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National Sports Briefs: Smoltz, A-Rod on DL

Associated Press
WASHINGTON ó Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with an ailing right shoulder, though the Braves were told he can get over the problem without surgery.
Smoltz was examined in Birmingham, Ala., by Dr. James Andrews, who diagnosed a severely inflamed biceps tendon and inflammation of the rotator cuff in the right shoulder. The 40-year-old pitcher went on the DL retroactive to Monday.
“It could have been worse. It could have been injured in there or frayed or torn or whatever, but the report is pretty darn good actually,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said before his team’s series opener against the Washington Nationals. “It’s been inflamed for a while, and he has pitched with it.”
– NEW YORK ó Alex Rodriguez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps
ALL-STAR TICKETS
NEW YORK ó Fans will pay starry prices for this year’s All-Star game at Yankee Stadium.
Tickets will be priced at $150-$725 for the July 15 game, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. That’s up from $75-$285 for last year’s game at San Francisco and $10-15 for box and reserved seats the last time the All-Stars were at Yankee Stadium, in 1977.
Tickets for the Home Run Derby and workout day on July 14 are $100-$650, an increase from $50-$225 last year. Tickets for the Futures game on July 13 are $50-225, up from $22.50-$125 last year.
Prices likely will decrease for the 2009 All-Star game in St. Louis.
“They will be adjusted for St. Louis. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ó instant memorabilia, instant memories,” said Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer. “The regular-season ticket prices in New York are substantially higher than they are in St. Louis.”
NASCAR
CONCORDó Ken Schrader will replace the injured Dario Franchitti in Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway.
Franchitti broke his left ankle last Saturday in a hard crash at Talladega Superspeedway and was unable to race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup event. He was replaced by David Stremme.
COLLEGE HOOPS
SOUTH BEND, Ind. ó Ben Hansbrough, Tyler’s brother, who helped Mississippi State advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament, is transferring to Notre Dame. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard from Poplar Bluff, Mo., had started 28 of Mississippi State’s 34 games and was fourth on the team in scoring at 10.5 points a game.

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