The San Diego Padres have extended manager Bud Black’s contract for three years through the 2013 season, with club options for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Black has had the surprising Padres in first place in the NL West since April 20. They have an NL-best 54-37 record and a four-game lead over the Colorado Rockies.
Black, a graduate of Mark Morris High and a pitcher for the Mariners in 1981, was hired after Bruce Bochy left following the 2006 season.
Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau will likely miss at least another week’s worth of games while he recovers from a concussion.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau will see a specialist today. The All-Star first baseman is on the disabled list and hasn’t played since taking a knee to the head July 7.
Morneau has been told to stay home and rest.
“He’s been waking up in the mornings and feeling good, and then as the day goes along not so good,” Gardenhire said.
COX, PITCHER BANNED
Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters has been suspended for four games and fined by Major League Baseball for throwing consecutive pitches at Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder last weekend.
Braves manager Bobby Cox has been suspended for one game. Both were ejected for their actions Saturday. Cox’s ejection was his record 156th and third this season.
Reds third baseman Scott Rolen got a cortisone shot in his right hamstring, and manager Dusty Baker said Cincinnati will decide in the next few days whether to put the 35-year-old veteran on the 15-day disabled list. … Right-hander Armando Galarraga is back with the Detroit Tigers after being recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Galarraga, who missed out on a perfect game June 2 against Cleveland when first-base umpire Jim Joyce blew a call at first base with two outs in the ninth inning, will start tonight against Texas. … Troy Tulowitzki will begin a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday, and the Colorado Rockies hope to activate the shortstop after he spends a week in the minors. Manager Jim Tracy also said first baseman Todd Helton may be activated from the disabled list as early as today. Helton has been out since July 5 with a stiff back. Tulowitzki broke his left wrist June 17. … Struggling left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue by the Los Angeles Angels, who activated infielder Maicer Izturis from the DL after he missed 27 games with a left forearm strain. Backup first baseman Paul McAnulty was designated for assignment. … The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with an injured right knee and recalled right-hander Henry Rodriguez.