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Mourners turn out for Rockies president

Family and friends of Keli S. McGregor gathered Sunday at Coors Field in Denver to memorialize the Colorado Rockies president, who died last week while on a business trip in Salt Lake City. He was 48.

Several thousand were in attendance, filling the stands behind home plate, which was covered with a podium surrounded by purple flowers and greenery. Also on the podium were photos of McGregor, his wife and their four children and a wooden cross.

Players and coaches, along with members of the organization joined the mourners in the stands in the tribute to McGregor, who passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday. He was found unconscious in a hotel room and later pronounced dead. Salt Lake City police have said there were no signs of foul play.

Speakers at the 90-minute service included former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, a close friend of McGregor and his four children, all of whom wore Rockies jerseys with the No. 88, the number their father wore as a two-time All-America tight end at Colorado State.

Jakubauskas heads to DL

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Jakubauskas, a former Seattle Mariner, went on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion and head contusion after he was struck behind the right ear by a line drive from Houston’s Lance Berkman on Saturday.

Short hops

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jeff Suppan has been removed from the rotation in the fourth and final year of his $42 million contract in favor of Chris Narveson. Suppan opened the year on the disabled list with neck pain. He went 0-1 with an 8.68 ERA in two appearances as the fifth starter. … Hampered by stiffness since spring training, Kansas City’s Josh Fields will have surgery on his right hip, a procedure the Royals say could end his season. Acquired in an offseason trade with the Chicago White Sox, Fields opened the season on the disabled list with a strained hip flexor. … Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe was put on the 15-day DL with a strained left quadriceps. Infielder Eric Young Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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