MLB News and Notes June - 23

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Padres reliever goes on DL
June 22, 2007

SAN DIEGO (AP) -Padres reliever Doug Brocail was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained left gluteus muscle. The move was retroactive to Thursday.

To take his spot, left-hander Royce Ring was recalled from Triple-A Portland.

Brocail, 40, is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in 29 appearances.

Ring is 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA and one save in 25 games with Portland. He was previously recalled from Portland on April 30 and pitched in two games with the Padres, allowing one hit. Ring was optioned to Triple-A on May 7.

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Seattle places Baek on 15-day DL
June 22, 2007

SEATTLE (AP) -Cha Seung Baek, who struggled in his last few starts for the Seattle Mariners, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Left-handed reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take Baek's roster spot.

Baek was 3-3 with a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts with the Mariners, but he allowed 19 earned runs and 33 hits in his last four starts. Last Saturday in Houston, Baek lasted just four innings, allowing six runs and nine hits.

Ryan Feierabend, who started Friday night against Cincinnati, will take Baek's spot in the rotation.

``It's something we recently found out has been ongoing,'' Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said of Baek's injury.

This is Rowland-Smith's second stint with the Mariners. He was called up for four days last month, but did not appear in a game. Rowland-Smith was 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 24 appearances at Tacoma.

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Morneau taken to hospital with chest injury
June 22, 2007

MIAMI (AP) -Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau was taken to a hospital Friday with an injury to his upper right chest after he collided with Florida Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo at home plate.

Morneau was coughing up blood repeatedly, was out of breath and had chest pains, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Morneau was taken away on a stretcher by fire-rescue workers after the game. He was sitting upright, wearing an oxygen mask and seemed alert.

The Twins first baseman, who is second in the AL with 20 home runs, left the game after being injured in the eighth inning. He came around from first base on pinch-hitter Jason Kubel's two-out double and was stopped short of the plate in a collision with Olivo.

Morneau fell to the ground but Olivo did not. An instant after the collision, shortstop Hanley Ramirez's relay throw bounced off Olivo's glove into the dugout, allowing Morneau to reach out and touch home plate.

Morneau was then slow to rise and eventually walked to the dugout, but he didn't take the field in the bottom of the inning.

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Baseball Today - June 23
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Saturday, June 23

Oakland at N.Y. Mets (7:10 p.m. EDT). Joe Blanton looks for win No. 8 on the season for the Athletics.

STARS

Friday

-Tom Glavine, Mets, gave up one run in eight innings and drove in two runs in the New York Mets' 9-1 win over Oakland.

-Kenny Rogers, Tigers, allowed two hits in six innings and Detroit topped Atlanta 5-0.

-Carlos Zambrano, Cubs, matched a career-high with 12 strikeouts in eight innings to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Chicago White Sox 5-1.

-Corey Hart, Brewers, homered and drove in four runs to help Milwaukee beat Kansas City 11-6.

-Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning to lift Florida over Minnesota 5-4.

-Aaron Harang, Reds, gave up two hits and an unearned run in Cincinnati's 16-1 pounding of Seattle.

CHASING AARON

Barry Bonds hit his 749th career home run in San Francisco's 7-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Friday to move within six of tying Hank Aaron's career record of 755. The Giants' slugger connected on a 3-2 pitch from Scott Proctor in the eighth inning, hitting a line drive over the fence in right-center. It was his 15th homer of the season, but just his fourth since May 8. Proctor was the 442nd pitcher to surrender a homer to Bonds.

HOMECOMING

Ken Griffey Jr. returned to the city where he became a star on Friday, helping Cincinnati thump Seattle 16-1. Griffey, who was honored by the Mariners in a ceremony before the game, went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

THE GAMBLER'S COMEBACK

Making his first start of the season after a blood clot was removed from his pitching shoulder, Kenny Rogers gave up only two hits in six innings to lead Detroit past Atlanta 5-0 on Friday. After two rehab outings in the minor leagues, Rogers got off to an ominous start - he hit Kelly Johnson with the very first pitch - then retired the next 10 hitters.

PROMOTION

A few days after earning a promotion based on a 43-game minor league hitting streak, Brandon Watson went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to help Washington beat Cleveland 4-1 on Friday.

