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Suspect in Schumacher records probe found dead

ZURICH (AP) An air ambulance employee who was arrested in connection with the suspected theft of former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher's medical records was found dead in his cell on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

The man, whose name wasn't released, was found hanged in a Zurich police jail on Wednesday morning as officers were handing out breakfast, prosecutors said in a statement. Initial investigations indicated that no one else was involved, they said.

The air ambulance service, Rega, arranged the seven-time F1 champion's transfer in June from a hospital in France to a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, to continue his recovery from a Dec. 29 skiing accident.

A week later, Schumacher's manager said medical documents purported to be Schumacher's were being offered for sale to some media. Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into suspected violation of professional secrecy after Rega and Schumacher's family filed criminal complaints.

The investigation led prosecutors to the Rega employee, who was arrested on Tuesday. He denied wrongdoing in questioning by police, and prosecutors had planned to question him further.

Prosecutors said they currently have no evidence of further suspects and likely will close the case.

"This tragic event leaves us sad and speechless," Rega chief executive Ernst Kohler said, adding that the company is offering support to the man's relatives.

Rega has said it organized Schumacher's transfer to Lausanne and, as part of that, was given a medical report by the Grenoble hospital where he had been treated since his accident.

Schumacher's accident happened on a family vacation as he was skiing with his 14-year-old son at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps. He hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.

Schumacher's condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he has since emerged.

Clinic owner tied to MLB scandal to plead guilty

MIAMI (AP) The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes.

The charges filed Tuesday against former Biogenesis of America owner Anthony Bosch and six others marked one of the biggest salvos yet in a case that has dragged on for nearly two years. The case has sparked lawsuits, mudslinging and suspensions against numerous major leaguers, including Rodriguez.

Also charged was Yuri Sucart, 52, a cousin of Rodriguez who the New York Yankees third baseman has said provided him with steroids from 2000 to 2003 when he played for the Texas Rangers.

Sucart and the others are accused of acting as recruiters, setting up meetings between the athletes and Bosch, who introduced himself as "Dr. T," authorities said. Professional athletes paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month. All the clients were promised that the substances would not be found through drug testing, prosecutors said.

"He is not a doctor," Mark R. Trouville, chief of the Miami Drug Enforcement Administration office, said of Bosch. "He is a drug dealer."

U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer said Bosch did not have a medical license, making what happened all the more dangerous.

"As with many drug cases, these defendants were motivated by one thing - by money," Ferrer said.

Major League Baseball was not part of the criminal investigation and declined comment. No athletes were charged nor named in court documents, and it is unclear how many may have been involved. However, authorities said Bosch admitted to providing performance-enhancing drugs to 18 high schoolers.

For now, Bosch has pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $100,000. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

"In terms of an agreement to cooperate and plead guilty, Bosch has agreed to do that," Ferrer said.

Michael McCann, director of the sports and entertainment law center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, said it's unlikely that the players involved in this scandal will face criminal charges, unless there's any evidence that a player went beyond using drugs and into distributing them.

"They could lose an endorsement contract because of a morals clause in their contract, but if that were to happen I think it would have already happened," McCann said. "In terms of punishment from baseball, baseball has punished them."

The prosecution may have taken so long because investigators might have wanted to confirm the information they were getting from Bosch, even if he was cooperating, McCann said.

"He's not somebody with a great track record, there are reasons to doubt him in terms of his credibility," he said.

Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for Rodriguez, said the arrests Tuesday represent a degree of closure for Rodriguez and will enable him to focus on an eventual return to baseball.

"It sort of reinforces the notion that Alex committed no crime, number one," Tacopina said. "And number two, quite frankly, this really signified the beginning of the end of the whole Biogenesis saga and allows Alex to focus on the future going forward."

Rodriguez is currently serving a season-long suspension, the longest penalty in the sport's history related to performance-enhancing drugs. He was the only one 14 players involved in the scandal to contest his penalty.

However, since the investigation is ongoing, it remains possible that more players could eventually face sanctions as a result of the Biogenesis probe.

Rodriguez denied taking steroids while playing for the Yankees, though his cousin was banned from the team's clubhouse, charter flights and other activities after Rodriguez said Sucart obtained the steroids he used while playing for the Rangers.

Bosch was charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone, as was Sucart, Carlos Javier Acevedo, Jorge Augustine Velazquez, Christopher Benjamin Engroba, Juan Carlos Nunez and Lazaro Daniel Collazo - a well-known youth and college baseball coach who has worked at schools including Miami, Louisville, Florida State and South Florida.

Acevedo pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $100,000. Engroba pleaded not guilty and his bond was $50,000. No other pleas were entered Tuesday.

Court documents say that from October 2008 through December 2012, Bosch willfully conspired to distribute the anabolic steroid testosterone.

Prosecutors also announced the arrest of three others in a drug ring discovered during the course of the investigation into Biogenesis. However, that case, which centered around the stimulant known as "molly," was not directly connected to Bosch.

A Miami New Times report from January 2013, which sparked MLB's investigation, said Rodriguez had bought human growth hormone and other substances from 2009 to 2012 from Bosch's clinic. The newspaper said it had obtained records detailing the purchases by Rodriguez and other ballplayers.

MLB had sued Bosch and his clinic but withdrew the lawsuit in February. The lawsuit had accused them of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned substances.

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Associated Press reporters Eric Tucker in Washington and Laura Wides-Munoz in Miami contributed to this report.

Spurs hire WNBA star Becky Hammon as assistant

As a 5-foot-6 point guard, decorated WNBA veteran Becky Hammon has never had the experience of shattering a backboard with a dunk.

She's busting through the glass ceiling instead.

