|Notes from Sunday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 06 May 2007 16:55|
SEATTLE: Reliever Julio Mateo was suspended for 10 days without pay, a day after he was arrested following a dispute with his wife at a Manhattan hotel. ... RHP Sean Green was recalled from Tacoma to fill the roster spot of Mateo, who was optioned to the Triple-A team after Saturday's game. ... Jarrod Washburn dropped to 1-3 at Yankee Stadium. ... Jose Vidro had two of Seattle's four hits. ... Seattle made two errors and LF Raul Ibanez lost Hideki Matsui's fly ball in the sun, allowing it to drop for a double. ... 2B Jose Lopez was a late scratch because of a bruised right ankle, an injury sustained Saturday during a collision with New York 1B Doug Mientkiewicz.
NEW YORK: Darrell Rasner's outing was called a ``big lift'' by Yankees manager Joe Torre, especially with rookie Kei Igawa starting the four-game series Friday and Matt DeSalvo finishing it Monday in his major league debut. ``When he gets the ball down, he can frustrate a ballclub because he changes speeds enough and moves the ball in and out,'' Torre said of Rasner. ... Miguel Cairo was 2-for-4 following an 0-for-9 start.
CLEVELAND: OF Grady Sizemore played in his 224th consecutive game, the longest streak for a Cleveland player since Joe Carter's run of 228 games from 1986-87. Sizemore singled with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, improving to 12-for-28 with the bases loaded in his career. ... OF Trot Nixon had a career-high five hits, going 4-for-4 against LHPs Brian Burres and Kurt Birkins. Entering the game, he was 1-for-15 this season against left-handers. ... 3B Casey Blake drove in two runners with a double in the fifth. He was 1-for-27 with runners in scoring position. ... 2B Josh Barfield's eight-game hitting streak ended. ... The Indians need a win on Monday to split the four-game series. They won eight of nine series coming in. ... C Victor Martinez left the game in the eighth inning after getting hit with a ball on his wrist. X-rays were negative. ... Cleveland had a season-high 16 hits.
``pretty sure'' that RHP Jeremy Guthrie would start Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Guthrie has started once this season. ... Sunday's attendance of 37,464 was the second-largest of the season. ... Baltimore allowed a season-high 16 hits and finished with 15 hits, its most this season.
OAKLAND: OF Milton Bradley (sore right wrist and strained left hamstring) saw a hand specialist, who recommended a couple more days of rest before resuming full batting practice. ``Nothing more than rest is good,'' manager Bob Geren said. ... OFs Shannon Stewart (ankle) and Travis Buck (wrist), both slowed by minor injuries, were out of the starting lineup. The move allows both to get two days of rest because the Athletics are off Monday. ... C Jason Kendall also had a scheduled day off. He had no extra-base hits in his previous 25 games, covering 98 at-bats.
TAMPA BAY: 2B B.J. Upton homered in the second to equal his career high with a nine-game hitting streak. ... INF Greg Norton, coming off right knee surgery, was scratched from his second minor league rehab game with Double-A Montgomery on Saturday night after experiencing knee soreness. ... Minor league RHP Mitch Talbot had a start to forget Saturday for Triple-A Durham. All 10 batters he faced reached base and scored. He gave up seven hits, two walks and hit a batter.
BOSTON: Manager Terry Francona argued with umpires twice during a 4-3 victory over the Twins. The first time came in the sixth inning when plate umpire Tim Tschida ruled that Dustin Pedroia did not score before Alex Cora was thrown out at second base on a flyout by David Ortiz to end the inning. Despite what might have appeared as a baserunning mistake by Cora that cost the Red Sox a run, Francona said he was not upset at the shortstop for being aggressive. ``It's heads-up baserunning as always,'' Francona said. ``He's thinking all the way. It's not like it was a brain cramp. He's always trying to do the right thing.'' ... Pedroia's three hits were a career high. ``His approach was softer,'' Francona said. ``He's taking the kind of swings that we think he can take. That was terrific.''
