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Thursday, 24 May 2007 16:08
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Angels-Tigers
LOS ANGELES: Orlando Cabrera singled Thursday at Detroit and will seek to match his career-best hitting streak Friday at New York. He hit safely in 15 straight games during the 2003 season with Montreal. ... Rookie OF Kendry Morales made his major league debut as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. He struck out in his first at-bat an inning later. ... Thursday's loss dropped the Angels to 4-16 in games in which they score three or fewer runs.
DETROIT: Thursday's 12-0 shutout of Los Angeles was the Tigers' first this season and first since a 2-0 win over Baltimore on Sept. 16. ... Magglio Ordonez hit two doubles and Curtis Granderson and Omar Infante added one each to boost the club's AL-leading total to 111. ... Placido Polanco tripled and has hit safely in 18 of his 22 games at home. He's hitting .349 at Comerica Park since being traded to Detroit on June 8, 2005. ... The Tigers are 24-2 when they score five or more runs this season.
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Mariners-Devil Rays
SEATTLE: OF Raul Ibanez (sore lower back) is expected to start Friday's game at Kansas City. He was out of the starting lineup for the seventh time in the past eight games Thursday. ``He's better today,'' manager Mike Hargrove said. ``I think he'll be ready to go tomorrow. We just wanted to give the extra day, especially on this (Tropicana Field) turf.'' ... RHP Chris Reitsma had his ailing elbow examined in Seattle. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with right elbow inflammation. ... 3B Adrian Beltre, who is in an 0-for-12 slump, was given the day off.
TAMPA BAY: 1B Carlos Pena was out of the starting lineup against Seattle LHP Horacio Ramirez. Manager Joe Maddon said Pena might also get Friday off when the Devil Rays face Chicago White Sox LHP Mark Buehrle. ... Maddon remains hopeful that 3B Akinori Iwamura (right oblique strain) will be able to rejoin the team Monday. Iwamura went 3-for-3 with two doubles as the DH in his third extended spring training game. ... C Dioner Navarro had his first career triple. ... Tampa Bay went 7-for-13 with runners in scoring position. The Devil Rays started Thursday hitting an AL-worst .228 in that category.
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Blue Jays-Orioles
TORONTO: The next Blue Jay to make his Toronto debut will be the 500th to do so in franchise history. RHP Jesse Litsch was No. 499 on May 15. ... Shaun Marcum's perfect ERA as a starter was ruined when Nick Markakis hit a first-inning homer Thursday night. ... OF Alex Rios didn't start Thursday. He was replaced by rookie Adam Lind, who got his fifth start in the leadoff spot. ... The Blue Jays and Orioles played for the ninth time this season Thursday, then don't meet again until August.
BALTIMORE: OF Jay Payton did not start for the second game in a row Thursday. He played the last two innings Wednesday night after starting 25 of 29 games this season. ... Manager Sam Perlozzo said he will rotate relievers in the setup role until RHP Danys Baez gets back in form. Baez was 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA through Thursday. ... 2B Brian Roberts singled in the first inning Thursday after going 3-for-3 with two walks Wednesday. His batting average was .231 on April 25 and .307 at game-time Thursday.
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Indians-Royals
CLEVELAND: RHP Jake Westbrook, out with a left abdominal strain, has been throwing in the bullpen and continues to make progress toward a return next month, manager Eric Wedge said. ... Cleveland signed its 48th-round pick, RHP Travis Turek of Pierce College in Los Angeles, and added two undrafted free agents, both college players: OF Justin Jenkins of West Virginia and C Osiel Flores of Texas-Pan American.
KANSAS CITY: The Royals started Esteban German in left field to give Emil Brown a rest. Manager Buddy Bell said Brown has a sore back but would be available if needed as either a pinch hitter or defensive replacement. ... Thursday night was the 35th anniversary of the longest starting performance in Kansas City franchise history. Dick Drago went 12 innings against the Minnesota Twins on May 23, 1973. Drago struck out 13 - but lost 1-0.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pirates-Cardinals
own at least 90 pitches every start this season.
ST. LOUIS: Manager Tony La Russa stopped well short of saying his struggling team was on the road to recovery after sweeping the Pirates. ``I don't think we have the luxury of thinking that,'' La Russa said. ``I think we're playing better, we're going after it better, we're making better things happen, so we have a better chance.'' ... Yadier Molina's career-best 15-game hitting streak is the longest by a Cardinals C since Erik Pappas hit in 16 straight in 1993. ... Albert Pujols is batting .424 (14-for-33) during an eight-game hitting streak. ... The Cardinals have been outscored 33-7 in the first inning and had allowed a baserunner in the first in nine straight games before Kip Wells' 1-2-3 first on Wednesday. ... The Cardinals trail the majors with eight homers this month, three of them coming on Wednesday. ``I think we'll hit more home runs as it starts heating up,'' said David Eckstein, who hit the fifth leadoff homer of his career. ``The home runs will start showing up.''
