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MLB Roundup: Mets' Wright to return Friday

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright is expected to return to the lineup for Friday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies after missing seven weeks with a strained right hamstring.

Manager Terry Collins said Wright looked good in workouts the past two days. The seven-time All-Star is batting .309 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI with a .391 on-base percentage this year. Wright, 30, has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3.

Also, infielder Wilfredo Tovar will be called up from the minor leagues on Friday to replace shortstop Ruben Tejada, who broke his right leg on Wednesday night in a game against the San Francisco Giants.

---Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is expected to start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. He has been out with a strained oblique muscle.

Hernandez last pitched Sept. 2. He his 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA in 194 1/3 innings this season.

---Former Seattle Mariners majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi died in Japan of pneumonia. He was age 85.

Yamauchi bought 55 percent of the team in 1992. He also owned about 10 percent of Nintendo's worldwide holdings. Yamauchi and a local group of investors made the purchase when it looked like another group was going to be offered to buy the team and move it to St. Petersburg, Fla. He transferred his shares of the Mariners to Nintendo in 2004 for estate planning purposes but kept titular control of the club.

The largest minority owner is Chris Larson, who has a 30.6 percent share of the team. Also, billionaire John Stanton is believed to own 10 percent and is considered the most financially able to acquire a majority of the team if it goes for sale.
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