MLB News and Notes July - 1

MLB News and Notes July - 1

Giants activate Lewis, designate Figueroa
June 30, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The San Francisco Giants activated outfielder Fred Lewis from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, clearing roster room by designating infielder Luis Figueroa for assignment.
   
Lewis played in seven games for Triple-A Fresno in a rehab assignment as he recovered from a strained a muscle in his right side - and his numbers there were too hard to ignore. Lewis batted 13-for-34 (.382) with two home runs, 12 RBIs, a triple and a double.

``He's playing great, and he was before his injury,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``He went down there and kept doing it. We wanted to get him up here. He'll get playing time. We want to work him in as much as we can to keep him sharp.''

Lewis got hurt on June 8, a crazy game in which backup catcher Eliezer Alfonzo sustained a knee injury that required surgery. That left the Giants without another position player, and lefty starter Noah Lowry finished the game in left field, third baseman Pedro Feliz moved to catcher and right fielder Randy Winn went to third.

Lewis said he will take more care in warming up to avoid further injury or any lingering problems for the rest of the season.

``Everything seems to be healing pretty good,'' he said. ``It's not affecting anything else - running, swinging or any other types of movements. It can be something that lingers. That was something I was very careful with when I started swinging. I'm happy to be back.''

Figueroa, 33, was called up from Triple-A Fresno on June 18 when infielder Rich Aurilia went on the DL with a sore neck. He batted was 1-for-5 and scored a run in six games, and has now appeared in 18 total major league games with the Blue Jays last season and the Pirates in 2001.

Figueroa said he would return to Fresno and work out until he clears waivers. The Giants have up to 10 days to trade or release him or assign him outright to the minors.

``I'll see what happens,'' Figueroa said. ``Keep playing and it will work out. I just need to get my mind (right) and keep working.''

Aurilia was set to begin a rehab assignment with Fresno at Las Vegas on Saturday and then play again Sunday. He's slated to get at least three at_bats each game, then will meet the Giants in Cincinnati on Tuesday if everything goes well.

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Duffy goes on DL, Pirates promote Kata
June 30, 2007

PITTSBURGH (AP) -The Pittsburgh Pirates put center fielder Chris Duffy on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sprained left ankle and purchased the contract of utilityman Matt Kata from Triple-A Indianapolis.

To create a 40-man roster spot for the 29-year-old Kata, the Pirates designated Indianapolis right-hander Marty McLeary for assignment.

Duffy, previously bothered by a right hamstring injury, was hurt while running down a fly ball Wednesday in Miami. He has been the Pirates' primary starter in center, hitting .249 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 70 games.

Kata has a .241 average in 191 career games with the Diamondbacks, Phillies and Rangers, mostly as an infielder. He hit .186 with two doubles, two homers and six RBIs in 31 games with Texas earlier this season. He had a .265 average in 13 games at Indianapolis.

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Baseball Today - July 1
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Monday, July 2

Arizona at St. Louis (8:10 p.m. EDT). Braden Looper returns from the DL for the Cardinals, squaring off against Brandon Webb.

STARS

Saturday

-Chad Gaudin, Athletics, gave up one hit in seven innings to lead Oakland past the New York Yankees 7-0.

-Ryan Braun, Brewers, went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs in Milwaukee's 13-4 rout of the Chicago Cubs.

-Jeff Francis, Rockies, allowed three hits in seven innings and Colorado downed Houston 5-0.

-Carlos Beltran, Mets, hit two homers to lead the New York Mets to an 8-3 win over Philadelphia.

-C.C. Sabathia, Indians, became the first 12-game winner in the league after a 8-6 win over Tampa Bay.

-Ben Broussard, Mariners, tied a career-high with four hits and Seattle beat Toronto 8-3.

BELTRAN'S BOMBS

Carlos Beltran hit a pair of homers for second straight game, leading the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. Beltran had a pair of solo homers off Cole Hamels on Friday, helping the Mets complete a sweep of a day-night doubleheader. The last time he hit two homers on consecutive days was last July 29-30 at Atlanta.

SNAPPED

The Chicago Cubs lost 13-4 to Milwaukee on Saturday, snapping a seven-game winning streak. ... Magglio Ordonez's 15-game hitting streak ended in Detroit's 8-5 loss to Minnesota.

