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Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles adjusts his cap after giving up a two-run double to Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox.(Winslow Townson/Getty Images/AFP)

Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles adjusts his cap after giving up a two-run double to Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox.(Winslow Townson/Getty Images/AFP)

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz fouled a ball off his nose during a bunting drill in batting practice and might miss his scheduled start Wednesday.

Matusz, who has had only four career plate appearances in the majors, was working on his bunting against a pitching machine to prepare for an interleague game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Matusz is 5-6 with a 4.82 earned-run average this season.

ETHIER TO GET $85 MILLION

The Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed Tuesday outfielder Andre Ethier has signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $85 million.

Ethier, 30, said it was his goal to finish his career with the Dodgers. "Now we just have to go out and finish our goal of winning a world championship for this great city," he said.

He entered play Tuesday night hitting .287 with 10 homers and 53 RBI through 61 games.

CUBS HITTING COACH FIRED

Rudy Jaramillo was fired Tuesday as hitting coach of the struggling Chicago Cubs.

James Rowson, the organization's minor league hitting co-ordinator, was announced as an interim replacement.

Jaramillo was in his third season as the team's hitting coach. The Cubs were 20-40 entering play Tuesday night and ranked 14th in the National League in runs scored, 10th in batting average and 15th in on-base percentage.

ANOTHER AILING RANGER

The Texas Rangers pitching staff took another jolt Tuesday when the results of an MRI showed a muscle tear in Alexi Ogando's right groin.

The right-hander could be sidelined up to six weeks.

Ogando, 28, joined Derek Holland and Pedro Feliz on the disabled list.

Ogando, who was making his first start of the season after pitching out of the bullpen, was injured beating out a bunt single Sunday.

Ogando joined the rotation because of injuries to Holland (shoulder) and Feliz (elbow).

Right-hander Roy Oswalt could be ready soon to join the Rangers. He was scheduled Tuesday to make his third minor-league start after being signed by the Rangers two weeks ago.

BRIEFLY

Mariano Rivera, 42, said Tuesday surgery on his right knee was a success. The New York Yankees closer was optimistic of a return to the lineup next season. The surgery went perfectly, Rivera wrote on Twitter. "I am looking forward to beginning my rehab soon. Thanks as always for your prayers." ... The Detroit Tigers have placed pitcher Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list because of right elbow inflammation. The right-hander, 38, last appeared in a game June 2 and is eligible to return next Monday. Pitcher Luke Putkonen was recalled from triple-A Toledo ... The Colorado Rockies have traded pitcher Esmil Rogers to the Cleveland Indians for cash. Rogers went 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA in 23 games for the Rockies this season ... Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy has been scratched from his start Wednesday because of shoulder soreness, MLB.com reported.


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