OFFENSIVE OFFENSE

Detroit defeated Atlanta 5-0 on Friday to hand the Braves their third consecutive shutout. It was the first time since 1988 that the Braves have been the victim of three straight shutouts and their scoreless streak now stands at 28 innings.

STREAKS

Ichiro Suzuki extending his hitting streak to 17 games in Seattle's 16-1 loss to Cincinnati on Friday. ... San Francisco lost their season-high eighth straight game, 7-3 to the New York Yankees. Derek Jeter extend his hitting streak to 16 games for the Yankees.

SNAPPED

Tom Glavine ended a five-start winless streak in the New York Mets' 9-1 victory over Oakland on Friday. The win was the 296th of Glavine's career and first since May 19. ... Miguel Tejada went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left wrist before Baltimore's 7-1 win over Arizona, ending his consecutive games played streak at 1,152, the fifth-longest in major league history.

SPEAKING

''I was more upset because I didn't get the guy out, but it was kind of funny. I don't know how it got in there, but it got in there somehow.'' - Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, on a bad-hop single that found its way inside a his jersey in the second inning of the Nationals' 4-1 win over Cleveland on Friday. Zimmerman had to reach between his buttons to retrieve the ball hit by Franklin Gutierrez.

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Kenny Rogers Triumphs Over Braves, 5-0, in Return for Tigers
Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Kenny Rogers picked up right where he left off in October.

Making his first start of the season after a blood clot was removed from his pitching shoulder in the spring, Rogers allowed only two hits in six innings to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Braves, 5-0, Friday night in an interleague game in Atlanta.

The Braves, who were favored, have been shut out in three straight games for the first time since 1988.

"This surpasses what I would have expected," Rogers said. "I don't ever go into a game saying I'm going to shut a team out. I've always been willing to give up a run here and there to minimize the damage."

Maybe it's time to change those expectations. The 42-year-old lefty played a vital role in Detroit's run to the World Series last year, winning all three of his postseason starts and pitching 23 straight scoreless innings.

Eight months later, having recovered from scary surgery on his left shoulder, the oldest starting pitcher to win a World Series game got started on a new streak. And he didn't have anything on his hand, for those who might remember that smudge found on his thumb in Game 2 against St. Louis.

"Kenny was Kenny," manager Jim Leyland said. "He did what he usually does, a little of this, a little of that, in and out, changing speeds. He picked right up where he left off."

Prior to the game, the Tigers traded struggling starter Mike Maroth to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named.

In other interleague games on Friday:

Chicago Cubs 5, Chicago White Sox 1:
Carlos Zambrano (8-6) matched a career-high with 12 strikeouts as the visiting Cubs handed their crosstown rival its 20th loss in 25 games. Alfonso Soriano homered off Mark Buehrle (4-4) leading off the game and Aramis Ramirez, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, added a solo shot two outs later. The Cubs paid -106.

Florida 5, Minnesota 4: Hanley Ramirez hit a tie-breaking homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lead the host Marlins, -112 favorites, to their third straight win. Dan Uggla hit his 14th home run and had three RBIs for Florida, while Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth to earn his 14th save in as many chances.

Washington 4, Cleveland 1: A few days after earning a promotion based on a 43-game minor-league hitting streak, Brandon Watson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Washington. Watson got his first multi-RBI game in the majors with a fourth-inning single and a sixth-inning hit that he stretched into a double. The Nationals were a +158 underdog at home.

New York Mets 9, Oakland 1: Tom Glavine (6-5) picked up his 296th victory by ending a five-start winless streak. Glavine pitched into the ninth inning and added two hits and two RBIs as the Mets paid -134 at Shea Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Tampa Bay 3: Luis Gonzalez homered and had two RBIs, and Russell Martin hit a two-run single to lead the Dodgers in St. Petersburg, Fla. Gonzalez, who is from nearby Tampa, hit a solo homer in a two-run second and added an RBI triple in a two-run eighth that put the Dodgers ahead 6-3. L.A. was a -137 favorite.

