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MLB News and Notes September 10

MLB News and Notes September 10

Notes from Sunday's games
September 9, 2007

MINNESOTA: C Joe Mauer went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first start since Aug. 25. Although Mauer's sore left hamstring limited his running, manager Ron Gardenhire was pleased with Mauer's catching performance. ``He's 75 percent, as they say,'' Gardenhire said. ``He didn't run much. He put a good swing on the ball and did a good job behind the plate.'' ... The Twins scored 22 runs over the three-game series in Chicago and are batting .275 (73-for-265) over their last seven games. ``We had a good series swinging the bats,'' Gardenhire said. ``We scored a lot of runs.''

CHICAGO: DH Jim Thome hit his 498th career home run in the eighth inning. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't believe Thome will gain extra satisfaction hitting 500 against the Indians, who will be coming to town on Monday. ``I don't think Thome has anything against the Indians,'' Guillen said. ``To be honest, Thome put the Cleveland Indians back on the baseball map when he was there. I bet you when (Thome) goes to Hall of Fame there is no doubt he'll retire wearing a Cleveland Indians hat and people have to respect that.'' ... Jon Garland has allowed just two earned runs his last two starts.

SEATTLE: C Kenji Johjima met the media after Sunday's game with a massive head bandage after being hit on the back of the helmet by a Jason Grilli pitch, but quickly discarded the mummy-like wrap and acknowledged that he was fine. ``I did that myself in the trainer's room to impress people,'' Johjima joked though an interpreter. ``I'm OK, although I don't seem to remember going 0-for-4.'' ... DH Richie Sexson, who returned from a hamstring injury on Saturday, left Sunday's game after two plate appearances with the same problem. ``It's pretty clear that he's not right,'' manager John McLaren said. ``We'll get him examined again when we get home.''

The Tigers are 13,862 fans away from setting a single-season record, beating the attendance mark of 2,704,794 fans set at Tiger Stadium in 1984, when Detroit went on to win the World Series. ... In his Tigers debut, LHP Clay Rapada faced only one batter - Raul Ibanez - and was taken out after giving up a three-run homer. Rapada, recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, was the player to be named from the Chicago Cubs to complete the Craig Monroe trade. ... OF Magglio Ordonez was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, maintaining his margin over Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki (.355 to .351) for baseball's best batting average.

The Red Sox won the season series from Baltimore 12-6. The Red Sox are 27-9 against Baltimore over the past two seasons. ... In his four career starts at Camden Yards, RHP Josh Beckett is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA. ... 3B Mike Lowell ended a 2-for-20 slump and collected his 102nd and 103rd RBIs of the season with a third-inning single. ... Boston improved to 21-21 in one-run games with Sunday's 3-2 victory.

BALTIMORE: The Orioles placed LHP Erik Bedard on the 60-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his right rib cage and purchased the contract of RHP Victor Zambrano from Pittsburgh. ... Sunday's defeat dropped the Orioles back to a season high-tying 20 games under .500. They have lost 16 of 19 and are assured a 10th straight non-winning season. ... Baltimore fell to 11-28 in one-run games. ... Orioles manager Dave Trembley announced his starting rotation for a three-game series with Los Angeles starting Tuesday: Victor Santos, Daniel Cabrera and Jon Leicester. Santos will be making his Orioles debut and Leicester will be making his third major league start.

TORONTO: 1B Lyle Overbay was held out of the lineup Sunday. Overbay, who spent a month and half on the DL this season, is in the midst of an 0-for-19 slump and is 0-for-6 against Sunday's starter James Shields. ... OF Reed Johnson made his first start in left field since Sept. 1.

TAMPA BAY: CF B.J. Upton made his third start at DH on Sunday. Upton fouled a pitch off his left foot in Friday's game and was a late scratch from Saturday's game. The Devil Rays are 3-0 when Upton starts at DH. ... Saturday's pinch-hit, game-winning homer made Upton 3-for-4 for his career as a pinch hitter. ... The Devil Rays purchased the contract of INF Jorge Velandia from Triple-A Durham. ... Tampa Bay is second in the AL with 169 home runs.