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Phillies-Marlins
PHILLIES: With the Phils facing Florida LHP Dontrelle Willis, Chase Utley was held out of the lineup Thursday. He had started 83 consecutive games at 2B, including 46 this season. Abraham Nunez started for Utley. ... For the second time in three games, RF Jayson Werth started instead of Shane Victorino. Chris Coste started at 1B for the first time in his career. ... The Phils have a winning record since 1B Ryan Howard went on the disabled list retroactive to May 10. The slugger is expected to rejoin the lineup Friday in Atlanta. ``We played pretty good, but I still want him back,'' manager Charlie Manuel said. ``I kind of like Howard.'' ... C Rob Barajas on his failure to tag Hanley Ramirez, who scored the tying run in the ninth Wednesday: ``I didn't want to get down low and have him take a good shot at me and maybe knock the ball out.''
MARLINS: With a 10-inning loss Wednesday to Philadelphia, the Marlins fell to 0-4 in extra innings. ... Marlins pitchers walked 11, hiking their season total to 196, most in the major leagues. ... RHP Sergio Mitre, who is 0-5 in 12 games and eight starts at Miami, is scheduled to pitch at home Friday against the New York Mets.
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Nationals-Reds
makes his second start of the season Friday in St. Louis. ``Hopefully, that will get us through five innings,'' Acta said. ... Reliever Jesus Colome leads Washington's staff with a career-high four wins.
CINCINNATI: RHP Todd Coffey was optioned to Triple-A Louisville, and RHP Gary Majewski was recalled. Majewski, acquired from Washington in a trade that has resulted in a Reds' grievance, was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 15 relief appearances for Louisville. ``I'm just letting it fly, not trying to strike everybody out, just keeping the ball down, gripping it, ripping it and letting it fly,'' Majewski said. ... SS Alex Gonzalez's two errors on Wednesday left him with eight, one more than his total in 111 games last season. ``He might go the next 80 games without an error,'' manager Jerry Narron said. ... 1B Scott Hatteberg needs one home run to reach 100 in his career.
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Mets-Braves
n Thursday, and hitting coach Rick Down filled in as the first base coach.
ATLANTA: After three games hitting sixth, former cleanup hitter Andruw Jones moved up one spot to No. 5. Jones was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Wednesday night, dropping his batting average to .216. ... 3B Chipper Jones was held out after having a cortisone shot in his sore right thumb on Wednesday night. He is not expected to play Friday. He first hurt both thumbs in a May 11 collision with Pittsburgh's Jose Bautista. ... There was no report on LHP Mike Gonzalez's MRI exam Thursday on his left elbow.
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Astros-Diamondbacks
HOUSTON - RHP Brad Lidge, who has a bone bruise near his knee, rejoined the team in Phoenix after undergoing an MRI exam in Houston. ``His MRI was very good,'' manager Phil Garner said. Lidge threw a bullpen session Thursday, and Garner said he expects Lidge to be available for the second game of a four-game series that opened Thursday night. ... Garner said RHP Jason Jennings will start Tuesday against Cincinnati. Jennings is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his elbow. ... RHP Woody Williams faces Arizona on Friday night. He's 8-7 lifetime with a 3.27 ERA against the Diamondbacks. In his last Chase Field start, Williams earned the victory as the San Diego Padres clinched the NL West last Oct. 1.
ARIZONA - Manager Bob Melvin would not name RHP Edgar Gonzalez his starter for Friday night's game against the Astros, but Gonzalez appears to be his likeliest choice. ``As far as the depth chart goes, he's next,'' Melvin said. Gonzalez (1-2 with a 4.81 ERA) made five starts before being sent to the bullpen. LHP Randy Johnson was scratched with tendinitis in his forearm. Melvin said he expects Johnson to be ready for his next scheduled start, May 30 at Philadelphia. ... 3B Chad Tracy, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left ribcage, took ground balls on his knees before the game Thursday. The drill was designed to allow him to work on baseball skills without straining his upper body.
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Cubs-Padres
CHICAGO: With a 2-1 loss to San Diego on Wednesday night, the Cubs matched the Padres for most one-run losses in the NL with 10. The big difference is that Chicago has only won a pair of one-run games, while the Padres have won eight. ... The Cubs, second in the NL in batting and seventh in runs scored, have gone just 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series. Chicago has stranded 18 base runners.
SAN DIEGO: Manager Bud Black hopes to have RF Brian Giles (bruised right knee) back in the lineup for Friday night's game against Milwaukee. ``We're hoping four days off will help,'' said Black, who would not rule out a trip to the DL if Giles does not recover soon. Giles missed his fourth straight game on Thursday night. ... RHP Trevor Hoffman, the all-time saves leader with 495, is just 20 strikeouts shy of 1,000. Hoffman would become just the seventh reliever to reach that mark.
 

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