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Reynolds, Gordon, Stephens on Hall ballot

| Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Allie Reynolds, Joe Gordon and Vern Stephens are among 10 players whose careers began before 1943 who will be considered by the Hall of Fame's constituted Veterans Committee when it meets Dec. 7.

Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Sherry Magee, Carl Mays, Mickey Vernon, Bucky Walters and Deacon White also will be on the ballot, the Hall said Monday. The 10 finalists were selected by a committee of the Baseball Writers' Association of America that considered pre-1943 players. A 12-member committee of Hall of Famers, media and historians will vote.

The next vote for pre-1943 players will take place in 2013.

Mets' Maine on DL

John Maine was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a bone spur in his right shoulder, leaving the Mets without their No. 3 starter as they head into September looking to erase the memory of last year's disastrous stretch run.

Shelving Maine allowed New York to activate second baseman Luis Castillo before playing the Houston Astros, two days after Castillo asked for more time to rehabilitate a left hip flexor.

Manager Jerry Manuel said Oliver Perez would likely move up a day and start Friday in Florida.

Francisco takes spot

Frank Francisco does not have a career save and is 0 for 6 in save opportunities this season, but he will be the Texas Rangers closer for the remainder of this season.

With the Rangers trading closer Eddie Guardado to Minnesota for minor league right-hander Mark Hamburger, Francisco was moved from the set up role to closer.

The 37-year-old Guardado was 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 491/3 innings for Texas, which recently made him its closer after an injury to C.J. Wilson.

Opponents are batting .220 against the left-hander this season.

Sox activate 3B Crede

The Chicago White Sox activated All-Star Joe Crede from the disabled list, and Crede took over at third base for the completion of a suspended April 28 game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Crede was recalled from a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, where he was 2 for 16 in five games. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 25, retroactive to July 22, with back inflammation.

Minor leaguers suspended

Five more players, including four in the Dominican Summer League, were suspended for testing positive for banned performance-enhancers under baseball's minor-league drug program.

The suspended Dominican Summer League players included Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Aybar, Florida Marlins pitcher Alfredo Buret, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Julio Sanchez and Minnesota Twins outfielder Eliel Sierra, all penalized after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Juan Castillo, assigned to the rookie league Gulf Coast League, tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

Cabrera checked out

Daniel Cabrera's loss of velocity and reluctance to address a possible injury has become a concern to the Baltimore Orioles, who had the struggling pitcher meet with the team orthopedist.

After allowing seven runs in 32/3 innings against the New York Yankees on Sunday, Cabrera was asked if he was healthy.

"I don't have an answer for that question right now," he said. He also refused to explain why the velocity on his fastball had dropped into the low 90s.

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