NEW YORK: Mariano Rivera has 25 or more saves in each of the last 11 seasons. Only Lee Smith has a longer streak of 25-plus. He had 13 straight years from 1983-95. ... In 21 career starts against the AL Central, Chien-Ming Wang is 15-1. ... Robinson Cano made several sparkling plays at second base on Sunday as well as contributing an RBI single. ... The Yankees were 9-1 against Kansas City this year, but that's not the best they've ever done. In 1998 they were 10-0 against the Royals. ... Alex Rodriguez hit his 52nd homer and 516th of his career on Sunday, moving him within five of Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 15th on the all-time list.

KANSAS CITY: Until Rodriguez homered in the first inning Sunday, Zack Greinke had not been scored upon since allowing five runs to the Yankees on Aug. 5. ... John Bale established a new personal best as a reliever with seven strikeouts. His best as a starter is nine, with the Cincinnati Reds in 2003. ... Rookie 3B Alex Gordon is getting the hang of hitting with the bases loaded. He has hits in four of his last five at_bats in that situation after starting his major league career going 0-for-7 with the bases loaded. He is tied with Emil Brown for the team lead with 57 RBIs.

CF Kevin Thompson was in the starting lineup for the first time since being claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees on Friday. He was batting leadoff and struck out in his first at bat. Thompson hit .190 with two RBIs with the Yankees before he was designated for assignment on Sept. 1. ... Oakland starters have a 6.64 ERA over the last 15 games.

RHP Brandon McCarthy threw without pain Sunday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers. McCarthy has been on the DL since Aug. 15 with stress fracture in his right shoulder blade. ... RHP Luis Mendoza did some running Sunday one day after he was hit in the left knee with a line drive. ``He's still sore, but there's no damage,'' manager Ron Washington said.

CLEVELAND: The Indians entered Sunday night's game 47-34 when they play errorless ball and 35-26 when they commit at least one miscue. They had 81 errors through their first 142 games after committing 118 last season - which was second-most in the AL. ``People who claim to know what they're talking about don't know how to look at defense in this game - and they never will,'' manager Eric Wedge said. ``It amazes me how ignorant people can be when it comes to defense in baseball. They think they can just look at numbers and think that it's a good team or a bad team. And that couldn't be further from the truth. It's very misleading.'' ... Joe Borowski, who came in with a league-leading 40 saves, had allowed only three of 29 inherited runners to score and retired his first batter in all but seven of his first 57 appearances. ``He understands how important that first hitter of the inning is, particularly in the ninth,'' Wedge said. ``But the only stat that matters is saves, and he's leading the league.''

LOS ANGELES: Switch-hitting CF Gary Matthews, batting just .180 right-handed and .258 overall, wasn't in the starting lineup for the second straight night because Cleveland was starting a lefty - albeit struggling rookie Aaron Laffey. ``I think he's putting too much pressure on himself offensively right now because he's swinging at a lot of pitches that aren't in the strike zone,'' hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said. ``When Gary got here, I told him, 'If you hit .270, drive in around 80 runs and play good defense for us, it's going to be a good year.' A lot of it is just telling him that he's helped us get where we are, and that we've won a lot of games because of his defense.'' ... C Mike Napoli made his first start behind the place since July 27, when he strained his right hamstring on a steal of second base. The Angels went 25-16 and built their AL West lead from four to nine games with backup Jeff Mathis and rookie Ryan Budde filling the void.

HOUSTON: The Astros left 29 runners on base in the series. ... Houston has hit a home run in 10 of its last 11 games. ... 1B Lance Berkman went 2-for-4 and is batting .297 (11-for-37) with four homers and six RBIs in his last 10 games. ... CF Hunter Pence went 0-for-5 and finished 2-for-14 in the series.

