Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Segura leaves Brewers after infant son's death

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is heading home to the Dominican Republic after the death of his 9-month-old son.

The 24-year-old Segura learned his son, Janniel, had died after the Brewers' 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Segura's mother, who attended the game, told several Brewers' wives. They passed the news to their husbands, who then told Segura after the final out.

Ron Roenicke closed the Milwaukee clubhouse to reporters after the game Friday, and the Brewers manager appeared equally saddened a day later. He kept the clubhouse closed before Saturday's game.

"I didn't know what to say to him other than giving him a hug and telling him we're there for him," Roenicke said. "He had a tough time."

Roenicke said that the child had been sick.

"Seggy was on the phone yesterday before the game and they thought he was OK, getting better," Roenicke said. "I really don't know much more than that."

Segura went 1 for 4 with a double Friday night. He was placed on the bereavement list Saturday. Infielder Elian Herrera was recalled from triple-A Nashville.

Milwaukee players went through batting practice in a somber mood.

"It broke my heart," centerfielder Carlos Gomez said. "I'm getting out of the shower and I see he's crying. I go ask him what's happening. He told me, 'My child pass away.' And I dropped it right there."

The Brewers' 61/2-game lead in the NL Central has been trimmed to one after a season-high six-game losing streak.

Asked how the players and his team, which has lost 10 of 11, would respond, Roenicke hesitated.

"I don't know," he said. "They adapt pretty well. I'm sure they'll be OK."

Gomez had a different thought about playing on Saturday.

"I don't know," he said. "I can't even imagine. We feel like everybody wants to stay home, but it's a job we have to finish, come in and play hard."

Jeter jersey leads

Derek Jeter has Major League Baseball's top-selling jersey halfway through his 20th and final season with the New York Yankees.

The 40-year-old shortstop's No. 2 jersey has been the top seller at MLB's online shop since opening day. He's followed by Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.

All-star additions

Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez and Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney are the newest additions to the all-star rosters.

Alvarez will replace injured Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann for Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota.

Zimmermann left Friday night's start against the Phillies after 31/3 innings because of a right biceps injury.

Rodney will take the spot of Tampa Bay lefty David Price. Because of an illness, Price was pushed back in the Rays' rotation to start Sunday, making him ineligible for the game.

Self-serve beer

Just in time for the Home Run Derby, Target Field in Minneapolis put in two self-serve beer machines in the stands behind first and third bases, letting thirsty fans pick a brew, pour, and pay by the ounce. The pour-your-own stations are unique among the 100-plus stadiums and arenas in the four major professional sports in the United States.

Associated Press
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