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MLB notes: Former Cat Cowgill hits for the cycle

This is a 2011 photo of Collin Cowgill of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team.  This image reflects the Arizona Diamondbacks active roster as of  Monday, Feb. 21, 2011  when this image was taken.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
This is a 2011 photo of Collin Cowgill of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. This image reflects the Arizona Diamondbacks active roster as of Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Kentucky Wildcat Collin Cowgill tripled home the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night for Triple-A Reno to hit for the cycle.

"I didn't even know that's what I needed," Cowgill told MiLB.com after becoming the second player to accomplish the feat in Reno's three-year history. "I was caught up in the moment. I was trying to get (the runner) in, no matter what."

The cycle was part of a 5-for-6 night that ended in the 10th inning when the Henry Clay grad reached on shortstop Andrew Romine's error that scored Mark Hallberg and gave the Aces an 8-7 victory over the Salt Lake Bees.

Joining Brandon Watson as the only Ace to hit for the cycle is the exclamation point on a torrid stretch that has put Cowgill among the batting leaders in the Pacific Coast League in his first season at Triple-A. He tied a team record by extending his hitting streak to 16 games and is batting .440 (44-for-100) since May 14.

Bosley out as Texas hitting coach

AL West-leading Texas replaced hitting coach Thad Bosley only two months into his first season with the team. Triple-A hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh was appointed Wednesday.

Bosley was hired last winter after Clint Hurdle became manager of the Pirates. Bosley previously worked as a coach with the A's from 1999-2003, when he was on the same staff with Rangers Manager Ron Washington. Rangers GM Jon Daniels said "the fit wasn't right."

Texas went into Wednesday's game hitting .264, fourth-best in the majors.

Former Tigers outfielder dies

Former Tigers outfielder Jim Northrup, who hit a decisive two-run triple in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series, has died. He was 71. Longtime friend Bill Wischman said Northrup died Wednesday after having a seizure at an assisted living facility in Grand Blanc, Mich. Wischman said Northrup had been in poor health for some time and had been at the home for about a month because of Alzheimer's disease.

Sidelined

Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff elbow, leaving the Yankees short two setup men in the bullpen.

Rafael Soriano also is sidelined, with inflammation in his right elbow, and is not expected back until perhaps the All-Star break. David Robertson is likely to assume the eighth-inning role as Mariano Rivera's primary setup man.

■ Padres right-hander Dustin Moseley was injured while batting against the Rockies on Wednesday. Moseley popped up in the fifth and immediately grabbed his left shoulder and fell to the ground. There was no immediate word on Moseley's injury.

■ Florida Marlins slugger Mike Stanton was held out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Atlanta. The young outfielder was in a 1-for-14 slump with seven strikeouts, and Manager Edwin Rodriguez decided to give him a night off. "Sometimes he looks like Willie Mays out there," Rodriguez said. "Other times you wonder."

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