Toronto 9, Colorado 8:
In a wild finish, John McDonald's two-run single in the 10th inning tied it and Curtis Thigpen scored the winning run on catcher Chris Iannetta's throwing error to give the Blue Jays the home win as -108 favorites. Troy Tulowitzki's two-run homer gave the Rockies an 8-6 lead in the top of the 10th, but Toronto loaded the bases in the bottom half on three straight singles from Matt Stairs, Aaron Hill and Thigpen. McDonald followed with a single to left off Brian Fuentes (0-1). Matt Holliday threw to the plate and Iannetta threw to third to try and get Thigpen but his throw sailed down the leftfield line.

Milwaukee 11, Kansas City 6: Corey Hart homered and drove in four runs and rookie Ryan Braun had four hits for the Brewers, -165 favorites at home. Jeff Suppan (8-7) struggled but won for the third time in nine starts to lead the first-place Brewers to their eighth win in nine games since being no-hit by Detroit's Justin Verlander on June 12.

Texas 11, Houston 3: Sammy Sosa hit career home run No. 601, the first of three the Rangers hit in an eight-run fifth inning in Arlington, Texas. Kevin Millwood (4-6) won his second straight start after going seven games without a victory since April 13 with two stints on the disabled list. The Rangers paid -123.

Baltimore 7, Arizona 1:
Brian Roberts tripled and homered and drove in three runs and the Orioles took advantage of three Arizona errors for a third straight win. The Diamondbacks swept the Orioles last weekend in Baltimore, but in the opener in Phoenix the birds paid +155 in the upset win.

Boston 2, San Diego 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka escaped a first-inning jam to outpitch Greg Maddux and lead Boston in a matchup of two of baseball's top teams. The Red Sox (47-25) have baseball's best record. The Padres (41-31) came in with the NL's best mark, but their third straight loss cost them first place in the tight West. San Diego dropped a half-game behind the Dodgers, who beat Tampa Bay 6-3. Matsuzaka (9-5) walked the first three batters but gave up just one run. He allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out nine and walking five. Maddux (6-4) lost to the Red Sox for the first time in six career decisions over eight starts against them. Boston paid -134.

Cincinnati 16, Seattle 1: On the night Ken Griffey Jr. was honored by the city where he became a star, David Ross and Brandon Phillips both hit two homers, and Aaron Harang (8-2) worked eight strong innings for the Reds. Playing his first game in Seattle since being traded after the 1999 season, Griffey, who was received with adulation and appreciation from the fans, went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. Cincinnati was a -106 favorite.

In the lone National League game on the night:

Philadelphia 6, St. Louis 0:
Anthony Reyes, a World Series star last fall, failed to make it out of the fifth inning as the visiting Phillies pulled off an upset as +102 underdogs. Jamie Moyer (7-5) threw six scoreless innings and Chase Utley had three hits and an RBI for the Phillies.

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Notes from Friday's games
June 22, 2007

MINNESOTA: The Twins paid their visit to Miami on Friday for a weekend series against the Marlins, and the game-time temperature was 90 degrees. ``We know it's going to be tough because of the weather here,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``It bakes everything. Everything sweats around here.'' ... Gardenhire's wife and daughter drove across the state from Fort Myers to attend the series.
   
FLORIDA: 1B Mike Jacobs, on the DL since May 17 with a broken right thumb, may rejoin the Marlins as early as Saturday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ... OF Cody Ross (hamstring), sidelined since May 6, is taking batting practice and is expected to return in 2-to-3 weeks. ... SS Hanley Ramirez and 2B Dan Uggla began the weekend first and second in the NL in runs. ... LF Josh Willingham began the weekend batting .358 when the Marlins win and .185 when they lose.


CLEVELAND: As with most AL teams that don't to come Washington very often, the Indians are taking full advantage of the trip. On Friday, players and other members of the organization visited the White House and Capitol. On Saturday, groups will visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. ... Top prospect Adam Miller, on the DL at Triple-A Buffalo with an injured finger, threw two innings (34 pitches) in a simulated game Thursday. He is scheduled to start for Buffalo on Monday. He'll pitch one inning, or about 20-25 pitches.

