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Shin-Soo Choo put on disabled list; Brantley recalled from Columbus

compiled from staff, wire and Cleveland Indians news

Shin-Soo Choo has been placed on the disabled list by the Cleveland Indians with a sprained right thumb and the team has recalled speedy outfielder Michael Brantley from Triple-a Columbus as his replacement.

Cleveland had announced after Saturday night’s 5-4 win over the Oakland A’s that Brantley would get the call-up for Sunday’s game against Oakland.

Shin-Soo Choo (mlb)

Michael Brantley (MiLB)

Choo became injured while trying to make a diving catch during the eighth inning of a 3-0 loss to Oakland on Friday night at Progressive Field. The South Korean was hitting .286 with 13 homers and 43 RBI’s in 78 games. The 27-year-old has definitely been the Indians All-Stat for 2010.

Brantley, one of the Indians bright, young players opened the season in Cleveland and was optioned to Columbus on April19. He hit .315 in 59 games for the Clippers and is an excellent leadoff or number 2 man in the lineup.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR SATURDAY JULY 3, 2010: Almanac, News & Celebrity Birthdays

Today is Saturday, July 3, the 184th day in the year. There are 181 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.

* In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.

* In 1775, General George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

* In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.

* In 1962, Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.

*In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of the group, The Doors, died in Paris at age 27.

* One year ago today, July 3, 2009, Sarah Palin said she would resign as governor of Alaska, effective July 26, 2009.

NEWS

* Reality-TV star Dean McDermott is being treated for a punctired and collapsed lung after a dirt-bike accident Tuesday near Los Angeles. The 43-year-old McDermott, was said to have bled heavily from the puncture wound. He is to remain in intensive care for a few more days and is expected to make a full recovery.

McDermott and his wife, Tori Spelling, star in the Oxygen series Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.

* The ladies from the TV Land series, Hot in Cleveland: Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick Have taped a video message in a campaign to persuade basketball star LeBron James to stay home with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

80 Pete Fountain, jazz musician

63 Dave Barry, humorist

54 Montel Williams, talk show host

52 Aaron Tippin, country singer

48 Tom Cruise, actor (Knight and Day)

Hinch is out as Arizona manager; Gibson is in

compiled from staff and wire reports

The ownership of the Arizona Diamondbacks have shaken up the front office and the dugout.

General manager Josh Byrnes, three years ago coveted as a genius and given an unheard of eight-year contact extension, was fired recently along with young manager A.J. Hinch, whose team was 34 games under .500 in less than one full season on the job.

Kirk Gibson Arizona interim manager (mlb)

A.J. Hinch (mlb)

A name so recognizable with winning and hard-nosed play, Kirk Gibson, moves up from being the bench coach to become interim manager. Former major league pitcher Jerry DiPoto moves from vice president of player personnel to interim general manager.

The shakeup happened as the Diamondbacks are in the midst of a 10-game home stand anchored in last place in the NL West for the second year in a row, 15 games behind the San Diego Padres.

The 36-year-old Hinch, is the fourth manager to lose his job this year. In order, Trey Hillman of Kansas City, Dave Trembley of Baltimore and Fredi Gonzalez of Florida preceded him in getting a pink slip.

Kirk Gibson will bring a tough, no-nonesense, ol-school baseball attitude to the job. He is used to winning have played for Sparky Anderson and Tommy LaSorda.

He hit .268 with 255 home runs, 870 RBI’s and 284 stolen bases in 17 seasons as a major league outfielder with Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

Giants trade Bengie Molina to the Rangers

compiled from staff and wire reports

The American League West-leading Texas Rangers filled a significant need recently by acquiring veteran catcher Bengie Molina and cash from the San Francisco Giants for reliever Chris Ray and a minor league pitcher.

Bengie Molina (mlb)

The 35-year-old Molina, who went to the playoffs three times with the Angels and won a World Series in 2002, is currently batting .257 with three homers and 17 RBI’s. The two-time Gold Glove winner became expendable when the Giants recently promoted their top catching prospect Buster Posey.

Chris Ray, the right-handed reliever in the deal, is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA in 35 games this season. The Rangers also sent right-hander Michael Main, their 2007 first-round draft pick (24th overall) to San Francisco.

Athletics cool down Indians, 3-0 behind Gio Gonzalez

compiled from staff and wire reports

Oakland A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez is starting to become the ace of the staff. He can be very good and dominating at times.

Against Cleveland on Friday night, he pitched 6 innings and allowed five hits and upped his record to 7-5.

Gio Gonzalez (mlb)

The Indians had a chance to stage a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning but a strange play took them out of the inning.

With the bases loaded, and catcher Mike Redmond at the plate, he hit a line drive into the outfield that landed on the grass for a hit?

No! Because of two factors. Redmond is 39 years old and can’t run fast at all and the ball was not hit very far.

Oakland rightfielder Ryan Sweeney, was playing like a rover in softball, threw Redmond out at first base to stop a potential Tribe rally as the Athletics won the game 3-0 last night in Progressive Field.

The Indians (31-48) saw their five-game winning streak snapped.

Oakland (40-41) has won seven of eight against Cleveland, including three of four this year.

Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo left the game in the eighth inning. He appeared to hve injured his right hand while diving for a ball in the outfield.

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