Livid over Alex Rodriguez’s decision to tweet an update on his rehab process, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman. “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York Tuesday. “Alex should just shut the [expletive] up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.” Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday he has been cleared to play in rehab games. Rodriguez’s comments seemed to contradict what Cashman said Monday, when the GM said he hadn’t been cleared and didn’t know when he would be ready . . . The Cubs designated former All-Star Carlos Marmol for assignment, parting ways with the struggling reliever. Marmol, 30, was 2-4 with two saves and a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances this season. Marmol had 117 saves with the Cubs, third on the team’s all-time list . . . Shortstop Jose Reyes, out since April 13 with a broken left ankle, will return to the Blue Jays’ lineup Wednesday . . . Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper began a rehabilitation assignment at Single A Potomac as he recovers from left knee bursitis that has sidelined him for nearly a month. The Nationals also placed pitcher Dan Haren on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation . . . Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring, two days after coming off the 60-day DL for the same thing.
UCLA sweeps, wins first CWS crown
Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs, Nick Vander Tuig limited Mississippi State to five hits in eight innings, and UCLA completed a two-game sweep to win its first national championship in baseball with an 8-0 victory in the College World Series in Omaha. UCLA (49-17) allowed four runs in five games to set a CWS record for fewest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974. but its 19 runs in four games were the fewest by a champion since the CWS went to eight teams in 1950. The national title is UCLA’s NCAA-record 109th in team sports.
Flyers cut ‘costly mistake’ Bryzgalov
Calling the decision to sign Ilya Bryzgalov two years ago a ‘‘costly mistake,’’ the Flyers will buy out the remainder of the goalie’s hefty contract. The move saves the team nearly $6 million under the salary cap for each of the next seven years. Bryzgalov was two seasons into a $51 million, nine-year contract he signed in 2011. ‘‘Obviously it’s a costly mistake that we made,’’ general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I still believe he played pretty good, but in a salary-cap world, you need to make decisions from time to time that put you in a better light moving forward.’’ Bryzgalov was 52-33-10 with a .905 save percentage for Philadelphia . . . The Canucks introduced John Tortorella as their new coach. Tortorella, 55, fired by the Rangers after they lost to the Bruins in five games in the playoffs, replaces Alain Vigneault, who took over for him as the Rangers coach last week.
Smith declines option with Knicks
Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith has informed the Knicks that he will decline the option in his contract for next season and become a free agent. Smith’s decision was not a surprise given he can make much more than the $2.9 million he was scheduled to earn next season . . . The Nuggets introduced Brian Shaw as their new coach. Shaw, 47, who won two titles with the Lakers as an assistant under Phil Jackson, had been an assistant for the Pacers the past two seasons . . . New Suns coach Jeff Hornacek hired four assistants, including Mike Longabardi, who’d been an assistant under Doc Rivers with the Celtics for six seasons . . . In WNBA play, Brittney Griner had 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks and the Phoenix Mercury outlasted the Silver Stars, 83-77, in San Antonio . . . Erika de Souza scored 17 points to lead the Dream to a 76-60 victory over the Indiana Fever in Atlanta . . . Rockland center Tyler Gibson, the Mass. Gatorade Player of the Year, has changed his commitment to Bentley after receiving his release from UMass-Lowell.
Labonte’s start streak to end at 704
Bobby Labonte’s consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races, dating to 1993. Labonte is not entered to race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, which will end the second-longest active streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon’s 705 starts. JTG Daugherty Racing will use A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 47 Toyota at Kentucky. Allmendinger drove for the team two weeks ago at Michigan, while Labonte drove the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing, which will use Austin Dillon this weekend. Ricky Rudd holds the NASCAR record of 788 consecutive starts . . . Frank Stranahan, the premier amateur golfer of his era who contended for majors, died Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 90. The one title that eluded him was the US Amateur. He lost in the championship match to Arnold Palmer in 1954 . . . Bo Van Pelt and Steve Stricker ran away with the CVS Caremark Charity Classic in Barrington, R.I., posting a two-day record score of 25-under-par 11. . . . Olympic gold medalists Nathan Adrian and Missy Franklin won the two biggest races, the men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle, at the US swimming championships in Indianapolis. Adrian beat Jimmy Feigen by more than half a second, finishing in 48.54 to take the race that featured seven Olympic gold medalists . . . Jaguars Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be charged in connection with an alleged bar fight last month in St. Augustine, Fla.