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MLB notebook: McCourt's ex-wife ordered to pay $1.9 million

| Thursday, June 26, 2014, 9:12 p.m.

The ex-wife of former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt must reimburse him $1.9 million in legal fees after she unsuccessfully contested their divorce settlement, a judge tentatively ruled.

Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon issued his decision Tuesday, citing provisions in the former couple's divorce settlement that called for any party that contested the agreement to pay the other side's attorneys' fees.

The ruling was issued as a civil trial drew to a close in a case over whether McCourt and the Dodgers were responsible for the beating of a Giants fan at the team's home opener in 2011.

Bryan Stow, a former paramedic who suffered debilitating injuries in the attack in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, is seeking more than $36 million from the team and McCourt.

Closing arguments in the case began Thursday morning.

In September, Gordon rejected Jamie McCourt's claims that her husband shortchanged the value of the Dodgers, which sold in 2012 for more than $2 billion.

Frank McCourt's attorneys sought repayment of nearly $2 million in fees spent opposing the motion. Jamie McCourt's lawyers argued in April the fees were excessive.

β€œThe language in the stipulated judgment makes it clear that the parties intended (it) to be an end to the litigation in this matter, and that the terms of the judgment were carefully considered and negotiated,” Gordon's ruling states.

Judge won't dismiss Puig lawsuit

A Miami judge has denied a motion by Dodgers star Yasiel Puig to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Cuban man blaming the player for his imprisonment and torture on the communist island.

In the lawsuit, Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot claims he was falsely accused by Puig of involvement in human trafficking and was subjected to torture in Cuban prisons.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams denied Puig's request this week and set a trial date for November.

Puig has denied the allegations. His attorney says in court papers that Corbacho Daudinot's torture allegations aren't sufficient under U.S. law.

White Sox swap lefties

The White Sox designated left-handed pitcher Scott Downs for assignment and recalled left-hander Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte.

The 38-year-old Downs went 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in 38 games this season β€” his first with Chicago.

Surkamp was 3-4 with a 4.54 ERA in 14 games (11 starts) with Charlotte. He is 2-3 with a 7.36 ERA in seven starts over two major league seasons with San Francisco (2011, β€˜13).

Twins rookie day to day

Twins shortstop Danny Santana had an MRI on his left knee before Thursday's game. It revealed a bone bruise, and he is listed as day to day.

The rookie is hitting .328 and has stolen six bases in 37 games.

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