NEW YORK: C Ramon Castro (lower back arthritis) went 2-for-4 and drove in a run in rehab game with Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday night. He was expected to play for Class-A Brooklyn on Sunday. ``He's starting to move around a little bit and hopefully he can get some at_bats so we can see where he is moving forward,'' manager Willie Randolph said. ... 3B David Wright got the day off. Ruben Gotay started in his place. ... The Mets swept a home three-game series from the Astros for the first time since April 11-14, 2005. It was New York's second sweep of any length at Shea Stadium this season. ... RHP Pedro Martinez on his role if the NL East-leading Mets reach the postseason: ``I don't want to think that far ahead but I can tell you one thing for sure, I want to be part of that team that's out there.'' ... New York (81-61) is 20 games over .500 for the first time since it finished 97-65 last year.

LOS ANGELES: SS Rafael Furcal got the day off, giving him two full days including Monday's off day. Furcal is in an 0-for-16 funk and nursing a tender ankle. ``He can regroup a little bit,'' manager Grady Little said. ``It's been a long time. He's been in there every day. I think we'll see a fresh man come back on Tuesday.'' ... 3B Nomar Garciaparra batted eighth in his second start back from the DL. ``The hitters are making the lineup,'' Little said. ``He's coming back from injury. It's going to take him a few days.'' ... Juan Pierre went 0-for-4, ending his 10-game hitting streak.

SAN FRANCISCO: RHP Matt Cain has never beaten the Dodgers, going 0-3 in his first five starts. ... SS Omar Vizquel returned to the lineup after sitting out Saturday with food poisoning. ... Tyler Walker (1-0), back after reconstructive elbow surgery, pitched the eighth for his first win since May 19, 2006, with Tampa Bay. ... RHP Dan Giese was thrilled with his major league debut Saturday, throwing two perfect innings. He had 10 people in the stands, family and friends who made the trip north from Orange County. ``It's so much anticipation leading up to it,'' he said. ``I was glad to get out there. I was really nervous in the bullpen, but once I got out there it's the same game.''

The Marlins finished 9-9 in the season series against Philadelphia. ... The Marlins hit three home runs, giving them 182 and tying the club record set last year. ... Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer joined New York's Tom Glavine as the only pitchers to go 4-0 against the Marlins in a season. Moyer's seven career wins against the Marlins trail only Jason Schmidt, who is 8-0 against Florida.

PHILADELPHIA: LHP Cole Hamels played catch for the second straight day and manager Charlie Manuel hoped to have his ace throw off the mound either Tuesday or Wednesday. Hamels (14-5, 3.50) has been out since Aug. 16 with a strained left elbow. ... LHP Jamie Moyer improved to 7-0 with a 3.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins. ... SS Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-5 for his NL-best 56th multi-hit game of the season. ... C Carlos Ruiz homered and tied his career high with three hits. ... The Phillies are 17-8 in their last 25 games against left-handers.

WASHINGTON: SS Felipe Lopez was given a day off. D'Angelo Jimenez made only his third start there and hit leadoff for the first time this season. He also has five starts at 2B. ... The Nationals snapped an eight-game road losing streak by improving to 2-7 at Atlanta. ... RHP Jason Bergmann has won two straight starts and three straight decisions.

ATLANTA: Manager Bobby Cox said RHP Buddy Carlyle will start on Tuesday at the New York Mets. Cox waited to announce the starter in case Carlyle was needed in relief during the weekend. LHP Jo-Jo Reyes was the alternate starter if needed. ... Cox had two lineups in case SS Edgar Renteria had soreness in his right ankle. Renteria, who came off the DL on Friday, started Saturday night and said he was fine for the second straight start. Renteria was 0-for-3, which dropped his batting average to .335.