The San Antonio Spurs hired Hammon as an assistant coach on Tuesday, making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff. When Hammon retires from her 16-year WNBA career at the end of the San Antonio Stars' season, she will immediately move to the staff of the defending NBA champions, working with the revered Gregg Popovich on scouting, game-planning and the day-to-day grind of practice like no woman has ever done before.

"Nothing in my life has really ever been easy. I've always been someone who did it uphill," Hammon said. "I'm up for challenges. I'm up for being outside the box, making tough decisions and challenges. ... And I'm a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. Throw those all in there and this was the perfect challenge and opportunity."

That makes her fit right in with the Spurs, an organization with a reputation for bold decisions. Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford have long been at the forefront of the league's international influx and earlier this summer hired European coaching legend Ettore Messina as an assistant.

During the 2001-02 season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Lucas brought Lisa Boyer into the team's practices and some games. Boyer, now an assistant at South Carolina, was not paid by the Cavaliers and did not travel with the team, but did work with the players and coaches that season.

"I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff," Popovich said in a statement released by the team. "Having observed her working with our team this past season, I'm confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs."

But Popovich and Buford were not available in person and Hammon had the spotlight entirely to herself.

"Congratulations to Becky on today's announcement," Boyer said in a statement. "It's a great thing for her and for the NBA. I am still so thankful to John Lucas for giving me the opportunity to work with his NBA team during my time with the Cleveland Rockers. His staff and players welcomed me as a coach, and it was an incredible experience for me to spend that season with them."

Last season, Hammon attended Spurs practices, film sessions and sat behind the bench at home game after suffering a torn ACL that kept her from playing. She's been friends with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan since competing in an NBA All-Star shooting competition in 2008, a familiarity that will help as she makes her transition to coaching the two stars.

"As far as women coaching men, it's really silly. People ask me all the time, will there ever be a woman player in the NBA?" Hammon said. "To be honest, no. There are differences. The guys are too big, too strong and that's just the way it is.

"But when it comes to things of the mind, things like coaching, game-planning, coming up with offensive and defensive schemes, there's no reason why a woman couldn't be in the mix and shouldn't be in the mix."

It's been a long time coming for female basketball players and coaches who have long dreamed of getting a chance in the NBA.

"I was so excited and pleased and the one thing that people have to remember is that the San Antonio Spurs don't do anything for effect," said Nancy Lieberman, a former star player who was a head coach in the NBA Development League in 2009 and now serves as the GM of the Texas Legends. "That's not who they are. They don't do this for the record-breaking barrier. They do things out of respect.

"And the fact that coach Popovich has this much respect for Becky's basketball IQ, for how she handles herself with the guys in practice, her ability to relate to them, I'm sure he saw so much when she was working with them last fall. I'm sure he didn't hire her because she was a woman. I'm sure he hired her because she was the best person for the job."

"This will open the door for other women, even like myself," Lieberman added. "My goal is to coach in the NBA and you've got to start somewhere. So this is a great day."

Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter Stephanie Ready, who served as an assistant on the Coppin State men's team as well as in the D-League, called Popovich the perfect person to hire Hammon "because he's proven he has a tremendous track record and he does not make bad decisions."

"That's the first step, having the precedent set is very important," Ready said. "A lot of it also is now women will know these jobs are available. In the past, a lot of women probably didn't try because they didn't think it was possible. I think you may very well see an increase in seeing some females hired."

Hammon has a reputation of being a smart, hard-nosed, tough-minded player. She made six All-Star teams and averaged 13.1 points in her 16 seasons with the Stars and New York Liberty.

Hammon was receiving congratulatory messages from all over, including from Lieberman, Boyer and Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

"I love seeing people I've been involved with have an opportunity in life to have these types of experiences," said Stars coach Dan Hughes, who has coached Hammon for eight years. "This one is unique. She's ready for it, she'll do a great job."

Even tennis great Billie Jean King weighed in on the hire, congratulating the Spurs for acquiring "a key person based on their qualifications and not allowing gender to play a role in their decision."

But like it was only a matter of time before a woman got a chance to coach in the NBA, it's also only a matter of time before said coach finds herself in Popovich's crosshairs.

"I'm sure Pop will be yelling at me soon enough," Hammon said, "with the rest of them."

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AP Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg and AP Sports Writer Melissa Murphy in New York and AP freelance writer Raul Dominguez in San Antonio contributed to this report.

Family of Cal player files wrongful death suit

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The family of former California football player Ted Agu filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California on Tuesday, alleging "reckless and negligent behavior" by the staff toward an athlete known to have sickle cell trait.

The lawsuit filed in California Superior Court repeatedly says that the university was negligent for hiring and retaining trainer Robert Jackson, who previously worked at Central Florida, where he was the sole certified athletic trainer present when wide receiver Ereck Plancher died following conditioning drills in March 2008.

The suit says that Jackson was the most experienced trainer at the scene when Agu died after experiencing "extreme fatigue" during an offseason training run in Berkeley on Feb. 7. The family's attorneys argue that, like Plancher, Agu had sickle cell trait and should not have been put through a "lethal conditioning drill."

"The same thing happened here," said attorney Steve Yerrid, who also represented Plancher's family. "What you see here is a bona fide tragedy."

Yerrid stood on the steps outside the Alameda County Courthouse with trial lawyer Brian Panish and Agu's sobbing mother and father, Emilia and Ambrose, in front of three oversized photos of the former Cal defensive end. Agu's older brother and two of his three older sisters also attended the news conference.

The family did not speak to reporters at the request of their attorneys.

Panish said there have been no settlement talks with the university and he expects the case to go to trial in 12 to 16 months. He said a jury would decide damages, which he requested to be "substantial."

The Alameda County Coroner's office said in April that Agu died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is an excessive thickening of the heart muscle. Yerrid and Panish said Agu's death was brought on by the sickle cell trait and not a heart condition.

