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Lester on 15-day DL with strained back

The Boston Red Sox put left-hander Jon Lester on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained muscle in his back.

Lester had a no-hitter going against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, but he left after four innings because of soreness in his back. He had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The team recalled reliever Scott Atchison, a former Mariner, from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lester, a former Bellarmine High standout, had been one of the two consistent starters in the Red Sox rotation, going 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA so far this season and challenging the AL leaders in wins, winning percentage and strikeouts. Atchison, 35, is in his fourth stint with the Red Sox this season; he is 0-0 with a 4.73 ERA.

WEBB LIKELY OUT FOR YEAR IN TEXAS

Brandon Webb likely will not pitch for the Texas Rangers this season after experiencing more pain in his surgically repaired right rotator cuff.

An MRI this week showed some changes in Webb’s shoulder. Another surgery is one of the options being considered by the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner.

Texas gave Webb a $3 million, one-year contract last winter with hopes that he might be able to join the rotation by midseason.

Webb hasn’t pitched in the majors since the 2009 season opener for Arizona.

SORRY LADY, THAT RING AIN’T FOR SALE

A federal judge in Las Vegas has shut down an online auction of memorabilia belonging to Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson issued a temporary restraining order against Las Vegas-based American Memorabilia Inc. The company had been asked by Jackson’s stepmother to auction a purported 1977 World Series championship ring and a watch given to Jackson by the New York Yankees.

Jackson says he gave the items to his father with the understanding that they would remain in the family. Jackson said the ring is a replica of his World Series ring.

Jackson’s stepmother said the ring is authentic and that it became hers after Jackson’s father died in 1994.

SHORT HOPS

Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon left he game against the Twins with a bruised left hand after being hit with a pitch by Francisco Liriano for the second time in as many at-bats. … Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta has been activated from the disabled list after missing more than two weeks with a sprained ankle. … Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco was held out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game because of a sore back, and he plans to see a specialist when the team returns home for a weekend series against Atlanta. … The Brewers’ Ryan Braun missed his fourth consecutive game to have an MRI on a sore left calf that Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke attributes to the All-Star’s attempt to rush back.

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