NOW HIRING - HANDICAPPERS

TheSpread Insiders are looking for new handicapping talent to add to our roster for this upcoming Football season. If you are an amateur handicapper looking to take your game to the next level or an existing full time handicapper looking to to get associated with and established brand like TheSpread.com now is your chance.

Contact Us using the link at the top of the page to introduce yourself and find out more!

MLB News and Notes August - 7

MLB News and Notes August - 7

Notes from Monday's games
August 6, 2007

NEW YORK: DH Jason Giambi (left foot) wrapped up his minor league rehab stint Sunday and will join the Yankees in Toronto on Tuesday. It's not yet known when Giambi will be activated. ``I'll talk to him, see how comfortable he feels and go from there,'' manager Joe Torre said. ... RHP Jim Brower made his Yankees debut Monday, hours after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Brower pitched to two batters, giving up a single and recording one out. He replaces LHP Mike Myers, who was designated for assignment. ... LHP Andy Pettitte made his 300th start as a Yankee on Monday and tied Waite Hoyt for eighth on the team's victory list (157).

TORONTO: RHP A.J. Burnett (sore shoulder) pitched five innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse at Ottawa on Monday, allowing one run and three hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Manager John Gibbons said Burnett could return next Sunday at Kansas City. ... LHP Scott Downs allowed two earned runs Monday, the first time he's been scored against since July 18 at New York. Downs has allowed just three earned runs since June 1. ... C Curtis Thigpen swiped second base in the sixth inning for his first major league steal.


TAMPA BAY: 1B Carlos Pena, who played for the Tigers from 2002-2005, had trouble finding the field in his first game at Comerica Park as a visiting player. ``Oops,'' he said after turning the wrong way and ending up in the umpire's tunnel. ``I guess I'm not used to being on this side.'' ... CF Carl Crawford shared AL player of the week honors for the second time in three weeks after hitting .591 with six RBIs and eight runs in six games. ``He's playing at a very high level, and I expect him to stay that way,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ``He just has that look about him.''

DETROIT: DH Gary Sheffield (right shoulder) said he is more encouraged than worried about his injury, which kept him out of the lineup for the fourth straight game. Sheffield said he might be ready to play after another day or two of rest. ... C Ivan Rodriguez (ankle) was a late scratch. ... OF Marcus Thames (pulled hamstring) is scheduled to play Tuesday and Wednesday for Triple-A Toledo and if all goes well, he will be activated Thursday. He ran sprints and did agility drills on the field four-plus hours before Monday's game. ... LHP Andrew Miller said his hamstring ``doesn't feel bad at all.'' The rookie was put on the DL on Aug. 4.


CLEVELAND: Manager Eric Wedge moved DH Travis Hafner into the cleanup spot, behind Victor Martinez. Hafner usually hits third. ``You want Haf in the middle of things,'' Wedge said. ... The Indians are sticking with Aaron Laffey in the rotation, for now. Laffey will start again on Thursday against the White Sox. ... Wedge on whether another pitcher will get to 300 wins, like Tom Glavine did on Sunday: ``I think it will be a long shot. Such longevity. You have to be a warrior and stay healthy for a long time to even have a chance to do that.''

MINNESOTA:
CF Torii Hunter was in the lineup Monday after a scary fall Sunday during which he jammed his wrist. ``It's a little sore,'' Hunter said. ``But I thought it would be a lot worse.'' ... Nick Punto was playing SS to let starter Jason Bartlett recover after scraping up his face while sliding into second base on Saturday night. Bartlett also is 1-for-15 lifetime against Indians starter Paul Byrd. ... Manager Ron Gardenhire when asked if Glavine will be the last 300-game winner: ``No. I think there's going to be people to challenge that, just like every other record. We always thought there's no way you could get to Hank Aaron, and people are doing it.''


OAKLAND: Blame a bad bed for SS Donnie Murphy sitting out the Athletics' 4-3 loss Sunday to the Angels with stiffness in his lower back. ``I moved into my apartment, got some rental furniture,'' he said. ``I think that maybe the bed they gave me kind of messed me up a little.'' Murphy felt a lot better Monday and was back in the lineup. ... 2B Mark Ellis set an Oakland club record Sunday when he played his 71st consecutive game without an error. Ellis, who set a major league record last season for the highest fielding percentage ever by a second baseman (.997), didn't even know about the milestone until he set it. ``Hopefully it doesn't jinx me,'' Ellis said. ``It's a pretty storied organization, so it's a cool record.''

