Cincinnati Reds

Ricciardi-Dunn drama not over yet

The dispute between Reds outfielder Adam Dunn and Blue Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi took a strange twist Tuesday.

Last week, Ricciardi criticized Dunn on a Toronto radio station, accusing the slugger of lacking passion for the game. Dunn shot back, calling Ricciardi a ”clown sitting in the front office pushing paper.“

Before the Reds played at Toronto on Tuesday, Ricciardi said he had taken a call from Dunn on Saturday and apologized for starting the furor. Asked later about the call, Dunn denied it had taken place.

”If he said he talked to me, it's a lie,“ Dunn said.

Ricciardi believes he might have been the victim of a prank.

”I got a call from someone who identified himself as Adam Dunn,“ Ricciardi said. ”It's extremely disappointing if that's not an accurate phone call. I apologized to the person on the phone.“

Dunn went 1-for-3 with a double Tuesday as Toronto beat Cincinnati 14-1.

Eye injury sidelines Youkilis

■ Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis has been sent to an eye specialist after getting hit in the face by a one-hop throw during infield warm-ups Monday night. Mike Lowell's throw struck the 2007 American League Gold Glove winner under the right eye, which immediately swelled and turned purple.

His eye was still watering and swollen when he arrived at Fenway Park on Tuesday. ”He showed up, looked like he got beat up,“ Boston Manager Terry Francona said.

Umpire hit by broken bat

■ Plate umpire Brian O'Nora was hit in the head by a shattered piece of Miguel Olivo's broken bat, forcing him out of Tuesday night's game between the Rockies and Royals at Kansas City.

O'Nora was injured in the bottom of the second inning when Olivo's bat broke on a groundout to shortstop. The umpire was treated by Royals trainers and led down the dugout tunnel. The game was delayed for 13 minutes before resuming with three umpires.

Both teams left the field and the game was delayed for 13 minutes before resuming with three umpires. Paul Nauert, who began the night as the first base umpire, moved behind the plate..

Sidelined

■ RHP Felix Hernandez hobbled around the Mariners' clubhouse Tuesday with a walking boot protecting his injured left ankle, and Manager Jim Riggleman said the ace RHP still hopes to make his next start. Hernandez sprained his ankle covering home plate on Monday night.

■ The Cubs recalled LHP Sean Marshall from Triple-A Iowa, put OF Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list and activated pinch hitter Daryle Ward from the 15-day DL. Johnson, a fan favorite at Wrigley because of his hard-nosed play, went on the DL with lower back spasms. He had an injection last week after hurting his back while trying to beat out a bunt.

■ Nationals 1B Nick Johnson had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist and is expected to miss the rest of the season. ”I feel bad for him, because I know how much Nick loves to play,“ Nationals Manager Manny Acta said.

■ The Astros placed 2B Kaz Matsui on the 15-day DL because of a strained right hamstring. Matsui was injured running to first base on Sunday.

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