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Monday, 28 May 2007 14:57
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
White Sox-Twins
CHICAGO: The White Sox optioned struggling reliever Andrew Sisco to Triple-A Charlotte after Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and called up Dewon Day, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander. Day has posted 48 strikeouts in 20 appearances with Double-A Birmingham this season. ``Our bullpen needs a shot in the arm right now,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. Day struggled in his major league debut, giving up two runs and four hits in one inning Monday against the Twins. ... Chicago is 19-14 at the Metrodome since 2004, the highest winning percentage by an AL opponent during that span. ... The White Sox are last in the AL with a .235 team batting average, but have collected at least 10 hits in six of their last eight games. ... After Monday's loss to Johan Santana, Chicago is 4-8 against lefties this year.
MINNESOTA: Manager Ron Gardenhire officially demoted RHP Ramon Ortiz to the bullpen before Monday's game. After a strong start to the season, Ortiz posted a 10.97 ERA during May and gave up six runs in six innings in his last start on Saturday. ``He's ready to help the team any way he can,'' Gardenhire said. ``He gives everything he has all the time. He took the news well, just like we knew he would.'' The Twins have yet to name a replacement for Ortiz, but Gardenhire said the team will call somebody up from Triple-A Rochester to start Friday's game in Oakland. Kevin Slowey, a 23-year old right-hander with a 1.54 ERA in nine starts, is the leading candidate. ... Gardenhire also said that Friday is the target date for C Joe Mauer to return to the lineup. Mauer has been out since May 5 with a strained left quadriceps.
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Indians-Red Sox
CLEVELAND: OF Trot Nixon and his wife, Kathryn, were given the 2007 Jimmy Fund Award in honor of their charitable work while he was in Boston. Nixon received a standing ovation when receiving the award from Red Sox owner John Henry, and a video tribute was shown on the scoreboard. He received another standing ovation when he came to the plate in the second inning, and pitcher Curt Schilling stood behind the mound until Nixon tipped his cap. Nixon played eight years in Boston, including the 2004 World Series champion team.
BOSTON: The Red Sox just missed a triple play in the third, when Casey Blake hit a chopper to Boston's Mike Lowell, who stepped on third and threw to second. Dustin Pedroia's throw to first was too late. ... 1B Kevin Youkilis doubled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. ... LHP Jon Lester will throw 80-85 pitches in a rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday night. RHP Mike Timlin also will rehab at Pawtucket, with scheduled appearances on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Yankees-Blue Jays
NEW YORK: The struggling Yankees met for an hour before Monday's game in Toronto. New York has lost 11 of its past 16. ... Johnny Damon (calf cramps) started in center field Monday. Manager Joe Torre said Damon will play all three games in Toronto, but could get at least one start at designated hitter. ... Jason Giambi (sore heel) did not start Monday. ``He doesn't seem as comfortable as I'd like to see him,'' Torre said. ... Torre said RHP Scott Proctor is battling a stomach ailment and was not expected to pitch Monday.
TORONTO: C Gregg Zaun (broken thumb) will begin a rehab stint Wednesday at extended spring training in Florida. Zaun will DH at first but hopes to be catching again by the weekend. ... With RHP Roy Halladay (acute appendicitis) set to return Thursday, the Blue Jays have yet to decide who will be dropped from the starting rotation. ... The Blue Jays have not won back-to-back games since May 15 and 16, the final two contests in a three-game sweep of Baltimore.
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Tigers-Devil Rays
DETROIT: LHP Kenny Rogers, who had surgery March 30 to remove a blood clot from his left shoulder, had a long toss session. ... DH Gary Sheffield said his uncle, former major league pitcher Dwight ``Doc'' Gooden is doing well. Gooden was released from prison last November after finishing a sentence for violating his probation by using cocaine. ... 2B Placido Polanco (strained oblique) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. ``I feel good about tomorrow,'' Polanco said. ``It's more in front, which is good according to the trainer.'' ... RHP Fernando Rodney (right biceps) is scheduled to throw Tuesday.
TAMPA BAY: Tigers DH Gary Sheffield has been in contact with Devil Rays OF Elijah Dukes, who was out of the lineup two days last week after a published report that he made threats against his estranged wife. Sheffield said one thing Dukes needs to do is to get out in the community to show that he is really good guy. Sheffield and Dukes both attended Hillsborough High School in Tampa. ... OF Carl Crawford joined the Yankees' Johnny Damon has the only active players to have tripled in every current AL park after his three-base hit Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
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Orioles-Royals
after three games against the Royals. ... The Orioles will host KC on Sept. 24 to make up their rainout on April 15. Baltimore won the first three games of that scheduled four-game set. ... Five stolen bases against Oakland on Sunday boosted the Orioles into a tie for the AL lead with 41.
KANSAS CITY: Since he lost a family member in Iraq, Memorial Day has taken on special meaning for manager Buddy Bell. Lance Cpl. Tim Bell Jr., 22, was among 14 Marines killed by a roadside bomb in August 2005. ``I'm embarrassed by having to lose a member of your family to really understand the importance of this day,'' Bell said. ``But without question, this is a very important day in the year. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that have kids and fathers and brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and Iraq.'' Another nephew, Tim Koesters, is serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Army's Special Forces. ``There's not a day that goes by that I don't appreciate what these people do for us,'' Bell said. ``We should all remember it.''
