|Notes from Sunday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 27 May 2007 15:25|
LOS ANGELES: John Lackey matched a career high with his fourth straight victory. ... Mike Napoli extended his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games. He has gotten a hit and scored a run in 10 straight games, the first AL catcher to do that since Johnny Romano for the White Sox in 1961, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Robb Quinlan made his first career start in RF and did fine.
NEW YORK: Reliever Scott Proctor walked three without getting an out. ``I don't know if he was trying to throw the ball too hard,'' manager Joe Torre said. Proctor has walked 13 in 24 2-3 innings this season. ... Johnny Damon, hobbled by sore legs, grounded out as a pinch-hitter. Torre said Damon may be the DH for a game in Toronto. DH Jason Giambi went 0-for-4 and is in a 4-for-24 rut. ... The Yankees fell to 2-9 in one-run decisions.
OAKLAND: 1B Nick Swisher hit his fifth homer in five games at Camden Yards this season in Sunday's loss to Baltimore. ... RHP Joe Blanton allowed a season-high eight earned runs and three homers, tying a career high. ... C Adam Melhuse, who had two hits in 13 at-bats since being recalled on May 1, had two singles Sunday. But he allowed five stolen bases. ... DH Jack Cust was 0-for-10 in the weekend series and is in an 0-for-17 slump. ... LHP Ron Flores, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on May 18, has retired 13 of the 14 hitters he has faced. On Sunday, he retired the side in order with two strikeouts.
BALTIMORE: The Orioles took two of three from Oakland over the weekend, their first series win at home against the A's since 2003. ... Miguel Tejada has three homers in his past four games after hitting only two in his first 46 games. ... Baltimore tied a season high with three homers. Melvin Mora hit his sixth of the season, the first since May 1. ... OF Nick Markakis broke an 0-for-8 slide with three hits, including a three-run homer. ... All four of RHP Daniel Cabrera's wins this year have come at home.
Devil Rays-White Sox
TAMPA BAY: RHP Jae Seo was moved to the bullpen in an adjustment of the starting rotation after Saturday's game against the White Sox was rained out. Manager Joe Maddon said Seo may rejoin the starting rotation but left open the possibility that the move to relief is permanent. ``We're going to skip Jae Seo right now,'' Maddon said. ``We're going to determine how long it's going to be. He's in the bullpen for now. He may go back into (the starting rotation) for his next start but we're not sure yet.'' ... 3B Akinori Iwamura (right oblique strain) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday and is expected to be in the starting lineup against Detroit. ... OF Carl Crawford went 3-for-4 Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Crawford is batting .415 (17-for-45) during that stretch. ... 1B Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer Sunday and is batting .444 (16-for-36) with five home runs and 11 RBI in his past 10 starts.
fractured his right fibula after rounding first base on a double and is expected to be out two months. The White Sox did not make an immediate move, but Guillen said INF Andy Gonzalez, who is batting .240 for Triple-A Charlotte, is a possibility.
TORONTO: RF Alex Rios went 0-for-4 Sunday after reaching base in 10 of his previous 14 plate appearances, and 14-of-23. ``He usually hits good pitchers well,'' said manager John Gibbons. ``For a guy that's so big and has such long arms, that's hard to do sometimes, especially against hard throwers. He's only going to get better.'' ... 3B Troy Glaus, in an 0-for-16 slump, had the day off. ... Toronto has lost 11 of its past 15 road games. Toronto's next 10 games are at home. ... A.J. Burnett leads the majors with eight hit batters. He hit Justin Morneau on Sunday. He threw 125 pitches Sunday, and has thrown at least 113 pitches in five of 11 starts. ... Adam Lind had his first career pinch-hit home run Sunday. ... Frank Thomas, who turned 39, was 1-for-3 with a double.
MINNESOTA: Joe Mauer could be activated from the 15-day disabled list before the team's homestand concludes Wednesday. ``He threw to the bases, got behind the plate and said there was no problem. He caught a bullpen session with no problem, and he ran today and felt good,'' said manager Ron Gardenhire. Mauer has told trainers he has a tough time keeping his legs loose when he's the DH, so Gardenhire said he'll be careful using him in that role when he returns. ... Mike Redmond had Sunday off, but has filled in admirably behind the plate. In his past 15 games, all with Mauer out, Redmond is hitting .411 (23-for-56). ``He's hitting over .300, and he can't run a lick,'' Gardenhire joked. ``He's just hitting 'em where they aren't. He's a pretty good hitter.'' ... Gardenhire said he would wait a day before deciding whether to move struggling Ramon Ortiz out of the rotation. Ortiz allowed six runs in six innings Saturday, and Gardenhire said he would be in the bullpen for Monday's game to get his usual between-start throwing work in.
