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Tuesday, 22 May 2007 16:32
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Red Sox-Yankees
season-low .244. ``It hasn't been a very good month. I know that,'' Drew said. ``It's one of those tough go-rounds where you don't want to overdo it, but you definitely want to mix it up a little bit. It's just a matter of keeping composed and doing the things you've always done at this level to be successful.'' Drew went 0-for-5 in Monday night's loss at Yankee Stadium, then bounced to first and grounded into an inning-ending double play in his first two at-bats Tuesday. ``He went through spring and took about as good a swing consistently as you can,'' Francona said. ``Then he hit a rough spot and now he's scuffling right now. He's going to put together a streak here and if we don't panic and hit him eighth or whatever, we'll be the recipient of that.''
esday night's game to remember victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. The team will donate $1 million to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund.
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Angels-Tigers
LOS ANGELES: Angels manager Mike Scioscia will miss the team's games in New York on Saturday and Sunday to attend the high school graduation of his son Matt, who is headed to Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship. Bench coach Ron Roenicke will manage those games. ... Scioscia said it's possible that two players on the DL - 2B Howie Kendrick (fractured middle finger of left hand), and OF Garret Anderson (torn tendon in right hip flexor) - could return by the end of the current road trip on Sunday.
DETROIT: RHP Jeremy Bonderman, on the DL with a blister on his right middle finger, is still on track to start Thursday. He missed his last two starts. ... A few Tigers players, including Gary Sheffield, Ivan Rodriguez and Carlos Guillen, attended Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals on Monday night between the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
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Blue Jays-Orioles
TORONTO: Manager John Gibbons had a two-word explanation for dropping DH Frank Thomas to the sixth spot in the lineup Tuesday. ``Just Cabrera,'' Gibbons said, referring to Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera. Thomas, who had not hit lower than fifth this season, was 0-for-9 lifetime against the right-hander after grounding out in the first inning. ... RHP Roy Halladay, on the 15-day disabled list following an appendectomy, reported no discomfort after throwing Sunday and was scheduled to jog Tuesday. Gibbons said it's possible that Halladay, who was sidelined since May 11, could return and make a major league start next week, bypassing a rehabilitation outing. ``We're going to set up a simulated game in a few days,'' Gibbons said.
BALTIMORE: Under fire after the Orioles lost four one-run games during a 3-6 road trip, manager Sam Perlozzo defended his performance Tuesday. ``If you feel like you haven't put your people in the right place, you should worry about your job. I don't feel that's the case,'' he said. ... Perlozzo is considering removing Danys Baez from the setup role. Baez was 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA after blowing a two-run lead Sunday in Washington. ... CF Corey Patterson was omitted from the starting lineup Tuesday because of an 0-for-17 skid that dropped his batting average to .219.
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Mariners-Devil Rays
SEATTLE: RHP Jeff Weaver (right shoulder tendinitis) threw 43 pitches during his first bullpen session since going on the 15-day disabled list on May 11. Manager Mike Hargrove said Weaver's status will be evaluated after he throws a couple more times off the mound. ... OF Raul Ibanez (sore lower back) might return to the lineup Wednesday. He hasn't started in five of the past six games. ... Hargrove has been talking with his hitters about an overall struggle recently with runners in scoring position. ``The frustrating thing about what we're seeing, is at times we've hit the ball hard and it's been right at somebody,'' Hargrove said. ``Other times, we've gotten a good hitters count and then tried to make something happen when it wasn't there. Wanting it too bad.''
TAMPA BAY: 3B Akinori Iwamura (strained right oblique) went 0-for-2 and played three innings in the field during his first extended spring training game. He could play five innings Wednesday. ``Right now, there have been no setbacks,'' manager Joe Maddon said. Iwamura could soon start a minor league rehab assignment. ... C Josh Paul (left arm) is still sore and was available only in an emergency. It is possible Paul could go on the disabled list later this week.
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Twins-Rangers
nt behind the plate during a bullpen session on Tuesday since straining his left quad on May 6. Mauer has also been swinging a bat, but he can't run full-speed and there's no timetable for him to be activated from the 15-day disabled list. ``I feel pretty good. It felt good to get back out there. But I've got more to do,'' Mauer said. ... LHP Johan Santana will be presented the Warren Spahn Award for last season by representatives of the Oklahoma Sports Museum before Wednesday's game against Texas. The award goes annually to the best left-hander in the majors. Spahn, an Oklahoma native who died in 2003, was the winningest lefty in major league history with 363 victories. Santana, a 19-game winner last season, has won the award twice in the last three years. ... SS Jason Bartlett remains out with a sore neck and back.
t it was best for the hitting instructor to handle that instead of me. I certainly take the blame for that. I decided that I was going to let my coaches coach and anything I had to say, I was going to go through my coaches.'' ... Washington said he'll rest RF Sammy Sosa, will use Matt Kata at 1B and have Mark Teixeira as the DH for Wednesday's day game against Minnesota.