CUBS: Manager Lou Piniella is rethinking his idea of holding back RHP Carlos Zambrano a day so he can face the Cardinals on Friday, rather than the Astros on Thursday. Zambrano won for the first time since July 29 by beating the Pirates 5-1 on Saturday night. Zambrano would work on his usual four days' rest if he pitches Thursday. ... Pirates RHP Matt Morris was 0-5 against the Cubs since 2005 before beating them 10-5 on Sunday. ... Alfonso Soriano on the Cubs falling out of first place after going 6-9 since Aug. 25: ``It doesn't feel good, but there are 20 games left and this was only one game. We can come back and finish in first place.''

PIRATES: The Pirates have won 12 of their last 16 at home against the Brewers, who arrive for a three-game series starting Monday. The Brewers are 19-40 at PNC Park, which opened in 2001. ... OF-C Ryan Doumit will likely miss the rest of the season with a sprained right ankle. ... The only Pirates farm club that reached the postseason, Class-A Hickory, was eliminated in a three-game South Atlantic League playoff series by West Virginia. ... Interim GM Brian Graham on Sunday defended the prospect-thin Pirates farm system, insisting it has produced not only more major leaguers, but more quality major leaguers, than any other club in recent seasons. The thin farm system was one of the main reasons why former GM Dave Littlefield was fired on Friday.

MILWAUKEE: Because Triple-A Nashville was eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Saturday, Milwaukee plans to recall OF Tony Gwynn Jr. and Laynce Nix. Gwynn hit a combined .274 over 113 at_bats in two different stints with Milwaukee this season and .286 in 126 at_bats with the Sounds. Nix, who strained an oblique muscle in spring training, hit .268 with 24 homers and 74 RBIs for Nashville. They are scheduled to join the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. ... The Brewers activated RHP Claudio Vargas from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Vargas had been on the DL since Aug. 25 with a strained lower back. He is 10-4 with a 5.13 ERA in 25 games. ... Prince Fielder went 2-for-5 Sunday to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

CINCINNATI: SS Alex Gonzalez's left lower leg was heavily wrapped Sunday, a day after he fouled two balls off his lower shin. He left Saturday's game after the sixth inning. ``It's nasty looking,'' manager Pete Mackanin said. ``It looks like it's eight different colors. It's not pretty.'' ... The Reds activated INF Pedro Lopez from the 15-day DL. Lopez had been out since July 26 after his left cheekbone was fractured when he was hit by a pitch from Milwaukee RHP Matt Wise a day earlier. Lopez hit .184 in 11 games before his injury.

SAN DIEGO: Manager Bud Black said C Michael Barrett didn't adhere to Brian Giles' signal to slide when Barrett was thrown out at the plate in the fourth inning Sunday. ``I made a baserunning mistake,'' Barrett said. ``Your instincts tell you to slide, but there were other things on my mind, whether to take the catcher out.'' ... The Padres have lost two-of-three in consecutive series to Arizona and Colorado. Black isn't concerned as the Padres begin a three-game series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. ``We're 2-4 on this trip and we're not happy about it,'' Black said. ``A lot of teams would like to trade places with us.'' ... Black was encouraged by the outing of RHP Chris Young, who allowed two hits and three runs over five innings in suffering his first loss in five starts at Coors Field.

Manager Clint Hurdle still isn't sure who the Rockies will pitch Wednesday in Philadelphia. It may be LHP Mark Redman or RHP Ramon Ortiz. ``We may pick three relievers and go at it that way and try to get to the fifth or sixth (inning),'' Hurdle said. ... Asked if the recent rash of injuries was a sign from the baseball gods, Hurdle shrugged his shoulders. ``I don't believe in baseball gods,'' he said. ``It's not going to be woe is us.'' ... 1B Todd Helton became the first player in major league history with 35 or more doubles in 10 straight seasons with his double to left-center in the sixth inning Sunday. ... Colorado has lost just one home series since the end of May.