SEATTLE: Jarrod Washburn's career record at home is 36-41, but is 52-34 on the road. ... Suzuki's 20-game hitting streak is tied with the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter for second-longest in the AL this year, behind the 23-game streak of Torii Hunter. ... Raul Ibanez had a sacrifice fly and a single to drive in two runs and raise his career mark against the Royals, his old team, to .348. ... The Mariners hadn't swept three games on the road since winning three from the Diamondbacks June 27-29 last year.
KANSAS CITY: Tony Pena Jr. has hit in seven straight games, tying his career best. ... Since returning from the DL on May 16, Ryan Shealy is hitting .359. ... The loss Sunday sent Kansas City to its 22nd consecutive month of non-winning baseball. Not since 2003, when they were 15-11 in July, have the Royals won more games in a calendar month than they lost. That does not count a three-game, season-ending sweep in October. ... The Royals will close out a nine-game homestand with three games against Baltimore, starting Monday.
BOSTON: 1B Kevin Youkilis extended his hitting streak to 19 games with two hits Sunday. He's hitting .440 with four home runs and 18 RBIs during that stretch. ``He's a fine young hitter on a great streak,'' Boston manager Terry Francona said. ``Youk is really maturing. He's really a professional hitter.'' ... Francona won his 313th game as Boston's manager Sunday. He moved into eighth place past Ralph Houk on the club's career victories list.
16 with a pulled right hamstring.
DETROIT: Tigers manager Jim Leyland gave 2B Placido Polanco and RP Jason Grilli off on Sunday after they sustained minor injuries in Saturday's loss to Cleveland. Polanco sustained a strained oblique muscle, while Grilli was hit in the leg with a line drive. ``Polanco is OK, but there's no sense taking a risk with him,'' Leyland said. ``Grilli got hit on the inside of the leg, so he's fine. If that had been on the kneecap, he would have been in big trouble.'' ... With five games left in May, Detroit is hitting .306 for the month. No Tigers team has hit .300 or better for a calendar month since Sept. 1956.
those guys want to take swings, but in five years here, I think I've had one reliever bat, so I'm not going to worry about them.''
NEW YORK: The Mets played Sunday's finale at Florida without right fielders Shawn Green (fractured foot) and Carlos Gomez (strained left hamstring), both of whom were injured in this series. The team hoped to activate OF Ben Johnson from Triple-A New Orleans before the game, but Johnson was unable to arrive at Dolphin Stadium by game time. ... The Mets have 29 stolen bases in their last 16 games. ... Damion Easley started in left field for the first time in his career. ``For one game, why not?'' manager Willie Randolph said. ... OF Moises Alou (strained left quad) said he will not be fully ready when he's eligible to come of the disabled list for Tuesday night's game against San Francisco. ``The idea of putting me on the disabled list was to get me 100 percent,'' Alou said.
e hit the 200th double of his career. ... Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said RHP Wes Obermueller, who allowed eight hits and seven earned runs in four-plus innings Saturday, would make his next start Thursday in Milwaukee as scheduled.
PHILADELPHIA: INF Abraham Nunez entered the game as a defensive replacement at shortstop for his first appearance since suffering a mild concussion on Thursday at Florida. ... Greg Dobbs started at third base and made his first appearance as a professional - major leagues or minor leagues - at second in a late-game switch. ... The seven-run fifth inning set a new team high for any inning this season.
ATLANTA: CF Andruw Jones, who has won nine straight Gold Gloves, made a strong defensive play even by his standards when he made a jumping catch with his glove reaching over the wall to take a homer away from Greg Dobbs. ... 3B Chipper Jones was a late scratch and missed his third straight game with a sore right thumb. ... C Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first career homer. ... The sweep by the Phillies was Atlanta's first series loss at home this season. The team had won five three-game series.
PITTSBURGH: RHP John Wasdin, who's been on the disabled list since May 3 with a sprained right thumb, is throwing at the Pirates' Bradenton, Fla., complex, general manager Dave Littlefield said Sunday. ``He's feeling much better,'' Littlefield said, adding there was no timetable for the pitcher to start working in extended spring training games. ... Pittsburgh optioned RHP Brian Rogers to Triple-A Indianapolis before Sunday's game and recalled RHP Josh Sharpless. ... Minor league pitching coordinator Gary Ruby has resigned for personal reasons, Littlefield said.
CINCINNATI: RHP Kirk Saarloos's inability to get an out while giving up five runs in his start on Sunday didn't have manager Jerry Narron re-thinking his rotation plan - yet. ``Right now, I'm just thinking about Kyle Lohse going (Monday) and going from there,'' Narron said Sunday. ... Adam Dunn's two-homer game on Sunday was his second of the season and 18th of his major league career. The Reds left fielder has hit three homers in the Reds last four games to extend his team-leading total to 14. ... The Pirates and Reds combined for 24 runs Sunday, a Great American Ball Park record. The previous high was 23, set in Chicago's 16-7 win on Opening Day of last season.
