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Cordero Misses Red Sox Game

Associated Press

Boston Red Sox outfielder Wilfredo Cordero, who has been charged with beating and threatening to kill his wife, missed Sunday night’s game against Atlanta for personal reasons, the team said.

Team spokesman Kevin Shea said Cordero called Manager Jimy Williams and received permission to skip the game. Cordero was in the clubhouse after the 7-3 loss to the Braves and was expected to travel with the team to Montreal.

While declining to elaborate on the “personal reasons,” Shea said Cordero’s absence was not because of a trade. He also said there were no legal impediments to Cordero crossing the border into Canada, where he used to play.

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Once again, Don Mattingly was standing at first base soaking in the cheers of a sold-out Yankee Stadium.

He was back there after a receiving a tribute that only the New York Yankees can give. Before New York played Montreal, Mattingly, wearing his No. 23 again, threw out the ceremonial first pitch from the spot where he played for 12 seasons.

It was a fitting conclusion to an emotional pregame ceremony Sunday for the captain forever known to Yankees fans as “Donnie Baseball.”

Mattingly, who missed out on New York’s World Series title last year after spending 12 seasons with the club, became the 15th Yankee player to have his jersey number retired by the Yankees.

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The Detroit Tigers called up left-handed pitcher Glenn Dishman and catcher Marcus Jensen from triple-A Toledo and left-handed reliever Roberto Duran from double-A Jacksonville. . . . Cleveland left-hander John Smiley, who complained of a sore left shoulder after Saturday’s start, was examined by team doctors and will have an MRI Tuesday.


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