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By The Associated Press
Sunday, July 7, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said he believes a little rest is all he needs after an MRI exam on his right knee showed only inflammation. He's hopeful of being back in the lineup Tuesday.

Molina, who topped NL vote-getters for the All-Star Game, was certain he'd be ready for that game. He said the knee had been bothering him for a month but felt worse Friday, so the team sent him for medical tests.

Manager Mike Matheny said it would be a day-to-day situation. The Cardinals have Monday off.

Molina leads the National League with a .346 average. He's played in 81 of the first 86 games and led major league catchers in innings.

Jeter gets first hit

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter singled and tested his surgically repaired ankle on the basepaths in his second rehabilitation game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Working his way back from a twice-broken left ankle, Jeter was the designated hitter in rehab game No. 2 and finished 1 for 2 with two walks and a run. He will play shortstop for the RailRiders on Monday night.

Jeter walked in his first plate appearance and was erased on a double play before hitting a hard single through the hole on the left side of the infield his second time up. He later scored on a home run.

After the second walk, he got a chance to run the bases for the first time. He went from first to third on a single to right field and slid into third base with ease.

2 Rangers headed to DL

Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch and designated hitter Lance Berkman are headed to the disabled list. Tepesch has inflammation in his right elbow.

Berkman injured a muscle in his hip and back area in Saturday night's 9-5 loss to Houston. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh and said he probably wouldn't be available Sunday.

Manny tries another comeback

Manny Ramirez said he feels no pressure and has no timeline in his latest attempt to get back to the big leagues.

The 41-year-old slugger hit cleanup for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, three days after joining the Rangers on a minor league contract. He singled in his first at-bat.

The 12-time All-Star who once forced his way out of Boston and was suspended for testing positive for banned drugs said he is “changed, made better” by his experiences.

Ramirez hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 with Tampa Bay. A comeback attempt with Oakland last year failed, and he recently finished a three-month stint in Taiwan.

Dodgers, D-Backs try to put brawl in past

The Dodgers are headed to the desert, a trip that inevitably recalls the big brawl that erupted with the Diamondbacks in the last series between the NL West rivals.

Players from both sides say that the blowup, while not forgotten, has been pushed aside in favor of the more pressing matter of competing for the West title.

“We've got more important things to worry about than buzzing somebody or fighting,” Arizona outfielder Cody Ross said.

The three-game series begins Monday night.

Around the league reported that Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, on the DL since June 14, could return Thursday. ... The Nationals placed left-hander Ross Detwiler on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 4. ... Kevin Slowey will take Ricky Nolasco's spot in the Marlins' rotation after Nolasco was traded to the Dodgers. ... The Padres placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the 60-day disabled list. ... A's manager Bob Melvin said All-Star RHP Bartolo Colon will pitch next Sunday against Boston. That will make available another spot on Detroit manager Jim Leyland's AL roster.

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