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MLB NOTEBOOK: Longtime voice of Braves dies

on August 03, 2014 1:10 AM

ATLANTA — Longtime Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Affectionately known as “The Professor” for his encyclopedic knowledge of the game and long hours of research, Van Wieren was part of a landmark team that ushered in the “SuperStation” era on TBS along with Ernie Johnson and Skip Caray.

In 1976, Braves owner Ted Turner started beaming Braves games on a once-obscure local television station to homes around the nation via satellite. The team didn’t have much success through the 1970s and ‘80s, but Johnson, Caray and Van Wieren became household names to baseball fans, especially in areas that didn’t have their own local broadcasts.

Maholm out for rest of season

LOS ANGELES — Left-hander Paul Maholm was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Maholm, 32, was injured during the seventh inning of Friday night’s 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He ran to cover first base after Scott Van Slyke made a diving stop on Arismendy Alcantata’s grounder behind the bag, then took the throw and hit the front of the bag with his right foot before tumbling over.

The 10-year veteran and former Pirate, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Dodgers in February, is 1-5 with a 4.84 ERA in 30 appearances — including eight starts.

Price to start Tuesday vs. Yanks

DETROIT — David Price has joined the Detroit Tigers and says the clubhouse at Comerica Park has an All-Star feel. The Tigers got the star pitcher from Tampa Bay on Thursday in a three-team trade that included Seattle.

Price was with the AL Central-leading Tigers for their game Saturday night against Colorado. He’ll make his first start for his new team Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium against New York.

Price is now part of a rotation that includes Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. They are the last three pitchers to win the AL Cy Young Award.

Price is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA and leads the majors with 189 strikeouts. The Tigers and star slugger Miguel Cabrera are trying for their fourth straight division title and hoping to win their first World Series since 1984.

Red Sox place C Ross on DL

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox put catcher David Ross on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a right foot injury. Boston also activated newly acquired right-hander Joe Kelly before Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees.

Ross is sidelined with plantar fasciitis, a lingering condition that flared up as he ran out a grounder in the sixth inning Friday night.

A day after getting the win in his major league debut, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo was sent to Pawtucket to make room for Kelly.

• BALTIMORE — The Seattle Mariners placed designated hitter Corey Hart on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right knee. Hart is batting .203 with five homers in 58 games this year.

Indians unveil Thome statue

CLEVELAND — Jim Thome’s point-the-bat hitting stance, a powerful symbol of the most successful era in Cleveland Indians history, is now a permanent fixture at Progressive Field.

The Indians unveiled the statue Saturday to honor the franchise’s leader in home runs. Thome hit 337 homers for Cleveland, playing for the Indians from 1991-2002 and again in 2011.

With Thome in the lineup, the Indians won six AL Central titles, advanced to the World Series in 1995 and 1997 and played in front of 455 consecutive sellout crowds.

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