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• ATLANTA - Bobby Cox signed on for another season in Atlanta. The longtime Braves manager agreed to a one-year contract extension that runs through 2008, a deal the team announced on Wednesday.

It could be Cox's final contract. He said before the season he plans to manage only two more years, but on Wednesday he indicated that plan could change.

"As long as the players can put up with me, and the organization wants me, fine," Cox said. "I don't know. We'll see. When I was asked that question in spring training, I was good for '07, '08. We'll see."

Cox, who turns 66 in May, has managed the Braves since midway through the 1990 season. Including an earlier four-year stint with the Braves and four seasons as Toronto's manager, he is the fifth-winningest manager in baseball history.

Phillies move Myers to 'pen

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• WASHINGTON - In a surprising decision that manager Charlie Manuel hopes will bolster his relief corps, the Philadelphia Phillies moved Brett Myers from the rotation to a setup role in the bullpen Wednesday and put Jon Lieber in the rotation.

Myers, 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA in three starts this season, will mostly be used in the seventh or eighth innings. He led the Phillies in wins (12), ERA (3.91), starts (31) innings (198) and strikeouts (189) in 2006, then signed a $25.75 million, three-year contract during the offseason.

Marlins put Julio on DL

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• MIAMI - Jorge Julio and his unsightly ERA went on the disabled list Wednesday.

The Florida Marlins shut down their struggling former closer, citing a strained right calf not previously disclosed. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Julio hurt himself covering first base on a grounder Tuesday at Houston.

Julio stayed in the game and took the loss, giving up six runs in one-plus inning to hike his ERA to 19.06. He has allowed 15 hits and 11 walks in 5 2-3 innings.

Guerrero, Kendrick fly home to see hand specialist

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• OAKLAND, Calif. - Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and second baseman Howie Kendrick flew back to Los Angeles on Wednesday to be examined by a hand specialist.

Guerrero left Monday's game in Boston after getting hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Josh Beckett. X-rays were negative, but Guerrero continued to experience discomfort.

Kendrick was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch from Oakland's Chad Gaudin in the seventh inning Tuesday night. Kendrick is scheduled to undergo X-rays.

Lopez, Mariners agree to four-year contract

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• SEATTLE - All-Star second baseman Jose Lopez and the Seattle Mariners agreed Wednesday to a four-year contract with a club option for 2011.

The deal comes two weeks after Seattle signed 25-year-old shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt to a $13.75 million, four-year contract. That means the Mariners have their young double-play combination under contract through at least 2010.

Brewers' Capellan placed on restricted list

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• MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers placed disgruntled reliever Jose Capellan on the minor league restricted list Wednesday after he failed to report to Triple-A Nashville for the past two games.

The Brewers said Capellan will not be paid for the games he missed Tuesday and Wednesday.

General manager Doug Melvin said he has talked to Capellan's agent, Bill Rego, who assured him that the pitcher would return in time for today's game. Melvin said Capellan's attitude hasn't been a problem when he's been with the team in Nashville, but his behavior will definitely be a factor when the Brewers are considering players they might call up in the future.

Twins' Hunter sits out with bruised shoulder

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• SEATTLE - Torii Hunter was out of the Minnesota Twins' lineup one day after he hurt his shoulder attempting to make a tumbling catch in center field.

Hunter's left shoulder went numb briefly Tuesday night and stayed stiff and sore Wednesday after he charged a sinking drive by Jose Vidro and tumbled while trying to catch a single in the sixth inning of Minnesota's 11-2 win over Seattle.

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