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DETROIT: Reliever Joel Zumaya had an appointment Monday in New York with hand specialist Dr. Charles Melone. Zumaya was put on the DL on Saturday night with what is described as a sprain of the right middle finger of his right hand. The finger was swollen and bandaged Sunday and, he said, very painful. ... The Tigers' four home runs, 13 runs and 17 hits were all season highs. The previous best for runs was 12, on April 16 against the Royals. Detroit last had four homers in a game on Sept. 18, 2006, against the Chicago White Sox.
KANSAS CITY: The Royals had not allowed three home runs in an inning since June 28, 2006, at Cincinnati. Before giving up the three two-run shots in the second inning, Zack Greinke had allowed only two homers in 30 2-3 innings. ... Tony Pena Jr. has hit in a career-best seven straight games and is batting .333 during the streak. ... Mark Grudzielanek has hit in a season-high eight straight games. ... With runners in scoring position, Mike Sweeney is 11-for-27. ... Reliever John Bale had a setback in his rehab work at Double-A Wichita and will probably not be available until mid-July, manager Buddy Bell said.
TORONTO: 3B Troy Glaus is hitting .367 (11-for-30) with two doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs in eight games since returning from the disabled list April 28 because of a left heel injury. He was 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk Sunday. ... Before allowing home runs to Mark Teixeira and Kenny Lofton, RHP A.J. Burnett had allowed only one extra-base hit (also a homer) against left-handed hitters in his six previous starts this season. Burnett allowed three homers, the third time in his career he has done that.
TEXAS: RHP Kameron Loe allowed one run over 6 2-3 innings, the fifth straight quality start by a Rangers starter. Texas starters had only three quality starts the previous 14 games. ... 1B Mark Teixeira has a five-game hitting streak (9-for-19), his longest of the season. ... Teixeira is only five games shy of matching the Rangers record of 482 consecutive games played, held by Alex Rodriguez. ... Texas is 4-6 in day games after a 3-2 victory over Toronto, which started a stretch of five daytime starts in its next eight games.
0-4 in his last 10 regular-season starts against the Angels since Aug. 8, 2001, when he threw a four-hitter for his only regular-season victory against them. He also beat them with a five-hitter in Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS - the first of four consecutive complete-game victories by the White Sox staff.
LOS ANGELES: All three home runs reliever Scot Shields has allowed this season - including pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski's tying, two-run shot on Sunday - have blown leads for the Angels. Travis Hafner's three-run shot on April 12 gave Cleveland a 4-2 lead. Ben Broussard's pinch-hit grand slam on April 21 put Seattle ahead 7-6. ... RHP Bartolo Colon took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, then allowing two more hits before leaving after 87 pitches with a mild strain in his right biceps. ``We'll take it day to day with Bart and see how it feels,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ``I think there's as much chance he'll make his next start as he won't.'' ... CF Gary Matthews Jr., the only player to start in each of the team's first 31 games and play every inning, got the day off.
SAN DIEGO: OF Brian Giles sat out Sunday after starting the first 30 games. ``It was just time,'' manager Bud Black said. 1B Adrian Gonzalez is now the only player on the team to start every game. ... RHP Clay Hensley, on the 15-day DL with a right groin strain, threw before Sunday's game. ``His arm feels good,'' Black said. ``He played some long toss, stretched it out a little bit. ... Hopefully within the week he might be able to throw a light bullpen if everything continues to improve.'' ... The Padres' 13 singles Saturday without an extra-base hit against Florida were the most hits they've had without an extra-base hit since June 11, 1994.
FLORIDA: Padres manager Bud Black came out of the weekend series at Florida with a souvenir: a shoe from Dontrelle Willis. As Friday's game was about to start, Black asked the umpire crew about white striping on Willis' shoes. ``I wanted to make sure it was the same shoe he threw in all season,'' Black said. The umpires determined the shoes were legal. Willis later sent an autographed shoe to Black, who displayed it on his desk. ... Marlins pitchers went 0-for-1 with a walk Sunday, dropping their average to .237. They're hitting better than center fielder Alfredo Amezaga (.235), second baseman Dan Uggla (.231) and right fielder Joe Borchard (.212).
e Andy's bats or find another way to ``welcome'' the rookie to the big leagues. Manager Grady Little said Andy LaRoche would be given ``a good opportunity'' as the starter. LaRoche hit a fifth-inning ground-rule double for his first hit. ... Juan Pierre was picked off first base for the second straight game.
