Suspended San Diego Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba was suspended for three games Wednesday after making contact with an umpire. Torrealba said he planned to appeal the penalty. He was ejected in the ninth inning of Monday’s 6-3 home loss to the Blue Jays for arguing with umpire Larry Vanover after taking a called third strike.

Out The New York Giants say wide receiver and punt returner Domenik Hixon will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a workout at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Doctors originally suspected Hixon had hyperextended his right knee during the team’s first workout at the new $1.6 billion stadium Tuesday. The Giants say Hixon will have surgery in two to three weeks, and recovery time is expected to be about a year.

Announced MLB commissioner Bud Selig says the 2012 Major League All-Star Game will be played in Kansas City, following through on a promise he made four years ago. The game is a reward for Jackson County voters approving a sales tax increase in 2006 to fund more than $250 million in stadium renovations.

•Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely is the new president of the Boston Bruins. The team’s former star forward was promoted from his position as Bruins vice president. Neely fills a role that had been vacant since Harry Sinden stepped down in 2006 after 17 years as president. Neely spent the last 10 years of his career with the Bruins, scoring 344 goals and recording 246 assists in 525 games.

Extended The Detroit Red Wings have signed general manager Ken Holland and assistant general manager Jim Nill to five-year contract extensions. The 54-year-old Holland has been Detroit’s general manager for 13 seasons.

Designated The Pittsburgh Pirates essentially wrote off their nearly $5 million investment in underperforming second baseman Aki Iwamura by designating their highest-paid player for assignment. Iwamura has been one of the majors’ worst offensive players despite being paid $4.8 million, batting .182 with two homers and nine RBIs while striking out 31 times in 165 at-bats.


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