MLB notebook: Torre to Ortiz: Respect official scorers
• Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre doesn't agree with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz about official scorers. Ortiz was upset Wednesday when his ball was ruled an error on Twins first baseman Joe Mauer instead of a hit. When the inning ended at Fenway Park, Ortiz glared and waved his arms toward official scorer Bob Ellis. After Boston won, Ortiz suggested that scoring decisions should tilt toward the home team. Torre, the MLB executive vice president for baseball operations, concedes not everyone will agree with official scorers. “But everyone in our game deserves respect,” he said.
• Reds reliever Sean Marshall will have surgery on his left shoulder, which has bothered him for the two seasons and repeatedly landed him on the disabled list. The Reds won't know how long he'll be sidelined until doctors operate on the shoulder next Tuesday, manager Bryan Price said. The Reds also optioned left-hander Tony Cingrani to Triple-A Louisville and called up right-hander Jumbo Diaz. Cingrani is 2-8 with a 4.55 ERA.
• The Diamondbacks designated former closer J.J. Putz for assignment. Putz had a career-high 45 saves while helping Arizona win the NL West title his first season in 2011 but has battled injuries the past two seasons. The Diamondbacks signed Addison Reed during the offseason and moved Putz into a setup role.
• The Blue Jays called up right-hander Liam Hendriks to start their series opener Friday against the Reds as part of a rotation rearrangement. R.A. Dickey was scheduled to start but was pushed back until Sunday, giving him a couple of extra days to let a sore groin heal.
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