RANGERS' HAMILTON WILL MISS 4-6 WEEKS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery today to repair a partial tear in an abdominal muscle and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks.

The team had feared that the injury was a hernia similar to the one that shut down second baseman Ian Kinsler for 12 weeks last year.

A magnetic resonance imaging Monday confirmed the diagnosis of the partial tear.

In other news, the AL West leaders announced that they are sticking with manager Ron Washington at least through 2010.

Tigers: : Part of Tiger Stadium's upper deck came crashing down, nearly a decade after the final major league game there and hours after a judge refused to stop the historic ballpark's demolition.

Rays: : Evan Longoria returned to Tampa Bay's starting lineup after missing nearly a week with an injured left hamstring.

Nationals: : The fireworks are coming back for Washington, days after debris from some pyrotechnics fell on the local fire chief as he watched a game.

District of Columbia Fire Chief Dennis Rubin ordered a halt to the fireworks after Sunday's game with the Mets. Team and fire officials met on Monday to review safety procedures.

Marlins: : Florida outrighted right-hander Hayden Penn to Triple-A New Orleans.

The Marlins acquired Penn (1-0, 7.77) in an April 1 trade with the Orioles for infielder Robert Andino.

American League

Yankees 5, Rays 3: : Andy Pettitte recovered from two wild outings, Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and New York defeated Tampa Bay.

Tigers 5-1, White Sox 4-6: : Jose Contreras allowed only one hit in eight strong innings, getting his first win in nearly a year, as Chicago won the nightcap to earn a doubleheader split.

Detroit won the opener with Brandon Inge singling in the go-ahead run in the ninth.

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 3: : Adam Lind homered twice and drove in four runs, and Toronto ended a nine-game road losing streak.

National League

Rockies 5, Cardinals 2: : Jason Marquis was the fourth straight starter to set the tone, helping last-place Colorado look like contenders for at least a series.

Marquis took the NL lead with his eighth win and Troy Tulowitzki homered for the first time in nearly a month as the Rockies completed their first sweep in St. Louis.

Braves 7, Pirates 6, 15 innings: : David Ross' bases-loaded infield single in the 15th inning drove in Jeff Francoeur to list host Atlanta in a game that lasted almost five hours.

Marlins 4, Giants 0: : Sean West did not allow a hit until the seventh inning in his fourth career start and Brett Carroll hit his first career home run to help host Florida beat Randy Johnson and San Francisco.

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