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• Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire had an even better idea to neutralize Abreu as opposed to simply pitching around him.

"Well, we're thinking about trying to slip in a few more defenders in the outfield," Gardenhire said.

• Ventura had no interest in watching a replay of the broken leg sustained by Indiana Pacers star Paul George on Friday night, and it had nothing to do with Ventura's gruesome right ankle compound fracture sustained sliding into home during Spring Training, '97.

"I don't like watching car wrecks or anything else. It's just not something I want to see," Ventura said. "I don't need to watch any of that. You feel sorry for him. It's a freak accident, but I don't want to see it. I've had enough."

Javy Guerra's victory Friday night marked his first Major League win since May 20, 2012 as part of the Dodgers and against the Cardinals.

• The southpaw starting trio of John Danks, Jose Quintana and Chris Sale have combined to go 25-14 with a 3.25 ERA and 343 strikeouts in 384 2/3 innings over 61 combined starts (44 quality) in 2014. Quintana is 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his last eight starts, and Sale is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his last five.

• Jim Thome announced Saturday that he had signed an honorary one-day contract with Cleveland and officially would retire with the Indians. A Thome statue at Progressive Field was unveiled prior to Saturday night's Indians contest.

The popular Thome last played for the Orioles in 2012, but suited up for the White Sox from 2006-09 and hit 134 of his 612 homers for the South Siders before being traded to the Dodgers in '09. His mammoth solo blast in the 1-0 playoff victory over the Twins to capture the 2008 AL Central title on Sept. 30, known as The Blackout Game, is one of the more famous clouts in franchise history.

Thome currently serves as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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