WASHINGTON: RHP Jesus Colome's string of 10 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings ended when he allowed Scott Spiezio's home run leading off the eighth. ... Nationals pitchers had no walks for the second time this season, and first time since a 6-4 victory over the Braves on May 16. ... Rookie RHP Matt Chico had no argument with manager Manny Acta's decision to pull him after a rain delay of just over an hour. He allowed three hits in four scoreless innings and did not qualify for the victory. ``I'm fine with it,'' Chico said. ``I don't really care what my record is.'' ... The Cardinals permitted Adam Wainwright to resume after the delay, and let closer Jason Isringhausen complete a save after a delay of 1 hour and 41 minutes on Saturday. Acta said his cutoff time is about 45 minutes. ``Too bad,'' Acta said. ``We couldn't take a chance with a kid like that, sending him out there again.''
e middle of his back and wasn't feeling right after the game, either. ``There were too many things he couldn't do,'' manager Tony La Russa said. ``I think it still bothers him.''
MILWAUKEE: Manager Ned Yost is trying to stay positive despite a 4-12 skid. ``I don't think we've played as bas as the record shows,'' he said after Sunday's 3-0 loss to the San Diego Padres. ``But we definitely didn't stand out in any way, shape or form.'' ... The Brewers were swept for the first time this season.
SAN DIEGO: The Padres, tied for the NL West lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers, swept their first series of the season. ... The Padres recorded their major league-leading seventh shutout. ... Trevor Hoffman is three saves shy of becoming the first big leaguer to reach 500 for his career. He converted his 15th this season, and his 11th straight.
went 0-for-5 on Sunday after carrying a .471 (8-for-17) career average into the game against Arizona starter Livan Hernandez. ... Marlon Ensberg hit his third home run in five games on Sunday. ... RHP Brad Lidge rejoined the team on Thursday but did not pitch in the Arizona series. He hasn't pitched since May 21 because of a minor bone bruise near his right knee.
ARIZONA: 3B Chad Tracy, sidelined with sore ribs, hit in the batting cage on Sunday and may take batting practice with the team in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Tracy's return will lead to some tricky decisions for manager Bob Melvin. Tracy's replacement, Mark Reynolds, is hitting .442 with 13 RBIs in his 11 games since being called up from Double-A Mobile. ... The Diamondbacks were 7-for-17 with runners in scoring position in Sunday's 8-4 victory. ... After scoring two runs in losses to Colorado, the Diamondbacks scored 35 in four games against Houston. ... CF Chris Young has hit safely in 12 of 13 games. He sat out five games during that span with a sore groin.
CHICAGO: Barring rainouts, Cubs manager Lou Piniella is scheduled to manage his 3,000th game on April 10 in Atlanta. Piniella is one of only three men in history to be named rookie of the year and manager of the year, along with Frank Robinson and Ozzie Guillen. ... RHP Wade Miller, who has missed 28 games since experiencing back spasms on April 22, was expected to join the Cubs in Chicago on Monday. ... LHP Scott Eyre, who had allowed just one earned run over 13 2-3 innings in his previous 18 career appearances against Dodgers, gave up a game-tying homer by pinch-hitter Andre Ethier during Sunday's 2-1 loss. The other one came Sept. 7, 2005, on a home run by Jose Cruz Jr. at Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES: C Russell Martin, batting a league-leading .361 in night games, is only 8-for-47 in the daytime. He was 0-for-4 in Sunday's matinee. ``I don't know if there's really a reason, but I'm really comfortable in night games and I seem to pick the ball better,'' Martin said. ``When it's dark, you get a better background. There's always a little bit of glare during the day - but other guys can hit in day games, so why couldn't I?'' ... LHP Randy Wolf pitched six scoreless innings of three-hit ball against the Cubs, despite losing track of the number of outs in the third. He grabbed Ryan Theriot's two-out comebacker and threw to second base to start a double play that wasn't necessary. The most surprised guy in the ballpark was 2B Jeff Kent, who took the throw several feet from the bag before recording the forceout.
COLORADO: RHP Taylor Buchholz became the 439th pitcher to surrender a homer to Barry Bonds. ... The Rockies won their fifth straight and swept the Giants in San Francisco for the first time. ... C Yorvit Torrealba got the day off and rookie Chris Iannetta earned the start. ... The Rockies have yet to name their Tuesday starter, though RHP Rodrigo Lopez is likely to come off the disabled list to pitch. He has been sidelined with a strained right elbow since April 19. ... RHP Josh Fogg, who left his start last Tuesday night with a left groin injury, threw off the mound for the first time. He might still need a DL stint. ... Jamey Carroll stole his third base.
Bengie Molina had hoped to play every day on the six-game homestand and got his wish. It helped the Giants had off days Thursday and Monday. ... 1B/OF Ryan Klesko got his first off day in a week. ... LHP Steve Kline made his 745th career relief appearance, tying him for 17th all-time among lefty relievers with Tom Burgmeier and Gary Lavelle.