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MLB roundup: Scully to return for a 65th year

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Longtime Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will return for a 65th year, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Scully, 85, has been deciding on a year-to-year basis whether or not to return.

"It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season -- the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ball club, and I really respect, admire and love the management -- so everything just fell into place," Scully said.

Scully said he feels healthy, he still enjoys the work and his wife gave him her blessing.

He also said he just is not ready to retire.

"Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement -- and looking out the window or something? It's just too good. As a baseball man, and someone who has always loved the game, the situation and the conditions are perfect."

---For the second time this week, outfielder David DeJesus was traded, this time the Tampa Bay Rays announced that they acquired him from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

DeJesus is expected to report to the Rays for Friday night's game against the New York Yankees. The Rays did not immediately announce a corresponding roster move.

DeJesus, 33, was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Nationals on Monday. He played three games for Washington.

He is batting .247 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 19 doubles and a .327 on-base percentage in 87 games this season.

---Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews after having an MRI on his pitching elbow, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The results of the MRI were not immediately known. Beachy came back from Tommy John surgery this year and has made five starts. He is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA.

Mike Minor will start in place of Beachy on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

---The Atlanta Braves acquired veteran right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations.

Garcia, who has been pitching for the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk, Va., will join the Braves' Triple-A team in Gwinnett, Ga.

Garcia, 36, was demoted to the minors in June after he went 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 53 innings for the Orioles. For Norfolk, he has a 2.84 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 15 walks in 13 starts.

---Cincinnati Reds right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton will need six months to recover from a flexor mass strain in his right forearm, MLB.com reported.

Broxton had surgery, which was performed by Dr. Tim Kremchek. The Reds placed him on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

Broxton left Wednesday's 10-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks after facing two batters in the eighth inning. He had appeared in five games since coming off the DL on Aug. 7 with a strained right elbow. He was on the DL for nearly two months.

---The Oakland A's announced they reacquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals. The Nationals will receive a low-level pitching prospect in return.

The A's were looking for backstop help because they have two injured catchers. John Jaso has been out since late July due to a concussion, and it's uncertain if he'll be able to return this year. Derek Norris broke his left big toe Tuesday, and was placed on the disabled list.

Suzuki, 29, is batting .222 this season with three homers and 25 RBIs. The Nationals acquired Suzuki from Oakland in August 2012 in exchange for minor league catcher David Freitas.

---The Oakland A's announced they placed catcher Derek Norris on the 15-day disabled list.

The move is retroactive to Wednesday. He broke a toe during Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

Norris is batting .232 with eight homers and 26 RBI this season.

---For the first time in his eight-year career, San Francisco Giants right-handed pitcher Matt Cain is going to miss some time because of an injury.

The Giants placed their ace on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm contusion, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Cain was struck by a line drive off the bat of Pittsburgh first baseman Gaby Sanchez in the fourth inning of Thursday night's 10-5 loss to the Pirates. X-rays on his forearm were negative.

---A lower back strain has landed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list. The Cardinals called up Carlos Martinez to take Westbrook's spot on the roster.

The 35-year-old right-hander has struggled lately, going 0-4 with a 9.69 ERA in his past five appearances. For the season, Westbrook is 7-8 with a 4.49 ERA. He has more walks (49) than strikeouts (43) this season.

Left-handed Tyler Lyons will take Westbrook's spot in the rotation.

Lyons is 2-4 with a 5.09 ERA this season.

---Chicago White Sox minor league pitcher Pedro Rodriguez received a 50-game suspension without pay for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball.

Rodriguez, who is on the White Sox Dominican Summer League roster, will begin serving his suspension immediately.

Angel Montilla, an outfielder on the Los Angeles Angels' Dominican Summer League roster, also was suspended on Friday for 50 games without pay.
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