The NCAA requires universities to test players for sickle cell, and Yerrid and Panish said Cal had been aware of Agu's condition since he arrived in 2010.

Cal's athletic department said in a statement that its medical staff reacted promptly and followed all recommended protocols outlined by the NCAA. Cal said it could not discuss any student's specific medical history because of privacy laws, "but as the Alameda County Coroner's report states, the cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which suggests there was little anyone could have done to save him."

Cal also said the university remains deeply saddened by Agu's death and recognizes this is a difficult time for his family. The statement reiterated that the school will continue to honor Agu's memory and that it is committed to the safety of all its students.

Many athletes with sickle cell can play their whole careers without complications. The NCAA notes on its website that sickle cell "can affect some athletes during periods of intense exercise, when the inherited condition causes red blood cells to warp into stiff and sticky sickle shapes that block blood vessels and deprive vital organs and muscles of oxygen."

Yerrid said that the workout was supervised by Jackson and strength and conditioning coach Damon Harrington and was different from any previous one Agu had participated in. He said Agu and his teammates were tied together with a rope and were running up a hill multiple times outside the football stadium at the request of the training staff.

Yerrid said Agu experienced dizziness, shortness of breath, loss of balance and other signs of extreme fatigue. He said trainers took too long to respond and were not properly trained to care for a player in the sickling process.

Cal team physician Dr. Casey Batten said in February that the medical staff saw Agu had difficulty completing the workout and he was transferred by cart about 150 yards to the stadium.

"He was on the back of the cart, he was talking, he was hydrating, he did not exhibit any labored breathing or other signs until he got to the north tunnel," Batten said.

The university said Agu collapsed when he got to the medical facility at the Simpson Center at the stadium, emergency medical personnel were alerted and Agu was given CPR. He was taken to Alta Bates Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Batten said Agu never had any previous problems with workouts or practice at Cal.

Agu, a 21-year-old defensive end from Bakersfield, was going to be a fifth-year senior this season. He arrived on campus as a walk-on before earning a scholarship last year. He played seven games last season, recording six tackles.

Agu's family attorneys made repeated references to the Plancher case in their lawsuit. But unlike in Florida, they said there's no cap on the amount of damages that can be awarded in such cases in California.

A jury found Central Florida's athletic association was negligent in Plancher's death and awarded his parents, Enock and Gisele Plancher, $5 million apiece - plus the cost of attorneys' fees, which Yerrid said brings the total to about $15 million. UCF and its insurance company, Great American Assurance Company, appealed the verdict in May 2012.

A ruling by a Florida appeals court reduced the damage award to $200,000, citing sovereign immunity afforded to Florida state agencies in civil judgments. The case is on appeal in the Florida Supreme Court.

Yerrid said Agu's family reached out to him after learning of the Plancher case.

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MLS All-Stars prep quickly for Bayern Munich

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) By the time the MLS All-Star game rolls around on Wednesday night, coach Caleb Porter will have had two training sessions with his All-Stars.

Yes, just two practices to prepare for Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich.

Porter is hoping his side has some fast learners.

"It's a celebration of these players, their careers," said Porter, coach of the host Portland Timbers. "Hopefully, we can make it a competitive game and try to make it exciting with a lot of good attacking players."

Ultimately the game is an exhibition, and Porter said his main job - besides putting on a good show - is to return the players to their teams with no injuries.

The All-Star game is part of a summer exhibition tour for Bayern Munich, which hasn't visited the United States in a decade. The team defeated Chivas Guadalajara 1-0 last Thursday night at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

Winner of 19 straight matches at one point last season, Bayern Munich brings six players from the German national team that won the World Cup this summer, including Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller. But coach Pep Guardiola said not to expect them to play more than about 15 minutes apiece.

The MLS team will also include several players from the U.S. World Cup team that advanced out of the group stage in Brazil, including Seattle's Clint Dempsey and Toronto's Michael Bradley.

"We just played against these players on the biggest stage in the world. I think in the past, the All-Star teams have had only a few days to come together, but it's a little bit different this year because most of us are used to playing together on the national team," said Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who was also on the U.S. national team.

The MLS All-Stars hope to have six players from the U.S. team on the available roster. On Tuesday, midfielder Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake had to withdraw because of an unspecified injury.

Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane of the L.A. Galaxy both made the team but also had to bow out. The Galaxy did send forward Landon Donovan, who is appearing in his record 14th All-Star game.

A player to watch on Bayern Munich's side is 19-year-old Julian Green, who played for the United States in Brazil and became the youngest American player to score in the World Cup with a goal against Belgium.

Green, who was born in Florida but grew up in Germany, has dual citizenship. With Bayern Munich since 2010, Green is vying to make his debut with the club's senior side this season. He'll likely see more play than Bayern's other World Cup stars.

"He's going to play a little bit more - for the fans, for the girls," Guardiola joked.

Last year, Italian powerhouse AS Roma, led by longtime star Francesco Totti, defeated the MLS All-Stars 3-1 in Kansas City. The Galaxy's Gonzalez scored the only goal for the MLS side in second-half stoppage time.

Bradley was on Roma's side for that match.

The MLS is 7-3-1 against international opponents since the league adopted the current All-Star game format, the only losses coming to English Premier League club Manchester United and Roma.

"The best thing you can do is keep it simple." Porter said. "I want these players to go back to their clubs healthy."

McIlroy wary of all the hype entering PGA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Golf stories about Rory McIlroy are a lot more flattering than those a year ago. And if he reads too much into them, they can be a lot more dangerous.

McIlroy went wire to wire at Hoylake to win the British Open. Then he overpowered Firestone on the weekend to win his first World Golf Championship. Now he is the overwhelming favorite at the PGA Championship. He is looked on in some corners as a sure thing, a label once reserved only for Tiger Woods.

