Cincinnati Reds

Volquez to start for Reds on Saturday

Watch 'Steinbrenner' on Seinfeld

Fans of the fictional George Steinbrenner from Seinfeld are going to get a week's worth of the Bronx Bombers' bumbling owner on TBS. In honor of the death of the New York Yankees owner, the cable network is devoting July 19-23 to showing 10 episodes that feature Steinbrenner. The real Steinbrenner died Tuesday at age 80.

The bombastic owner was portrayed on the show as an arm-flailing, nonsense-spewing boss who instilled feared in his employees. Series co-creator Larry David provided the voice for the character, and Steinbrenner was a fan of the hit 1990s comedy. Episodes air at 7 and 7:30 p.m.

Padres put Latos, Adams on DL

■ The Padres placed starter Mat Latos and setup man Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list Friday, two key members of the stellar pitching staff that has carried surprising San Diego into first place in the NL West. Latos, who has a strained muscle on his left side, could return to start July 24 at Pittsburgh. Latos said he got hurt attempting to hold back a sneeze last Friday.

Cincinnati Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez will start against the Rockies on Saturday, completing his comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery last Aug. 3. The 27-year-old Volquez won a team-high 17 games in 2008, but struggled last season with the bad elbow.

"This is the beginning of the season for him," Manager Dusty Baker said. "You've got to be a little more tolerant. It's not like this guy's unproven. It's like a lot of guys who have had Tommy John (surgery) and come back. He'll probably be better next year than he will be this year."

His return gives the Reds a surplus of starting pitching. Rookies Mike Leake and Travis Wood have been solid additions to a rotation missing right-handers Aaron Harang (sore back) and Homer Bailey (inflamed pitching shoulder).

Volquez served a 50-game suspension earlier this season after testing positive for a banned fertility substance. The suspension cost him money — $133,743 — but no playing time.

Fan grabs back-to-back foul balls

■ Two pitches, two foul balls landing in the same place? That hardly seems fair.

Adam Koltun proudly held up a ball in each hand Friday night, souvenirs collected on consecutive pitches fouled off by rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg in the Washington Nationals' game at Florida.

When the crowd jeered, Koltun quickly handed one of the balls to 13-year-old Jose Wilhelm sitting nearby.

"The boos came," Koltun said, "and I thought I better give it to the kid."

Koltun snatched the first one after it landed, and the second ball hit young Wilhelm in the chest before Koltun grabbed it.

Ramirez exits with tight calf

■ Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez was removed from Friday night's game after walking in the first inning because of tightness in his right calf. Ramirez was activated from the 15-day DL on Thursday. He had a right hamstring injury.

Watch 'Steinbrenner' on Seinfeld

Fans of the fictional George Steinbrenner from Seinfeld are going to get a week's worth of the Bronx Bombers' bumbling owner on TBS. In honor of the death of the New York Yankees owner, the cable network is devoting July 19-23 to showing 10 episodes that feature Steinbrenner. The real Steinbrenner died Tuesday at age 80.

The bombastic owner was portrayed on the show as an arm-flailing, nonsense-spewing boss who instilled feared in his employees. Series co-creator Larry David provided the voice for the character, and Steinbrenner was a fan of the hit 1990s comedy. Episodes air at 7 and 7:30 p.m.

Padres put Latos, Adams on DL

■ The Padres placed starter Mat Latos and setup man Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list Friday, two key members of the stellar pitching staff that has carried surprising San Diego into first place in the NL West. Latos, who has a strained muscle on his left side, could return to start July 24 at Pittsburgh. Latos said he got hurt attempting to hold back a sneeze last Friday.

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