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Mariners-Angels
year.'' ... The Mariners have struck out a major league-low 210 times and drawn an AL-low 111 walks this season. ... The Mariners haven't been three games over .500 since the end of the 2003 season. They entered Monday night's game against the Angels with a 24-22 record. ... 2B Jose Lopez committed his first error of the season Sunday at Kansas City. ... RHP Jeff Weaver, 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA, is scheduled to pitch a simulated game Tuesday. Weaver is on the DL for the first time in his career due to tendinitis in his right shoulder.
and Butch did a terrific job - they put the guys in the position they needed to be.'' Scioscia was referring to coach Ron Roenicke, who managed in his absence, and pitching coach Mike Butcher.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pirates-Reds
PITTSBURGH: C Ryan Doumit was available to pinch hit Monday, three days after he was accidentally hit in the side of the head by Ryan Freel's bat and forced out of Friday's game. Doumit probably won't start at least until Wednesday against San Diego in Pittsburgh, manager Jim Tracy said. ... Tracy is intrigued by the success of 3B Jose Bautista in the leadoff role. Bautista has been the Pirates' leadoff hitter in each of the last seven games, and he's gotten at least one hit in six of them. ``He knows what a strike looks like,'' Tracy said. ... The Pirates signed RHP David Copley, a 43rd-round pick in last year's amateur draft.
. ... LHP Eddie Guardado allowed one hit and threw 13 pitches in one inning for Single-A Dayton during his first rehab assignment on Monday. Guardado is trying to come back from ligament reconstruction surgery on his left elbow.
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Braves-Brewers
ATLANTA: Andruw Jones hit his second home run in two days Monday to help Atlanta beat Milwaukee 2-1. The homer was the 350th of his career and eighth this season. ``I'm feeling good right now at the plate,'' said Jones, who has worked to improve his balance. ... 3B Chipper Jones missed his fifth straight game because of a sore right hand and could be headed to the DL.
MILWAUKEE: The Brewers have lost a season-high six straight and 13 of 17. ``We're still in first place, so there's no reason for panicking,'' CF Bill Hall said. ... With 16 homers, Prince Fielder moved ahead of teammate J.J. Hardy for the NL lead.
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Marlins-Cubs
egun light jogging and general baseball activities. ... RHP Ricky Nolasco (right elbow inflammation) will not throw for at least two weeks. ... RHP Matt Lindstrom cut the top of his right thumb in the eighth inning of the Marlins' 5-3 win over the Cubs. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that the injury was a common one for his setup man. ``Lindstrom, he cuts himself on the top of the thumb,'' Gonzalez said. ``When he releases the pitch he cuts it somehow.'' Lindstrom pitched a scoreless inning, allowing only a single to Aramis Ramirez.
CHICAGO: LHP Scott Eyre allowed a home run in the eighth inning Sunday to the Dodgers' Andre Ethier in a game the Cubs lost 2-1 in 11 innings. On Monday, Eyre allowed two runs and four hits in two innings against the Marlins. His ERA is up to 8.27. He finished the 2006 season with a 3.38 ERA. ... The Cubs have lost five in a row against the Marlins dating to last season.
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Cardinals-Rockies
ajor league-leading ninth game Monday, allowing a season-high 11 hits. ... OF So Taguchi hit his first homer of the season in the eighth inning Monday. He'd gone 221 at-bats without a homer.
COLORADO: The Rockies are trying to find ways to get utility player Jeff Baker more playing time. He filled in for 1B Todd Helton on Monday, going 0-for-3. ... The Rockies will activate RHP Rodrigo Lopez on Tuesday from the disabled list. He's been out since April 19 with a strained right elbow. Lopez will start the game Tuesday night. ... The Rockies have won six straight games for the first time since May 21-26, 2002. ... OF Matt Holliday has nine of the Rockies' 30 homers this season. ... The Rockies are 10-5 on Memorial Day.
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Diamondbacks-Phillies
ARIZONA: LHP Randy Johnson threw about 50 pitches in a bullpen session and is expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday. ... OF Chris Young was out of the starting lineup as he continues to recover from a groin injury. ``After you come back from something like that, there's usually a little soreness after a day or two until you can play every day for nine innings,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ... Reigning NL Cy Young winner Brandon Webb is doing well after being hit in the left forearm Saturday against Houston. ``He looks better than I thought he'd look. I thought that thing had a chance to be really ugly,'' Melvin said. ... 3B Chad Tracy, sidelined with sore ribs, is expected to take batting practice on Tuesday and throughout the six-game road trip and begin playing catch when the team returns home June 5.
PHILADELPHIA: Injured closer Tom Gordon, out with a right rotator cuff strain since early May, will begin a tossing program on Tuesday. ... The Phillies are 13-2 in games utility man Greg Dobbs has started. Dobbs wasn't in the starting lineup Monday. ... LF Pat Burrell was on the bench for the second straight game. He was hitless in his last 17 at-bats. ``He's got slow feet and quick hands,'' manager Charlie Manuel said. ... 3B Abraham Nunez started his first game since suffering a mild concussion against the Marlins last Thursday.
 

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