STREAKS

Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 16 games in Milwaukee's 13-4 pounding of the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Ben Sheets won his sixth straight decision for the Brewers. ... Pittsburgh topped Washington 7-2 to hand the Nationals their fifth straight loss. ... Atlanta won for the fifth straight time, 6-5 at Florida. ... Seattle has won seven straight following a 8-3 win at home against Toronto.

PROTEST

Despite a much-publicized effort to display fan discontent during the Pittsburgh Pirates' 15th consecutive losing season, only a few thousand fans at most in the crowd of 26,959 left their seats in protest following the third inning of Saturday night's game against Washington. Only about 100 fans were seen leaving the ballpark immediately following the third, and it appeared that many of the fans who vacated their seats returned not long after leaving.

DEBUT

Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury, a 2005 first-round draft choice who was called up from Triple-A to fill in for an ailing Coco Crisp, became the first American Indian of Navajo descent to play in the majors, according to the Red Sox. He singled in the third inning of a 5-4 loss to Texas on Saturday for his first hit.

FOR THE RECORD

Barry Bonds hit his 376th double with the Giants in Saturday's 4-1 win over Arizona, tying him with his godfather, Hall of Famer Willie Mays, for most in San Francisco history.

SPEAKING

''That's efficiency.'' - White Sox pitcher Ryan Bukvich after throwing one pitch to earn the win in Chicago's 3-1 win over Kansas City on Saturday. Bukvich retired Emil Brown on a popup for the last out in the ninth and Chicago scored twice in the tenth to give the right-hander his first win of the season.

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Notes from Saturday's AL games
June 30, 2007

OAKLAND: RF Nick Swisher snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a two-run double in the seventh inning. ``I tried to swing light today. The lighter you swing, the harder you hit it,'' Swisher said. ... LF Shannon Stewart is hitting .486 (18-for-37) with four homers on the road trip. ... RHP Rich Harden threw 47 pitches over two hitless innings. He walked two and struck out two. ``Rich was throwing the ball real well. Getting him stretched out is something that was real nice,'' manager Bob Geren said. After spending nine weeks on the disabled list, Harden is working out of the bullpen as he builds up arm strength for a return to the rotation. ``I felt pretty good. I'll see how it feels tomorrow,'' he said. ``It's kind of like spring all over again. There are going to be some mechanical issues.''

NEW YORK: Manager Joe Torre downplayed any potential rift with reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who was visibly angry when Torre pulled him in the eighth inning Friday night for closer Mariano Rivera. Farnsworth threw his glove against the dugout wall and slammed his hat down after departing. ``It's sort of like, you have a fight within the family, you don't want to spread it around the neighborhood and tell everybody how you solved it,'' Torre said. ``I understand he's frustrated. He'd like a chance to do it over. But I don't think there's any issue. He's a very passionate guy. That's all I can say. It means a lot to him, and he reacts accordingly.'' ... Torre moved RF Bobby Abreu back into the No. 3 hole, citing solid at_bats Friday night. ``That's really where I want to see him,'' Torre said. ``This is where I want it to succeed. This is where I'm most comfortable with it.'' Abreu went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Saturday. ... Pitching coach Ron Guidry on the struggles of Farnsworth and fellow reliever Scott Proctor: ``I wish I had an answer. Maybe they're just dead tired.''


MINNESOTA: The Twins have scored 27 runs in their last three games, and they attribute it to patience at the plate. ``We have a game plan and we're sticking to it,'' said Michael Cuddyer, who had a three-run homer in Saturday's 8-5 win over Detroit. ``Guys are walking, guys are getting in hitter's counts. Not being defensive.'' ... Jason Bartlett went 2-for-5 to stretch his career-high hitting streak to 11 games. He also stole his 16th base in 16 attempts this season.

DETROIT:
DH Gary Sheffield served the first game of his two-game suspension on Saturday. Sheffield was ejected May 31 at Cleveland for arguing balls and strikes. Plate umpire Greg Gibson claimed Sheffield threw a piece of his broken bat at him as he walked away. Sheffield and manager Jim Leyland disputed Gibson's account. Marcus Thames replaced Sheffield in the lineup. ... 3B Brandon Inge missed his second consecutive game because of low back spasms. ... Magglio Ordonez was 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to Minnesota to snap his 15-game hit streak.