Boy Wonder is not so sure about that.

"Sometimes I feel that people are too quick to jump to conclusions," McIlroy said Tuesday before heading out for his first look at Valhalla. "I've had a great run of golf and I've played well over the past few months. Look, I said at the start of the year that golf was looking for someone to put their hand up and sort of become one of the dominant players in the game. I felt like I had the ability to do that. And it's just nice to be able to win a few tournaments and get back to where I feel I should be."

He is No. 1 in the world again. He has three wins in his last seven starts. And with three legs of the career Grand Slam - only Woods and Jack Nicklaus were younger than the 25-year-old McIlroy when they achieved that - there was even talk about the start of a new era.

McIlroy wasn't buying.

"I'm just really happy with where my golf game is at the minute, and I just want to try and continue that for as long as possible," he said. "And people can say what they want to say. That's fine. But I can't read too much into it. ... Because if you read everything that was being written, I'd turn up at the first tee on Thursday thinking I'd already won the tournament."

The question lingered Tuesday whether Woods was going to make it to the first tee at all.

Woods injured his back Sunday - just four months after back surgery - and canceled his news conference Tuesday. There was no word on his prospects, presumably because he wanted to give himself as much time as possible to see if he could play.

The deadline to register was 5 p.m. Tuesday, though the PGA Championship said players who notify officials they will be registering late have until they tee off Thursday. Woods was among six such players. He is to tee off at 8:35 a.m. with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington

Even if Woods were to play, that wouldn't take the focus from McIlroy.

McIlroy appears to be in full flight, just as he was in his record victory at Congressional in the 2011 U.S. Open, and just as he was when he won the PGA Championship by a record eight shots in 2012, and then added three more wins the rest of the year against strong fields.

Valhalla, where Woods won 14 years ago, would appear to be suited for him. Then again, just about any course is for a guy who hits it long and straight.

McIlroy said he has added about seven pounds of muscle in recent months, and he is now the heaviest he has been. He also has shortened his swing, which would make him more accurate off the tee.

"He's such a great driver of the golf ball," Phil Mickelson said as he looked back on McIlroy's win at Firestone. "Even though the golf course was fairly tight and hitting fairways is important, he kept hitting drivers and he kept putting the ball in play and he kept playing the course aggressively and making birdies. And he plays to his strength. He's just a very good talent. We've been waiting a year, year and a half now for it to turn. And it's really turned for him. And he's tough to beat."

McIlroy was foundering at this time a year, missing the cut in three out of six tournaments, not even sniffing contention as he worked through equipment changes. The final touch was an alignment issue he solved after the Masters, and he is soaring now.

Of the 13 players to win a major and a World Golf Championship, McIlroy and Woods are the only ones to win them in consecutive starts. In the last 20 years, Woods, Padraig Harrington and Nick Price are the only players to win the final two majors of the year.

McIlroy ended Adam Scott's 11-week run at No. 1, and his intent is to stay there.

"I think the right guy is at No. 1 at the moment," Scott said. "I hope that I could go ahead and win this week and maybe go back to No. 1. But there's no doubt Rory has played the best golf over the last few months."

"It's only motivating to see Rory play so well," he said. "I've said a lot that I feel this is my time, so I've got to beat whatever Rory is throwing out there."

McIlroy considers this his best major, and the results bear that out. In five starts, he has finished out of the top 10 only one time. That was in 2011 in Atlanta, where he played the last three rounds with an arm injury after trying to hit a shot through a tree root.

Golf courses typically are softer in August because of the heat. Nicklaus courses tend to have generous fairways, not that McIlroy needs any help these days. The only change now is the perception.

"Expectations are higher. Hype is a little higher," McIlroy said. "So it's a little bit different this year."

McCutchen has broken rib, hoping to avoid DL

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Andrew McCutchen has a broken bone in his ribcage three days after being hit by a pitch, but the Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and last year's NL MVP hopes to avoid going on the disabled list.

McCutchen left in the eighth inning of Sunday's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Phoenix after feeling pain in his side when he swung at a pitch. He had to be helped down the dugout steps to the clubhouse and also needed help getting dressed after the game.

McCutchen said he couldn't be sure that getting hit might have caused the injury but wouldn't rule it out.

"I don't know but I've taken a million swings and have never felt anything in my side until Sunday," McCutchen said.

McCutchen was hit in the back by a pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Randal Delgado on Saturday night. Though Delgado said the pitch got away from him, the Pirates suspected it was payback for Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt suffering a season-ending broken left hand a night earlier when hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.

"I'm not going to play today and I'm not going to play tomorrow but we'll see after that," McCutchen said Tuesday. "Two days ago, I couldn't even bend down to put my shoes on. Now, I can ... get dressed like normal, so I'm getting better."

While McCutchen was not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Miami Marlins, the Pirates are waiting before making a decision on whether he needs to on the DL.

Starling Marte, normally the Pirates' left fielder, was activated from the 7-day disabled list and started in center field. He took the roster spot of third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who was placed on the bereavement list. That left the Pirates a man short.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the Pirates' medical staff is having difficulty putting a timetable on McCutchen's return because the injury is a rarity in baseball.

"They are trying to get as much information as they can," Hurdle said. "At this point we're weighing whether Andrew might be able to come back in less than 15 days against playing a man short. For now, we're going to wait and keep him on the active roster."

Flyers D Timonen out with blood clots

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been hospitalized in Finland because of blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs.

The team made the announcement on Tuesday. Timonen's return to the ice is uncertain.

The 39-year-old Timonen signed a one-year contract this summer for $2 million. He has been Philadelphia's top defenseman for several years.

