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MLB notebook: Iconic Yankees catcher Berra celebrates 90th birthday

| Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:48 p.m.

As Yogi Berra might say, when you turn 90, you should celebrate it right the first time.

The baseball Hall of Famer enjoyed his 90th birthday in grand style Tuesday, complete with a youth drum orchestra, a giant cake and replicas of his 10 World Series rings and three AL MVP awards that were stolen last year.

Berra, who is bound to a wheelchair, cut a ribbon but did not speak. Surrounded by family members, he smiled for cameras.

Known for Yogi-isms, such as “It ain't over ‘till it's over” and “When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” Berra became one of the most beloved professional athletes. A 15-time All-Star, Berra was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

• Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw a light bullpen session, taking another step in his recovery from a triceps strain. The right-hander said he wasn't trying to push things too much, and the next step will be a full bullpen session at some point, assuming his arm responds well to Tuesday's work. The 32-year-old Verlander hasn't pitched yet this season.

• Mets center fielder Juan Lagares has a slight strain on his upper right side and was ruled out for New York's game at the Cubs. Lagares, who won a Gold Glove last season, has been playing with the injury for about a week but was held out Tuesday night when it got worse. New York manager Terry Collins said he also might sit out more games.

• Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter returned to the lineup after missing a weekend series against the Pirates at PNC Park because of fatigue. An All-Star last year, he is batting .333 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 27 games for the team with the best record in the majors.

• Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty returned to the 15-day disabled list with the same groin injury that recently kept him sidelined. Flaherty was out from April 23 to May 8 with a right groin strain. He aggravated the injury Monday night in the third inning against Toronto and was removed from the game.

• Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw his first bullpen session since going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist. Tanaka still has no timetable for when he will return. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA in four starts this season.

— AP

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