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Sports briefs for July 5, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Sea Dogs’ Latimer added to Eastern All-Star roster

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Sea Dogs’ lefthanded pitcher Will Latimer has been added to the Eastern League All-Star Game roster. The All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday at New Britain Stadium in Connecticut, home of the New Britain Rock Cats.

Latimer will join teammates Michael Almanzar (infielder), pitchers Drake Britton and Anthony Ranaudo and catchers Matt Spring and Christian Vazquez at the midsummer classic. Spring was added to the roster on Wednesday.

Latimer has notched a 2-4 record with a 2.30 ERA in 18 relief appearances for the Sea Dogs this season. He has 32 strikeouts and has recorded at least one strikeout in 15 of his 18 appearances this season.

The 27 year-old has not allowed any earned runs in 11 of his last 14 outings. The Colorado native was selected by the Red Sox in 22nd round of the June 2007 draft.

Jeter to begin rehab assignment Saturday

The New York Yankees announced Friday that shortstop Derek Jeter will begin his rehab assignment Saturday for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Jeter is scheduled to play at least five innings at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Lehigh Valley.

Jeter broke his left ankle during the playoffs last year. He had surgery but a new break was found during spring training. He has not played since.

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who also has not played since having offseason hip surgery, was scheduled to play in a rehab game Friday in Tampa, Fla.

Warriors sign Iguodala; trade Biedrins, Jefferson

The Golden State Warriors signed free agent guard Andre Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million contract Friday, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Warriors cleared $20 million in salary cap space to sign Iguodala by trading center Andris Biedrins and forward Richard Jefferson to the Utah Jazz. Biedrins and Jefferson each have one year left on their deals.

It is not clear what the Jazz sent to the Warriors in return.

Yahoo! Sports speculated that the move likely means the Warriors will no longer pursue free agent center Dwight Howard. They would have to make other moves to create even more cap space to afford him.

Iguodala averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 80 games last season for the Denver Nuggets.

Former NBA referee Hollins dies

Former longtime NBA referee Hue Hollins died. He was believed to be 70.

Hollins’ death was announced by the NBA Referees Association.

Hollins officiated 19 NBA Finals games and five All-Star games during his 27-year career.

He was a native of Waco, Texas.

Hollins retired in 2003 and was outspoken in his criticism of the NBA during the Tim Donaghy betting scandal in 2007. Hollins was interviewed by the FBI in the probe of former referee Donaghy, who pleaded guilty to two felony charges for betting on games he was working.

Lakers did not ask him to help recruit Howard

Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he would have helped the team recruit free agent center Dwight Howard, if he were asked.

Jackson has worked with the team as an unofficial consultant. It was earlier reported that he was scheduled to be among the team’s representatives meeting with Howard this week, but that was not the case.

“Error in reporting about my involvement with @DwightHoward meeting,” Jackson wrote on Twitter. “I was amenable to talking with DH, but the meet never came to play.”

Jackson also tweeted recently asking Howard to stay with the Lakers.

Pirates to active Burnett from DL to start Sunday

The Pittsburgh Pirates will activate righthander A.J. Burnett from the disabled list to start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Burnett, 36, has been on the DL for nearly a month with a calf strain. He threw a bullpen session Thursday and will reportedly not need a rehab assignment.

Burnett is 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 14 starts. He is also averaging 9.96 strikeouts per nine innings.

He will start in place of righthander Jeanmar Gomez, who will probably go back to the bullpen. He is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in eight starts and six relief appearances.

Gordon hurting, Royals hopeful he’ll dodge DL

Alex Gordon will likely miss a few games after suffering a possible concussion and hip injury, but the Royals are hopeful he will not be placed on the disabled list.

Gordon suffered the injuries while crashing into the Royals’ bullpen fence Wednesday night while attempting to catch Jason Kipnis’ fly that resulted in an inside-the-park homer run.

The early diagnosis was encouraging on the concussion, but more tests are pending.

“We have to find out where he is on that, and of course they have pretty extensive concussion tests to find out the grade of it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “But he seems to be doing OK on that side of it. We’ll see.”

A player can be on the concussion disabled list for seven to 14 days. Even if Gordon passes all the concussion tests, the hip is badly bruised.

Gordon, who won outfield Gold Gloves the past two years, is hitting .292 and leads the club with 93 hits, 136 total-bases and 29 multi-hit games.

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