TEXAS: RHP Brandon McCarthy (blister) is scheduled to be activated from the 15-day disabled list and start Monday against the Red Sox. ... Vicente Padilla, who's on the disabled list with a right triceps injury, is expected to resume throwing when the Rangers get home next week.

BOSTON: Kevin Youkilis homered in the second inning for his first homer in a month, a span of 91 at_bats. ... CF Jacoby Ellsbury was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket for his major-league debut. The former first-round draft pick nubbed one in front of the plate in the second inning and was tagged out by the catcher. .. RHP Joel Pineiro was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. ... CF Coco Crisp was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game with a sore thumb. ... Ayla, a monkey trained to assist the disabled in everyday tasks, took part in the first-pitch ceremony. Peter Rometti was helped out by the crowd when he stumbled over the lyrics to the national anthem.


TAMPA BAY: OF Carl Crawford and 1B Carlos Pena didn't start against Indians LHP C.C. Sabathia on Saturday night. ``They don't need to see him today,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ``Carlos and Carl are both pressing. I thought this was the right night to give them off.'' Maddon said both would be in the lineup Sunday against LHP Cliff Lee. ... 3B Akinori Iwamura's wife, Misaki, is expecting a child, with the due date on July 4 when the Devil Rays are playing in Boston. Iwamura will return to Tampa for the baby's birth. ``Whenever he has to go, he'll go,'' Maddon said. ... 2B B.J. Upton (strained left quad) is expected to play one more game at Class A Vero Beach after being scratched Friday. ``He didn't feel strong in the leg so we backed off,'' Maddon said. Upton will continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham or Double-A Montgomery on Sunday or Monday.

CLEVELAND: C Victor Martinez has shown significant improvement in throwing out potential base stealers. Through 79 games, he had tossed out 24 of 51 (27.5 percent). That's third-best in the AL and includes a 36 percent (6-for-17) mark in June. At the same point in 2006, Martinez had stopped only five of 56 (8.9 percent) opponents trying to steal. ... The Indians have signed INF-OF Bo Greenwell, their sixth-round pick and the son of former Boston OF Mike Greenwell. Bo batted .510 with three homers, 31 RBIs and 22 stolen bases at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, Fla., this spring. ... Cleveland had 24 comeback wins in their first 79 games. They came back to win only 27 times all of last season.


LOS ANGELES: Nick Gorneault made his major league debut Saturday in left field, batting ninth. Gorneault, 28, was brought up Friday from Triple-A Salt Lake City, where he hit .220 with 10 home runs in 78 games. He popped out in his first big league at-bat. ... OF Reggie Willits was not in the lineup again Saturday after leaving Wednesday's game against KC with a bruised right knee. ... OF-DH Garret Anderson (aggravated right hip) and IF Maicer Izturis (right hamstring irritation) made their first rehab starts Friday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Manager Mike Scioscia said both would play there through the weekend, then be re-evaluated. Scioscia said when Anderson returns he would likely see more action at DH than in the past, but would still play the field if his health permitted.

BALTIMORE:
The Orioles placed RHP Steve Trachsel on the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Kurt Birkins from Triple-A Norfolk. Trachsel, who allowed five runs in 1 2-3 innings Friday night, has a strained muscle below his lower back. ... OF Nick Markakis, the only Oriole to play in every game through Friday, was omitted from the starting lineup Saturday. Interim manager Dave Trembley said Markakis deserved a rest, but didn't dismiss the possibility of using him as a pinch hitter. ... RHP Scott Williamson was unavailable Saturday because his left instep was swollen and bruised. The reliever was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chone Figgins on Friday night.


CHICAGO: The Mark Buerhle saga continued one more day with no apparent resolution. The left-handed starter has been negotiating a new deal with the White Sox for a reported $56 million, but could get traded if something is not agreed to by his next scheduled start on Monday against Baltimore. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he's staying out of the discussion. ``I'm done with that. Done for good,'' he said. ``That's between Buerhle and the organization. I have more stuff to do than worry about Buerhle's contract.'' ... RHP Dewon Day was scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday at Triple-A Charlotte. The reliever has been out with back trouble.