TEXAS: For their first homestand after multiple trades, the Rangers clubhouse had a slightly different look. Newcomer 1B/C Jarrod Saltalamacchia found himself occupying the locker next to All-Star SS Michael Young. ``He's a good guy,'' the 22-year-old rookie said. ``It's definitely good to be around someone who can take care of me, kind of teach me a little about the game.'' ... Saltalamacchia changed his uniform number to 25 from 16 Monday, after OF Jerry Hairston switched from 25 to 3. Hairston, in the midst of an 8-for-66 (.121) slump over his last 23 games, hoped the new digit would help alter his luck. Manager Ron Washington also changed his number, from 37 to 38, which belonged to departed closer Eric Gagne.


BOSTON: The Red Sox began a three-game series at Angel Stadium before a crowd that included the entire roster and coaching staff of the Single-A Lancaster JetHawks, whose 65-49 overall record in the California League is the best among Boston's minor league affiliates. Manager Chad Epperson and his players had an off day between a series at Lake Elsinore and one at home against Modesto. ... LHP Javier Lopez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for RHP Curt Schilling, who made his first start since June 18 after missing 42 games with tendinitis in his shoulder. The Red Sox were 24-18 in his absence. ``I think how much you miss somebody depends on how other people do,'' manager Terry Francona said. ``Even though we weren't having a great month, we had some guys step up. Wake (Tim Wakefield) caught fire at a pretty good time, Dice-K really got hot in June and (Kason) Gabbard's starts were good. So it wasn't as glaring as it could have been. If we have Curt back the whole rest of the season, pitching like he's able to, it should enhance our chances of winning.'' ... 1B Eric Hinske was placed on the bereavement list so he could return to Boston to be with his wife Kathryn, who is having complications with her pregnancy. Hinske was replaced on the roster by OF Brandon Moss, who was hitting .290 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs for Triple-A Pawtucket before getting called up for the first time. ``Moss knows he's here for three days, but I think it's a great way to get him a first look at the major leagues and get his feet wet - just to see the surroundings and how we do things and the intensity of a game up here,'' Francona said.

LOS ANGELES: INF Erick Aybar was activated from the DL after missing 28 games because of a hand injury that required surgery. RHP Marc Gwyn was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. ... The Angels began a three-game series against the AL East-leading Red Sox, who outscored them 25-3 at Boston in April in a series that was shortened to three games because of a rainout. ... The Angels entered Monday needing two stolen bases for their seventh straight season of 100 or more. They have more steals than any AL team, and are attempting to join the White Sox and Brewers as the only franchises in history to lead their league in that category four years in a row.


SAN DIEGO: RHP Chris Young threw a side session for about 20 minutes. Barring a setback, he is scheduled to come off the DL on Thursday and start the finale of a four-game series in St. Louis. ``He extended himself and came out of it good,'' manager Bud Black said. ... C Michael Barrett was a lineup scratch a day after taking a foul tip off his facemask.

ST. LOUIS: Manager Tony La Russa had the pitcher batting eighth for the third straight game, an effort to spark a sagging team that had lost five straight. La Russa used the same ploy in 1998 to give Mark McGwire a boost during his then-record 70-homer season. ``We were losing before we did this and you can lose a different way,'' La Russa said. ``But I think it makes sense when you have a third-place hitter like Albert (Pujols), who becomes a fourth-place hitter when you turn the lineup around.'' ... CF Jim Edmonds says he wouldn't be opposed to a move to RF if asked. Edmonds, 37, has battled a pinched nerve in his lower back, an injury related to offseason surgery on his foot, but has looked better in the field in recent weeks.


