Boston reliever Jenks returns to DL
Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup, who hit a decisive two-run triple in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series, has died. He was 71.
Longtime friend Bill Wischman said Northrup died Wednesday after having a seizure at an assisted living facility in Grand Blanc, Mich. Wischman says Northrup had been in poor health for some time because of Alzheimer’s disease.
Northrup spent parts of 12 seasons in the major leagues.
• Former big leaguer Jose Pagan, who drove in the eventual winning run for Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the 1971 World Series, has died. He was 76.
No cause was given for his death Tuesday.
During 15 seasons in the majors, Pagan hit .250 with 52 homers and 372 RBIs before retiring in 1973.
Jenks back on DL
Boston Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is going back on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his back.
Jenks, formerly of Spirit Lake, left Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees after throwing only four pitches in the seventh inning and said it was a flare-up of an injury he had early in his career, though he didn’t think he would be sidelined long.
The right-hander had an MRI exam Wednesday and Boston put him on the DL before its road game against the New York Yankees.
Jenks was on the disabled list from May 2-30, missing 27 games with a strained right biceps. Jenks signed a $12 million, two-year contract in the offseason to be Jonathan Papelbon’s setup man.
Clearing the bases
Florida Marlins slugger Mike Stanton observed his first anniversary as a big-leaguer from the bench. Stanton was held out of the starting lineup for the Marlins’ game against Atlanta. The young outfielder was in a 1-for-14 slump with seven strikeouts. … Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff elbow, leaving the New York Yankees short two setup men in the bullpen. Rafael Soriano also is sidelined, with inflammation in his right elbow, and is not expected back until perhaps the All-Star break. … The A.L. West-leading Texas Rangers replaced hitting coach Thad Bosley only two months into his first season with the team. Triple-A hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh was appointed to replace Bosley, hired last winter after Clint Hurdle left to become manager of the Pirates. … Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild groin strain after leaving his most recent start.