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Baseball notebook: Marlins clear air after spat

Associated Press

Hanley Ramirez was out of the Florida Marlins’ starting lineup with a tight left hamstring for the second straight game against Atlanta on Thursday, a day after teammate Dan Uggla openly argued with the All-Star shortstop over a perceived lack of commitment. Ramirez could miss a few more starts, but the public bashing has at least stopped for now.

The two exchanged words, and Uggla went on to question how hurt Ramirez really was. He also said Ramirez wasn’t caring because he’s already secured a $70 million, six-year contract – by far the biggest contract on baseball’s thriftiest team.

But Ramirez came up big with a pinch-hit single in the sixth off reliever Kris Medlen, driving in a run that made it 3-all and ending his 0-for-14 skid.

Ramirez easily made it to second on the play when right fielder Matt Diaz let the ball skip by him for an error, then scored the go-ahead run in the Marlins’ 8-3 victory on a double by Cody Ross.

Koosman sentenced

A federal judge sentenced former major league pitcher Jerry Koosman to six months in prison for not paying his taxes.

Prosecutors say Koosman, a former All-Star who helped the New York Mets win the 1969 World Series, didn’t pay federal income taxes for 2002, 2003 and 2004. He pleaded guilty in May to willfully failing to file taxes for 2002, a misdemeanor, in a deal with prosecutors.

Schilling not sure

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said the chances he will run to replace Democrat Edward M. Kennedy in the U.S. Senate are “slim to none” but he will not rule it out.

Yet the 42-year-old told a Boston radio station that Massachusetts is in “desperate” need of fresh political blood.

Hillman will stay

If there was any doubt before, there is none now. Trey Hillman will return next year for a third season as Kansas City’s manager.

For weeks, as the club foundered, general manager Dayton Moore voiced strong support for his increasingly beleaguered manager.

Moore is now himself armed with a contract extension through 2014.

Janitor charged

A janitor at the Philadelphia Phillies’ ballpark has been charged with stealing a diamond-laden World Series ring left by an executive in a park restroom.

The janitor works for a subcontractor that cleans Citizens Bank Park. He faces charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

The ring has 103 diamonds and is worth about $15,000.

Clearing the bases

Detroit left-hander Jarrod Washburn, picked up from Seattle at the trading deadline, will miss his next start because of a sore left knee. … Boston righty Tim Wakefield may be ready to start Saturday’s game against the White Sox.

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