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Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

• Alex Rodriguez went hitless in two at-bats for the Charleston RiverDogs in his first game since left hip surgery in January. Rodriguez played three innings at third base Tuesday night for the Yankees' Class A affiliate.

• Brian Runge was dismissed for what was believed to be the first known drug ouster among umpires, two people familiar with the situation said. Runge reportedly failed at least one test, then reached an agreement so he could remain on the umpire roster. When he failed to comply with those terms, he was released.

• The Cubs dealt starting pitcher Scott Feldman to the Orioles and traded former All-Star Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers in exchange for veteran reliever Matt Guerrier.

• Major League Baseball suspended Rick Porcello of the Tigers for six games for hitting Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist with a pitch.

• Twins slugger Josh Willingham was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

• The Rockies placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise on his right hand.

• The White Sox announced that former designated hitter Jim Thome was named a special assistant to the general manager.

• Former outfielder Milton Bradley, 35, was sentenced to more than 2 12 years in jail for abusing and threatening his estranged wife. Bradley also was ordered to perform 400 hours of community service.

— AP

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