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MLB notes: Dickey gets Rickey for charitable work

New York Mets' R.A. Dickey (43) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mets' R.A. Dickey (43) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) AP

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is the winner of the 2012 Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his work distributing baseball equipment and medical supplies in Central and South America.

Created by the Rotary Club of Denver, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities and are strong role models.

Every year major league teams nominate a player, coach or executive, either active or retired, for the award.

Dickey co-founded a charity that distributes baseball equipment and medical supplies around the world. In January, he helped raise money for an organization that rescues young women from forced prostitution in India.

Sidelined

 Texas center fielder Josh Hamilton was not in the Rangers' starting lineup Thursday because of a knee injury, but is expected back Friday. Hamilton received an injection for his sore left knee Wednesday night. Third baseman Adrian Beltre was not in the original lineup, but later was made designated hitter after he convinced manager Ron Washington that he could play.

 Colorado Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez has a torn tendon in his left hamstring and will miss the remainder of the season. Hernandez will have surgery next week. He was hitting .217 with five home runs and 28 RBIs.

Pettitte set to return

Andy Pettitte will return on Tuesday to start for the Yankees against Toronto. The left-hander (3-3) has been out since June 27 when his left ankle was broken by a line drive hit by Cleveland's Casey Kotchman. Yankee manager Joe Girardi said 70 pitches would be a realistic workload for Pettitte.

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