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Florida’s Reyes extends hitting streak to 26

Thu., Aug. 9, 2012

The Florida Marlins’ Jose Reyes homered at Citi Field on Wednesday night to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 26 games, the longest in the majors this season.

Playing with a wrap on his sore right hand, Reyes sent a shot into the second deck in right field.

Reyes rounded the bases enthusiastically to a mix of boos and cheers, the same sort of reception the former Met has received during both trips to Citi Field this season.

Bell may close again

Heath Bell is close to getting his job back as the Marlins’ closer.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said Bell has pitched well enough in a reduced role to merit another shot at the ninth inning. The three-time All-Star signed a $27 million, three-year contract with Miami last December but had struggled so badly in his first season with the Marlins that he was replaced as the closer.

Bell is 2-5 with a 5.36 ERA and 19 saves in 25 opportunities. Pitching earlier in the game, however, he has yielded only three hits over nine scoreless innings in his last 10 appearances.

Umpire leaves game

Home-plate umpire Bill Miller left Wednesday’s game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels five innings after being hit in the facemask by a pitch from Zack Greinke.

Miller had just signaled Oakland’s Brandon Moss out on a called third strike in the sixth inning when he abruptly turned and left the field.

Second base umpire Dan Iassonga replaced Miller

Torrealba waived

The Texas Rangers placed catcher Yorvit Torrealba on waivers before their game against the Boston Red Sox.

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