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TWINS' HAWKINS INJURED: Minnesota's LaTroy Hawkins was hit by a hard one-hopper from Jeromy Burnitz in the first inning and had to leave the Twins' game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.'CATFISH' HONORED: Jim "Catfish" Hunter's arms dangled limply by his side.

He couldn't raise them to acknowledge the emotional ovation from the crowd, his old teammates, his family and the ballplayers there to honor him and play the game Hunter handled with such passion and skill during a 15-year Hall of Fame pitching career.

His 3-year-old grandson, Taylor, did it for him, waving his hands to the crowd as he, Hunter and his wife, Helen, circled the field in a 1965 Mustang convertible before Saturday's game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a day to recognize Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

GOODWIN SIDELINED: Tom Goodwin was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers on Saturday with a hip flexor injury sustained while running the bases.

Goodwin suffered a small tear in his left hip flexor muscle in the sixth inning of Friday's 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies when he slid into third base on a double by Rusty Greer.

WAKEFIELD WILL CLOSE: With Tom Gordon hurting, the Boston Red Sox said Saturday that Tim Wakefield will be taking over as the team's closer.

"I don't care. Whatever it takes to win games," Wakefield said before the Red Sox played the New York Mets.

ASHBY GOES ON DL: San Diego Padres pitcher Andy Ashby was scratched from a scheduled start against Houston Saturday night and placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a lower back strain.

"After talking it over we decided it was best to go ahead and (place Ashby on the disabled list) rather than try and see if he could go and risk aggravating it more," San Diego general manager Kevin Towers said.

The move is retroactive to June 7.

JAYS DEAL PLESAC: Dan Plesac, having the worst season of his 13-year career, was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to Arizona on Saturday for shortstop Tony Batista and right-hander John Frascatore.

WOHLERS SENT DOWN: Reliever Mark Wohlers is headed to the Cincinnati Reds' minor leagues again to see if he can throw strikes in a game.

Wohlers threw batting practice to teammates again Saturday and did well enough to let the Reds approve his next step. He'll report to one of their minor league teams in the next week to start a rehabilitation assignment.