Timonen has spent the last seven seasons with the Flyers after playing his first eight with Nashville. He has 571 career points on 117 goals and 454 assists. Timonen is plus-38 for his career.

Suns' P.J. Tucker gets jail time, apologizes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention Monday after pleading guilty to "super extreme" driving under the influence.

"I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses," Tucker said in a statement. "It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again."

Police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .22 after he was arrested May 10 in Scottsdale, nearly three times the legal limit in Arizona.

Tucker agreed to put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, undergo substance abuse counseling and pay fines of $2,750. He was placed on probation for up to five years.

Details of the punishment and Tucker's statement were released by his attorneys following his court appearance on Monday.

"In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. "We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this."

Tucker's Mercedes Benz was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer, and the police report said his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he nearly fell over during the sobriety test.

The Suns were aware of the arrest when Tucker signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract in early July.

Tucker wrote of how blessed he was and that he was grateful no one was hurt.

He said the process of making life changes has begun "and will continue with the support of my family, friends and, of course, the amazing Phoenix Suns."

"I will not let you down," his statement concluded.

Giants rally to beat Bills 17-13 in HOF Game

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Andre Williams ran up some big numbers at Boston College. The fourth-round draft pick is showing glimpses that can do it for the New York Giants, too.

Williams had seven carries for 48 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in a 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game.

"It gives me confidence. I feel like I'm supposed to be here," said Williams, who led the nation with 2,177 yards rushing last season. "I'm part of the team now."

And a more important part with David Wilson sidelined after sustaining his second neck injury in less than a year.

Filling the No. 2 spot behind newly acquired starter Rashad Jennings, the Heisman Trophy finalist helped provide the Giants' re-tooled backfield a 1-2 punch.

"I though he played well, and that was encouraging," coach Tom Coughlin said. "David Wilson's injury not-withstanding, it's very important to us no matter what, because you need a natural rotation."

Williams' score, which came after a 21-yard scamper off left tackle, put the Giants up 7-3 late in the first quarter.

Rookie receiver Corey Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 73-yard pass up the right sideline from backup Ryan Nassib with 13:18 remaining. Washington reached back to catch the partly under-thrown pass, then stepped around flat-footed defender Kamaal McIlwain.

Nassib, competing for the backup spot, went 7 of 12 for 139 yards.

Starter Eli Manning played three series, and finished 6 of 7 for 43 yards, but lost a fumble.

For Buffalo, starting quarterback EJ Manuel had several lapses during two series. He completed just 2 of 7 attempts for 19 yards, and nearly had a pass intercepted by linebacker Jacquian Williams inside the New York 10. Manuel never looked off his intended target Sammy Watkins and was fortunate to have Williams bat the ball down.

"I would have liked to throw a touchdown pass or to score a touchdown while I was in, but it's our first game," said Manuel, the second-year player who has been inconsistent through the first two weeks of training camp. "We got our feet wet, and we're looking forward to moving on to playing Carolina."

Coach Doug Marrone didn't sound as positive regarding the play of any of his quarterbacks.

"Obviously, the performances were not good for a win," Marrone said. "We've got to get better, all of them."

Bills backup Jeff Tuel hit Robert Woods for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal to put Buffalo ahead 10-7 early in the second quarter. Tuel finished 12 of 17 for 74 yards and an interception.

Watkins, the Bills' first-round pick, was held without a catch after being targeted three times. Two passes from Manuel directed Watkins' way were tipped. Manuel also was late in finding Watkins flying up the left sideline, and overthrew him by a few yards.

It was a disappointing debut for Watkins, who had made numerous highlight-reel catches during the first two weeks of training camp.

Dan Carpenter made two field goals, including a 51-yarder. New York's Brandon McManus hit a 47-yard field goal

The Bills are coming off a 6-10 season in which they extended their playoff drought to 14 seasons - the NFL's longest active streak.

The Giants (7-9) had a busy offseason attempting to restock a team that has missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons.

The NFL unveiled a few new wrinkles that will run through the first two weeks of the preseason.

New York's Josh Brown hit two and Carpenter hit his extra-point attempt, all of which were snapped from the 15-yard line rather than the 2.

NOTES: Giants TE Daniel Fells left because of a sprained knee. ... Coaches and players on the sidelines also had the opportunity to view pictures of plays on tablets and in color - an improvement over the black-and-white still photos that were printed off on paper. Marrone said his tablet initially didn't work. The problem was fixed and he used the technology in the second half. ... The game was played a day after the seven-member 2014 class was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The group included former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and former Bills receiver Andre Reed.

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Gardner, Drew help Yankees beat Red Sox 8-7

BOSTON (AP) Brett Gardner had a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning for one of his three hits, helping the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Sunday night.

Former Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew had a pair of hits and drove in four runs in his third game with the Yankees since he was sent there at the trading deadline. Esmil Rogers (1-0) earned the victory in his Yankees debut by throwing three hitless innings, striking out three and allowing one walk.

David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

Craig Breslow (2-3) came in to relieve Clay Buchholz to start the sixth inning and gave up Gardner's leadoff homer before retiring the next three batters.

McIlroy wins and goes back to No. 1

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Rory McIlroy rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the Bridgestone Invitational and return to No. 1 in the world.

In his first start since a wire-to-wire win in the British Open, McIlroy picked up his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone. And just like Royal Liverpool, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland made it look easy.

Sergio Garcia had a three-shot lead going into the final round. McIlroy opened with three straight birdies to take a one-shot lead. He never trailed the rest of the way, taking the lead for good with an 8-foot birdie on the 11th hole.

Tiger Woods withdrew after eight holes with back pain from jumping hard into a bunker on the second hole. It was only his third event since returning from back surgery.

Back pain knocks Woods out of Bridgestone

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Tiger Woods was stricken with more back pain Sunday and withdrew after eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. He struggled to even take off his golf shoes before being driven away to an uncertain future.

