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YANKEES: Fresh off his talk with baseball's steroids investigator, slugger Jason Giambi is focusing on playing again this season.

Giambi has been sidelined since May 30 after tearing tissue in his left foot. The former AL MVP didn't rule out returning in a few weeks and spoke with Roger Clemens among other teammates during the Yankees' series at Tampa Bay over the weekend.

"I came in and saw the guys," Giambi, who declined to talk about his meeting with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell on Friday. "They know the type of person I am, so I really wasn't really worried about it."

- Fan Paul Robinson headed for home, a week after breaking his neck at Yankee Stadium when a spectator he says was drunk fell on him.

INDIANS: Manager Eric Wedge received a three-year contract extension, an early reward for having his ballclub trailing the first-place Detroit Tigers by just one-half game entering the week and leading the wild-card chase.

Wedge, whose Indians didn't reach the playoffs in his first four seasons, was signed through the 2007 season with the club holding a club option for 2008 and 2009.

Financial terms were not immediately available.

RED SOX: Righty Curt Schilling threw 31 pitches in a two-inning simulated game and pronounced himself ready to take the next step in his rehab from shoulder tendinitis.

BREWERS: Placed pitcher Ben Sheets on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained finger on his pitching hand.

The right-hander was injured Saturday during his start against Colorado. Sheets, who turns 29 on Wednesday, said he "felt something pop, snap."

AN MRI exam on Monday revealed no further damage to the middle finger, and Sheets (10-4) was expected to have additional tests today.

CUBS: Carlos Zambrano said he wants to stay with the team and has faith he'll eventually ink a contract extension.

"That's what I feel, man, that I will sign back with the Cubs," the ace right-hander said.

Zambrano, currently an 11-game winner who can be a free agent after this season, initially wanted a new deal in place by opening day. But talks about a multiyear contract stalled after it was announced the team would be sold.

ASTROS: Reliever Chad Qualls lost his appeal of a three-game suspension and $3,000 fine for throwing a baseball into the stands and will sit out starting today.

Qualls' punishment originally was handed down by Major League Baseball on June 20, two days after he allowed five runs in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels and, after making a putout at first base, tossed the ball into the seats.

MARLINS: Suspended left-hander Scott Olsen for two games because of insubordination.


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