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ST. LOUIS – Outfielder Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals is this year’s recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Beltran was seated next to Clemente’s widow, Vera, when he was honored Saturday, about an hour before Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

“I must say this year’s recipient truly exemplifies Roberto’s philosophy,” Vera Clemente said.

Beltran, 36, has contributed more than $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico.

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The award recognizes the player whose contributions on and off the field best represent the game. The award was named for Pirates Hall of Famer Clemente, who died Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.


• Detroit hitting coach Lloyd McClendon is a candidate to fill the Tigers’ managerial opening. The former Pittsburgh Pirates manager told he will be interviewing for the Mariners’ managing job this week.

McClendon also interviewed with the Mariners three years ago, before they hired Eric Wedge. Wedge resigned last month.

• Tim Wallach, third-base coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has interviewed for the Detroit job.

• Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow Friday.

Teammates Bryce Harper (knee) and Adam LaRoche (elbow) had operations Wednesday. All three are expected to resume activity in four to six weeks.

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