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MLB notebook: Giants win protest, will get to resume game against Cubs

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By Wire Reports
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 7:27 p.m.

The Giants won their protest filed with Major League Baseball and will get to resume a rain-shortened game the Cubs thought they had won.

MLB said this is the first successful protest since 1986.

Tuesday night's game at Wrigley Field was called after 412 innings, and the Cubs, leading 2-0, were declared the winners. The game had been delayed more than 412 hours because of rain after the grounds crew couldn't put the tarp down quickly enough.

MLB ruled there was a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club.” Because of that, it is now a suspended game that will resume at 5:05 p.m. Thursday prior to the regularly scheduled game between the playoff-contending Giants and the Cubs.

• Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling said he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use. Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. He announced he had cancer in February but had not disclosed what kind.

• Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett, who considered retiring after the 2013 season, again is pondering calling it quits after this season. When asked after Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Seattle whether he would return to the Phillies in 2015, Burnett said, “Probably not. We'll see.” The veteran right-hander dropped to 0-6 with a 6.41 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.

• Indians first baseman Nick Swisher will have surgery on both knees and is done for the season.

Justin Verlander could rejoin the Tigers' rotation Saturday. The right-hander threw for the second straight day and said it's “strong to quite strong” that he will start one game of a doubleheader Saturday against Minnesota.

Masahiro Tanaka threw 35 pitches in his second bullpen session as he tries to return to the Yankees this season.

• The Rays activated outfielder Wil Myers from the 60-day disabled list after he missed 70 games with a broken right wrist.

— Wire reports



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