Jim Leyland managed his 3,000th career game last night

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In beating the White Sox last night Jim Leyland became the 18th person in baseball history to manage 3,000 career games, joining active (or recently active) skippers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Lou Piniella in the club.
Leyland has had a winning record in four of his five seasons in Detroit while winning the AL pennant in 2006, and previously won three division titles in Pittsburgh and a World Series in Florida, but along with Connie Mack, Bucky Harris, and Gene Mauch he’s one of just four managers with 3,000-plus games and a losing record.
Dusty Baker figures to join the 3,000 club in late 2012 and Bruce Bochy is in line for 3,000 career games in mid-2013.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.