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MLB notes: Cowgill top vote-getter for AAA All-Star game

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 University of Kentucky and Henry Clay standout Collin Cowgill was the Pacific Coast League's top vote-getter in the Triple-A All-Star game.

Cowgill, batting .363 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI for Reno, topped the roster announced Thursday. The game is July 13 in Salt Lake City.

Cowgill, who plays right field, was one of 13 All-Stars voted in by the club's managers and general managers, the media and fans online. Seventeen more were selected by the Pacific Coast League office.

Cowgill is tied for third in the PCL in batting, fifth in on-base percentage (.437) and 12th in slugging (.578).

■ Four Louisville Bats were named to the International League All-Star team that will play the PCL All-Stars. They are outfielder Jeremy Hermida, outfielder Yonder Alonso, shortstop Zack Cozart and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

Jeter to return next week

Derek Jeter is set to rejoin the Yankees on Monday in his return from a calf injury. The shortstop said Thursday he will play minor-league rehab games Saturday and Sunday at Double-A Trenton and be with the Yankees for a series in Cleveland.

"I feel good now," Jeter said after working out at the Yankees' minor-league complex. "I feel a lot better. I'm ready to get out of here."

Jeter is six hits shy of 3,000. A return next week could put him on track to reach the milestone at Yankee Stadium during a four-game series against Tampa Bay from July 7-10. Then comes the All-Star break, and New York opens the second half with an eight-game road trip.

Rockies trade for A's Ellis

The Rockies bolstered their infield by acquiring veteran second baseman Mark Ellis from the Athletics on Thursday. The Rockies sent minor-league right-hander Bruce Billings and a player to be named to Oakland for the 34-year-old Ellis and cash.

Short hops

■ Captains Prince Fielder and David Ortiz will get to pick their teammates for the All-Star Home Run Derby, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. The last two derby winners will each pick three teammates for the July 11 slugfest at Chase Field in Phoenix. The leagues will compete against each other in this year's event.

■ Cubs reliever Kerry Wood expects to come off the 15-day disabled list in time for a weekend series against the White Sox. Wood has been sidelined by a blister on his right index finger.

■ The Red Sox designated outfielder Mike Cameron for assignment. Cameron played in 33 games with the Red Sox this year and was batting only .149.

■ The Marlins will open their new $515 million ballpark against the Cardinals on April 4, a person familiar with next season's draft schedule told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball does not plan to announce the schedule, which is still preliminary, until September.

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