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MLB notebook: Aaron reminisces on 40th anniversary of record-breaking homer

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By The Associated Press
Monday, April 7, 2014, 8:12 p.m.

Hank Aaron was more relieved than jubilant after he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record on April 8, 1974.

The 40-year anniversary of his 715th homer provides a different perspective.

Aaron's record-breaking homer was celebrated Tuesday night before the Braves' home opener against the Mets.

Hate mail and threats made it impossible for him to savor the chase of Ruth's revered record, but Monday he said he'll enjoy the anniversary because such old friends as former teammate Dusty Baker will return for the pregame ceremony.

“I guess that's just about what it's all about, really,” Aaron said in a telephone interview. “That's it. The moment itself has passed. The home run was hit and whatever else. It's just enjoying some moments with friends.”

Dodgers honor pioneering surgeon

Dr. Frank Jobe, who pioneered the elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless pitchers, was remembered Monday as a gifted and caring surgeon with a sense of humor. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully presided over an hour-long service at Dodger Stadium. Jobe died last month at 88.

Yankees' new closer going to DL

Yankees closer David Robertson is headed to the disabled list because of a strained groin just three appearances into his role as Mariano Rivera's replacement. Robertson felt discomfort Sunday five or six pitches into the ninth inning of a win over the Blue Jays, his second save in three outings this season.

Yankees trade infielder Nunez

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Yankees ended after a decade when the infielder was traded to the Twins for left-hander Miguel Sulbaran. The 26-year-old Nunez hit .267 in 270 games for the Yankees with 10 homers and 76 RBIs.

Ex-Pirate McCutchen back with Rangers

The Rangers put left-hander Joe Saunders on the disabled list with a bruised left ankle and recalled former Pirates right-hander Daniel McCutchen from Double-A Frisco. Saunders left his only start of the season last Friday when he was hit on the ankle by a line drive by Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria.

Extra bases

The Rockies activated left-hander Boone Logan from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Corey Dickerson to Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... The Twins placed utilityman Jason Bartlett on the disabled list and recalled catcher-outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester. ... Left-handed relievers Tim Collins and Francisley Bueno were put on the 15-day disabled list by the Royals. ... The Reds activated catcher Devin Mesoraco from the 15-day disabled list.



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