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Just call him Johnny Baseball.

Johnny Manziel became the 837th player taken in the MLB draft Saturday after the Padres selected him in the 28th round.

The Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football.

Manziel played baseball and football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, and asked Texas A&M coaches about being part of the baseball team before winning the Aggies' starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman.

Reds send Votto on 1st rehab assignment

All-Star first baseman Joey Votto will play his first game Sunday since being placed on the disabled list on May 21 with a quadriceps strain in his left knee. Votto will play with Triple-A Louisville.

Morales signs with Twins

Veteran Kendrys Morales reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Twins, reported Morales, 30, hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs with the Mariners last season.

Puig, Gordon day-to-day

Yasiel Puig was injured in Saturday's game against Colorado after sliding into second base. The team said his injury was a right hip flexor strain. The Dodgers' Dee Gordon also left the game because of hip discomfort on his right side. Both players are listed as day-to-day.

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