Ichiro undecided whether to play for Japan

Texas Rangers: Mark Teixeira will represent the United States in the Century 21 Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.

If Ichiro Suzuki decides to bat for Japan, players representing eight nations will compete.

"Anytime you have nations pitted against one another, it takes on a little extra meaning," Teixeira told The Dallas Morning News. "It doesn't matter if it's a home run derby or the Olympics, it adds flair. But this is a home run derby, so let's not take it too seriously. I'm going to do it and really enjoy it."

David Ortiz, Carlos Lee, Andruw Jones, Jason Bay, Bobby Abreu and Ivan Rodriguez will also participate.

New York Yankees: Yankees setup man Tom Gordon left Thursday
night's 7-2 win over Cleveland after three batters because of
tightness in his pitching shoulder.

Gordon walked Victor Martinez, then struck out Ben Broussard and
Ronnie Belliard before coming out. He is to have an MRI exam

"I'm not worried about it," Gordon said. "There's no pain at
all, just some stiffness. I couldn't get loose the way I'd like to.
I think I'm fine."

Yankees manager Joe Torre said Gordon woke up with tightness
Thursday morning.

"I feel OK only because of what Flash told me, that he hadn't
felt anything before today and the fact that he woke up this
morning feeling it," Torre said.

Detroit Tigers: All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez was
out of the Tigers' lineup for Thursday night's game at
Tampa Bay because of a left pinkie finger injury.

Rodriguez was scheduled to undergo X-rays. He jammed the finger
sliding into home plate in Wednesday's 7-3 win at Cleveland.

"Yesterday it was swollen right near the knuckle and then this
morning a little bit down near the joint," Detroit manager Alan
Trammell said. "We hope it's just a sprain. Hopefully it's a
temporary setback."

It's possible Rodriguez could miss additional time. The severity
of the injury could impact his status for Tuesday's All-Star Game
in Detroit. The 12-time All-Star selection doesn't believe the
finger is broken.

"It's sore," Rodriguez said. "I'm just going to do treatment
today, and see if I can get ready tomorrow."

Rodriguez is batting .290 with five homers and 30 RBI in 72

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles activated outfielder B.J. Surhoff from the 15-day disabled list and demoted David Newhan, who expressed bitterness over his lack of playing time with
the big league club.

Surhoff was placed on the disabled list on June 22, retroactive
to June 20, with a strained muscle in his left side. He entered
Thursday's game against Boston batting .288 with four homers and 19
RBI in 42 games.

Newhan was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa to make room for Surhoff.
Newhan started the season with the Orioles and was sent to Ottawa
in June, but was recalled in the midst of his first game with the
Lynx after Baltimore put Surhoff on the DL.

Newhan went 2-for-8 in nine games upon his return. He hit .311
in 95 games with Baltimore last year after being plucked from the
Texas Rangers' farm system, but in 49 games this season is batting
.198 with three homers and 12 RBI.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks placed left-hander Shawn Estes on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left

Estes, on the DL for the first time in four years, was relieved
to find out that it was a stress reaction, not the more serious stress fracture.

A stress fracture typically sidelines a player for about six
weeks, a stress reaction two to four weeks, trainer Paul Lessard

Estes becomes the second Diamondbacks starter on the injured
list. Right-hander Russ Ortiz has been out for three weeks with a
strained rib cage.

Estes said he has had increasing pain in the leg and it worsened
significantly when he hit a triple in Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to
St. Louis.

Estes, signed as a free agent in the offseason, is 6-7 with a
4.56 ERA in 17 starts. His placement on the DL is retroactive to
Tuesday, his last start.

Right-handed reliever Brandon Medders was recalled from Triple-A
Tucson to take Estes' roster spot. Manager Bob Melvin said lefty
Mike Gosling would take Estes' scheduled start against Cincinnati
on Sunday.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies signed pitcher Mike DeJean to a one-year contract.

DeJean went 14-9 with a 4.95 ERA with the Rockies from 1997-2000. After that, he pitched with the Brewers, Cardinals, Orioles and Mets. The Mets released him last month after
he went 3-1 with a 6.31 ERA in 28 games.

DeJean (4-1) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief Thursday when the Rockies rallied past the Dodgers for an 8-5 victory.

To make room on the roster, the Rockies optioned reliever David Cortes to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Cortes allowed six runs and five hits in two appearances this week against the Dodgers.

Cincinnati Reds: Infielder Luis Lopez had surgery on
his torn right hamstring, ending his season.

The 34-year-old Lopez was injured while running out a double
June 19 against Atlanta. The injury initially was thought to be
just a strain, but medical tests found the tear.

Dr. Timothy Kremchek repaired the hamstring during a two-hour
operation Thursday. He expects Lopez to start running in four

The Reds recalled Lopez from the minors May 20 as a backup
infielder. He hit .222 in 17 games.