Major League Baseball
Furcal forced to evacuate home
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal and his wife have been forced to evacuate their home in an area of La Canada Flintridge threatened by the massive Station Fire. Furcal was not in the lineup for Monday's night game against Arizona, having been given the day off. "That's a lot of baggage that doesn't include what you're doing here," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said, referring to the threat of losing a home. Smoke from the fire filled the sky beyond the Dodger Stadium outfield, but a team spokesman said Major League Baseball didn't believe the air quality was compromised enough to affect the game between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.GIANTS: The Giants are working on a deal to add Brad Penny to their rotation for the stretch run. A person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Monday that details still needed to be finalized. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations with Penny were ongoing. METS: Carlos Beltran is set to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. The New York Mets' All-Star center fielder, sidelined since June 22 with a bone bruise on his right knee, was examined Monday by team medical director David Altchek and cleared to play without his knee brace. Beltran is slated to be in the lineup Wednesday night for Class-A Brooklyn against visiting Hudson Valley. RANGERS: Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been shut down again after experiencing more numbness in his right arm. He might need season-ending surgery. ROYALS: Owner David Glass gave GM Dayton Moore a vote of confidence two weeks ago despite one of the team's worst seasons in years. Apparently, he meant it. Kansas City extended Moore's contract through the 2014 season on Monday, tacking on three more years after he exercised an option for 2011. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. TIGERS: The team plans to recall right-hander Jeremy Bonderman from an injury rehab assignment today, the same day the Tigers promote five other players from Triple-A Toledo. Bonderman missed half of last season after undergoing surgery to correct a blood clot in his right shoulder. YANKEES: Yankees pitcher Ian Kennedy will throw batting practice Wednesday for the first time since surgery May 12 to remove an aneurysm from beneath his right biceps.
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