ST. LOUIS: RHP Kip Wells threw four-plus innings of two-hit relief on Sunday. He struck out four and hit a batter in place of starter Brad Thompson, who lasted just two innings. ... Former Arizona infielder Brian Barden recorded his first hit for the Cardinals and first since April 8 for the Diamondbacks at Washington. ... Albert Pujols was 6-for-12 with three doubles, a triple and four RBIs in the Cardinals' three losses to Arizona. ... Miguel Cairo's third-inning triple was his first of the season. ... St. Louis outscored Arizona 11-1 in the third inning of the team's three games.

ARIZONA: RF Justin Upton's two-run homer in the seventh inning have him his first career multi-RBI game. ... RHP Bob Wickman made his Diamondbacks debut, pitching a scoreless fifth inning in his first appearance since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. ``It didn't take me long to get loose,'' said Wickman, who had not pitched off a mound for nearly two weeks before a pair of bullpen sessions on Friday and Saturday. ... Chris Young's 29 homers ranks second among all rookies. ... Tony Clark has hit in five straight games, including a two-run double that gave the Diamondbacks a 6-4 lead in the seventh.

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Twins bring up catcher Matthew LeCroy and put Jose Morales on the disabled list
September 9, 2007

CHICAGO (AP) -The Minnesota Twins purchased the contract of catcher Matthew LeCroy from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday and placed catcher Jose Morales on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Morales sprained his left ankle in the fifth inning against the White Sox after going 3-for-3 in his major league debut.

LeCroy played six seasons with the Twins. Before playing one season with the Washington Nationals.

He hit .194 in 80 games with Rochester.

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Pirates' Doumit likely out for season
September 9, 2007

PITTSBURGH (AP) -The Pirates' Ryan Doumit badly sprained his right ankle only a couple of batters into his first appearance in nearly a month, and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Doumit was activated before Saturday night's game against the Cubs following a 26-day layoff with a wrist injury. Doumit entered in the fourth inning after Jason Bay developed right knee pain and was hurt on Mark DeRosa's one-out single while spinning to make the throw to second.

Doumit was diagnosed Sunday with a high ankle sprain, a more severe type of sprain that often sidelines pro athletes for at least a month. Doumit has had a series of injuries with Pittsburgh, including a hamstring problem that cause him to miss about half of the 2006 season.

Doumit likely will end the season with a .274 average, nine homers and 32 RBIs, again playing only about half a season.

Bay will undergo an MRI exam on Monday to determine if there is any structural damage to his right knee. He needed offseason surgery a year ago on his left knee.

Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady still has not been cleared to play after sustaining a concussion Monday when he was hit in the head with a pitch. Nady has had occasional headaches since being hit, and will not be allowed to play as long as they continue.

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Baseball Today - September 10


Monday, Sept. 10

Toronto at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). Roy Halladay tries for win No. 15 against Kenny Rogers and the Tigers.

STARS Sunday

-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, homered for the fifth straight game in a 6-3 victory over Kansas City.

-Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun, Brewers. Weeks and Braun each hit two home runs in Milwaukee's 10-5 win over Cincinnati.

-Pat Burrell, Phillies, homered and drove in three runs in an 8-5 win over Florida.

-Jason Kubel, Twins, hit a three-run homer and an RBI single to help Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2.

-Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, went 3-for-4 and scored four runs in a 14-7 victory over Detroit.


Alex Rodriguez homered for the fifth straight game, connecting for the seventh time during that span and sending the New York Yankees past Kansas City 6-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. A-Rod's two-run shot off Zack Greinke in the first inning was his major league-leading 52nd homer and it raised his RBI count to 140, also best in the big leagues. It's the third time in his 13-year career that he's homered in five straight games.


