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Cubs DFA Montero after blasting Arrieta

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WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Miguel Montero says the Chicago Cubs are letting him go, one day after he blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a game.

Montero posted a series of tweets Wednesday saying goodbye to fans and the city of Chicago and said on WMVP-AM radio that the Cubs had called to tell him they were designating him for assignment. The team had not announced any moves by early afternoon.

"When the team is not playing well, it's got to go somewhere and I hope I can be the blame and I hope the team will take off from now and I can be a blame for that," Montero said.


Indians' Francona cleared to manage

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona is set to return after another health scare.

Francona has been cleared to manage the Indians during Wednesday's game against Texas. The 58-year-old Francona says he has been fitted with a heart monitor, but doctors have ruled any serious health issues.


DH Holliday on DL with viral infection

CHICAGO (AP) The New York Yankees have placed designated hitter Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list with a viral infection.

The 37-year-old Holliday is batting .262 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 68 games in his first season in New York. The move was made retroactive to Sunday.


Trump welcomes some Cubs to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House.

Trump met with manager Joe Maddon and some Cubs on Wednesday, and he calls the Cubs a "great team."


Giants closer Melancon goes back on DL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list for a second time this season with a sore forearm.

Melancon, who signed a $62 million, four-year contract with the Giants during the offseason, was on the disabled list with the same injury in May. Manager Bruce Bochy says he will see doctors on Wednesday and likely have an MRI.


Rays give McKay minors' biggest bonus

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays and first-round draft pick Brendan McKay have agreed to a minor league contract that includes a signing bonus of $7,005,000, the highest since constraints on draft spending began in 2012.

The University of Louisville pitcher/first baseman was the fourth overall selection in the amateur draft this month and will begin his pro career with Class A Hudson Valley in July, the Rays said Tuesday.


White Sox activate Rodon to face Yankees

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have activated left-hander Carlos Rodon in time for Wednesday's start against the New York Yankees.

Penciled in as the No. 2 starter behind Jose Quintana, Rodon has been sidelined all season because of bursitis in his left biceps.


Twins take Hughes off DL, put in bullpen

BOSTON (AP) Right-hander Phil Hughes has been activated from the 10-day disabled list by the Minnesota Twins.

The 31-year-old Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a "dead feeling" in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances with Triple-A Rochester.


Tebow singles for 1st hit with St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Tim Tebow got his first Florida State League hit in his second at-bat with the St. Lucie Mets.

Facing right-hander Connor Jones and batting eighth as the designated hitter, the former NFL quarterback chopped a clean single over Jones and into center field leading off the bottom of the fifth inning with the Mets trailing 5-2 Wednesday.

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