CHICAGO: Manager Lou Piniella had Ryan Theriot in the leadoff spot in place of Alfonso Soriano, who was placed on the DL with a torn right quad. Theriot doesn't think the change will feel much different than his normal No. 2 spot. ``Most of the time, Soriano hit the first or second pitch,'' Theriot said. ``So I'm going to keep the same approach that I have had. I just won't have the luxury of having Soriano on second base when I hit. He usually got a single and stole a base.'' ... Piniella could tinker with the lineup in the coming days, without Soriano. He said Eric Patterson, called up from Triple-A Iowa to fill Soriano's roster spot, would likely be in the lineup in left field Tuesday and hit second. ``We can use a lot of different lineups,'' Piniella said. ``We'll probably have more speed now.'' ... RHP Kerry Wood threw a scoreless seventh inning against the New York Mets on Sunday, his first outing in 14 months. Wood is trying to recover from right shoulder tendinitis. ``No more easing him in,'' Piniella said. ``We'll use Kerry as we need him. He'll probably pitch the sixth or seventh innings. That's a nice entering point for him.''

HOUSTON: Rookie CF Hunter Pence, placed on the DL on July 23 with a sprained right wrist, hit off a tee for the second straight day and reported only ``a little discomfort.'' Pence, a Rookie of the Year candidate, was leading the team with a .330 average when he got hurt. He feels ahead of the initial four-to-six weeks prognosis. ``I felt a lot better today than yesterday,'' he said. ``I was a little more fluid and had less pain.'' ... SS Adam Everett, out since June 15 with a fractured right fibula, has been doing some light workouts. ``Adam's a little better,'' manager Phil Garner said. ``He's just going to have to get through some of that pain.''


MILWAUKEE: Manager Ned Yost said closer RHP Francisco Cordero will not see the mound Monday following a 40-pitch outing against Philadelphia on Sunday. Yost said he hadn't named a closer-in-waiting and would choose based on the situation. ... CF Bill Hall was not in the lineup for the second consecutive game. Yost said Hall isn't feeling lingering effects from the ankle injury that put him on the DL in late July, but is just giving him two days off to ``see if we can get him going.'' ... LF Kevin Mench has eight walks over the last month after drawing only four before July 15.

COLORADO: The numbers caught up with C Chris Iannetta, who was hitting .179 in 51 games with the Rockies before being optioned Monday. ``He did everything he could,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ``It got to the point where when trying hard isn't enough.'' ... Hurdle likes Iannetta's replacement, Edwin Bellorin, who was hitting .326 at Triple-A Colorado Springs. ``He swings the bat well and has handled the staff there well,'' Hurdle said. ... LHP Brian Fuentes (strained left lateral) said his shoulder was fine a day after throwing 25 pitches in a bullpen session in Atlanta.


WASHINGTON: Manager Manny Acta wasn't worried about any of his pitchers dealing with long-term damage to their psyche should they give up Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run. ``I don't think that will hurt their development at all,'' Acta said. ``I don't see what the problem is with people having their name linked to history. He has to hit it off somebody. ... A lot of people are making it out to be like you're going to be deported from the country or something. I know a lot of them are saying that they don't want to be the guy to do it but someone has to.'' ... 3B Ryan Zimmerman shared NL player of the week honors with Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb after hitting .519 with two homers and 11 RBIs last week. ``He was as good as you can get in a week. A very nice honor,'' Acta said.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Giants recalled RHP Scott Atchison from Triple-A Fresno to add to their taxed bullpen and give them an extra arm heading into a tough stretch. San Francisco sent down OF Fred Lewis, who has lately been pinch running for Barry Bonds late in games and then taking over the slugger's spot in LF. ... RHP Russ Ortiz will start either Thursday or Friday, manager Bruce Bochy said. The Giants still weren't sure whether LHP Noah Lowry would need to miss his next start Friday after leaving Sunday's game at San Diego with tightness in his forearm. An MRI exam on Monday was negative.

mvbski
useravatar
Offline
43759 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: MLB News and Notes August - 7

Rockies send Ramirez to minors, recall Speier
August 6th, 2007

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies optioned pitcher Ramon Ramirez to their Triple-A farm club in Colorado Springs following their 6-2 win over Milwaukee at Coors Field on Monday.

Ramirez is 2-2 with an 8.82 ERA in 21 appearances in two stints with the Rockies this season. Since his second call-up on July 20, he is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six games.

To fill the roster spot, the club recalled pitcher Ryan Speier from Colorado Springs. Speier is 0-1 with a 15.43 ERA in three appearances with the team. His 28 saves with Colorado Springs leads the Pacific Coast league.

mvbski
useravatar
Offline
43759 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: MLB News and Notes August - 7

Rockies option Iannetta
August 6th, 2007

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies announced that catcher Chris Iannetta has been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

Iannetta batted a paltry .179 with two homers and 15 RBI in 51 games for the Rockies this season. He became the second rookie catcher in franchise history to start behind the plate on Opening Day back in April, but struggled mightily at the plate, going just 1-for-32 in his last 11 games.