WASHINGTON: RHP Jason Bergmann's return to the starting rotation has been moved up a day. Bergmann, on the DL with elbow inflammation, will start Monday against Atlanta, with Mike Bacsik moving back a day. Bergmann's last start was May 14 against Atlanta. ... The Nationals agreed to terms with fourth-round draft pick Derek Norris, a catcher from Goddard High School in Kansas. The team has agreed to terms with 29 of its 53 selections. ... The Nationals made three moves that do not affect the 25-man roster: 1B Larry Broadway was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus, and OF Frank Diaz and LHP Mike Hinckley were outrighted to Double-A Harrisburg.


COLORADO: Jamey Carroll started at second base Friday in place of Kazuo Matsui, who got the night off. ... Manager Clint Hurdle said he'll rotate his DHs in each of the three games in Toronto this weekend to give different players a rest. ``We'll probably use three different players,'' Hurdle said. Wily Taveras started at DH Friday, but Hurdle said 1B Todd Helton would likely start at DH either Saturday or Sunday. ... Friday's game was the first Colorado has played on artificial turf since June 13, 2004, at Tampa Bay. The Rockies had played 496 games on grass since.

TORONTO: OF Vernon Wells, who is stuck in an 0-for-17 slump, batted in the leadoff spot for the first time this season. Wells, who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract in the offseason, entered play Friday batting just .206 in June (14-for-68). C Gregg Zaun moved into the second spot and OF Alex Rios dropped to third. ... RHP A.J. Burnett (sore shoulder) threw in the bullpen before Friday's game and remains on track to pitch at Minnesota on June 28, the day he is eligible to come off the DL. ... Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays will likely move their infield in to defend against Colorado OF Wily Taveras, who leads the major leagues with 21 bunt singles. ``You have to cheat it up a little,'' Gibbons said.


OAKLAND: RHP Rich Harden, activated Thursday after a two-month stint on the DL because of a strained right shoulder, was in uniform Friday night and manager Bob Geren said he expected Harden would pitch in the game against the Mets. The A's will use Harden out of the bullpen as he tries to build up strength to eventually return to the rotation. Geren said Harden is an option to close while relieving, and said the All-Star break is about the time they hope he'll be back in the rotation. ... A day after the team parted ways with OF Milton Bradley, Geren was confident the team made the right move. ``I think it's just going to work out best for the team,'' he said. ``The playing time was going to be strapped.'' Geren refused to take the bait when given the opportunity to discuss Bradley's character. ``We were trying to get the right fit for us and him,'' he said. ``He's a good player.''

NEW YORK: The latest update on OF Moises Alou, out since May 12 because of a left quadriceps injury, wasn't positive. ``I'm not looking for him any time soon,'' manager Willie Randolph said. ... The Mets are 4-14 in June. In their four wins, the Mets have allowed two runs total. They are 0-14 this month when allowing two runs or more. ``I think it's all in the flow of the season,'' Randolph said. ``Hopefully toward the end of the month we'll pick it up.'' ... SS Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bunt single in the first inning. ... The Mets are 5-7 in Interleague play going into Friday night's game against the A's. The team has not had a winning season against AL teams since going 10-8 in 2004.


LOS ANGELES: RHP Chin-hui Tsao (right shoulder strain) could be ready to start a minor league rehab assignment next week after one additional bullpen session Sunday or Monday. He threw off the mound before Friday's game at Tampa Bay. ... James Loney, who hurt his knee last Sunday, started at first base. ... 1B Nomar Garciaparra was rested. ... Manager Grady Little previously managed at Tropicana Field while with Boston. When playing the youthful Devil Rays, Little said you can expect to see a team that has ``energy.''

TAMPA BAY: 2B-CF B.J. Upton (strained left quadriceps) is taking batting practice and may start a rehab assignment with Class-A Vero Beach next week. Manager Joe Maddon said a decision hasn't been made if Upton will move to the outfield full-time now that the team optioned CF Elijah Dukes to the minors. ``I like his progress at second,'' Maddon said. ``It's a tough call.'' Delmon Young has been shifted from right to center for the time being. ... RHP Edwin Jackson (0-8) will remain in the rotation and make his next scheduled start Sunday against his former team, the Dodgers. ``It should be fun,'' Jackson said. ``Definitely a lot of motivation.''