KANSAS CITY: The Royals placed 1B Ryan Shealy on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain and replaced him with Ross Gload. Gload had been on a rehab assignment, out since May 14 with a right quadriceps tear. He started Saturday night at first. ... Even though John Buck leads the club with 14 home runs, he and Jason LaRue will continue to alternate at catcher, manager Buddy Bell said. LaRue has been catching two for every three times Buck plays. LaRue went into Saturday night's game hitting .174 to Buck's .249, and with only two home runs.

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Notes from Saturday's NL games

MILWAUKEE:
Manager Ned Yost says no decision has been made on what roster move will be made when Chris Capuano comes off the DL. If rookie Yovani Gallardo, who has pitched well in all three of his starts stays, he probably will be used in long relief. Gallardo has a 1-0 record. ``He could be 3-0,'' Yost said. ``He has great makeup and composure.'' Whatever the Brewers decide to do with the talented young right-hander, Yost said it will be a move that takes everything into consideration. ``Just make sure whatever we do benefits both of us,'' he said. ... RHP Ben Sheets struck out 11 Saturday, his first double-digit strikeout game of this season and the 14th of his career. ... During his 16-game hitting streak, Corey Hart is batting .373 (28-for-75) with six homers and 16 RBIs. ... INF Ryan Braun had his second four-hit game this season.

CHICAGO: What a wild month it was for the Cubs with Carlos Zambrano and former catcher Michael Barrett getting into a fight and manager Lou Piniella getting suspended after a dirt-kicking tirade against an umpire. ``It wasn't wild for me. It may have been wild for Cubland, but it wasn't wild for me,'' Piniella said. ``(Compared to) the teams that I played with the Yankees, it was very tranquil.'' ... Mike Fontenot extended his hitting streak to 12 games but made two errors. He started the game at shortstop and after he made an error on the first ball hit in the game, he was quickly moved to second base in the second inning, where he later made another miscue. Mark DeRosa was moved from second to shortstop and played there for the first time since last season. Piniella said Fontenot will play second from now on because that's a position that fits him better. That might mean DeRosa, who's also swinging the bat well, could stay at shortstop, his fifth position this season.


NEW YORK: Mike Pelfrey (0-5, 6.53 ERA) will start Sunday in place of Oliver Perez, who has a stiff back. The Mets will make a roster move prior to the game to make room for Pelfrey. ... Over the last nine games, Mets starters are 6-0 with a 1.82 ERA. ... OF Carlos Beltran had four hits for the 19th time in his career. He has 20 multihomer games. Gary Carter, Frank Thomas and Beltran are the only Mets ever to homer twice in consecutive games two times in their career with the team.

PHILADELPHIA: RHP Geoff Geary was sent to Triple-A Ottawa to make room for LHP J.A. Happ, who made his major league debut against the Mets on Saturday. Geary was the most consistent reliever in the bullpen last year, but struggled this season. ... Happ allowed five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings, taking the loss in New York's 8-3 victory. After the game, he was sent back to Ottawa. The Phillies called up RHP Anderson Garcia to take Happ's spot. Garcia was 0-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 18 games for Ottawa. ... Happ was the 24th pitcher used this season. The team record is 27 in 2000. ... The Phillies are 41-40 at the midpoint of the schedule. They were 37-44 at this point last year, but played well down the stretch and held a half-game lead in the wild-card race in the final week only to fall short at the end.


ATLANTA: The 12 runs in Friday's victory tied the Braves' previous high at Dolphin Stadium set July 3, 1994. ... RHP Tim Hudson got the start Saturday for his 265th major league appearance. Hudson has never pitched in relief.

FLORIDA: Reserve C Matt Treanor was in the starting lineup Saturday, a day ahead of his customary Sunday afternoon starts. Treanor usually replaces Miguel Olivo after Saturday night games but has become Byung-Hyun Kim's designated starting catcher. ... Manager Fredi Gonzalez anticipates LHP Taylor Tankersley will return to the major league roster later in the season. The Marlins optioned Tankersley to Triple-A Albuquerque and recalled RHP Lee Gardner. ``He's going to go down to Triple-A and pitch and get some stuff straightened out,'' Gonzalez said. ``I have all the confidence in the world that he can do that and come back.''


