Baseball Today May 3

Baseball Today May 3

Rangers place Jennings on DL
May 2, 2008

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -The Texas Rangers placed right-handed starter Jason Jennings on the 15-day disabled list Friday night with soreness in his forearm.

Texas recalled left-hander A.J. Murray from Triple-A Oklahoma to start Saturday at Oakland.

Jennings left Tuesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals after throwing his second pitch of the third inning. He missed nearly three months last season because of a torn tendon in his right elbow while a member of the Houston Astros, and has struggled in his comeback, going 0-5 with an 8.56 ERA in six starts.

Jennings becomes the Rangers' fourth starting pitcher on the disabled list.

``It is what it is,'' manager Ron Washington said Friday before Texas opened a weekend series with the Athletics. ``We've got what we've got.''

Brandon McCarthy (right elbow strain), Kason Gabbard (back) and Luis Mendoza (right elbow inflammation) also are sidelined.

Gabbard is scheduled to make a rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Saturday.

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Rays RHP Glover on disabled list; Ruggiano recalled.
May 2, 2008

BOSTON (AP) -The Tampa Bay Rays placed right-hander Gary Glover on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Justin Ruggiano before Friday's scheduled game against the Red Sox.

``He's got a little tendinitis in his shoulder,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Glover was 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA in nine games. Ruggiano was 3-for-10 in five games with Tampa Bay before being sent down to Triple-A Durham on April 25.

Ruggiano is expected to be with the team until Sunday when the Rays plan to bring left-hander Scott Kazmir back from the 15-day DL. Kazmir, last year's AL strikeout leader, has been sidelined since spring training due to a strained elbow.

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Brewers' Gallardo has torn knee ligament
May 2, 2008

MILWAUKEE (AP) -Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo tore a ligament in his right knee trying to avoid a collision near first base on Thursday, and might need surgery.

``We're going to put him on the DL and bring Dave Bush back,'' general manager Doug Melvin said Friday. ``When the swelling goes down, we'll re-evaluate him, but it appears we're going to miss him for an extended period of time.''

Gallardo was injured in the fifth inning of Thursday's game against the Cubs when he rushed toward first base to cover a slow roller by Chicago's Reed Johnson. As Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder went to apply a tag, Gallardo hurdled Johnson and landed awkwardly on his right leg.

Gallardo was on the ground for a few minutes, but managed to walk it off and keep pitching, completing the inning and another before leaving. His velocity dipped noticeably after the fall.

``The doctor stated that going out there to pitch didn't do any further damage,'' Melvin said. ``It was torn at the time, and he was able to battle his way through it.''

Gallardo had an MRI on Friday morning that confirmed he had a torn ligament.

Gallardo joined the team in mid-April after Feb. 19 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee that he injured just before training camp opened.

The 22-year-old right-hander had a solid rookie year after his midseason call-up, going 9-5 with a 3.67 ERA down the stretch last season.

Bush, who was sent to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, made three starts before Gallardo returned from his left knee surgery, but was ineffective - going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA.

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Chicago Cubs at St. Louis (3:45 p.m.). Kyle Lohse (3-0, 2.36 ERA) helped the surprising Cardinals win a club-record 18 games in April. He gets the ball against Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly (1-4, 6.46 ERA) in a matchup of two of the top teams in the NL Central.

Sunday, May 4

Tampa Bay at Boston (1:35 p.m.) Two teams fighting for control of the AL East get together when Boston plays - no, not the Yankees - surprising Tampa Bay. Scott Kazmir makes his debut for the Rays against Jon Lester.

STARS

- Tim Hudson, Braves, threw his 11th career shutout, scattering three hits in a 2-0 win over Cincinnati. Hudson struck out 10 without issuing a walk.

- Jose Bautista, Pirates, homered twice and drove in four runs in an 11-4 win over the Nationals. He also scored three times.

- Pat Burrell, Phillies, hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th to beat San Francisco, 6-5. Burrell had been 0-for-3 before the deciding shot.

- Shaun Marcum, Blue Jays, gave up two hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings while battling a stomach bug in a 2-0 win over the White Sox. Marcum also struck out nine batters.

