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Marlins sever ties with Leiter

Associated Press


Pitcher Al Leiter was designated for assignment by the Florida Marlins, perhaps signaling the end of a 19-year career for the left-hander who helped the Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays win World Series titles.

Leiter agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract with Florida in the off-season, but struggled with his control in his second stint with the Marlins and was 3-7 with a 6.64 ERA in 16 starts.

He gave up 88 hits and walked 60 in 80 innings.

The Marlins have 10 days to trade him or put him on waivers.

Florida recalled left-hander Jason Vargas from Double-A Carolina.

Clemens’ oldest son signs

The Houston Astros know they’ll have at least one Clemens in the organization in the future: infielder Koby Clemens, the oldest son of their pitching ace.

Roger Clemens’ son, drafted in the eighth round with the 254th pick of the draft, signed a contract then took batting practice with the team during a workout in Houston. His next stop is Greeneville, Tenn., where he’ll join the Astros’ rookie league affiliate.

Koby hit .523 (56 for 107) with 10 homers, 14 doubles and 55 RBIs for Memorial High School this past season. He also was 8-3 with a 3.17 ERA as a pitcher, but will enter pro baseball as a position player.

Yankees put Wang on DL

The New York Yankees put Chien-Ming Wang on the disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder and scratched him from today’s scheduled start.

Righty Tim Redding will start instead, with Randy Johnson keeping his spot on Saturday.

Wang is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 starts this season. He was scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Monday.

“It was totally a surprise,” Torre said. “Stuff you can’t control, you can’t get all caught up in. I really don’t get bothered about it, other than to feel bad for the kid.”

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