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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo fractured his left forearm after getting hit by a pitch from Oakland Athletics left-hander Ross Detwiler in the fifth inning of the Rangers 5-2 victory on Monday.Choo was injured when he checked his swing on a pitch inside and immediately went to one knee holding the area near his left wrist.He left after spending several minutes talking to an athletic trainer and was replaced by Nomar Mazara.Following Mazara taking his base, Ian Desmond and Carlos Beltran singled to set up Adrian Beltres decisive grand slam.It was Beltres 10th career grand slam and his 100th home run at Globe Life Park.The news on Choo, who is headed to the disabled list for the fourth time this season, dampened Mondays win following consecutive shutout losses at home to Detroit.The 34-year-old Choo has been limited to 45 games by calf and hamstring strains and lower back inflammation.Hes such a key part of this ballclub, this organization, manager Jeff Banister said of his .250-hitting right fielder, who started this game as the designated hitter in his regular leadoff spot. You feel terrible for him personally, and obviously its a gut punch but one that were going to be challenged with.Team spokesman John Blake said the injury was similar to one suffered in April by catcher Robinson Chirinos, who missed two months.Somebody you played with last year, somebody thats your friend, you hate for that pitch to get away from you, said Detwiler, who opened 2015 in the Texas rotation but was let go after starting 0-5. Its not a good sign when you get pulled out of the game.The game also gave the American League West-leading Rangers 70 wins, the first AL team to do so this season.The Rangers will recall outfielder Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock to take Choos spot on the roster. Mazara, a rookie who emerged the first time Choo got hurt this season, will see time in right.The leadoff spot was mostly a mix of Jurickson Profar and Delino DeShields during Choos third DL stint with the back injury. 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A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasnt concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLBs interest was his relationship with players under investigation. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The nail-biters ended for the U.S. Olympic mens basketball team.So did a golden era of international basketball.Emphatically stopping a stretch of three straight close games, the Americans advanced to the semifinals by sprinting past Manu Ginobili and Argentina, 105-78 on Wednesday night.In front of a chanting, flag-waving crowd of Argentines who came to throw a raucous farewell party for their Golden Generation, the Americans delivered their most complete performance in Rio.What a remarkable run by Argentina and so we knew we had to match that energy tonight. I thought we did, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.Turning a slow start into an early ending with a 27-2 run in the first half, the Americans put away one old rival and set up a meeting with another. They will play Spain on Friday in a rematch of the last two gold-medal games. Australia meets Serbia in the other semifinal.Kevin Durant scored 27 points for the Americans, who had played three straight close games for the first time under Krzyzewski, setting off a round of questions at home and in Rio de Janeiro about what was wrong with them.The answer might be nothing. At least there wasnt against Argentina.We wanted to come out and our whole thing was dominating, forward Carmelo Anthony said.The Americans eliminated Argentina for the third straight Olympics, this time ending not only a tournament run for the Argentines but also a couple careers.Ginobili, 39, and longtime 36-year-old teammate Andres Nocioni retired from international competition after the game, 12 years after winning gold in Athens.We had a chance to grow up together and do some good things, win some games together. It was fun. Its a lot of years, said Luis Scola, who is also 36 but plans to keep playing. We formed part of something unique we did for our country and its going to be there. Sometimes were not going to win, like today, sometimes we won but we fought together for many years.Ginobili scored 14 points in his final game in Argentinas blue and white, tearing up after receiving applause from his fans and warm wishes from his opponents.They congratulated me and Im very proud of their words, Ginobili said. They were very kind, very respectful and when legends of the game showed their respect, it has an extra value.The Americans have won 23 straight in the Olympics since Argentina beat them in the 2004 semifinals, and this was how they usually do it: too much firepower, too much defense, and way too much talent.It took a little while to get going, as Argentina opened a 10-point llead.dddddddddddd The Argentines made nine of their first 10 shots inside the arc and led 19-9 when Nocioni drilled a 3-pointer. But the Americans finished the first period with a 16-2 run, getting the final six points from DeMarcus Cousins, to take a 25-21 edge to the second.Three-point plays by Cousins and Jimmy Butler around Durants 3-pointer in an 11-0 start to the second made it 36-21 before Facundo Campazzo stopped the onslaught with a three-point play.Cousins, the normal starting center playing as a reserve, finished with 15 points.Spain beat France 92-67 earlier Wednesday, its fourth straight victory after two losses to open the Olympics. The U.S. edged Spain 118-107 in the 2008 final and 107-100 four years ago in London.The loudest crowd yet for a U.S. game, featuring boxer Floyd Mayweather and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, was treated to an explosive performance by the Americans, with devastating crossovers by Durant and Kyrie Irving that left defenders helpless and brought teammates to their feet on the bench.They opened a 25-point lead in the first half and were in control from that point, the first time since their second game in Rio they had it easy.We fed off wanting to play better than the last three games, Durant said.Ginobili, Scola, Nocioni and Carlos Delfino, the remaining Golden Generation players, checked in together for a last run with about 4 + minutes left. Argentina fans danced, cheered and completely ignored the crooked numbers on the scoreboard while saying one long goodbye.Ginobili was replaced a few minutes later, hugging teammates, coaches and after the game Krzyzewski, before returning to the court after the teams had headed to their locker rooms to be presented a game ball by an Olympic official.Even Argentinas proud veterans didnt consider themselves medal contenders, especially after the Americans blew them out 111-74 in an exhibition game last month in Las Vegas and came to Rio as the overwhelming favorite.But once play began, the U.S. rarely played up to those expectations, with one narrow victory after another as the competition toughened. 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