|Notes from Friday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 08 June 2007 16:34|
DETROIT: Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before Friday's series opener with the Mets that he thinks RP Joel Zumaya (finger) and C Vance Wilson (elbow) could miss the rest of the season. ``The reports are that Joel Zumaya will be back in August,'' Leyland said. ``However, I'm not in any way, shape or form counting on that, and it would not surprise me if he was not ready to pitch before the season is over.'' Wilson, who has missed the entire year, reinjured his elbow while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. ... Curtis Granderson is on pace to hit 33 triples this season. That would break Sam Crawford's 93-year-old franchise record of 26, and threaten Owen Wilson's major-league record of 36, set in 1912.
yrs. To make room for Ledee, the Mets optioned OF David Newhan to New Orleans. ... The Mets made their first visit to Comerica Park this weekend. They had been the last major league franchise to visit the stadium, though they played at Tiger Stadium in 1997. They would have played at Comerica Park last October had they won Game 7 of the NLCS against St. Louis.
TAMPA BAY: 3B Akinori Iwamura (eye injury) returned to the lineup Friday after missing five games. He was in the leadoff spot for the second time this season, after going 2-for-4 there against Kansas City on June 2 - the game where he suffered the bruised left eye. ... SS Brendan Harris batted seventh for the first time this season. ... The Rays' 26-32 record is the best 58-game mark in franchise history. ... Saturday's scheduled starter, RHP James Shields (5-0), is already one win away from matching his total in 21 starts last season.
FLORIDA: OF Alejandro De Aza (stress fracture in ankle) is being held out of all baseball activity for another 7-10 days. He's been on the DL since April 16. 1B Mike Jacobs (broken thumb) won't try hitting for another 3-5 days and OF Cody Ross (strained left hamstring) is jogging, but there's no timetable for his return. ... OF Todd Linden cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque.
PITTSBURGH: Xavier Nady, forced from the starting lineup Thursday after injuring his left hamstring the previous night, was back in the lineup as the cleanup batter and homered off Andy Pettitte in the second inning. Nady had been 2-for-10 against Pettitte in his career. Nady entered hitting .385 (15-for-39) against left-handers this year. ... The Pirates were swept three years ago in their first regular-season series at Yankee Stadium. Pittsburgh began a run of 15 consecutive interleague games. The Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are the only AL teams who haven't played an interleague series at Pittsburgh.
n doing it.'' ... Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard missed the game to receive the medal of honor from St. John's University, his alma mater.
COLORADO: OF Willie Taveras, who hit .394 (13-for-33) with a homer and three RBIs on a recent homestand, was manager Clint Hurdle's choice as the designated hitter when the Rockies began their first interleague series in an American League park Friday. ``I thought I'd give him a little blow here,'' Hurdle said. ``And it keeps his bat in our lineup.'' ... RHP Rodrigo Lopez, who pitched for the Orioles from 2002-06, starts against his former team Saturday. ``I thought it was going to be different, knowing that I was going to pitch in Baltimore,'' Lopez said. ``But so far, I don't have that excitement to go out there and prove or do something.''
position 41-23 in the opening inning.
CLEVELAND: RHP Cliff Politte is scheduled to continue his comeback from shoulder surgery when he makes his first appearance of the season Saturday with Double-A Akron. The nine-year veteran will throw one inning. Politte was signed by the Indians as minor-league free agent in February after having surgery last August. ... Cleveland picked OF Brad Greenwell in the sixth round of the draft on Friday. Greenwell is the son of Mike Greenwell, a former teammate of Indians manager Eric Wedge. ``It makes me feel old,'' Wedge said. ``I remember (Bo Greenwell) running around.'' ... With Cleveland playing 33 games in the next 34 days, Wedge hopes to get his regulars some days off. SS Jhonny Peralta didn't start Friday.
hree games because of a strained right hamstring.
WASHINGTON: Though he pulled 2B Felipe Lopez in the fifth inning of Thursday's loss to Pittsburgh, Washington manager Manny Acta said Lopez's absence from Friday's lineup was not because he didn't run out a ground ball in the game the day before. ``It has more to do with (Ronnie) Belliard and how he's playing,'' Acta said. Belliard, entering Friday's game, had nine hits in his last 18 at-bats. Lopez is in a 2-for-26 slump, but Acta said the issue of him not hustling was over and that he expected Lopez to snap out of his skid soon. ... Tony Batista, who was Minnesota's 3B to start last season before being released in June, has fit in well with the Nationals. He's primarily been a pinch hitter since being called up last month. Acta said he wasn't sure how Batista would work in that role, since he was a streaky hitter while he was a regular throughout his career. ``He's been terrific. There's a lot of baseball left and a lot of at-bats for him,'' Acta said.
layers. ``We're in trouble if those guys start trying to hit fly balls,'' Gardenhire said. ``Getting on base has always been their job.'' ... Minnesota averaged only 2.8 runs per game while batting .216 as a team on the road trip. ... The Twins have not faced the Washington franchise since it moved from Montreal before the 2005 season. They did, however, sweep the Montreal Expos in a three-game series June 15-17, 2004 - the teams' only previous meetings.
