Baseball Today April 26

Baseball Today April 26

Twins send Liriano back to Triple-A
April 25, 2008

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -Struggling left-hander Francisco Liriano was sent back to the minors by the Minnesota Twins on Friday, after posting an 11.32 ERA and losing all three starts since returning to the rotation.

Liriano was sent to Triple-A Rochester before Friday night's game at Texas, and it was not a surprise. He gave up six runs and got only two outs on Thursday against Oakland, his latest failure to find the strike zone in a return from reconstructive elbow surgery.

``He knew he needed to improve. It wasn't a shocker to him,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``He saw where he was at and he knows he's got work to do. Maybe he can clear his head, get after it down there and get back up here.''

Right-hander Bobby Korecky was recalled from Rochester to take Liriano's roster spot. Korecky was the closer for Rochester, going 2-1 with an 0.68 ERA and five saves in 13 1-3 innings.

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Orioles put Loewen on DL with sore elbow
April 25, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) -The Baltimore Orioles put left-hander starter Adam Loewen on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a sore elbow.

The Orioles purchased the contract of infielder Eider Torres from Triple-A Norfolk.

Loewen, who made just six starts last season because of a stress fracture in his left elbow, is 0-1 with a 7.85 ERA in four starts this year. He lasted only 2 2-3 innings Thursday against Seattle and allowed five runs and four hits.

After the game, Loewen told Baltimore manager Dave Trembley that he had soreness in his left forearm.

Torres, who is looking to make his major league debut, was hitting .338 in 18 games for Norfolk.

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Blue Jays activate Rolen
April 25, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Scott Rolen, who fractured his right middle finger in spring training, was activated Friday from the disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays and was in the lineup at third base against the Kansas City Royals.

Rolen, who was acquired in a Jan. 14 trade with St. Louis for Troy Glaus, was 0-for-9 in three games on a rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Dunedin.

``I had a pretty exciting rehab stint, 0-for-9 with an error and they probably could have given me two that inning, actually,'' Rolen said, jokingly. ``I think if they were in a Florida State pennant race, they would've been happy to see me go. I was killing them.''

Rolen hurt the finger on March 23 in a fielding drill and had surgery to implant a pin, then another surgery to remove it.

``We don't expect him to come in and carry the team,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ``It's unfair to him to think he's going to come in and save the day. He's just got to fit in and do his thing. We need him. He's anxious to get going.''

The Blue Jays had lost five straight and ranked 12th in the American League with a .369 slugging percentage entering Friday. Rolen has 261 home runs and 1,012 RBIs in 11-plus seasons. He hit .345 with a homer and three doubles in 29 at_bats in spring training before the injury.

``I still have a pretty significant bone bruise on the end of it. I feel it when I throw and I feel it when I hit,'' Rolen said. ``I think my options are I can sit for a month and do nothing and wait for that to heal or I can go play. I think it's time to play.''

To make roster space for Rolen, the Blue Jays optioned rookie catcher Robinson Diaz to Triple-A Syracuse in the International League.

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