In his third tournament since returning from back surgery, this had the look of a serious setback.

Woods injured himself playing a shot from edge of a bunker on the par-5 second hole. With all weight on his right leg, he took an awkward slash at the ball, fell back toward the sand and landed with a thud, and kept jogging out of the bunker from sheer momentum of the steep drop.

"I just jarred it, and it's been spasming ever since," Woods told a PGA Tour official before leaving.

Woods kept playing, hitting a number of shockingly bad shots. He hit one into the water from the fairway on No. 3, coming up some 30 yards short of the flag. And on the par-3 fifth hole, his tee shot was 65 yards short of the hole. From a bunker left of the seventh green, he blasted out and back into the fairway and made double bogey.

He grimaced at impact when he hit a 315-yard drive into the left rough on No. 9. Woods slowly stooped over with his right hand on his leg, reached toward his back and slowly bent down to remove the tee from the ground. Moments later, he stepped into a cart and headed for the parking lot.

At his car, Woods could barely switch out of his golf shoes. His caddie, Joe La Cava, drove him away.

"It's just the whole lower back," Woods said. "I don't know what happened."

Masters champion Bubba Watson said he didn't see Woods hit the shot that hurt him on No. 2, though he could tell as the round went on that something wasn't right.

"He hit some shots that we're not used to seeing Tiger hit, even when he's coming back from an injury like this," Watson said. "So obviously, something was bothering him. ... Like I told him when I shook his hand, I said, `I'm praying for you. Hope everything turns out good. Hope to see you next week."'

With the pain he showed leaving the course - and just four months removed from back surgery - it would seem unlikely that Woods plays next week at Valhalla, where he won the PGA Championship in 2000.

Woods is scheduled to play the opening two rounds with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington. Mickelson was on the 11th hole - not far away from No. 9 - when he noticed Woods leaving.

"It didn't look good. It looked like he was really in pain," Mickelson said. "I hope he's OK. I hope he's able to play next week. I hope it's a muscle and nothing serious because I'm really looking forward to playing with him. We rarely get paired together. If we do, it's been early Saturday.

"As much as I love playing with him, playing against him, trying to beat him, we all want him in the field. We all want him back. I just hope he's OK."

If Woods does not play in the PGA Championship, that would be the end of his season. He would have to win the PGA to be eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. In six starts on the PGA Tour this year, Woods finished all four rounds only twice.

Woods had back surgery March 31 to alleviate an impinged nerve, forcing him to miss the Masters for the first time and the U.S. Open. He returned after three months to Congressional - three weeks ahead of his own schedule - and reported no pain in missing the cut by four shots at the Quicken Loans National. He also reported no pain in four rounds at the British Open. He finished 69th, 23 shots out of the lead, his worst 72-hole result in a major.

Woods was 3-over par for his round - and 18 shots off the lead - when he withdrew at Firestone.

He did not say whether he would be able to play the PGA Championship next week - "Just trying to get out of here," he told the tour official - though this surely would make it difficult for Tom Watson to consider Woods as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup.

The U.S. captain has said for the last few months that he wanted Woods on the team if he was healthy and playing well.

Woods was doing neither.

Even so, he had not suggested until the shot on the second hole that his back was bothering him.

"Hey, this is supposed to be my second tournament back, not my third," Woods said after Friday's round at Firestone. "Everything is going pretty good. I've gotten a little bit better, and the good news is I'm still getting stronger."

This was the second time this year Woods had to withdraw in the middle of the final round. At the Honda Classic in March, he stopped after 13 holes. Woods chose to play the next week at Doral, and his back problems showed up Sunday after an awkward stance for a shot out of the bunker.

Woods said it was his physical training over the years and his discipline in following doctors' orders following microdiscectomy surgery that allowed him to recover quickly. He has gone through four operations on his left knee over the last 20 years, and said the back injury was "way more debilitating than I thought."

"Most of the people I talked to who have had the procedure have no idea how I'm even back here playing," Woods said at the start of the week. "They just can't understand that. When you have great protocols and you do everything perfectly, everything fell into place. I was able to get back. But now it's just continuing, and I still need to get much strong than I am now, and I still need to get much more explosive than I am now. That's just time."

Scott Dixon wins 4th Mid-Ohio IndyCar in 6 years

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fourth win at Mid-Ohio in the last six years, coasting in on low fuel to end Target Chip Ganassi Racing's victory drought in 2014.

The 34-year-old Aussie, who started last in the 22-car field, also won on the twisty road course between Cleveland and Columbus in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Target Chip Ganassi has won the last six races at the track, including all four of Dixon's triumphs. It finally broke through in a familiar place.

Dixon took advantage of a gaffe by Josef Newgarden and his pit crew to pull away.

Pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais was a distant second, with James Hinchcliffe third, rookie Carlos Munoz fourth and favorite son Graham Rahal fifth.

D-backs' Goldschmidt out for year with broken hand

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is going to miss the rest of the season because of a broken left hand.

Manager Kirk Gibson announced the news Sunday, two days after Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.

Gibson put Goldschmidt's rehabilitation timetable at eight weeks, with the season ending in late September. No surgery is expected.

Goldschmidt hit .300 with 19 home runs and 69 RBIs this season. A two-time All-Star, he led the NL with 125 RBIs last year and tied for the league lead with 36 homers while batting .302.

Goldschmidt turns 27 next month.

The Diamondbacks used Mark Trumbo at first base on Sunday and will rotate players at the position over the rest of the season.

"A little bit of a trial and error to see how it works," Gibson said. "It's going to be hard to replace Goldy over there with what he brought us with his consistency."

Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead off the final restart with three laps left and won Sunday to complete a season sweep at Pocono Raceway.

