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Mets' Martinez placed on DL

| Friday, July 7, 2006

All-Star ace Pedro Martinez was placed on the disabled list by the New York Mets on Thursday due to pain in his right hip. Martinez missed his scheduled start Monday against the Pirates and can now rest through the All-Star break. Martinez (7-4) last pitched June 28 against the Red Sox in Boston when he allowed eight runs -- six earned -- and seven hits in just three innings.

• Trying to bolster their struggling bullpen, the Cincinnati Reds will turn to former All-Star closer Eddie Guardado. The Reds obtained Guardado and cash from the Seattle Mariners for minor-league pitcher Travis Chick yesterday.

• Reds pitcher Brian Shackelford was arrested early yesterday on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault. The 29-year-old player was arrested shortly after midnight at Miller Park, where the Reds played the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said.

• Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Jon Lieber, out for more than a month due to a groin injury, was activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Pirates. He was hurt while fielding a ground ball May 29 against Washington. Lieber is 3-5 with a 5.79 ERA in 11 starts this season.

• The Phillies signed first-round draft pick Kyle Drabek. The right-hander, who is the son of former Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, was assigned to Clearwater of the Gulf Coast League.

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