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4X30: Uggla earns bit of HR history

Dan Uggla became the first second baseman in major league history to hit 30 home runs four times when he connected for the Florida Marlins on Monday night.

Uggla hit his 30th of the season off Philadelphia reliever David Herndon in the eighth inning of Florida’s 11-4 loss to the Phillies in Miami.

“I exhaled,” said Uggla, who got the ball back after the game. “I’m not going to lie.”

The homer was Uggla’s first in 53 at-bats.

Only four other second basemen in big league history have had three seasons of 30 homers or more: Rogers Hornsby (1922, 1925, 1929), Jeff Kent (1998, 2000, 2002), Alfonso Soriano (2002, 2003, 2005) and the Phillies’ Chase Utley (2006, 2008, 2009).

Uggla has 151 home runs in five major league seasons, all with the Marlins. His career high is 32 homers, set in 2008.

COURT: STEROIDS LIST ILL-GOTTEN

A federal appeals court in San Francisco reaffirmed its ruling that investigators illegally seized a list of baseball players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during a 2004 drug lab raid.

It’s the fourth time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the issue during six years of litigation. Three trial courts also have issued separate rulings in the case.

On Monday, the 11-judge panel again ordered investigators to return the list of 104 players to the lab, effectively barring them from using the players to expand their sports doping investigation.

SHORT HOPS

Josh Johnson woke up Monday without back pain for the first time in weeks. It wasn’t enough to save his season. Johnson was shut down for the remainder of the year by the Marlins. Johnson went 11-6 with a career-best 2.30 ERA this season and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in his final start, Sept. 4 against Atlanta. For the year, he struck out 186 in 1832/3 innings. … Down to only two fully healthy outfielders for their playoff push, the Cincinnati Reds acquired utilityman Willie Bloomquist from the Kansas City Royals for either a player to be named or cash. Bloomquist, from Port Orchard and a seven-year member of the Seattle Mariners, has started games this year at second base, third base, left field, center field and designated hitter. He had a nine-game hitting streak snapped over the weekend. He’s batting .265 with three homers and 17 RBI. … Johan Santana is set to have shoulder surgery today. The Mets say a second opinion given by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews confirms that the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner has a torn anterior capsule on the front and bottom of his left shoulder and that surgery was the best course of action. … Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was diagnosed with a strained right hamstring, after an exam ruled out any major problems such as a significant tear. The Phillies expect Rollins back soon.

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