ATLANTA: Manager Bobby Cox's seventh-inning ejection was the 128th of his career and the third of the season. ... Rookie C Jarrod Saltalamacchia already has thrown out three baserunners in two starts. Saltalamacchia picked off Juan Pierre with a quick throw to first base in the first inning and then threw out Rafael Furcal at second on a stolen base attempt in the seventh Sunday. ... RHP Kyle Davies made throwing errors in the second and fifth innings on throws to first and second, respectively. Neither error led to a run. ... The Braves have not hit a homer in four straight games, their longest streak of the season.
he Pirates head to Chicago for a three-game series starting Tuesday. They have gone 8-5 in their last 13 games at Wrigley Field after losing 10 of 12 there.
MILWAUKEE: SS J.J. Hardy's 17-game hitting streak is the longest for the team since 1B Lyle Overbay hit in 18 straight games in 2004. Paul Molitor holds the club record with a 39-game hitting streak in 1987. ... 2B Rickie Weeks is 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts this season, including a steal of third Sunday. ... OF Laynce Nix will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Huntsville on Monday, the team announced. Nix has not played this season due to a right oblique strain. He was acquired in the deal that sent Carlos Lee to the Texas Rangers last season. ... With crowds of more than 40,000 Friday and Saturday, the Brewers have drawn crowds of 40,000 or more seven times in 18 home games. Milwaukee had crowds of 40,000 or more 15 times in all of 2006. ... LHP Brian Shouse allowed two runners to score after relieving Matt Wise in the seventh inning. Shouse had stranded all 20 runners he had inherited this season.
ut innings Friday and allowing one hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless seventh inning Sunday. ``His mechanics are a whole lot better and I think his confidence level is up,'' Garner said. ``I think he has a very clear idea what he wants to do and I think he's back on track.'' Dan Wheeler is 5-for-5 in save opportunities with 10 consecutive scoreless innings over his last eight appearances. ... Pinch-hitter Mike Lamb fouled off seven pitches in a 12-pitch at-bat in the seventh before taking a called third strike from Russ Springer.
ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals have scored three or fewer runs in 22 of their first 29 games, which did not prevent them from taking two of three from the Astros with 3-2 and 3-1 victories. ``It's something to build on,'' manager Tony La Russa said. ``It's good to win games when not everything is clicking. That's one way to survive.'' ... Albert Pujols was 0-for-4 with three popups and a comebacker and is 0-for-8 the last two games after entering the weekend with a 12-game hitting streak in which he batted .409. ... Jim Edmonds is hitless in his last 13 at-bats, although he flied out to the left-field wall in the sixth inning. ... La Russa said Ryan Ludwick, 0-for-4 with a run-scoring groundout in his first NL game, will start again in RF on Monday in the opener of a three-game series against the Rockies.
WASHINGTON: RHP John Patterson went on the DL after Sunday's 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs because of elbow inflammation and could miss at least a month, manager Manny Acta said. Although an MRI exam Sunday revealed no structural damage, Patterson was told he has fluid and inflammation in his elbow. He left in the third inning of Saturday's start after reporting pain in his right biceps. After making only eight starts in 2006 because of nerve problems in his right elbow and undergoing surgery last July, Patterson is 1-5 with a 7.47 ERA. ``I didn't want to spend one day on the DL this year,'' said Patterson, who also was hit in the left cheek by a foul ball during batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field. ``That was probably the No. 1 goal coming into the season. But there comes a point where you have to do what you have to do. I pushed it as far as I could push it for as long as I could push it.'' ... The Nationals also activated SS Cristian Guzman (strained left hamstring) and OF Nook Logan (sprained left foot) and sent OF Michael Restovich to Triple-A Columbus after the game.