COLORADO: LHP Brian Fuentes was pulled from the closer's role after blowing four consecutive save opportunities this week, including walk-off homers in the last two games in Houston. Manager Clint Hurdle said he'll still use Fuentes out of the bullpen. ``Just try to get him out of the spotlight, off the burner,'' Hurdle said. RHPs Manny Corpas, LaTroy Hawkins and Jorge Julio were the most likely relievers to take over Fuentes' role. Fuentes has given up eight earned runs in 2 1-3 innings of work this week. Of the 19 batters he's faced, 11 have gotten hits. But Hurdle said he still hasn't lost confidence in him. ``I don't see where putting him in the extreme, intense innings right now is going to help him,'' Hurdle said. ``We'll back him out of that and see if he can just get back into good form.'' ... Hurdle has liked what he's seen from RHP Taylor Buchholz, who was acquired in the Rockies-Astros trade last December. Since moving to the bullpen earlier in June, Buchholz has an 0.82 ERA in seven relief appearances. ``He's done wonderfully out of the bullpen,'' Hurdle said. ``It's been a nice match for us.'' ... Former Astro Willy Taveras was out of the starting lineup with a ``physical issue'' Hurdle wouldn't disclose. Hurdle said Taveras would be re-evaluated on Sunday and could be ready to play in the series finale.

HOUSTON: 2B Craig Biggio started for the third consecutive game, but manager Phil Garner said the newest member to the 3,000-hit club will sit out Sunday's series finale. Biggio went 5-for-6 on Thursday night, including the milestone hit. He was 0-for-3 on Saturday with a walk. He also was hit by a pitch. Garner prefers to play Biggio more at home than on the road. Biggio is batting .287 at Minute Maid Park and .207 in away games this season. Counting Saturday's game, the Astros have nine more home games leading up to the All-Star break. ``We will finish out this homestand following this schedule and we will revisit that, as we have going forward,'' Garner said of Biggio. ... RHP Brad Lidge threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game. He's been on the DL since June 16 with a strained oblique muscle and Garner said the reliever will be re-evaluated after his session. Garner said Lidge would throw ``somewhere around 30 pitches.'' ... 1B Lance Berkman homered in five of Houston's previous seven games before Saturday - all batting left-handed - and Garner thinks the slugger is finally shaking off his slow start. ``His timing is definitely getting better,'' Garner said. ``It looks like he's staying back a little bit, firing from the back side more than pulling from the front side. When he starts hitting the ball to the center of the diamond, and left-center batting left-handed, that's usually a sign that he's seeing the ball well.'' Berkman has boosted his batting average from .237 at the end of May to .297 before Saturday's game.


WASHINGTON: Washington went 18 consecutive games with scoring a run in the first inning before doing so Saturday night in Pittsburgh. ... LHP Mike Bacsik, who starts Sunday in Pittsburgh, lost a 7-6 decision to the Pirates on June 5 in Washington, giving up six runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings. ... RHP John Patterson will travel to Toronto to undergo a series of injections to treat the compressed nerve in his right elbow. Patterson, who hasn't pitched for Washington since May 5, chose to undergo the therapy after visiting four specialists in three states last week.

PITTSBURGH:
CF Chris Duffy went on the 15-day DL with a sprained left ankle. He was replaced on the roster by former Texas Rangers INF Matt Kata, who has a .241 career average in the majors since 2003. Kata joined Triple-A Indianapolis last month. ... LF Jason Bay, stuck in a slump that dropped his batting average 48 points in June, didn't start Saturday for the first time this season. His 400 games played since 2005 are the third most in the majors behind Juan Pierre and Carlos Lee. ... LHP Zach Duke will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against Milwaukee because of left elbow tendinitis. He hopes to miss only one start, but won't pitch again until the tightness is gone from his elbow.


ST. LOUIS: INF Scott Spiezio was released from a hospital in New York on Saturday and returned to St. Louis. Spiezio had been getting antibiotics intravenously for an infection in his left index finger. ... RHP Braden Looper is expected to be activated off the DL and start on Monday against Arizona. Looper has been sidelined since June 16 with a sore pitching shoulder.

CINCINNATI: OF Ken Griffey Jr. caught a ceremonial pregame pitch from his high school baseball coach, who is retiring. ... CF Ryan Freel had three hits Friday night in a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville. Freel has been on the DL since he ran into a teammate on May 28, leaving him with a concussion. He'll return when the medical staff gives him clearance. ... LHP Mike Stanton is close to returning from a pulled hamstring. He's eligible to come off the DL for the start of a series against San Francisco on Tuesday. ``I'm not really sure if I'll be ready for Tuesday,'' he said. ``If not, it'll be just a couple days after that.'' The hamstring doesn't bother him when he throws. ``I can run, but I can't run all-out yet,'' he said. ``I've got to take it a little easy because if I happen to do it again, it'll be twice as long the next time.''


