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Staff Report • Apr 28, 2007 at 9:21 AM

Mussina to rejoin rotation Thursday

LHP Rhodes to have elbow surgery

Reds give Coffey one-year extension

Cardinals demote Keisler

Schilling offers $1 million blood bet

• BOSTON - Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling offered $1 million to anyone who could prove it was not blood that blotted his famous sock in the 2004 playoffs, and criticized members of the media in a blog on his personal Web site Friday.

The controversy over what stained Schilling's sock was re-ignited this week when Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne said Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli had told him it was paint, not blood, and that it was done for a publicity stunt.

Mirabelli called that a lie, and Thorne said Thursday he had misreported what Mirabelli said.

Still, Schilling blasted Thorne and the media in general Friday in his first public statement since Thorne's on-air comments.

Schilling was injured in Game 1 of the 2004 AL championship series against New York. Team doctors stitched a tendon in his right ankle to keep it from flopping around, and he returned to lead the Red Sox to a remarkable win in Game 6 to tie the series at 3-3. The Red Sox went on to win that series, and won the World Series for their first title since 1918.

Schilling offered $1 million to anyone who could prove the blood on his sock was not authentic. But it's unclear where the sock is. Schilling has said he put it in the laundry; on Friday he wrote that he suspects a Yankees clubhouse employee still has it. The pitcher donated another bloodstained sock worn in Game 2 of the World Series to the Hall of Fame.

"If the blood on the sock is fake, I'll donate a million dollars to that person's charity, if not they donate that amount to (Schilling's charities for ALS research)," he wrote. "Any takers?"

Mussina to rejoin rotation Thursday

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• NEW YORK - Mike Mussina is set to rejoin the New York Yankees' rotation Thursday in Texas.

Sidelined since April 11 by a strained left hamstring, Mussina pitched a simulated game at Yankee Stadium on Friday before New York played the Boston Red Sox. Forced indoors by wet weather, he threw about 60 pitches and planned to work on fielding today.

"Everything went as planned. I feel good and I'm looking forward to tomorrow when I have a chance to do some of the things I didn't do today because of the weather conditions," Mussina said through Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said his tentative plan is to have Phil Hughes make his second major league start Tuesday and be followed by Andy Pettitte and Mussina.

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LHP Rhodes to have elbow surgery

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• SEATTLE - Mariners left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes will miss the entire season after deciding to have surgery on his pitching elbow.

Rhodes, 37, will have Tommy John surgery May 2 to repair a torn ligament in his elbow.

The veteran reliever was a non-roster invitee to spring training and made the Mariners' 25-man roster despite missing time with soreness in the elbow. He was diagnosed with the torn ligament on April 11.

Reds give Coffey one-year extension

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• PITTSBURGH - Reliever Todd Coffey and the Cincinnati Reds agreed Friday to a $925,000, one-year contract extension through the 2008 season.

Coffey (1-1) has a 6.57 ERA in an NL-leading 14 appearances.

The right-hander led the Reds' bullpen in 2006 with career-highs of 81 games and 78 innings. He had the most appearances by a Reds pitcher since Stan Belinda's 84 in 1997.

Also Friday, the Reds traded Chris Denorfia, an outfielder expected to miss this season after reconstructive right elbow surgery earlier this month, to Oakland for cash and two players to be named.

Cardinals demote Keisler

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• ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals demoted fill-in starter Randy Keisler to Triple A on Friday, a day after the left-hander lasted only 3 1-3 innings in his latest outing.

Keisler, 0-0 with a 5.65 ERA in three starts, was optioned to Memphis. St. Louis purchased the contract of righty reliever Kelvin Jimenez from Memphis.

Keisler pitched in place of ace Chris Carpenter, who is on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

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