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Friday, July 5, 2013, 7:51 p.m.

• Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will start playing in minor league games Saturday as he works his way back from an ankle injury. The team announced Friday that Jeter, who hasn't played this season due to a broken left ankle, has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment and is scheduled to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees captain is scheduled to play at least five innings in Saturday's game.

• Rays right-hander Alex Cobb pitched off a mound for the first time since being hit in the head by a line drive last month. Cobb had the bullpen session before Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox. There is no timetable for when Cobb will pitch in a game. He also said his vertigo symptoms have improved over the past week. Cobb was struck in the right ear by a ball June 15.

• The Padres activated shortstop Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Burch Smith to Triple-A Tucson. Cabrera leads the National League with 31 steals and San Diego with a .305 batting average.

• The Reds and Giants are exploring options for making up their rained-out game in Cincinnati, including the possibility of playing it on the road. Day-long rain forced the teams to call off the final game of their series on Thursday. It's San Francisco's only trip into town. The teams share an off-day Aug. 29.

• Royals outfielder Alex Gordon passed a battery of concussion tests and was cleared by the team's medical staff to take batting practice before Friday night's game against Oakland.

— AP

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