Strong out for rest of season after being hit in hand

Seattle Mariners: Mariners outfielder Jamal Strong broke a bone in
his left hand after being hit by a pitch in the first inning Sunday
and is out for the rest of the season.

Strong, making a rare start, remained in the game after being
hit by Baltimore's Bruce Chen and scored later in the inning. But
after taking the field in the top of the second, he quickly
returned to the dugout.

X-rays revealed a fracture of the third metacarpal. That takes
four to six weeks to heal.

Strong was suspended earlier this season for testing positive
under Major League Baseball's policy on performance-enhancing
drugs. He was hitting .250 in 16 games for the Mariners.

Atlanta Braves:
Left-hander Mike Hampton was activated off the 15-day disabled list by the Braves before Sunday's game with the Washington Nationals.

Manager Bobby Cox said he isn't sure how Hampton will fit into the rotation.

Hampton has been sidelined since Aug. 20 with a herniated disc. It was his fourth trip to the disabled list this season, the last two with problems.

He is 5-3 with a 3.50 ERA this season, making only 12 starts.

Los Angeles: Shortstop Cesar Izturis accepted the diagnosis of doctors and will have Tommy John surgery on Friday, The Los Angeles Times reported.

"Everybody is surprised, especially myself," he told the paper. "I was shocked. I saw two doctors, and they agreed."

Already on the disabled list with lower back ailment, Izturis, who isn't expected to play again until July, complained of tenderness in his elbow while playing catch last week.

"Every time I stopped throwing, then started up again, it would hurt," he told the Times. "This time it was worse."

Cuba, Japan win in Baseball World Cup action
Ormari Romero gave up four hits
and struck out nine to lead defending champion Cuba over the
Netherlands 3-1 Sunday at the Baseball World Cup.

Eriel Sanchez gave Cuba the lead in the second inning with a
home run. Osmani Urrutia drove in the other two runs with a double
in the fourth and a single in the sixth.

Ivanon Coffie hit a solo home run for the Netherlands in the top
of the ninth.

Cuba (8-0) leads Group A, with the Netherlands (7-1) in second
place. The top four teams in each group advance to the
quarterfinals next week.

In Group B, Atsushi Fujii drove in five runs to lead Japan over
Nicaragua 11-3.

Fujii singled with the bases loaded in the second inning, then
hit a triple in the fifth, again with bases loaded.

Winning pitcher Shinsuke Saito struck out seven.

Also Sunday, South Korea beat South Africa 4-3; Canada beat
China 14-2; Australia beat Spain 8-0; Brazil beat Sweden 11-4; and
Colombia beat the Czech Republic 14-3.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.