Sunday, July 13, 2003

Ordonez replaces Ramirez as All-Star

The Associated Press

DETROIT - Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez will not play in the All-Star Game next week due to a sore left hamstring.

Ramirez, who was the designated hitter Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers, has been playing despite the injury.

"It's disappointing not to go to the All-Star Game, but this is for the best," Ramirez said in a statement. "My priority is to try to help the Red Sox, and I need to take care of this injury so it does not become something that will bother me for the rest of the season."

Chicago White Sox right fielder Magglio Ordonez was named as Ramirez's replacement.

Entering the second game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader with Cleveland, Ordonez was batting .298 with 16 homers and 50 RBI. This will be his fourth All-Star Game.

INJURED ALL-STARS: Braves second baseman Marcus Giles was out of the lineup Saturday because of a concussion from colliding with Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, and both might not play in the All-Star game.

They slammed into each other during Atlanta's 9-5 victory Friday, and Giles still had a headache Saturday.

Prior has a bruised right shoulder and was re-examined Saturday by a Cubs team doctor. He'll be checked again today, and his status for the All-Star game Tuesday in Chicago is in doubt.

CARDINALS: Struggling pitcher Matt Morris had an MRI on Saturday that showed no structural problems in his shoulder.

Manager Tony La Russa said the team did the test for "peace of mind." After his last start Thursday, in which he allowed five earned runs in five innings, Morris said he wanted to be checked out.

Morris, 8-6 with a 4.19 ERA, remains on target to start the first game after the All-Star break Thursday at Los Angeles.

ANGELS: Anaheim gave Mike Scioscia a two-year contract extension Saturday, just three days after the World Series champions rewarded general manager Bill Stoneman with a four-year extension.

Scioscia's deal, which locks up last year's AL manager of the year through 2007, comes with a one-year club option. In his fourth season with the Angels, Scioscia already has managed the club for more consecutive seasons than anyone since Bill Rigney - who held the reins through their first eight seasons and was replaced by Lefty Phillips 39 games into the 1969 campaign.

MLB: A decision on the future home of the Montreal Expos might not be made until September, a high-ranking baseball official said Saturday.

The commissioner's office originally had targeted the All-Star break for a decision. Northern Virginia, Portland, Ore., and Washington all want the Expos to relocate to their areas for the 2004 season.

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