Texas slugger Josh Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his upper right arm on a headfirst dive into home plate Tuesday, a play the AL MVP later called "stupid." Hamilton tried to score from third on a foul popup near the Detroit dugout in the first inning of a 5-4 loss to Detroit. Third baseman Brandon Inge and catcher Victor Martinez both chased the ball, leaving the plate unprotected. Inge made the catch, then tossed the ball to Martinez, who scampered back in time to tag Hamilton.
"It was a stupid play," Hamilton said. "The whole time the ball was in the air, the coach was yelling, 'Go, there's no one at home,' and I was thinking, 'I don't want to do this; something is going to happen.' But I listened to my coach," he said, referring to third-base coach Dave Anderson.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels defended Anderson's decision to send Hamilton, who isn't expected to swing a bat for a month. "We play an aggressive style of baseball," he said.
No verdict in Bonds case
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Jurors in the Barry Bonds case never entered Judge Susan Illston's San Francisco courtroom, spending about six hours behind closed doors Tuesday without reaching a verdict. No questions for the judge. No read-backs of testimony. And no clues as to which way the eight women and four men who will decide Bonds' fate are leaning.
"I would say it is still early to be thinking about a hung jury," said Douglas Tween, a former trial attorney in the Justice Department's antitrust division. "A general rule of thumb is one to two days of deliberation for every week of trial." The jury has now deliberated all day Friday, Monday and Tuesday after a trial lasting about three weeks.
One out, no pitches
Rookie Brayan Villarreal pitched a third of an inning Tuesday without throwing a pitch. Villarreal came on in the seventh for Detroit with a man on first and two out. He picked off Texas' Julio Borbon and was replaced by Joaquin Benoit to start the eighth. Villarreal is the 16th player to accomplish the feat in regular-season history, according to Baseball-reference.com.
■ Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal has been placed on the 15-day DL as expected after he broke his left thumb while sliding on a steal of third Monday night. The Dodgers made the move Tuesday, when Furcal headed back to Los Angeles to be examined by a hand specialist.
■ The Nationals put 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL with a strained abdominal muscle Tuesday and recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse. This is Zimmerman's second trip to the DL since arriving in the majors in 2005. The move Tuesday is retroactive to Sunday. He's hitting .357 with a triple, homer and four RBI.
■ Astros Manager Brad Mills was suspended Tuesday for one game and reliever Aneury Rodriguez for three games following their weekend ejections against the Marlins. Both were also fined undisclosed amounts. Mills served his suspension Tuesday night against the Cubs. Rodriguez is appealing his suspension and may play until there is a ruling on the appeal.