Earnhardt held off the hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win for the third time this season. Earnhardt is the first driver to sweep both races at the track since Denny Hamlin in 2006.

He tweeted "Lookin for a broom" when he landed in Pocono. He could use one in Victory Lane.

Earnhardt also became the fifth straight Hendrick Motorsports driver to win at Pocono. His third win, he also won the Daytona 500, ties him for the most in Sprint Cup this season.

Harvick was second, followed by Joey Logano, Clint Boywer and Greg Biffle.

Earnhardt has his most wins since he won six times in 2004.

Letter: Bon Jovi wants Bills to succeed in Buffalo

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he's written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto.

In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it's his ownership group's objective "to make the Bills successful in Buffalo." The letter, titled "Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills," marks the first time the New Jersey rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the franchise.

The team is for sale after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

"There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo," Bon Jovi wrote. "I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day."

Calling it his intention to "carry on Ralph Wilson's legacy" in Buffalo, Bon Jovi said his group is committed to working with state and local officials and the business community to identify a new stadium site in the region.

At no point in the seven-paragraph letter does Bon Jovi name his two partners or mention they are both from Toronto. His group is rounded out by Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Rogers family which controls Rogers Communications.

The Toronto group's intentions have been met with skepticism in Buffalo.

Two weeks ago, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz told The Associated Press that he has no doubts regarding the group's long-term intentions to move the team to Toronto.

Under their lease that runs through the 2022, the Bills are essentially locked into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the 2019 season. There is a one-time exception that would allow them to break the agreement for just under $28.4 million in 2020.

The deal also includes a strict non-relocation clause in which the Bills - including Wilson's estate - are not allowed to negotiate with anyone, who to their knowledge, has an intention of relocating the team during the term of the lease.

The Bills Fan Alliance, a group of fans and business leaders, questioned Bon Jovi's intentions in a statement released Sunday.

"While we appreciate his sentiment, it's worth noting that nowhere in his letter does he write or directly state that he will `not move the Bills from Buffalo,"' wrote the Alliance's directors, Matt Sabuda, Brian Cinelli and Steve Brady.

The group urged Bon Jovi to back up his statements with actions by signing a binding pre-purchase agreement to waive the one-year buyout clause.

"Anything short of formal action taken on their part will be viewed as nothing more than rhetoric," the Alliance directors wrote.

Fans have also organized a ban on Bon Jovi music being played in Buffalo. The group has printed T-shirts and posters with the motto: "Bon Jovi Free Zone."

Numerous fans were spotted wearing the shirts and carrying placards at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies on Saturday night, when former Bills receiver Andre Reed was among the seven inductees.

Reed is a member of the Fan Alliance. He drew cheers during his induction speech by saying: "Oh yeah, and the Bills will stay in Buffalo, too."

NHL Buffalo Sabres owner Terry and Kim Pegula and New York real estate mogul Donald Trump are also in the running to buy the Bills.

Prospective groups are set to begin making formal bids to buy the team in the coming weeks. A potential owner could be identified by as early as Labor Day.

The Bills most recently were valued by Forbes at $870 million but are expected to sell for at least $1 billion, partly because NFL teams rarely go on the market.

In his letter, Bon Jovi noted his interest in buying an NFL franchise grew when he founded the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He sold his interests in the team a few years ago.

"My family and I are prepared to make this life-changing commitment to be part of the Bills," Bon Jovi wrote. "This is not a hobby or an acquisition. Building a winner on and off the field will be job one, and I intend to spend as much time on the ground in Buffalo as needed to accomplish that goal."

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Reed brings the emotion, Strahan laughs at HOF

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Andre Reed delivered the emotion and managed to hook up for one more catch from Jim Kelly on the Pro Football Hall of Fame stage.

And leave it to Michael Strahan and his familiar gap-toothed grin to bring the laughs in closing the ceremony honoring the seven inductees Saturday night.

The defensive end cracked he was still a little scared of former New York Giants teammate Lawrence Taylor. Strahan singled out former Philadelphia tackle Jon Runyan in the crowd and referred to him as his toughest opponent and "350 pounds of twisted steel and non-sex appeal."

And Strahan even had a kiss blown to him on stage from Kelly Ripa, his morning TV show co-host.

"Thank you, baby," he said.

Strahan, one of the game's most dominant pass-rushers, closed the ceremony that ended just before midnight - nearly two hours later than scheduled.

The ceremony went so late that Strahan noted that it was past his bedtime and joked that if the event lasted any longer he and his fellow inductees would be considered the 2015 class.

Also inducted were offensive tackle Walter Jones, linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive back Aeneas Williams, defensive end Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy, who became the first full-time punter to be selected.

It was Reed, the former Buffalo Bills receiver, who stole the spotlight by closing his induction speech with a poignant surprise.

Turning his back to the crowd, Reed caught a pass from Kelly before sharing a lengthy hug with his former teammate and now fellow Hall of Famer.

It was a fitting finish for a tandem that set a then-NFL record by hooking up 663 times in Buffalo. And it was a moment that paid homage to the quarterback, who has spent the past 14 months battling cancer.

"You taught us not to quit," Reed said about Kelly. "You have endured a lot in your life. The loss of your son, and most recently your battle with cancer. You're an inspiration to all you touch."

Kelly was near tears, and the thousands of Bills fans in the crowd cheered.

Even louder cheers went up when Reed delivered a message to any Bills prospective ownership group having an intention of buying and relocating the franchise.

"Oh yeah, and the Bills will stay in Buffalo, too," Reed said.

The Bills are on the block after founder and Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

The ceremony began with Brooks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star, who was selected for induction in his first year of eligibility, and followed by the 70-year-old Humphrey, who retired after the 1981 season.

