Baseball Today - April 5

Baseball Today - April 5

Royals place Dotel on DL
April 4th, 2007

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals placed reliever Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a left oblique strain.

Dotel, in his first season with the Royals, has not pitched yet for the team in the regular season. The move is retroactive to March 30.

Dotel, expected to be the closer for Kansas City, spent much of 2006 recovering from Tommy John surgery before making his debut for the New York Yankees on August 16. He finished the season with a 0-0 record and a 10.80 earned run average in 14 appearances.

The 33-year-old right-hander has a career record of 37-31 with 71 saves and a 3.75 ERA in eight seasons with the Mets, Houston Astros, Oakland A's and Yankees.

The Royals purchased the contract of pitcher Jason Standridge from Triple-A Omaha to replace Dotel on the 25-man roster. To make room for Standridge on the 40-man roster, the Royals transferred pitcher Leo Nunez from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. Nunez is out with a fractured right wrist.

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MLB Today April - 5
SCOREBOARD

Thursday, April 5

Boston at Kansas City (2:10 p.m. EDT). Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his debut for the Red Sox.

STARS

Wednesday

-Curtis Granderson, Tigers, hit his first career grand slam to cap an eight-run third inning in Detroit's 10-9 victory over Toronto.

-Matt Holliday, Rockies, had four hits and four RBIs in an 11-4 win over Arizona.

-Ervin Santana, Angels, struck out six, gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings in a 5-3 win to complete a three game sweep of Texas.

-Ted Lilly, Cubs, gave up three hits, one run and stuck out nine in seven innings to get the win in his debut with Chicago 4-1 over Cincinnati.

-Carlos Beltran, Mets, hit two home runs and had four RBIs and New York completed a three game sweep of St. Louis with a 10-0 win.

CHAMPAGNE WISHES

Dmitri Young uncorked a game-winning single that snapped Washington's two game losing streak and set off a champagne celebration. The Nationals' ninth-inning rally to beat the Florida Marlins 7-6 was the team's first victory of the season and Manny Acta's first win as a major league manager. Acta received bottles of bubbly from the Nationals and from his former employer, New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya.

BONDS WATCH

Barry Bonds moved a step closer to Hank Aaron's home run record Wednesday night, hitting his 735th homer in the first inning of the San Francisco Giants' 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. Bonds sent a 2-2 pitch from right-hander Chris Young into the first row of seats in left-center for a solo shot, pulling the slugger within 21 of passing Aaron's 755. Bonds finished 1-for-4.

STREAKING

Pittsburgh, which opened last season with three straight losses, is 3-0 for the first time since 2003 and left town with its first three-game sweep in Houston since 1991 after a 5-4 win Wednesday night.

DEAL

After negotiations that went into extra innings, baseball struck a deal to keep its "Extra Innings'' package of out-of-market games on cable television. Under pressure from Sen. John Kerry, baseball and iN Demand reached an agreement in principle Wednesday on a seven-year contract, a deal that likely will allow the sport's new TV network to be available in at least 40 million homes when it launches in 2009.

WHAT A RELIEF

Braden Looper's run of 572 consecutive relief appearances before making a start in St. Louis' 10-0 loss to the Mets is the third-longest in major league history behind Todd Jones (632) and Chuck McElroy (603). Looper threw five scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the sixth and took the loss for the Cardinals.

SIGNED

The Seattle Mariners and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt agreed Wednesday to a multimillion-dollar, three-year contract extension. Exact terms were not immediately known, but it will be a substantial raise from the $400,000 Betancourt is making this season.

OUT

The Kansas City Royals put closer Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday night's 7-1 loss to Boston because of a strained muscle on his left side. Dotel, limited to only a handful of appearances the last two years while recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, had pitched well in spring training after signing a one-year contract. The Royals are counting on him to revive a bullpen that blew a major league-high 31 saves last year. The move is retroactive to March 30.

SPEAKING

"It's embarrassing. This is the big leagues. It's unacceptable. The only good thing about today was seeing the heart of this team. They almost got me off the hook.'' - A.J. Burnett, who gave up six runs, five hits and four walks in two-plus innings in Toronto's 10-9 loss to Detroit. It was Burnett's shortest start since June 30, 2004, when he got three outs for Florida at Atlanta.

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Yankees CF Johnny Damon (calf) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game.

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Today's scheduled game between the Tigers and Blue Jays at Comerica Park has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Angels 1B Shea Hillenbrand (groin) has been added to the injury report as questionable for tonight's game.

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