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MLB notes: Hall of Fame manager Williams dies at 82

Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who won two World Series titles with Oakland and led two other franchises to pennants, has died. He was 82. Williams died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm at a hospital near his home in Henderson, Nev., the Hall of Fame said.

"I admired the man," said Athletics broadcaster Ray Fosse, who was Williams' starting catcher in Oakland. "I played for a lot of managers, and I can't say there was one I respected more than Dick Williams, as a person and a manager. He was a good man."

Williams won pennants with Boston and San Diego as well as the championships in Oakland, joining Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie as the only managers ever to take three franchises to the World Series.

He also took the Montreal Expos to their only playoff berth in the strike-shortened 1981 season. He had much success turning around struggling franchises with his hard-nosed disciplinarian style.

Victorino, Konerko win online vote

Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were elected to the All-Star team by online fan voting. Victorino received 9.2 million votes and beat out Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, Todd Helton of the Rockies, Mike Morse of the Nationals and Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks.

Konerko beat Detroit's Victor Martinez, Kansas City's Alex Gordon, Baltimore's Adam Jones and Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist, receiving 8.4 million votes.

Hamstring injury sidelines Reyes

Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Mets with a strained left hamstring. The All-Star shortstop injured the hamstring running to first base in the first inning against the Yankees on July 2. The move is retroactive to July 3. Reyes leads the major leagues in hitting with a .354 batting average and has helped keep the Mets in contention in the NL East. Nick Evans, an infielder/outfielder, was called up from Triple-A Buffalo.

Fan dies reaching for ball

The Texas Rangers say a fan died after falling out of the stands while trying to catch a baseball tossed his way during the game. Rangers president Nolan Ryan said after Thursday night's game that the team was "deeply saddened" to learn that the man "has passed away as a result of this tragic accident."

The Rangers did not identify the man; they said he fell about 20 feet.

The fan fell head-first and landed behind a 14-foot-high wall supporting a video board that shows replays and scores from other games.

The accident happened in the second inning after Oakland's Conor Jackson hit a foul ball that ricocheted into left field. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton retrieved the ball and tossed it into the stands. Replays on Oakland's television broadcast show the man reaching for the ball and apparently catching it before tumbling.

■ Angels closer Jordan Walden will replace Mariano Rivera of the Yankees at the All-Star game. Rivera has soreness in his right arm.

■ Rockies Manager Jim Tracy said Carlos Gonzalez is close to returning to the lineup, but the outfielder was held out Thursday for a fourth straight day with a right wrist contusion. Tracy had no update on All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who's been out since Monday with a tight hamstring.

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