Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner could miss rest of the season with oblique injury

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YANKEES: An MRI confirmed that OF Brett Gardner has a strain of the muscles in his rib cage on his left side. Manager Joe Girardi said Gardner could miss the rest of the regular season, which ends Sept. 29.

Gardner’s injury is another blow to the Yankees in a season of them. The 30-year-old was batting .273 with 24 stolen bases and career highs in RBIs (52), doubles (33), triples (10) and home runs (eight) in 145 games.

“It’s a big loss,” Girardi said. “He’s been really good for us ... offensively, defensively, getting us off to quick starts and he’s going to be out a while.”

NATIONALS: Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start against Philadelphia on Friday because of tightness in his forearm.

Washington manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg experienced tightness in his pitching arm while throwing in the bullpen Thursday.

“Yesterday, after he threw in the pen, he was experimenting with another pitch, and I don’t know if that caused his arm to get a little tight, stiffness in his right forearm,” Johnson said. “It’s not down where they did the Tommy John (surgery in 2010). It’s on the soft tissue on the top side of the forearm.”

COURTS: A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ obstruction-of-justice conviction stemming from testimony he gave in 2003 before a grand jury investigating athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bonds’ testimony was “evasive” and capable of misleading investigators.

If Bonds’ conviction stands following appeals, he will serve 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation.

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