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Rangers’ Kelley learns throat lumps were benign

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley learned that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign, and the 35-year-old right-hander was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

Kelley was placed on the injured list on May 9, and the lumps were removed Thursday. Kelley, who doesn’t use tobacco, had reported discomfort when talking and when rolling over while in bed.

“I really did feel like everything was going to be OK and that a lot of it was precaution,” he said Tuesday. “And [for the news] to come on a day when I was going to be reactivated, anyways, is pretty exciting.”

Kelley is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.29 ERA in 14 appearances in his first season with the Rangers. He said the only pain he feels is when he looks straight up, because of the two internal stitches.

“If there’s a popup on the mound, I’m going to need help,” he said with a laugh. “You’re going to see me leaning back.”

Left-hander Brett Martin was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

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Yankees’ Judge delivers on HR promise to fan

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Aaron Judge is a man of his word.

The New York Yankees outfielder, while meeting an older fan on the field prior to Sunday’s series finale at Dodger Stadium, told the man, “I’ll hit one for you tonight,” as he walked away.

Judge delivered on that promise in his second at-bat, crushing a 1-1 curveball from Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw to deep center field in the top of the third inning.

It was Judge’s 16th home run of the season, and it gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Judge had also homered in the first two games against the Dodgers this weekend.

The Yankees would go on to win Sunday’s game 5-1 and take the best-of-three series.



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A’s to retire No. 34 of Stewart, key to 1989 title

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The Oakland Athletics will retire Dave Stewart’s No. 34 next season, the team announced Sunday.

Stewart was on hand at the Oakland Coliseum before Sunday’s game with the San Francisco Giants as the A’s honored the 1989 World Series championship team.

The A’s have retired only five numbers before Stewart — Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley and Rollie Fingers, who also wore No. 34.

Stewart will be the first player who is not in the Hall of Fame to be so honored by the A’s.

But he was born and raised in Oakland and was named the 1989 World Series MVP after winning Game 1 and — after the 10-day delay following the Loma Prieta earthquake — Game 3 as well. He played eight seasons for the A’s and won at least 20 games each year from 1987 to 1990.

“Until today, the names and the numbers that have been retired are Hall of Famers, and deservedly so,” Stewart said, according to the San Jose Mercury-News. “They’re Hall of Famers. And for the organization to step outside of that and honor me in that way, there just are no words to express how I feel. I think it would be unfair to say it’s great — that’s not enough. It’s truly a tremendous honor.”

Henderson and Eckersley also attended Sunday’s ceremony.

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Gregorius leaves in 3rd after HBP to shoulder

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LOS ANGELES — Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has left New York’s game at Dodger Stadium after being hit by a pitch from Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.

Gregorius suffered a right shoulder contusion after being drilled in the first inning Sunday night. He left in the third and was replaced by pinch hitter Mike Ford, who stayed in the game at first base.

Gregorius was set to have X-rays taken at the stadium.

He hit a grand slam in New York’s 10-2 victory over the Dodgers on Friday.

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