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Indians-Royals
CLEVELAND: Tuesday night's game opened a nine-game road trip for the Indians, who were coming off a 6-1 homestand but went 4-6 on their previous road swing. Going into Tuesday night's game, Cleveland was 17-4 at home and 10-11 on the road. ... RHP Fausto Carmona made his first career start and third career appearance against the Royals. In two relief appearances against them last year, he was 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA, giving up four runs (three earned) in 2 2-3 innings.
to make his first rehab start with Triple-A Omaha.
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Athletics-White Sox
OAKLAND: The A's made room for Colby Lewis, Tuesday's starter, by placing Justin Duchscherer on the 15-day DL with a right hip strain. ``He was a little disappointed because he wants to pitch, but he thinks this might be the best for the long haul,'' Oakland manager Bob Geren said. ... The A's have nine players on the disabled list. Most notably, OF Mark Kotsay, who began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday night. He was 1-for-3 with an RBI. RHP Esteban Loaiza started Tuesday night for Sacramento in a rehab assignment. Kotsay is out after lower back surgery and can be back as early as May 31, while Loaiza is recovering from a bulging disc in his neck. He's also eligible to return May 31. Oakland has as many as nine players on the DL for the first time since August 1997, when they had 11 players out.
e and not be available on the bench. It's something we will take care of really quickly and hopefully sooner than later,'' Crede said. Crede is hitting .215 with four home runs. ... The White Sox rank last in the American League in hitting (.230 average) and runs scored (168 runs), but the offense has picked up in the last three games. They have had 10 hits in three straight games with 24 runs scored. ... SS Juan Uribe was back with the club after being with his mother in the hospital. He didn't start.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Phillies-Marlins
FLORIDA: With their rotation jumbled by injuries, the Marlins will start LHP Dontrelle Willis on Thursday against Philadelphia, and RHP Sergio Mitre on Friday against the New York Mets. ... OF John Gall cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Albuquerque. ... The Marlins, who are next-to-last in the NL in defense, took fielding practice before batting practice Tuesday. ... LHP Scott Olsen caught a break facing the Phillies with Ryan Howard on the DL. Howard is 8-for-16 with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs against Olsen.
PHILADELPHIA: RF Shane Victorino, who batted .229 on the most recent homestand, was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday. ``The stronger I can keep him, the better he'll play,'' manager Charlie Manuel said. Jayson Werth made his eighth start of the season in place of Victorino. ... LF Pat Burrell began this week's road trip batting .180 on the road. He's hitting .318 at home.
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Nationals-Reds
WASHINGTON: LF Ryan Church was sidelined for the second straight day by a sore left forearm. He was hit by a pitch from Baltimore's Erik Bedard on Sunday, and hasn't played since. The arm bothered him when he hit off a tee. ``When I'm pulling down through the strike zone, it tweaked up a little bit because of the swelling,'' he said Tuesday. ... CF Nook Logan and RF Austin Kearns had more problems communicating in the outfield Tuesday. They let a fly ball drop between them for an RBI double during Cincinnati's eighth-inning comeback on Monday night. Logan was getting ready to catch Alex Gonzalez's fly in the first inning on Tuesday when Kearns cut in front of him and took it. Logan flashed him an unhappy look. ... Logan ended his 0-for-10 streak on the road this season with a third-inning single.
akland last season. ... Saarloos was working on eight days' rest. ... Ken Griffey Jr. tied Harmon Killebrew for eighth place on the home run list, hitting the 573rd of his career. Griffey is 10 homers behind Mark McGwire for seventh place. With the two-run homer, Griffey also moved ahead of Ernie Banks into 18th place on the career RBI list with 1,637. Next is former Reds first baseman Tony Perez at 1,652.
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Mets-Braves
NEW YORK: Manager Willie Randolph said he's not concerned about 1B Carlos Delgado's slow start. The slugger entered the night hitting just .214 with three homers and 23 RBIs. ``You're more concerned if in your heart you don't feel he's going to come out of it,'' Randolph said. ``He'll come around. He'll start finding his rhythm.'' ... RHP Orlando Hernandez looked good during a side session in the bullpen. If the veteran feels OK the day after, he could be back on the mound for this weekend's series at Florida. El Duque has been on the DL since April 30 with bursitis in his pitching shoulder. ``He could pitch any time during the weekend, even Sunday, Randolph said.
