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• SAN DIEGO - Slugger Phil Nevin, who had a mercurial career after being the No. 1 pick in the 1992 amateur draft, announced his retirement Friday.

Although he hit 22 homers last year - which he split among three teams - Nevin said he didn't get an offer he liked. He said he wanted to end local speculation about his career, including suggestions from some that the Padres, who are struggling offensively, bring him back.

Nevin, 36, was the No. 1 pick in the 1992 amateur draft, by Houston. But his volatile temper kept him bouncing around the minors and with the Tigers and Angels until the Padres acquired him just before the 1999 season as a backup catcher. He won the starting job at third base later that season, and in 2001 had a career year with a .306 average, 41 homers and 126 RBIs.

Astros send down Burke

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• HOUSTON - The Houston Astros activated reliever Rick White from the 15-day disabled list Friday and sent Chris Burke to Triple-A Round Rock.

White has been out since April 25, when he strained a side muscle warming up in the bullpen. He's been one of the Astros' most reliable relievers this season, allowing two runs and five hits in 11 2-3 innings.

Burke was the Astros' starting center fielder on opening day, but he's hitting only .238 with one home run and six RBIs in 28 games. The Astros called up rookie Hunter Pence to replace Burke on April 27.

Twins manager Gardenhire has knee surgery

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• MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday morning, and said he would watch the night's game against Detroit from his office in the clubhouse and let third base coach Scott Ullger manage the game on the field.

Gardenhire said he started to feel some pain in the knee in spring training, but the injury really flared up after a recent turn pitching batting practice.

He had two cortisone shots to try and ease the pain, but they didn't work.

Bonderman to miss start

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• DETROIT - Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will miss his scheduled start Sunday against Minnesota because of an injured middle finger on his pitching hand.

Bonderman (2-0) developed two blisters in spring training, but said the latest injury to the tip of his middle finger is more of a cut than a blister.

Callaspo arrested for allegedly assaulting wife

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• PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks placed infielder Alberto Callaspo on the restricted list without pay Friday, a day after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.

Callaspo, 24, was taken into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and felony criminal damage, according to a police probable cause statement filed in Maricopa County Justice Court.

Callaspo was released without bail. He was ordered him to stay away from his wife of two years, Marianny Paola, and the couple's home. Callaspo and his wife have a 1-year-old child.

Prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges.

Halladay has appendicitis, expected to miss 4-6 weeks

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• TORONTO - Former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay is expected to miss four to six weeks after having an emergency appendectomy Friday.

Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Blue Jays did not immediately announce a roster move.

Swisher, A's agree on $26.75 million, 5-year deal

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• OAKLAND, Calif. - Nick Swisher and the Oakland Athletics agreed Friday on a $26.75 million, five-year contract that also includes a one-year club option for 2012.

Swisher, 26, was hitting .286 with six home runs and 17 RBIs going into Friday night's game against Cleveland.

The 26-year-old Swisher hit .254 with 35 home runs and 95 RBIs last season in helping the A's reach the AL championship series. He became the first player in Oakland history to start at least 70 games in two different positions in the same year - 80 at first base and 71 in left field.

Weaver goes on 15-day DL

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• SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners placed struggling right-hander Jeff Weaver on the 15-day disabled list Friday, believing shoulder tendinitis may be at the root of his winless record and inflated ERA.

Seattle called up left-handed reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith from Triple-A Tacoma to take Weaver's roster spot.

Weaver has been a flop after signing a one-year, $8,325,000 contract to be the Mariners' No. 5 starter. He is 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA in six starts. In 22 innings, he has given up 50 hits and 35 earned runs.

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