MLB roundup: Holliday replaces Molina on NL squad

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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was selected to replace teammate Yadier Molina on the NL active roster for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Kansas City.
Molina was placed on the bereavement list Friday, and is returning to Puerto Rico due to the death of his wife's grandfather. National League manager Tony La Russa chose Holliday to replace him.
Molina was one of three catchers on the NL squad. He was batting .304 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs. San Francisco's Buster Posey and Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz will handle catching duties.
Holliday, 32, entered Friday batting .318 average, with 14 homers and 56 RBIs.

---The Boston Red Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list Friday night with a jammed thumb.
Pedroia suffered the injury during Wednesday's game in Oakland. Tests showed that the injury was different than the torn adductor muscle near the right thumb he suffered in late May.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he hoped to have Pedroia back soon after the All-Star break. They called up infielder Pedro Ciriaco from Class AAA Pawtucket to take his roster spot.
The timing of the injury was not good as the Red Sox opened a four-game series against the rival New York Yankees on Friday at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox were planning to have Pedroia back for the crucial series. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks already was questionable with a strained hamstring.
The 28-year-old missed six games last month because of the first thumb injury and reinjured it July 19 while batting, but missed one game.
He was hitting .210 with a .282 on-base percentage in 26 games since the original thumb injury. Overall this season, he has a .266 batting average with six home runs with 33 RBIs.

---Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford said Thursday night he heard a racial slur from a nearby fan early in his minor-league rehabilitation game in Manchester, N.H.
Crawford is getting into playing shape with the Class AA Portland, Maine, Sea Dogs against New Hampshire Fisher Cats
The left fielder said the fan was using a racial slur while criticizing his $142 million contract.
"He actually called me a racial slur to begin the game," Crawford said. "He was the only one I had a problem with. People in Boston don't even do that. So I don't know what that was about. It's not that bad in Boston, like that."
Crawford, who is African-American, signed seven-year deal with the Red Sox before last season. He hit .255 in 2011 and has yet to play this season after elbow ligament surgery and a wrist injury.
Overall, Crawford said the fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium were good. He noted the number of fans of the Sea Dogs, who are the Red Sox's Class AA affiliate, in the stadium of the Fisher Cats, who are the Blue Jays affiliate.
"I can understand why people can be upset about me signing a contract and me having the kind of year I had," Crawford said. "I understand, you know? They love their team. They want you to produce when you sign a contract like that. I can't be mad at them. All I can do is get ready to play this year and try to produce."

---The Cleveland Indians announced Friday outfielder Shelley Duncan has been activated from the paternity list.
Infielder Jason Donald has been sent back to Class AAA Columbus to make room for Duncan.
Duncan his hitting .221 this season in 55 games with seven homers and 19 RBIs. Donald was hitting .188 in 18 major-league games this season.

---Hours after he struggled through another start, the Baltimore Orioles sent right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta to the minor leagues early Friday morning.
Arrieta, who lasted 3 2/3 innings Thursday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels, was optioned to Class AAA Norfolk.
An off-and-on starter since being selected as the Orioles' opening day starter, Arrieta has compiled a 3-9 record with a 6.13 ERA. He allowed six earned runs on five hits Thursday night.
"As far as getting another start, I really don't know," Arrieta told the Baltimore Sun before he was demoted. "I would like to say yes, but with the struggles and with the way the first half was, you know, who knows? I mean, am I confident that things are going to turn around and be more positive in the second half? Yeah, absolutely. There's no question about that, but right now the first half ended on a bad note. But I can't worry about it too much."
The Orioles have yet to announce a corresponding move.

---The Philadelphia Phillies have activated first baseman Ryan Howard from the disabled list, team announced Friday.
Howard will be making his season debut Friday against the Atlanta Braves after coming back from an Achilles' tendon injury.
To make room for Howard, the Phillies have optioned infielder Hector Luna to Class AAA Lehigh Valley.
The former NL MVP went 10 for 20 with a home run in seven minor-league rehabilitation games during the past two weeks.
Howard, 32, has 286 homers and 864 RBIs with a .275 batting average in his eight-year career. Despite hitting 33 homers and 116 RBIs last season, he struggled with his batting average, which was a career low .253.
His return comes the Phillies are getting healthy. Second baseman Chase Utley made his season debut last week after suffering from a knee injury and starting pitcher Roy Halladay is expected to return soon after the All-Star break from a strained lat muscle.

---Left-hander Jamie Moyer, 49, was released by his third team this season Thursday.
Moyer was released by the Toronto Blue Jays, about 10 days after he was released by the Baltimore Orioles.
After becoming the oldest pitcher to win a major-league game earlier this season, Moyer had signed a minor-league contract with Toronto and was promised two Class AAA starts. Yet he gave up 10 runs on 17 hits in 11 innings over two starts with Las Vegas.
Moyer, 49, began the season with the Colorado Rockies, for whom he was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts before he was designated for assignment.
He signed a minor-league contract with the Baltimore Orioles June 6 with the agreement that he would make three starts for Class AAA Norfolk and he would either be promoted or released.
After his third start, the Orioles offered Moyer another start with Norfolk, but he opted to become a free agent. Moyer went 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings at Norfolk.
Moyer, who missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, is 269-209 with a 4.25 ERA in 25 seasons in the majors.