three club options that could make it worth $40 million.

YANKEES: Manager Joe Girardi was too sick to manage against Tampa Bay on Friday night because of an upper respiratory infection.

BRAVES: Mike Hampton was only minutes away from completing a comeback from two elbow surgeries and making his first start in almost three years when he strained his left pectoral muscle in pregame warm-ups Thursday.

Hampton will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30. Lefty Jo-Jo Reyes will be called up from Triple-A Richmond and will be available today.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said he plans to activate left-hander Chuck James from the disabled list to take Hampton's spot in the rotation.

DIAMONDBACKS: Randy Johnson got only one strikeout, gave up eight hits and allowed five earned runs over four innings in a rehab start with the minor league Tucson Sidewinders.

The 44-year-old is trying to come back from his second back surgery in less than a year. He went on the disabled list Sunday, a move retroactive to March 22.

Pirates: Closer Matt Capps agreed on a $2.85 million, two-year contract through 2009. The Pirates and Capps were unable to reach a long-term agreement in the spring.

NATIONALS: Dmitri Young , hampered by a lower back injury since the end of spring training, flew back to Washington for treatment and further examination.



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