ARIZONA: OF Carlos Quentin, a former Stanford star, went 2-for-5 Friday night after getting just two hits in his first 24 at_bats at AT&T Park. ... The Diamondbacks are halfway through the schedule with a winning record for the first time since also starting 46-35 in 2003.

SAN FRANCISCO: 1B Ryan Klesko was a late scratch with a mild abdominal strain. Kevin Frandsen was added to the lineup to play 3B, while Pedro Feliz moved from third to first. ... The Giants activated OF Fred Lewis from the 15-day DL, clearing roster room by designating INF Luis Figueroa for assignment. Lewis played in seven games for Triple-A Fresno in a rehab assignment as he recovered from a strained a muscle in his right side - and his numbers there were too hard to ignore. Lewis batted 13-for-34 (.382) with two home runs, 12 RBIs, a triple and a double and also scored six runs. ``He's playing great, and he was before his injury,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``He went down there and kept doing it. We wanted to get him up here. He'll get playing time. We want to work him in as much as we can to keep him sharp.''


SAN DIEGO: Heading into Saturday night's game, career saves leader Trevor Hoffman had not allowed an earned run in 22 1-3 innings spanning his previous 24 appearances. ... Manager Bud Black turned 50 on Saturday. When asked for his thoughts about hitting the mid-century mark, the rookie manager said, ``Not good. You want to be 20, 30's OK, 40 I think you're still hanging in there. Fifty just sounds old, doesn't it? I made the turn.'' ... Adrian Gonzalez is the only player to start all 79 games this season for San Diego.

LOS ANGELES: Less than an hour after manager Grady Little told reporters that the club hadn't decided what to do with LHP Hong-Chih Kuo following his third straight sub-par outing, general manager Ned Colletti optioned Kuo to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled RHP D.J. Houlton from the PCL team. Kuo has allowed 17 earned runs in 10 1-3 innings over his last three starts. ... Entering Saturday night's game against San Diego, 2B Jeff Kent had 32 homers and 121 RBIs lifetime against the Padres - the identical numbers he had against the Colorado Rockies. But his .289 career average against the Padres was 46 points lower than his average against the Rockies.

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Cubs place P Cherry on DL
July 1st, 2007

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs placed pitcher Rocky Cherry on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain.

Cherry, 27, was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday and tossed two innings against Milwaukee, allowing an unearned run. He is 1-1 with a 2.38 earned run average in nine games over two stints with the Cubs this season.

To replace Cherry on the roster, the Cubs recalled pitcher Billy Petrick from Iowa.

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Tigers acquire P Capellan
July 1st, 2007

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers acquired pitcher Jose Capellan from the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday in exchange for minor league pitcher Chris Cody.

The right-handed Capellan appeared in seven games with the Brewers in 2007, compiling an 0-2 record and 4.50 earned run average after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on June 1.

"Capellan has a good arm and major league experience and we feel he will help us in our bullpen," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said.

In parts of four seasons, Capellan is 5-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 88 appearances. He finished 4-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 61 outings with Milwaukee in 2006.

Cody posted a 5-5 record and 1.77 ERA in 14 starts with Single-A West Michigan this season.

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Mets put Sosa on DL
July 1st, 2007

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The New York Mets placed pitcher Jorge Sosa on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Sosa left Saturday's start against the Phillies with the injury in the sixth inning. When running out a sacrifice bunt attempt, he pulled up lame after touching the bag. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field under his own power.

Sosa is 7-3 with a 3.92 ERA this season.

The move was made to make room for Mike Pelfrey, who was recalled from minor- league affiliate New Orleans for Sunday's start against Philadelphia. Oliver Perez was the scheduled starter, but was scratched because of a stiff back.

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Brewers activate Capuano off DL
July 1st, 2007

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers activated left-hander Chris Capuano from the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Capuano had been on the DL with a strained left groin.

Capuano is 5-5 with a 4.35 ERA this season and is currently on a career-high five-game personal losing streak. He takes the roster spot of pitcher Jose Capellan, who was traded to Detroit earlier on Sunday.

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