To fill the roster spot, Colorado has purchased the contract of catcher Edwin Bellorin from Colorado Springs. The 25-year-old Venezuelan hit .326 with nine homers and 45 RBI in 59 games for the Rockies' Triple-A farm team.

Bellorin spent eight seasons in the Dodgers organization before signing as a minor-league free agent with Colorado in December, 2006.

mvbski
useravatar
Offline
43759 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: MLB News and Notes August - 7

Lowry hurts arm, likely to miss start

San Diego -- What a contrast, Barry Bonds hitting his 755th home run during one of the Giants' most dreadful weekends in an awful season. They lost three one-run games in a sweep that left them 3-9 against the Padres in 2007.

Worse yet, their best pitcher this year got hurt in Sunday's 5-4 loss. Twelve-game winner Noah Lowry left after three innings with what he described as cramping in his left forearm. Forearm pain can signal serious elbow trouble, but Lowry said the trainers do not believe the joint is damaged. Manager Bruce Bochy said he thought Lowry would miss a start.

"It's upsetting," Lowry said. "I'm hoping it's something minor and I'm hoping I can take care of it in the next few days and get back on the mound as soon as possible."

Bochy needed a long outing by Lowry to spare a bullpen that is so taxed Barry Zito had to enter in relief for the first time in 250 big-league starts, including six in the postseason. Zito, who will take his normal turn Tuesday night, was stoked by his perfect seventh inning. He threw 18 pitches.

"For sure," Zito said. "Baseball is fun. It's fun to go out and help the team on a day I didn't think I would."

The Padres broke a 2-2 tie with two runs against Vinnie Chulk in the sixth (although Fred Lewis and Ray Durham contributed defensive mistakes), then got an important fifth run against Brad Hennessey in the eighth that allowed Trevor Hoffman to withstand Bengie Molina's pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth and get the save.

With Matt Morris gone, Lowry potentially out and a doubleheader in Pittsburgh in a week, the Giants have to scramble for starters. Pat Misch could stay in the rotation after striking out eight and walking none over five innings in his first big-league start Saturday . Russ Ortiz is expected to be activated this week, too.

Spelling bee: In the fifth, Jack Taschner sacrificed in his first big-league plate appearance. As he hit, the video board referred to him as "Jack Trachner."

"Is it really that tough to get my name right?" Taschner said. "It's not like I'm that (Jared) Saltalamacchia guy."

Briefly: The Pirates announced Morris will start in San Francisco on Friday night. ... As of Sunday afternoon, standing-room tickets were available for tonight's game against Washington with some seats available for the rest of the homestand. ... Willie Mays was on a plane ready to come to San Diego in case Bonds pinch-hit with a chance for 756 Sunday, but the flight was canceled by mechanical problems. Bochy said he would have used Bonds in the ninth had the Giants extended the inning two more batters to the pitcher's spot. ... Lewis had two hits, including an RBI double.

www.sfgate.com

mvbski
useravatar
Offline
43759 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: MLB News and Notes August - 7

Baseball Today - August 7

SCOREBOARD Tuesday, Aug. 7

San Diego at St. Louis (8:10 p.m. EDT). Padres starter Jake Peavy leads the NL with 154 strikeouts.

STARS Monday

-Paul Byrd, Indians, pitched his first shutout in more than two years, allowing four hits in Cleveland's 4-0 victory over Minnesota.

-Eric Munson, Astros, hit a game-ending single in the 10th inning in Houston's 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

-Randy Winn, Giants, had four hits, including the game winner in the 11th inning, and San Francisco beat Washington 3-2.

FOR THE RECORD

St. Louis tied a major league record with 10 straight hits in a 10-run fifth inning, with pitcher Braden Looper and Aaron Miles getting two apiece in a 10-5 victory over San Diego on Monday. Looper opened the inning with a single to center and then with the Cardinals up 8-3 bunted for another hit. Miles followed Looper twice with singles, the latter driving in a run. The 10-run inning was the most against the Padres since they gave up 11 in a 15-5 loss at St. Louis on May 8, 2005.

