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Just call him Dr. Hammerin’ Hank

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron can add an honorary degree from Princeton University to his trophy case.

The former home run record-holder was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities for making America a better place with his “imperishable example of grace under pressure.” The university cited how he kept his cool while pursuing Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974.

Princeton keeps its list of honorary degree recipients secret until the commencement ceremony.

REPORT: MCCOURT MAKES PAYROLL

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt reportedly has paid his major league bills for May.

Despite baseball officials who believed he didn’t have enough money to cover the team’s end-of-the-month payroll, the embattled McCourt was able to cover Dodgers-related expenses Tuesday, a source said.

If McCourt wasn’t able to meet payroll – a question that lingers for the remainder of the season – Major League Baseball would have taken control and paid the team’s bills.

Based on an opening-day payroll of $103.8 million, the Dodgers’ payroll for its major league roster in the second half of May was about $8.25 million.

The ability to make payroll gives McCourt more time to reach a settlement with his ex-wife and former team CEO, Jamie McCourt. The McCourts are embroiled in a nasty divorce.

SHORT HOPS

The family of former Mets catcher Gary Carter said the four tumors on his brain are inoperable and will be treated with an aggressive protocol of chemotherapy and radiation. ... The Chicago Cubs put left fielder Alfonso Soriano on the 15-day disabled list, a day after he strained his left quadriceps trying to beat out a groundball. Soriano leads the team with 12 home runs and 29 RBI, and is hitting .271. … Mets first baseman Ike Davis still hasn’t healed from a bone bruise on his left ankle and will wear a protective boot on his injured foot for the next three weeks. He is out indefinitely. … Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that showed no structural damage in his right knee. … Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus did not start one day after teammate Michael Young accidentally stepped on his left foot during a defensive play. … The Boston Red Sox activated right-hander Bobby Jenks (biceps strain) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned righty Michael Bowden to Triple-A Pawtucket. … Slumping Braves second baseman Dan Uggla was given a day off, but Uggla said he didn’t agree with the decision. … For the second time in May, St. Louis star first baseman Albert Pujols started at third base to get Jon Jay, batting .390 his previous 14 games and .343 overall, into the lineup. Lance Berkman moved from right field to first base to accommodate Jay. … The Washington Nationals rescheduled their postponed game with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a part of a doubleheader July 2. The game was originally scheduled for May 17 but was rained out.

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