Originally created 08/04/06

Arizona ace will miss start

CHICAGO - Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb was sent to Phoenix with soreness in his right elbow.

The team made the announcement before Thursday's doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. Webb is expected to miss his scheduled start Saturday against Houston at Chase Field. An MRI on Wednesday showed no structural damage.

Webb is 12-4 with a 2.74 and three complete games . He made his first All-Star team this season and leads the majors with 167Q innings and is tied for the NL lead in wins.

METS: Jose Reyes can count on buying a nice, big house in New York.

The speedy All-Star shortstop signed a $23.25 million, four-year contract extension Thursday.

Reyes leads the majors in stolen bases and triples and is among the leaders in hits and runs. The leadoff man is a big reason the Mets have the best record in the league and a whopping edge in the NL East.

WINNING BID: Barry Bonds' 715th home run ball fetched a winning auction bid of $220,100 on Thursday, much better than experts predicted for the shot that moved the troubled Giants slugger past Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.

A spokesman for Internet auction site eBay said the winning bidder was from California, but the identity wasn't immediately revealed.

The ball was sold by Andrew Morbitzer, who was waiting in line for beer and peanuts May 28 when Bonds hit the home run.

RED SOX: Catcher Jason Varitek had arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday and was expected to begin rehabilitation immediately, though there was no timetable given for when the team captain could return.

Team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill, who performed the surgery for torn cartilage in Varitek's left knee, indicated that it went as planned. Varitek originally hurt his knee when Angels catcher Mike Napoli slid into him while blocking the plate Saturday. On Monday, Varitek was rounding second on Coco Crisp's second-inning single when things got worse.

ROYALS: Kansas City agreed to terms on a major league contract Thursday with right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar, the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Hochevar will sign the contract Saturday and will be placed on the Royals' 40-man roster. Hochevar becomes the second player in Royals' history to sign a major league contract out of the draft. The other was Bo Jackson in 1986.

TWINS: Manager Ron Gardenhire missed his fourth game in a row Thursday, hospitalized because of flu-like symptoms while his team played Kansas City. Third base coach Scott Ullger is filling in as manager in Gardenhire's absence.


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