MILWAUKEE -- Did Hank Aaron really hit 756 home runs?Aaron says he did, and says Bob Uecker is to blame for the fact the record books only list 755. Aaron referenced the robbed homer on Friday at a ceremony to unveil a statue of Uecker, which stands near Aaron's own tribute outside Miller Park. In the eighth inning on Aug. 18, 1965, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Aaron ran to first base after blasting what looked like a tie-breaking home run off Cardinals left-hander Curt Simmons. Not so fast. "As I was getting ready to hit first base," Aaron said to Uecker, "you called [umpire] Chris Pelekoudas and you told him I had been out of the batter's box. They called my home run back. "That is the truth. If not for that, I would have had another home run. Thanks very much." Uecker did not play for the Cardinals in that game, but managed to impact one of Major League Baseball's most iconic records. The Braves, incidentally, wound up winning the game in the ninth.
D-backs claim Ransom off waivers
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers claimed Cody Ransom off waivers from the D-backs in May, and on Friday, the D-backs claimed him back.Ransom packed his bags and departed Miller Park, leaving the Brewers to play a man short for their series opener against the Pirates. Ransom batted .196 with 79 strikeouts in 168 Brewers at-bats but played solid defense at shortstop and third base. The Brewers are covered at shortstop with youngsters Jean Segura and Jeff Bianchi. They promoted infielder Eric Farris from Triple-A Nashville late Friday night, and Farris will be in uniform against the Pirates on Saturday. With Ransom's departure, the Brewers have three openings on the 40-man roster for additional September callups. The team will probably wait until after Triple-A Nashville's season finale on Monday to make the bulk of its moves, Roenicke said. "We'll see how the games go," Roenicke said.
• Right fielder Norichika Aoki was scratched from the starting lineup on Friday afternoon with a stiff neck, suffered in a collision with center fielder Nyjer Morgan in Thursday's loss to the Cubs. Morgan replaced Aoki in right field and the leadoff spot.• As of Friday's first pitch, the Brewers had not found any takers for starter Shaun Marcum or reliever Francisco Rodriguez, free agents after the season who were considered trade candidates ahead of Friday's 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for contenders to acquire players and have them eligible for Postseason play. "As far as I know, yes, they are on this team," Roenicke said during batting practice. "I know what the rumors were with Marcum, but they are here now and we'll see what happens." • Roenicke attended the Bob Uecker statue unveiling on Friday and was given a reminder of Uecker's national celebrity. "When you talk to a guy every day and have that conversation back and forth, you kind of forget the stuff that this guy has done," Roenicke said. "When I listened to all the stuff today, what a remarkable life that he's had so far, and the things he's been able to do along a lot of different avenues."