Baseball

Ordoñez breaks ankle, could miss two months

Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordoñez will miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his right ankle during Detroit’s 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ordoñez, who had been limited to designated hitter duties the past week because of a sore ankle, injured himself trying to score from first on Miguel Cabrera’s third-inning double.

“This is part of the game, and no one is going to feel sorry for us,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “You always get tested in this game, and this is a test. We have to go out, play our butts off and see how many games we can win.”

GIANTS’ BIG SCARE

San Francisco Giants outfielder Eugenio Velez spent the night at a hospital after being struck in the head by a foul ball while he was in the dugout.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said CT scans were negative after Velez was struck on the left side of the head by a sharp liner hit by teammate Pat Burrell in the fourth inning Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bochy said Velez never lost consciousness, but was “a little out of it” after first being struck. He said Velez was speaking at the hospital, where he’s expected to undergo more tests overnight.

MOVE OVER FELLER

Indians pitcher Mitch Talbot struck out six consecutive Tampa Bay hitters to match a club record.

Talbot, traded by the Rays to Cleveland in December, struck out two in the first, the side in the second and B.J. Upton leading off the third on Saturday to equal a mark shared by Bob Feller (1938), Bartolo Colon (2000) and Chuck Finley (2002).

The major league record is 10 straight strikeouts set by Tom Seaver of the New York Mets on April 22, 1970. The AL record is eight.

SHORT HOPS

Oakland placed right-hander Ben Sheets has been placed on the disabled list because of an injury to the elbow that required surgery in 2009 and forced him to miss that entire season. … Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is expected to miss at least the next two games and return to his home in Venezuela due to personal reasons. … San Francisco placed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and recalled right-hander Joe Martinez from Triple-A Fresno to take Affeldt’s place. Affeldt was injured while warming up in the bullpen Friday night against Arizona.

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