"Now they tell me I only had 10 minutes up here, but let me start off by telling you that I've waited 30 years to get to this podium, so don't rush me guys," said Humphrey, a six-time Pro Bowl selection who split 13 NFL seasons between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Guy's wait was nearly as long. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection spent his 14-year career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. At 64, he was selected for induction in his 23rd year of eligibility.

"It's been long, long overdue, but now the Hall of Fame has a complete team," said Guy, who had as many as 20 former punters in the crowd to help him celebrate. "To know my legacy will be forever part of pro football history and that my bust will be alongside the greatest athletes of all time, it leaves this old punter speechless."

Williams livened up the mood late in his speech during which he had one side of Fawcett Stadium chanting: "Begin with the end in mind," to remind people how important it is to set goals.

And he had the other side chanting: "Die empty," to remind people to give their all.

It was a fitting message from an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He was an accounting major at Southern University, who walked on to the football team a week before the start of his junior season.

Selected in the third round of the 1991 draft, he proceeded to split 14 seasons between the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. Williams retired after the 2004 season and was selected for induction in his fifth year of eligibility.

"If you would have told me, `Aeneas, you have to the potential to be one of the best cornerbacks,' I would have thought you were crazy and hit you with my right hand," Williams said. "I'll just take a moment to soak this all in."

Brooks, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, paid tribute to family members, teammates and coaches, from his Pee-Wee playing days to his 14 NFL seasons in Tampa Bay.

He thanked his late mother Geraldine Brooks-Mitchell for instilling humility in him. He referred to former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy as his mentor. And Brooks thanked Dungy's successor, Jon Gruden, for helping the Buccaneers believe they could be champions.

It was under Gruden when the Bucs blossomed into Super Bowl winners during the 2002 season in which Brooks earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.

"There is no higher place to go in this game, and I thank you guys," Brooks said.

Jones, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection who spent his 12-year career in Seattle, thanked Seahawks fans for their overwhelming support.

And he was honored to be only the third player who spent their entire careers in Seattle, joining receiver Steve Largent and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.

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Raiders' Guy becomes 1st punter inducted into HOF

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Ray Guy has become the first full-time punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Guy was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and spent his 14-year career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. At 64, he was selected for induction in his 23rd year of eligibility.

Guy was a specialist in directional kicking, and his booming leg and helped popularize the term "hang time." He was a member of three Super Bowl champions.

Guy was introduced for induction by former Raiders coach, Hall of Famer John Madden.

The seven-member Hall of Fame class is rounded out by defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, offensive tackle Walter Jones, linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey.

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Goldschmidt has fractured left hand, goes on DL

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks' dismal season got worse Saturday with the news that All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand.

Goldschmidt, runner-up in National League MVP voting last season, was hurt when he was hit above his ring finger by a pitch from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of Friday night's 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Diamondbacks have placed Goldschmidt on the 15-day disabled list and there was no word before Saturday's game on how long he is expected to be sidelined.

"I was holding out hope. Wasn't trying to think about it being broken," said Goldschmidt, who stayed in the game after being hit and advanced to second base before the final out was made.

Goldschmidt was to be examined further on Saturday after getting X-rays late Friday. He broke a bone in his left hand, the hamate, while in college and had it removed, but had not had any other injuries of that sort since.

"I was trying to make a fist, which I can do," said Goldschmidt, who had no protective cast, splint or bandage over his hand as of Saturday afternoon. "After the game there was some swelling. I knew there was something. I was just hoping just a bad bruise or something like that. But unfortunately it wasn't."

Despite his team's overall woes, Goldschmidt is among the NL leaders in several hitting categories. He leads the league in doubles and extra-base hits, is tied for first in runs scored, is second in total bases and is third in RBIs and walks.

Voted a starter by fans in this year's All-Star game, Goldschmdt is batting .300 with 19 home runs. He has 75 runs scored, 220 total bases, 39 doubles, a triple, 64 walks and nine stolen bases.

A Gold Glove winner last year, Goldschmidt has seven errors in 109 games. Arizona recalled outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno to take Goldschmidt's roster spot.

Goldschmidt was out of the lineup for only the second time this season Friday night but entered in a double-switch in the ninth inning of a game that was tied 4-4.

The incident immediately drew the wrath of several Diamondbacks players, and there was a showdown between the teams after the game in front of the Arizona dugout. No one did anything but talk, though.

While catcher Miguel Montero called the situation "a little shady," Goldschmidt said after the game he didn't think he was hit purposely and reiterated that Saturday.

"It's part of the game. I mean, who knows? People get hit, it's just part of it," Goldschmidt said. "So once I figure out the rehab (plan), just go with that and obviously you'd like to play, but can't change what happened."

Frieri apologized several times for what happened, saying he didn't mean to hit Goldschmidt.

"I feel bad. I'm sorry," Frieri said. "I know that he's a really valuable player for the Diamondbacks. I just try to make my pitches and in this game, if you don't make your pitches inside, you're going to get hit.

"It wasn't on purpose. I don't have anything against him. I was just trying to get him out," Frieri added.

Goldschmidt isn't the only Diamondback in recent history to have to deal with a broken bone from being hit with a pitch. Second baseman Aaron Hill missed 10 weeks last season after being hit on his left hand, and outfielder A.J. Pollock was hit on the right hand on May 31 and is only playing in rehab games.

"It hurts. He's one of the best players on our team for sure. One of the best players in the league," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "There are risks to playing the game. We're very familiar with guys getting hit in the hand."

It could mean a new approach when dealing with inside pitches.

"Maybe something to talk about, just moving forward about how to turn into the pitch a little better," Gibson added.

Jordan Pacheco played first base Saturday night against Pittsburgh. Gibson said outfielder Mark Trumbo could also get some action at first base down the road.

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