Melvin Mora announces retirement from baseball

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From Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado comes word that veteran infielder Melvin Mora announced his retirement Thursday from the game of baseball.

Mora, 39, posted a .277/.350/.431 career batting line over 6,158 career plate appearances, amassing 1,503 career hits and 171 career home runs.

The native of Venezuela spent time with the Orioles, Mets, Diamondbacks and Rockies during a 13-year MLB career. He was released by Arizona in June of 2011 after hitting just .228/.244/.276 in 42 games.

Mora was named an All-Star twice — in 2003 and 2005 — and earned a few MVP votes in 2004.

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.