DETROIT: LHP Macay McBride strolled past the Braves clubhouse - and kept right on walking to the visiting locker room. The former Atlanta reliever joined his new team, donning a Detroit uniform for the first time since being dealt by the Braves in an exchange of lefties. Wil Ledezma came to Atlanta from the Tigers. ``It's still baseball. It's still pants and a jersey,'' said McBride, sizing up his new uniform in the Tigers clubhouse. ... McBride could have a short stint with the Tigers. LHP Nate Robertson is expected to come off the DL Tuesday, and Detroit dealt Ledezma largely because he was out of minor league options. McBride can be sent to the minors without risk of being lost on waivers. ``I'm just worrying about my next pitch, whether it's here or in Toledo,'' he said. ``I've got an open mind about whatever they want to do. Basically, I'm just pitching today for a job tomorrow.''

ATLANTA: Andrew Miller grew up in Florida rooting for the Braves. Now, he's getting ready to pitch against them. The Gainesville, Fla., native is scheduled to face the Braves on Sunday. ``I used to watch them on TV all the time,'' the 6-foot-6 lefty said. ``I'm sure the first game I ever went to was the Braves.'' He's not going to spend too much time dwelling on the opponent, however. ``I've got enough other things to think about than whether it's neat to be pitching against the Braves,'' Miller said. ``I've got to make my pitches. Maybe later I will look back on all that other stuff.'' ... Braves OF Willie Harris celebrated his 29th birthday. ... RHP John Smoltz was facing his original team for the second time. The first outing didn't go so well - Smoltz surrendered eight earned runs in 3 1-3 against the Tigers in a 1997 interleague game. The Michigan native began his career in the Detroit organization but was dealt to Atlanta while still in the minors.


KANSAS CITY: RHP Scott Elarton was placed on the DL before the game with a right foot sprain. Taking Elarton's roster spot is RHP John Thompson, who was signed Friday after passing a physical in Kansas City . His availability has yet to be determined. ... Luke Hochevar, the Royals' first pick in the 2006 draft will represent the United States in the All Star Futures Game next month in San Francisco. ... Starter Jorge De La Rosa was facing his former team Friday night. He was dealt by the Brewers to Kansas City on July 25, 2006, for IF Tony Graffinino.

MILWAUKEE: The coaching staff at Triple-A Nashville will serve on the United States team at the All Star Futures Game. Manager Frank Kremblas and pitching coach Stan Kyles will be joined by Don Money, who manages the Brewers' Double-A affiliate in the game next month in San Francisco. RHP Dave Bush will start Saturday. Bush will try to win consecutive outings for the first time this season. ... The Brewers have hit four grand slams this season. They were the only team in baseball not to hit a home run with the bases loaded in 2006.


HOUSTON: A homemade sign in center field Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington read ``Welcome Home Hunter'' for Astros rookie center fielder Hunter Pence, who played at Arlington High and UT-Arlington. ``It's hard to really describe it,'' Pence said before playing his first big league game in his hometown. ``It's a goal I've had my whole life.'' ... With RHP Brad Lidge (pulled oblique muscle) on the DL, manager Phil Garner will use Dan Wheeler as the closer again. Lidge had regained the job before getting hurt, but Wheeler went into Friday night's game with 11 saves in 14 chances.

TEXAS: Manager Ron Washington is concerned about the tender right elbow of RHP Vicente Padilla, who has allowed 42 hits over 16 2-3 innings his last four starts. Padilla has told Washington that his arm is fine, but Padilla has been quoted as saying his elbow is giving him problems. ``The velocity is there. He feels it when he throws the changeup,'' Washington said. ``I have concerns, but I'm trusting the medical staff.'' ... OF Frank Catalanotto has been swinging better even though he was still hitting only .202 going into Friday night's game, a day after driving in the winning run with a pinch-hit single. ``I see a different look in Cat right now,'' Washington said. ``It's a look that says he's feeling pretty good about himself. We know he can hit. He has a track record.''