Josh Beckett allowed two runs in seven innings to earn his 18th victory - tops in the majors - and Boston beat Baltimore 3-2 on Sunday. Beckett yielded seven hits, struck out eight and walked none. ... Chien-Ming Wang matched Beckett with his 18th win in the New York Yankees' 6-3 win over Kansas City. Wang gave up three runs and five hits, walking four and striking out four.


Curtis Granderson of the Tigers joined Willie Mays and Frank ''Wildfire'' Schulte as the only players in major league history with 20 stolen bases, 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a season when he stole a base in the first inning of Detroit's 14-7 loss to Seattle on Sunday. Schulte was the first to accomplish the feat in 1911 while playing for the Chicago Cubs, and Mays did it in 1957 with the New York Giants.


Milwaukee became the third team in major league history to open a game with three straight home runs when Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun connected Sunday off Cincinnati's Phil Dumatrait in a 10-5 victory. Weeks and Braun each hit two home runs and J.J. Hardy homered and hit two doubles - all in the first four innings. Johnny Estrada also homered to give the Brewers six in a game for the first time since April 29, 2006.


Pedro Martinez scattered six hits in five scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season in the New York Mets' 4-1 win over Houston on Sunday. Martinez had shoulder surgery in October and also worked five innings in his return to the majors last Monday at Cincinnati, earning the win in the Mets' 10-4 victory.


Chicago fell 10-5 to Pittsburgh on Sunday as the Cubs continued an ominous trend against its NL Central foes. The Cubs have won 10 of their last 15 against the other contenders for the division title, the Brewers and Cardinals. They have dropped seven of 12 to both the Pirates and Cincinnati, whom they face a combined nine times in their last 20 games.


Jose Valverde picked up his major league-leading 45 save to help Arizona hold off St. Louis 6-5 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. ... Sammy Sosa hit his 607th career homer to lead Texas past Oakland 12-9 for their fifth straight win. The Rangers have won 12 of 14 to move into a tie for third place with the A's in the AL West. Texas had been in last place since April 25.


''So I'm going to enjoy every little moment that I have, every curtain call, sign as many autographs as I can because it's not going to last too long.'' - Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez, on his first home start of the season following shoulder surgery last October. Martinez picked up the win and hit a double in his first at-bat to help New York top Houston 4-1.

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Tigers plan to shut down RHP Jeremy Bonderman as his injured elbow is examined

DETROIT -- Jeremy Bonderman's season might be over.

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the team will probably shut down the right-hander because of a nagging elbow injury that is not getting better.

''This guy is a trooper and wanted to go out there for us,'' Leyland said Sunday after the Seattle Mariners beat Detroit 14-7. ''But he's not right.''

Bonderman (11-9) gave up six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings - matching the shortest outing of his five-year career - in what might end up being his final outing of the season.

''I wanted to go out and give it a chance,'' he said. ''I didn't really help anybody - myself or the team.''

Bonderman is scheduled to have his elbow examined on Monday.

''It's frustrating, but at least now we're going to find out a reason why this is happening,'' he said. ''I've had it for a while, and it's been getting worse over a period of time.

''It's time to get it figured out.''

Bonderman was 10-1 after beating Seattle on July 13, but he is 1-8 since and has given up at least six earned runs in five of his past nine starts.

A similar injury ended his season in 2005, but he bounced back well enough to win 14 games in the regular season to help the Tigers reach the playoffs last year for the first time since 1987 and contributed to their first World Series appearance since 1984.

Bonderman said he feels sharp pain on the outside of his elbow on most throws, but is clinging to hopes that he can come back as the Tigers chase the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card chase.

''I'm going to do what I can to hopefully get back this year,'' he said.

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Angels activate Colon
September 9th, 2007

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Angels starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Colon had been out since late July due to irritation of his right elbow.

Colon, the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner, has struggled this season, going 6-6 with a robust 6.72 earned run average.

Injuries have marked parts of Colon's career, as the right-hander missed a good chunk of the 2006 season with a torn rotator cuff and he has been on the DL five times.

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