SNAPPED

Detroit rallied to beat Tampa Bay 6-4 on Monday to stop its longest losing steak of the season. The defending AL champion Tigers had lost five straight and 12 of 15 since they had baseball's best record on July 21.

STREAKING

New York improved to 19-7 since the All-Star break, moved 12 games over .500 for the first time this year and stopped Toronto's home winning streak at eight with a 5-4 victory Monday.

HOME SWEET HOME

Wandy Rodriguez struck out a career-high nine over eight innings for the Astros in a 2-1, 10-inning win over the Cubs. Rodriguez is 6-2 at home with a 1.69 ERA - second-best at home in the majors. On the road, he's 1-8 with an NL-worst 8.16 ERA.

SLUMPING

Milwaukee has lost 10 of its last 14 games following a 6-2 loss to Colorado on Monday.

SPEAKING

''I walked over to Casey (Blake) and Victor (Martinez) and said, 'If you're not right with Jesus, get right with Him, because He may be coming back. I just got Morneau out twice.''' - Cleveland righty Paul Byrd after he retired Minnesota slugger Justin Morneau twice on weak popouts in Cleveland's 4-0 win on Monday.

mvbski
useravatar
Offline
43759 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: MLB News and Notes August - 7

Reds place Freel on DL; activate Guardado
August 7th, 2007

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds placed outfielder Ryan Freel on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and activated left-hander Eddie Guardado from the 60-day DL.

Freel left Thursday's 7-3 loss to Washington with a sore right knee, and an MRI on Monday revealed torn cartilage in the knee.

This is Freel's second stint on the DL this season. He suffered a concussion May 29 when he collided with teammate Norris Hopper tracking down a fly ball, and didn't return until July 3 -- a span of 29 games.

Freel was hitting .245 with 16 RBI, 44 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 75 games for the Reds this season.

Guardado made 15 appearances with the Reds last season and notched eight saves with a 1.29 earned run average.

After going on the disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching elbow last August, the Reds shut Guardado down for the season so he could undergo "Tommy John" surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

For his career, Guardado owns a 41-55 record with a 4.26 ERA. He has notched 183 saves in 781 appearances spanning 836 1/3 innings with Minnesota, Seattle and the Reds.

In other roster moves Tuesday Cincinnati recalled right-hander Gary Majewski from Louisville and optioned left-hander Jon Coutlangus to the Triple-A club.

The Reds also announced rookie outfielder Josh Hamilton will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment with Louisville on Tuesday night. Hamilton has not played since he sprained his right wrist on July 7.

mvbski
useravatar
Offline
43759 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: MLB News and Notes August - 7

Padres recall Sledge, send down Thompson
August 7th, 2007

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The San Diego Padres recalled outfielder Terrmel Sledge from Triple-A Portland Tuesday, optioning right-handed pitcher Mike Thompson to the minor league affiliate to create roster space.

In 62 previous games with the Padres this season, Sledge has hit .216 with six doubles, six home runs, 16 RBI, and 17 runs scored. He has made 38 starts, 37 of them in left field.

Thompson, 26, has appeared in six games in three different stints with San Diego this season. He has compiled an 0-1 record with a 6.91 ERA in 14 1/3 innings.

mvbski
useravatar
Offline
43759 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: MLB News and Notes August - 7

Cubs recall Gallagher; option Ohman
August 7th, 2007

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs recalled pitcher Sean Gallagher from Triple-A Iowa and optioned pitcher Will Ohman to Iowa on Tuesday.

Gallagher, 21, will begin his third stint with the Cubs this season and in five appearances with the club this season has a 5.73 earned-run average with one save.

Ohman, 29, has a 1-4 record with a 5.06 ERA in 47 appearances with Chicago this season.

mvbski
useravatar
Offline
43759 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Board Info

Board Stats:
 
Total Topics:
44540
Total Polls:
2
Total Posts:
277592
Average Posts Per Hour:
4.3
User Info:
 
Total Users:
3485
Newest User:
KKKid
Members Online:
2
Guests Online:
2177

Online: 
Blade, Wilson

Forum Legend:

 Topic
 New
 Locked
 Sticky
 Active
 New/Locked
 Sticky/Locked

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com