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Everett back in All-Star lead

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Adam Everett of the Astros has retaken the lead among National League shortstops in fan voting for next month's All-Star game at Houston.

Everett (625,055) passed St. Louis' Edgar Renteria (545,697) in the closest race at any position.

If elected, Everett would become the first Astros shortstop to start the All-Star game. He is batting .278 with seven stolen bases and 42 runs scored.

Also in line to start at Minute Maid Park on July 13 are New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza (950,296), St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols (892,603), Astros second baseman Jeff Kent (1,089,924) and Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen (998,851).

Giants outfielder Barry Bonds leads all NL players with 1,196,386 votes. Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. (980,733) passed Chicago's Sammy Sosa (920,182), but both hold strong leads over fourth-place outfielder Lance Berkman (762,248).

Updated AL totals are to be released Tuesday.

GIBBONS ACTIVE: Baltimore outfielder Jay Gibbons was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday after being sidelined with back spasms. Gibbons is batting .250 with six homers and 25 RBI in 39 games. He was the designated hitter Monday, but Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said he could have played in the field. The Orioles also optioned outfielder Tim Raines Jr. to Triple-A Ottawa before their game with Cleveland.

ERSTAD IN, MOLINA OUT: The Angels activated first baseman Darin Erstad on Monday and put Gold Glove catcher Bengie Molina on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left calf. Erstad was on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. He will fill the roster spot left open when first baseman Casey Kotchman was sent to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday. Anaheim will make another move to replace Molina. Molina is the 10th Anaheim player this season to go on the DL, and six currently are out.

N.Y., L.A. COMPLETE TRADE: The Yankees sent infielder Brian Myrow to Los Angeles on Monday, completing the May 15 trade that moved pitcher Tanyon Sturtze from the Dodgers to New York. Myrow was batting .268 in 47 games with Triple-A Columbus.

CUBS SIGN GUTIERREZ: Ricky Gutierrez signed a one-year, minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs on Monday after being waived by the New York Mets earlier this season.

Gutierrez, who played for the Cubs from 2000-2001, became a free agent last month after starting 14 games at second base for the Mets, He hit .175 in 24 games.

The Mets acquired Gutierrez from Cleveland on March 28.

Gutierrez has a career average of .266 with 38 homers and 354 RBI in 1,098 games. He's also played with San Diego and Houston.

His final season with the Cubs was the best of his career. He had career bests in average (.290), hits (153), RBI (66) and games played (147).

KARSAY SCRUBS REHAB START: New York Yankees reliever Steve Karsay canceled a scheduled rehabilitation start before he even took the mound Monday after he felt discomfort while warming up in the bullpen.

"I played long toss and felt OK," Karsay said. "But once I got off the mound, I threw about 15-20 pitches and I just didn't feel comfortable with it."

The right-hander had rotator cuff surgery in May 2003, and has appeared in four extended spring training games this season.

Karsay missed last season because of the shoulder injury. He went 6-4 with a 3.26 ERA and 12 saves in 78 games for the Yankees in 2002.

REYES, ERICKSON PLAY IN REHAB GAMES: Mets infielder Jose Reyes played seven innings at second base in a rehabilitation start for Class A St. Lucie.

Scott Erickson pitched five innings for the Mets' Triple-A Norfolk affiliate, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits. Erickson, who has a strained left hamstring, threw 98 pitches.

Reyes, on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring since March 26, also has an injured back. He hurt it after Mets trainers adjusted his running style in an effort to cut down on the stress he was placing on his hamstring.

He went 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run.

SURGERY FOR BROADCASTER: Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek underwent surgery during the weekend to remove a brain tumor and will require further treatment. Cheek had the operation on Sunday, his 65th birthday.

He began feeling ill Friday and was taken to a Toronto hospital, where tests revealed the tumor.

"My father is doing very well today," Cheek's son, Jeff, told a Toronto radio station. "He's been holding court with family and friends."

After broadcasting every game in franchise history, Cheek's streak ended at 27 1/2 seasons on June 3 because of his father's death.

Cheek called 4,306 consecutive regular-season games, plus 41 more in the postseason, since the Blue Jays began playing in 1977.