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MLB notebook: Rangers says baseball investigating homophobic slur

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The Rangers' Derek Holland throws against the Athletics at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 24, 2012. (Getty Images)

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By The Associated Press
Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, 9:34 p.m.
 

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said someone posted a homophobic slur on pitcher Derek Holland's Twitter account Sunday that was directed at a heckler.

Major League Baseball is investigating the post, which was quickly taken down. Holland said Monday in Oakland he was either pitching at the time or in the dugout, and he didn't do it. He noted that his fiancée, Lauren, is the only person he knows has access to his account, and she told him she wasn't involved. He also checked with family members, who said they knew nothing about it.

“I honestly don't know. I know it wasn't myself,” Holland said. “I've talked to my family and my fiancée, and they all said the exact same thing: It wasn't them. I have no idea. All I know is MLB is taking care of it, and they're going to help me out and figure out who it was. I was blindsided by it. I had no idea.”

Daniels called it a “serious issue. It's an unacceptable term to use.”

Reds manager Baker returns

Dusty Baker missed the Reds' division-clinching win. He watched Homer Bailey's no-hitter on TV.

Back for his first full day on the job Monday after recovering from a mini-stroke in Chicago, the veteran manager takes it as a sign there will be more good news ahead.

“The way I look at it, the big one's to come,” Baker said “I'm fine now. I'm not 100 percent, but I'm pretty close.”

Markakis' pins to stay in another week

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis had his broken left thumb examined, and it was determined that surgically inserted pins will remain in place for another week.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Markakis' thumb will be in a splint for two weeks after the pins are removed.

Markakis, who's batting .298, left a game Sept. 8 after being hit by a pitch from Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia.

Meanwhile, Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson is day to day with left knee soreness. An MRI was negative.

Greenberg to play Tuesday for Marlins

Adam Greenberg is expected to make a pinch-hit appearance for the Marlins on Tuesday.

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had previously stated he was considering starting Greenberg in the outfield and batting leadoff for his one at-bat but has since decided he will insert him in Tuesday's game against the Mets at some point.

Greenberg has been in the national spotlight when the Marlins announced last week that they would sign the 31-year old to a one-day contract so he could receive one at-bat after getting hit in the head in his major league debut seven years ago.

Greenberg made his big league debut July 9, 2005, with the Cubs and was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Marlins lefty Valerio De Los Santos in his only plate appearance.

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