Atlanta: RHP Ben Sheets, who has not pitched in the majors since 2010, was signed to a minor league contract. Sheets, already in Atlanta with his son Seaver's Little League team, worked out for five teams at Georgia Tech and signed with the Braves after passing a physical. ... 2B Dan Uggla doesn't like it when manager Fredi Gonzalez gives him a day off. "I think it's a terrible thing," he said. "You can call it a mental day, you can call it a day off, you can call it whatever you want, but anytime he feels like you've got to have one of these days, it's not a good thing. In my eyes, anyways." Chicago: 3B Ian Stewart will undergo exploratory surgery on his chronically sore left wrist within a week, manager Dale Sveum said. ... RHP Ryan Dempster (right lat) threw 40 pitches off a mound. He is expected to come off the DL after the All-Star break. ... CF David DeJesus did not start because of a sore neck but is expected back today. Cincinnati: 1B Joey Votto (left knee) was out of the lineup Sunday, and 3B Scott Rolen (back spasms) was scratched just before the game. Votto injured his knee sliding into third base on Friday. "It's progressing," he said. ... RF Jay Bruce took full responsibility for the Reds' walk-off loss Sunday. Bruce misplayed Angel Pagan's ninth-inning flyball into a double. "I was not as close to the wall as I thought I was," Bruce said. "I missed it. It's really, really embarrassing." Colorado: CF Dexter Fowler's 48 triples through Sunday left him one shy of tying Neifi Perez for the most in Rockies history. Fowler reached that number in 479 games and 1,607 at-bats; it took Perez 668 games and 2,728 at-bats to get his 49 triples. ... Starting pitchers Jeff Francis, Christian Friedrich and Drew Pomeranz combined to go 1-1 with a 0.53 ERA in the weekend series against the Padres, but the Rockies lost two of three games. Houston: The proposed trade of 1B Carlos Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through, multiple media outlets reported. Fox Sports reported that the Dodgers ended the trade discussions when Lee suggested he might veto the trade, but Lee later vetoed the deal anyway, according to ESPN. The Astros can still attempt to trade Lee to one of the 15 teams to which Lee cannot veto a trade. ... 2B Jose Altuve's All-Star selection comes just one year after a season that he started in Class A ball. "I was rooting for him the whole time," said LF J.D. Martinez, who also came through the system. Los Angeles: IF Luis Cruz's contract was selected from Class AAA Albuquerque, RH reliever Shawn Tolleson was sent down and LHP Ted Lilly was transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list. Cruz was hitting .318 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in Class AAA. ... RH reliever Blake Hawksworth was shut down from his minor league rehab assignment for two weeks after experiencing shoulder soreness. Hawksworth has not yet pitched for the Dodgers this year after undergoing two elbow surgeries in January. Miami: Manager Ozzie Guillen said the impending return of CF Emilio Bonifacio from the disabled list doesn't mean the hot-hitting Justin Ruggiano will be coming out of the lineup. "I've never seen any manager bench or sit a player down when they're playing good," he said. ... RH closer Heath Bell went into Monday with a streak of 14 straight saves. His last blown save was May 4. Overall this year, he was 17-for-21 in save chances. Milwaukee: A member of the Miller Park grounds crew, 51-year-old Jeff Adcock, died after collapsing during Sunday's game. The game was delayed for 20 minutes when he collapsed in the Brewers' bullpen after the first inning. He had been with the team for 33 years. ... Corey Hart had made 27 starts at first base through Sunday after moving from right field and had yet to commit an error. New York: CF Andres Torres, who stole seven bases over one recent seven-game stretch, made four outs on the bases over the weekend at Dodger Stadium. "I did make some mistakes, but tomorrow's another day," Torres said. "I have to come back and try to do better." ... The Mets went 13-10 in April, 15-13 in May and 15-13 in June. The last time they posted winning records in April, May and June was in 2006, when they went a combined 47-32 over the first three months of the season. Philadelphia: RHP Vance Worley will try to string together two straight wins for the first time since April when he takes the mound tonight. Worley had a 2.70 ERA in five starts in June, but the Phillies scored only eight runs in his first four starts of the month. ... RF Hunter Pence has a seven-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .417 (10-for-24) with three home runs. Pittsburgh: 3B Pedro Alvarez was held out of the lineup because of right leg cramps. He initially was pulled from the game Sunday in St. Louis but tried some running tests Monday before being told to wait at least another day. ... CF Andrew McCutchen returned to the lineup after missing a game and a half because of a sore left wrist. He injured it while making a diving catch Saturday in St. Louis but was cleared Monday after tests in the indoor cage. St. Louis: RF/1B Allen Craig had 39 RBI in 39 games through Sunday. "He's a professional hitter," manager Mike Matheny said. "You don't really see him off balance, and he makes adjustments on the fly." ... The man Craig has replaced at first base, Lance Berkman, hopes to return after the All-Star break, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on May 25. San Diego: RHP Kip Wells, 35, is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts for the Padres. He might be 2-0 were it not for his throwing error in Houston, which turned a potential double play grounder into three unearned runs. ... RF Chris Denorfia was 6-for-11 in the three weekend games at Coors Field in Denver. He is 10-for-19 at Coors Field this season. San Francisco: RHP Ryan Vogelsong, who has pitched at least six innings in all 15 of his starts and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11, was upset that he wasn't chosen for the NL All-Star team. He was chosen last year, but that selection was made by his manager, Bruce Bochy. "People don't take me seriously," Vogelsong said. ... The Giants flew to Washington on Sunday night to try to get acclimated to the Eastern heat wave. RHP Tim Lincecum, who weighs only 167 pounds, will start two of the games, tonight in D.C. and Sunday at Pittsburgh. Washington: LH reliever Sean Burnett, who has become a reliable setup man for RH closer Tyler Clippard, hasn't allowed a run in nine of his last 10 appearances. Clippard went 10-for-10 in save chances in June and gave up just one run in 11 2/3 innings. ... Backup C Jhonatan Solano has hit .375 (9-for-24) in his first eight games and has played well defensively.
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By The Sports Xchange July 2, 2012 8:20 PM