ATLANTA: The Braves cut struggling LHP Mark Redman before the game. Redman, an All-Star with Kansas City in 2006, signed with Atlanta during spring training after Mike Hampton was injured. In six appearances, including five starts, Redman went 0-4 with an 11.63 ERA and gave up 38 hits in 21 2-3 innings. ... Former No. 1 pick Joey Devine was called up from Double-A Mississippi, where he was 2-2 with 10 saves and a 1.61 ERA. ... Devine might be up only until Saturday, when the Braves will need a fifth starter. The two leading candidates are RHPs Trey Hodges or Buddy Carlyle, both off to strong starts at Triple-A Richmond. Hodges was 2-2 with a 2.06 ERA in seven starts, while Carlyle was 5-1 with a 2.22 ERA in eight starts, including a complete game. ... The Braves got some good news from their injury-filled pitching staff when LHP Mike Gonzalez's MRI and bone scan showed no major problems. He went on the disabled list a week ago with a strained left elbow after his velocity suddenly dropped during a game at Washington.
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Pirates-Cardinals
PITTSBURGH: SS Jack Wilson was back in the lineup after missing three games with a sprained right shoulder. ... RHP Shawn Chacon will replace struggling Tony Armas in the rotation for Saturday's start in Cincinnati. Chacon threw five scoreless innings on Thursday after Armas was pulled, getting his first win of the season. ... Manager Jim Tracy said RHP Brian Rogers, recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, will work in middle relief. Rogers was 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA and two saves in 15 relief appearances at Indianapolis.
ST. LOUIS: Yadier Molina singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest by a Cardinals C since Erik Pappas hit in 16 straight in 1993. ... The Cardinals' 16-25 start was their worst since reaching the same mark in 1986, also a year following a World Series appearance. ... RHP Kip Wells returned to the team following the birth of his first daughter, Georgia, on Saturday. On Tuesday, he'll try to end a career-worst seven-game losing streak while facing the Pirates for the first time since he was traded from Pittsburgh to Texas at the trade deadline. ... Juan Encarnacion batted cleanup for the second time with Scott Rolen, struggling at .209 with two homers and 15 RBIs, moving down to fifth.
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Rockies-Diamondbacks
go Cubs.
ARIZONA: The Diamondbacks have had fewer than 10 hits in 34 of 45 games this season, second only to Washington's 37. Arizona is four games over .500 despite the lack of offense while the Nationals are an NL-worst 16-29. ... RF Carlos Quentin had his first multihomer game Monday and drove in a career-best five RBIs. ... Tony Clark, who homered against the Rockies on Monday, returned to the bench in favor of Conor Jackson. ... CF Eric Byrnes entered Tuesday's game 7-for-15 with a home run against Rockies starter Josh Fogg.
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Cubs-Padres
CHICAGO: RHP Angel Guzman welcomed his move from the starting rotation to the bullpen. ``I think it's a good thing for me,'' he said. The longest of his three starts this year was only 5 1-3 innings. Guzman is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA in seven appearances. ... In a seven-game stretch without 1B Derrek Lee (neck spasms), the Cubs averaged 6.1 runs a game but went only 3-4.
sday. ... RHP Clay Hensley is not guaranteed his spot in the rotation after he completes rehabilitation of a groin injury. ``In this business, it's tough to guarantee anything,'' Black said. RHP Justin Germano is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three starts in place of Hensley.
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Brewers-Dodgers
MILWAUKEE: With LHP Randy Wolf starting for the Dodgers, manager Ned Yost went with seven right-handed batters, the switch-hitting Johnny Estrada and one left-handed hitter, slugging 1B Prince Fielder - the only Brewer to play in every game this season. ... Yost said it's been difficult trying to get enough playing time for outfielders Corey Hart, Kevin Mench, Gabe Gross and Tony Gwynn Jr. Bill Hall and Geoff Jenkins, the Brewers' other outfielders, play most of the time, although the left-handed hitting Jenkins didn't start against Wolf. ... The Brewers have used only 26 players this year - fewest in the majors. They used 49 last season to tie a team record. ... The Brewers were 16-9 in April and entered Tuesday night's game with a 12-8 record in May. They haven't had consecutive winning months since 2001, when they were 13-11 in April and 15-13 in May.
LOS ANGELES: The Dodgers purchased the contract of switch-hitting 3B Tony Abreu from Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League. Abreu arrived at Dodger Stadium about three hours before making his major league debut against the Brewers. To make room, they optioned LHP Hong-Chih Kuo to Las Vegas, where he'll join the starting rotation Wednesday night at Tacoma. ... OF Brady Clark acquired by the Dodgers from the Brewers on March 26, said he's glad to see his former team doing so well. ``I've got a lot of friends there,'' he said. ``The four years I was over there, you could see it building up, that they were headed in the right direction.'' That being said, Clark has no regrets about the trade. ``I'm not disappointed at all - I'm glad to be here,'' he said. ... Dodgers manager Grady Little said there will be a change in the starting rotation. RHP Brett Tomko, 1-5 with a 6.28 ERA, is probably the odd man out. ``We haven't made that decision,'' Little said.
 

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