MLB News and Notes August - 14

MLB News and Notes August - 14

Athletics option LHP Dallas Braden to Sacramento, recall LHP Dan Meyer
August 13, 2007

DETROIT (AP) -The Oakland Athletics optioned left-handed pitcher Dallas Braden to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled left-handed pitcher Dan Meyer on Monday.

Braden (1-7) lasted just 1 2-3 innings Sunday, allowing eight runs and seven hits in an 11-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

He hasn't won since April 24 - his first major league start - and is the first Oakland pitcher to lose more than six straight in one season since Mike Mohler in 1997.

Braden became the first pitcher in the major leagues since 2004 to give up two homers to the same batter in one inning, allowing Magglio Ordonez to do it Sunday.

Meyer was 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA, ranking among Pacific Coast League leaders, in 19 starts for Triple-A Sacramento. He was acquired from Atlanta before the 2005 season as part of the Tim Hudson trade.

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Dodgers bring up Hillenbrand
August 13th, 2007

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of infielder Shea Hillenbrand from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

Hillenbrand was designated for assignment by the Angels on June 29 after hitting .254 with three homers and 22 RBI this season. He was placed on waivers July 9 and the San Diego Padres signed him to a minor league contract later in the month.

Hillenbrand didn't play in a game with the Padres and San Diego released him last Wednesday. The Dodgers signed him on Friday.

To make room for him on the roster, LA optioned outfielder Delwyn Young to Las Vegas. The Dodgers also placed pitcher Jason Schmidt on the 60-day disabled list Monday.

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Baseball Today - August 14
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SCOREBOARD Tuesday, Aug. 14

Detroit at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). Jeremy Bonderman faces C.C. Sabathia in a matchup of the AL Central's top two teams.

STARS Monday

-Paul Maholm, Pirates, threw a five-hitter in under two hours to beat San Francisco 3-1.

-Tim Wakefield, Red Sox, tossed eight innings of two-hit ball to lead Boston to 3-0 win over Tampa Bay.

-Chad Gaudin, Athletics, struck out a career-high nine to lead Oakland past Detroit 7-2.

-Richie Sexson, Mariners, homered in the bottom of the ninth inning, powering Seattle over Minnesota 4-3.

SNAPPED

San Francisco stopped a five game losing streak, beating Pittsburgh 10-3 in the second game of a doubleheader Monday. ... Mark Teahen, who led Kansas City with 18 home runs in 2006, hit his sixth home run in the first inning of a 6-2 win over Toronto on Monday, ending a drought of 250 at-bats without a homer. Teahen last connected May 29 against Baltimore.

BAFFLING

Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield improved to 18-2 lifetime against Tampa Bay after a 3-0 win Monday.

STREAKING

New York beat Baltimore 7-6 on Monday and the Yankees have won four straight and nine of 10. ... Seattle is a season-high 16 games over .500 after a 4-3 win at home against Minnesota.

FOR THE RECORD

Detroit's Placido Polanco set a major league record for second baseman by playing his 144th straight game without an error in a 7-2 loss to Oakland on Monday, breaking the mark set by Luis Castillo earlier this year while playing for Minnesota.

SPEAKING

''Well, I'm going to. No. I know my approach. I'm a line drive hitter and home runs happen when they happen. As long as I stay within my approach, they'll happen more often than they have been.'' - Kansas City outfielder Mark Teahen joking about swinging for the fences after breaking a home run drought of 250 at-bats with a first inning drive in Monday's 6-2 win against Toronto. after manager Buddy Bell .

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Reds put Ross to DL with concussion, call up Jorgensen      
 
CINCINNATI (AP) -The Cincinnati Reds put catcher David Ross on the 15-day disabled list and called up catcher Ryan Jorgensen from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

Ross sustained a concussion Sunday in a collision at home plate in which San Diego's Mike Cameron scored.

Jorgensen played briefly for the Florida Marlins in 2005, appearing in four games. In 69 games at Louisville, he batted .229 with two home runs and 26 RBIs.

The Reds also said starting shortstop Alex Gonzalez did not accompany the team to Chicago, remaining behind because of the continued illness of his 10-month-old son.

The Reds opened a three-game series with the Cubs on Tuesday night.

Infielder Mark Bellhorn has accepted assignment to Louisville, the Reds said.

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Tigers acquire OF Perry from Oakland
August 14th, 2007

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers Tuesday acquired outfielder Jason Perry from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Jack Hannahan.

Perry, who will be assigned to Triple-A Toledo by Detroit, played at both Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento this season. He went .256 with seven doubles and five home runs with 17 RBI in 21 games with Midland. While with Sacramento, Perry batted .268 with 16 doubles, 18 homers and 58 RBI over 78 games.

Hannahan had nine at-bats over three games for Detroit in 2006, but has yet to notch a hit in the majors.

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