PHILADELPHIA: Greg Dobbs started in LF ahead of Pat Burrell, who has not been in the lineup two of the first four games of the Phillies' trip. Burrell was batting .208 with eight homers and 31 RBIs. ``It's not like he's not trying,'' manager Charlie Manuel said. ``You go through periods when you're just not hitting the ball.'' Manuel added, ``Dobbs has earned the right to play and competition never hurt nobody.'' Dobbs is batting .319 in his last 33 games with 21 RBIs. ... Manuel said closer Brett Myers, on the DL since May 24 with a right shoulder strain, isn't close to a rehab stint yet. ... RHP Jon Lieber, who left in the sixth inning of Wednesday's start with an ankle injury, is not expected to miss a turn in the rotation.

ST. LOUIS: Newcomer Mike Maroth, acquired from the Tigers on Friday, takes Brad Thompson's spot in the rotation on Monday at New York against the Mets. Thompson was available in the bullpen over the weekend after throwing seven strong innings on Tuesday against the Royals. Manager Tony La Russa said he told Thompson the move is not necessarily permanent. Kip Wells, 3-11 with a 6.75 ERA, would seem to be in the greatest danger, especially if he struggles on Sunday against the Phillies. ... LHP Mark Mulder, rehabbing from rotator cuff surgery last September, threw to rehabbing C Yadier Molina (broken wrist) in the bullpen before the game but is not close to a rehab assignment. ``Compared to where we were when the team left for the season, it's a thousand times better,'' Mulder said. ``But there's still a ways to go.''

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June 22, 2007

Morneau bruises lung in home-plate collision
June 22, 2007

MIAMI (AP) -Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau spent Friday night in the hospital with a small bruise on his lung after he collided with Florida Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo.

Morneau was coughing up blood repeatedly when he was taken from the stadium on a stretcher, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. But X-rays taken at the hospital were negative and a CT scan was normal, team spokesman Mike Herman said.

Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, was expected to miss a couple of games, Herman said.

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Bradley-to-Royals deal voided
06/22/2007
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MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Milton Bradley was traded to the Royals -- almost. The deal was cancelled before it actually happened.

The Royals, on Friday, had agreed to a trade with the Oakland A's, sending them pitcher Leo Nunez in exchange for Bradley.

Then, according to a Royals spokesman, the A's learned that Bradley had suffered an oblique injury in his last game for them and the trade was called off.

"Obviously we tried to make the deal, but before the final phase was completed, there was a complication with the medical part and we had to pull out of it," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.

The A's apparently did not know of the injury when they designated Bradley for assignment on Thursday.

"The A's were not at fault," Moore said.

Bradley, often injured this season, played just 19 games for the A's. He batted .292 (19-for-65) with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Although Bradley has been something of a controversial figure over the years, he had a good working relationship with Royals manager Buddy Bell when both men were in the Cleveland organization, Moore said.

Nunez began the season on the disabled list with a broken right wrist suffered in Spring Training. He's returned to go 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in six games (20 2/3 innings) for Double-A Wichita.

Although it's unusual to acknowledge a trade that wasn't made, the Royals decided to go public when word of the deal leaked out.

The Athletics have not yet made a statement on the situation.

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Marlins activate Jacobs off DL
June 23rd, 2007

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Florida Marlins activate first baseman Mike Jacobs off the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

Jacobs went on the DL May 17 with a fractured right thumb. He is hitting .281 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 28 games this season.

To make room for Jacobs, the Marlins optioned outfielder Reggie Abercrombie to Triple-A Albuquerque.

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Erstad placed on DL
June 23rd, 2007

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chicago White Sox outfielder Darin Erstad was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sprained left ankle.

Erstad left the Cubs' 5-1 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday in the bottom of the first inning, after making a diving stop in the top of the first on a line drive to center by the Cubs' Mike Fontenot. While leaping forward to make the catch, he seemed to roll on his left ankle.

The 32-year-old Erstad had been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game on Friday, after being out since suffering a sprain of that same ankle against Toronto on May 31st.

The Sox recalled outfielder Scott Podsednik from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte to fill the open roster spot. Podsednik collected one home run, five RBI and 11 runs scored with a .288 average in 15 games with the Knights.

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