- Dan Uggla, Marlins, homered twice and drove in four runs in a 6-4 win over the Padres.

- Hunter Pence, Astros, homered twice - part of a five-homer game by Houston - and drove in three runs in a 7-4 victory over the Brewers.

- Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles, gave up three hits and two runs in seven innings in a 4-3 victory over the Angels. He struck out six and walked two to win for the first time in 16 starts.

MEANINGFUL HOMERS

Miguel Tejada fulfilled the wish of 8-year-old Jacob Scott, hitting the first of three straight Houston home runs after promising the little boy with muscular dystrophy that he'd go deep. The Astros wound up hitting five homers in a 7-4 win over Milwaukee, with impeccable timing: $10,000 was donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for each homer hit.

TRI-CYCLE

The Mets' Jose Reyes got three legs of the cycle, but was thrown out at home plate in the eighth inning trying to stretch a triple into the home run he needed. Reyes finished 4-for-5 with a double and a pair of triples, scoring three times in the Mets' 7-2 win over Arizona.

SHORT-CIRCUITED

An electrical outage that knocked out a couple banks of lights down each base line delayed the Pirates-Nationals game 25 minutes in the bottom of the fourth. Oddly, the punchless Pirates finally showed a little bit of power - they won, 11-4.

WANG-DERFUL

Chien-Ming Wang became the AL's first six-game winner and ended the Yankees' three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over Seattle. While New York has won all seven starts by Wang (6-0), the Yankees are 8-16 in other games. The Yankees improved to 27-7 when Wang starts following a loss, winning 11 in a row, and he is 22-6 in those games.

SICKENINGLY GOOD

Shaun Marcum held down the White Sox much better than his lunch. The Toronto starter struck out a season-high nine, allowing just a pair of singles, in a 2-0 win made all the more remarkable by a stomach bug. ``When I was warming up, maybe from running around or something, my stomach felt like it wasn't going to be able to keep anything down,'' Marcum said. ``I threw up after the first and the second, but other than that I was able to hang with it.''

GUTHRIE WINS!

Jeremy Guthrie won for the first time in 16 starts, helping the Orioles to a 4-3 win over the Angels. He got his first win since beating the Yankees 4-2 at Baltimore on July 27, allowing just two runs and three hits over seven innings with six strikeouts.

AILING

Twins OF Carlos Gomez was carted off the field in the fifth inning after Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez pegged him on the batting helmet while stealing second. Gomez was OK. ... Arizona 2B Orlando Hudson strained his right hamstring running out a double against the Mets. ... Detroit reliever Denny Bautista left in the eighth inning against Minnesota with a shoulder injury. ... Milwaukee RHP Yovani Gallardo was placed on the DL with a torn right knee ligament. He was injured Thursday while attempting to cover first base and is likely headed for season-ending surgery.

SPEAKING

``We just can't win one out of five games, every time Wang pitches. It's not going to work. It's not a good win percentage. Starting pitching is where it's at, especially in the postseason. At this point, we'll see if we even make the postseason.'' - Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, before Wang improved to 6-0 in a 5-1 victory over the Mariners.

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Trend Sheet

1:05 PM PITTSBURGH vs. WASHINGTON
Pittsburgh is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Washington
Pittsburgh is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh


1:05 PM SEATTLE vs. NY YANKEES
Seattle is 4-11 SU in their last 15 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Seattle is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
NY Yankees are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games
NY Yankees are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at home


1:07 PM CHI WHITE SOX vs. TORONTO
Chi White Sox are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
Chi White Sox are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road
Toronto is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
Toronto is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi White Sox


3:45 PM BALTIMORE vs. LA ANGELS
Baltimore is 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Angels
Baltimore is 4-10 SU in their last 14 games when playing LA Angels
LA Angels are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games at home
LA Angels are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing Baltimore


3:45 PM CHI CUBS vs. ST. LOUIS
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
St. Louis is 4-10 SU in their last 14 games when playing Chi Cubs


