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NYC trying to stop Yankee Stadium looters

On the shelf

Austin Kearns, Dmitri Young, Ronnie Belliard and Jesus Flores are being shut down by the Nationals for the rest of the season because of injuries. For right fielder Kearns, in particular, the move caps a 2008 filled with health problems and a drop in production. Kearns had elbow surgery in May and is currently on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his left foot. The Lexington native hit only .217 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 313 at-bats.

■ White Sox left fielder Carlos Quentin had the soft cast removed from his broken right wrist Wednesday, an encouraging sign the MVP candidate could return for the post-season. Quentin, out since Sept. 2, had his surgically repaired wrist examined in Chicago while the team was in New York to play the Yankees. The club said the broken bones have lined up but it's still not fully healed. He will work on range-of-motion exercises Wednesday and Thursday, and is expected to join the AL Central-leading White Sox on Friday in Kansas City. If he is feeling ready, Quentin will swing a bat Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

Short hops

■ Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki matched Willie Keeler's major-league record of eight straight 200-hit seasons Wednesday night, beating out an infield single for his third hit against Kansas City.

■ Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell was out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay because of a sore right hip. Lowell hopes to return during this weekend's series with Toronto.

■ Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra reinjured his left knee while attempting to score from second on a two-out single in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game in Pittsburgh. Garciaparra has played in only 50 games this season. He has been on the disabled list three times with a broken right hand, a strained left calf and left knee irritation.

■ Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera was scratched from his next scheduled start and sent back to Baltimore to visit the team doctor after experiencing pain in his elbow during a side session Wednesday.

The Yankees are working with Major League Baseball, the New York Police Department, and federal and state agencies to ensure fans don't walk away with pieces of Yankee Stadium during the final five regular-season games there.

The enlarged security force, made up of plain-clothed and uniformed officers, rivals the details used during past post-seasons in the Bronx, NYPD Sgt. Lenny Tobie said before the Yankees played the White Sox on Wednesday.

The Yankees are moving into a $1.3 billion ballpark across the street next season, and the team is negotiating a sale of memorabilia from the House that Ruth Built with New York City, which owns the stadium.

There have been about a dozen incidents where fans were caught trying to take a piece of the stadium. Patrons have unscrewed seats from their concrete moorings, pried the numbers off setbacks, removed the cover to a floor drain and even took a toilet seat, Tobie said.

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