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Lee calls ESPN's Cowherd a 'liar'

Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee blasted ESPN radio show host Colin Cowherd on Monday night after a game against the Minnesota Twins in Arlington, Texas.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Lee called Cowherd “a liar” for asserting the former AL Cy Young winner wasn’t concerned about how he pitched during a recent game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Lee allowed a season-high eight runs – including four homers – in 52/3 innings in a loss Saturday at Baltimore.

On Monday Cowherd said, “(Lee) doesn’t care about Baltimore. He doesn’t care about Texas. When he pitches against elite teams, he is showcasing his talent. ‘Here I am. I still got it.’ (Saturday) against the Orioles, he mails it in.”

Cowherd went on to say that he had a source close to Lee that told him the former Mariner is not interested in signing with Texas at the season’s end and that he wants to be with an elite team like the Yankees.

“It’s a lie,” Lee told reporters Monday. “Write that. Are you writing? Write that it’s a lie. I did not say that and nobody close to me would say that. Either say who the source is or shut up because I am saying it is not true.”

DAMON STAYS PUT

Johnny Damon is staying in Detroit.

The 36-year-old outfielder decided to pass up a chance to return to the Boston Red Sox, rejecting their waiver claim and choosing to remain with the Tigers.

“These guys really like me here,” Damon said Tuesday, adding he spoke to each of his teammates individually to be sure he was wanted in the Tigers’ clubhouse.

STRASBURG TO DL

As expected, the Washington Nationals put rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg back on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and scheduled him for a further test this week on his strained right forearm.

Strasburg was on the disabled list earlier this month with tightness in his right shoulder. This is his first season in the majors after being the overall No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft.

The Nationals aren’t sure when he will pitch again. He will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging arthrogram, where dye is injected into the arm to show contrast, on Thursday.

SHORT HOPS

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler could begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment this week after an MRI showed his strained left groin was improving. ... The Yankees are moving Javier Vazquez to the bullpen and will let rookie Ivan Nova start in his place this weekend. ... Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher left Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays after fouling a pitch off his left knee. ... Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordoñez is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his right ankle today. ... Athletics outfielder Conor Jackson will have sports hernia surgery next Tuesday and could miss the rest of the season. ... The Marlins recalled Cameron Maybin from Triple-A New Orleans to take over for Cody Ross in center field. Ross, the third-highest paid player on the cost-conscious club with a salary of $4.45 million, was picked up by the Giants on Sunday off the waiver wire.

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