3:45 PM NY METS vs. ARIZONA
NY Mets are 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Arizona
NY Mets are 17-4 SU in its last 21 games when playing Arizona
Arizona is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Arizona is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home


7:05 PM KANSAS CITY vs. CLEVELAND
Kansas City is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Kansas City is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Cleveland is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games


7:05 PM MILWAUKEE vs. HOUSTON
Milwaukee is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Houston
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games


7:05 PM SAN FRANCISCO vs. PHILADELPHIA
San Francisco is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
San Francisco is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing San Francisco
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


7:05 PM TAMPA BAY vs. BOSTON
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Boston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home


7:10 PM CINCINNATI vs. ATLANTA
Cincinnati is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
Cincinnati is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cincinnati
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games


7:10 PM DETROIT vs. MINNESOTA
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Minnesota is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing Detroit
Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit


7:10 PM SAN DIEGO vs. FLORIDA
San Diego is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against Florida
San Diego is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
Florida is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Florida is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against San Diego


8:05 PM LA DODGERS vs. COLORADO
LA Dodgers are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Colorado
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
Colorado is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
Colorado is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games


9:05 PM TEXAS vs. OAKLAND
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Texas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Oakland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Texas

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New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks [FOX | 3:45 PM ET]


Mets: The young Mike Pelfrey has pitched well overall this season but he was more effective in his first two starts than the two most recent outings. In Pelfrey's two most recent starts, he's given up 19 hits and 9 runs over 10 1/3 innings, compared to 10 hits and just two runs in his previous 12 innings on the mound. Pelfrey has faced the Diamondbacks once, going 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA.

Key Injuries - NONE

PROJECTED SCORE: 3

Diamondbacks (-180, O/U 8.5): Brandon Webb is the early leader to capture National League Cy Young honors. Webb is 6-0 on the season with an impressive 1.98 ERA. Webb hasn't given up more than 3 runs in any of his 7 starts this year. Webb has uneven career numbers against the Mets. He's just 2-6 in 9 career starts yet he has a career ERA of just 2.26 against New York.

Key Injuries - NONE

PROJECTED SCORE: 6 (Side Play of the Day)


Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals [FOX | 3:45 PM ET]

Cubs: While Chicago's Ted Lilly has struggled away from home this season with an 0-2 mark and 7.71 ERA, he has enjoyed some success against the Cardinals during his career. Lilly is 3-2 lifetime vs. St. Louis with a 2.93 ERA. The Cardinals are hitting just .210 against him, which is much better than what he has shown on the road so far at .310.

Key Injuries - NONE

PROJECTED SCORE: 5 (OVER - Total Play of the Day)

Cardinals (-110, O/U 8.5): There has been a big difference between Kyle Lohse at home and on the road so far this season. Lohse is a perfect 2-0 so far at home with a stellar 1.08 ERA, giving up just 3 runs there in 4 starts totaling 25 innings. He is coming off a win there against the Astros on Sunday, allowing 1 run and 4 hits in 6 innings with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

Key Injuries - NONE

PROJECTED SCORE: 6


Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels [FOX | 3:45 PM ET]

Orioles: Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera has surprisingly not suffered a loss in 2008, with the team winning 5 of his 6 starts. Cabrera did not get a decision last time out at Chicago on Monday, as the game was called after 12 innings due to rain. He walked 7 White Sox in that game, which was only the second time this season he posted more walks than strikeouts. The 6-foot-9, 269-pound righty is 2-3 lifetime vs. LA with a 6.55 ERA.

Key Injuries - NONE

PROJECTED SCORE: 4

Angels (-125, O/U 9.5): LA's Jon Garland will try to rebound from one of his worst starts of the season against a team he has enjoyed some success against. Garland was bombed for 7 runs and 10 hits in 6 innings of a 14-2 loss to Oakland on Monday, walking 3 and striking out 5. He is 5-2 lifetime vs. Baltimore with a 4.50 ERA but will need to turn things around at home, where he is 1-2 with an 8.31 ERA in 3 starts.

Key Injuries - NONE

PROJECTED SCORE: 6

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