r the Texas Rangers against the Los Angeles Angels. ``Now, I have to be ready mentally,'' Soriano said. ``I know that in a close game, I can maybe play second base.'' ... Manager Lou Piniella showed some of his temper before the game, when he was asked about the decision to send INF Ronny Cedeno to Triple-A Iowa and not OF Felix Pie to make room for RHP Angel Guzman before Sunday's game. ``It's my decision. ... I'm trying to be as nice as I can every day,'' a weary Piniella snapped. ``I get too many of these questions about my outfield. I come to the ballpark and I make a lineup, and I make the one that I think can help me win a baseball game that day.'' ... The Cubs have faced a major league-low three left-handed starters this season, but they'll see two against Pittsburgh, with Tom Gorzelanny scheduled to pitch Wednesday and Paul Maholm on Thursday.
to the middle of the plate.'' ... 3B Garrett Atkins and rookie SS Troy Tulowitzki both extended their hitting streaks to nine games.
CINCINNATI: CF Josh Hamilton's eight homers match Adam Dunn for the team lead. It was Hamilton's first career multihomer game. ... The Reds had a pair of triples in the eighth inning, the first time since June 19, 2000, that they had two in an inning. ... Dunn's triple was his first since May 18, 2005, against the Mets. ... RHP Aaron Harang and RHP Bronson Arroyo each threw 120 pitches in consecutive starts. Manager Jerry Narron acknowledged that it's tempting to let his starters go longer in games because the bullpen is struggling. ``That's something I've got to be very, very careful of, not trying to overextend a starter,'' he said.
ARIZONA: RHP Juan Cruz, out with a shoulder injury, is scheduled to make a second extended spring training outing Tuesday. Cruz was eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. ... OF Jeff DaVanon, who missed the first month with a shoulder injury, has been swinging the bat well and could be sent to extended spring training May 10, manager Bob Melvin said. If it goes well, DaVanon might rejoin the Diamondbacks by June 1. ... Melvin said he called utility player Alberto Callaspo into his office for a pep talk Saturday night. The rookie has fielded well, but he entered Sunday hitting .188 with a .244 on-base percentage and may have been worried about being demoted. Melvin said he hoped ``to let him know he's one of our guys. He ain't going anywhere.'' Callaspo went 2-for-4 with a single and a double Sunday.
ladelphia general manager Pat Gillick said in the clubhouse, before his team concluded a four-game series against the Giants. ``He has a contusion on his leg. They have him iced down. There's no fracture of any kind. We'll all have to wait.'' Gillick said the Phillies might know more later Sunday but perhaps not until Monday. ``This is the kind of thing that could get sore and stiffen up overnight, so we have to keep tabs on that,'' Gillick said. If Garcia is not able to go, Gillick said it would be up to manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee to select a starter. ... Manuel knows that Ryan Howard's tender left quadriceps muscle is affecting the slugger at the plate, though Howard hit a two-run homer in the third inning. The manager wants his star player to relax a little bit. ``Basically what I see is that he's been trying too hard,'' Manuel said. ``I know this, if your back leg is hurting it can be hard to push off. I think his biggest struggle right now is mental.'' Manuel would consider sitting Howard down if the pain in his leg becomes too difficult to play through in the coming weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds had the night off a day after hitting his 744th career home run, so the spotlight was on right-hander Tim Lincecum for his major league debut. ... CF Dave Roberts also had the night off, a good thing for his tender left elbow on his throwing arm. Todd Linden, who like Lincecum is a former University of Washington player, started in center and Pedro Feliz moved from third to left to fill in Bonds' spot. Kevin Frandsen played 3B. ... Manager Bruce Bochy is pleased with SS Omar Vizquel's batting since moving him down in the order for several games. Vizquel was back up in the No. 2 hole Sunday night. ``It looks like he's seeing the ball better and making better contact,'' Bochy said.