Charlie Sheen donates $50,000 to Reds Community Fund

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While Charlie Sheen played a Cleveland Indian in one of his most notable roles, the truth is that he’s a lifelong fan of the club’s instate rivals, the Cincinnati Reds. On Sunday, he announced that he had pledged $50,000 to the team’s Community Fund.

Sheen is matching the amount broadcaster Marty Brennaman raised for charity in return for having his head shaved on the field Friday.

Sheen and father Martin Sheen were at that game Friday against the Pirates:

“The City of Cincinnati has opened its arms to me so graciously and I’m compelled to give something back,” Sheen said in a statement released by the Reds. “If this contribution points one kid in the right direction, then we’ve done our job.”

OK, yeah, that sets up a lot of easy jokes, but hey, it’s a tidy sum that should allow the fund to do some good.

(You can still make those jokes below, though. No, really, feel free.)

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.