PHILADELPHIA: The Phillies may be making their first trip to Kansas City since the 1980 World Series, but Philadelphia's starters for this three-game series are not unfamiliar with KC's current hitters. Friday night starter Freddy Garcia spent his entire career with Seattle and Chicago teams in the AL before being traded to the Phillies last December. Jon Lieber spent time with Tampa and the Yankees and Jamie Moyer, Sunday's starter, pitched the past 13 years for Seattle, Baltimore and Boston. ... The Phillies began the series on a six-game road winning streak while KC had lost seven straight at home.
okie of the year had one hit in 11 at-bats and made several mistakes on the bases and in the field during a brief appearance with the Royals. He'll be with Omaha for its game on Monday in Des Moines.
s 7-6 loss Thursday night in Colorado. Lidge has not allowed a run in 16 of his previous 17 outings.
years, they can't wait 2,3,5 years.''
MILWAUKEE: 2B Rickie Weeks (right wrist tendinitis) and RHP Elmer Dessens (strained right shoulder), both on the 15-day DL, are traveling with the team. Manager Ned Yost said neither was close to being activated. ... RHP Francisco Cordero, LHP Brian Shouse and OF Kevin Mench all began last year with the Rangers but were traded during the season to Milwaukee. Now they're on a first-place team, and Texas is last in its division. None expressed a feeling of being vindicated. ``It's a business,'' said Cordero. Said Shouse: ``You never wish anything bad on anybody.'' When told none of the three players for which they were traded is still with the Rangers, Mench shrugged and said, ``Did they get a draft pick for Carlos Lee?''
right triceps irritation that knocked him out of his last start. Padilla is scheduled to start Sunday night against Milwaukee. If he is unable to go, the Rangers would call up LHP John Koronka from Triple-A Oklahoma to make the start. ...OF Brad Wilkerson, on the 15-day DL since May 16 with a pulled right hamstring, has started a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco and could be activated by the Rangers next week during a three-game series at Pittsburgh.
BOSTON: RHP Mike Timlin, who has been out since May 3 with right shoulder tendinitis, is expected to be activated on Saturday, manager Terry Francona said. ... With no designated hitter at Arizona, David Ortiz started at first base in the opener of a three-game series in Phoenix Friday night. Francona said he would give Ortiz, Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis each a day off during the weekend. ``We'd rather play all three of them,'' Francona said. ``But my complaints obviously have fallen on deaf ears.'' ... RHP Julian Tavarez starts Saturday against Arizona. He's 0-1 with an 11.78 ERA in 15 career appearances against Arizona, including three starts. And he has a 14.46 ERA in 10 appearances at Chase Field.
ARIZONA: 3B Chad Tracy went 1-for-5 in a rehabilitation appearance at Triple-A Tucson. He was scheduled to play again Friday. Tracy, who went on the 15-day disabled list May 16 with a sore left ribcage, could rejoin the Diamondbacks on Sunday. ... Manager Bob Melvin gave streaking rookie 3B Mark Reynolds and slumping OF Carlos Quentin the night off Friday against Boston ace Josh Beckett. ... Beginning May 24, the Diamondbacks' starting rotation went a combined 10-1 with a 1.79 ERA in 13 games. ... RHP Micah Owings starts against the Red Sox Saturday night. Owings (4-1 with a 3.86 ERA) has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his eight starts.
SEATTLE - Manager Mike Hargrove chatted with one of his former managers with the Cleveland Indians, Dave Garcia, who lives in the San Diego area. ... Saturday's scheduled starter, Jeff Weaver, beat the Padres in Game 1 of the Divisional Series last year while with St. Louis. Weaver is 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA this season. ... The Mariners dropped two of three to the Padres in Seattle in May.
SAN DIEGO - SS Khalil Greene was back in the starting lineup Friday night after missing three straight games with a sore right elbow. ... Manager Bud Black said RF Brian Giles might come off the disabled list the middle of next week. He has a bone bruise in his right knee. ``Brian picked up the pace yesterday,'' Black said. ``He improved on some movements, and on others there was no gain.''
TORONTO: The Blue Jays began a six-game trip through Los Angeles and San Francisco, so DH Frank Thomas will be limited to pinch-hitting duty. He's just five home runs shy of 500. He has hit 243 of them as a DH, tying Edgar Martinez for the most ever hit in that role. ``We'll just try to save him for the right time. Hopefully if everything falls our way, we can pop him in there and he can do some damage,'' manager John Gibbons said. ``It's been up and down for him this year and his consistency's been missing, but I think it's human nature to be pressing when you're that close to a milestone like that. I think it'll be a relief once he gets there and gets that behind him.'' ... C Gregg Zaun was activated from the 15-dat DL after being sidelined since Apr. 25 because of a broken right thumb that underwent surgery and still isn't 100 percent. He will be limited to pinch-hitting duty. ... RHP Tomo Ohka was designated for assignment, and his spot in the rotation will be taken by RHP Josh Towers beginning Monday.
LOS ANGELES: OF Matt Kemp was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and Ramon Martinez was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday, because of a sore lower back. ... LF Luis Gonzalez entered Friday with 556 career doubles, four behind Dodgers hitting coach Luis Gonzalez for 19th place all-time. Jeff Kent came in with 1,412 RBIs, just two behind Mark McGwire's total despite 229 fewer home runs.
CHICAGO: OF Cliff Floyd was placed on the bereavement list as he returned to Chicago to be with his ailing father. Jacque Jones replaced Floyd in the starting lineup. IF Mike Fontenot will be called up from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. A player can be placed on the bereavement list for three to seven days. ... 3B Aramis Ramirez returned to the team Friday after spending Thursday in Chicago. An MRI exam on his knee revealed patella tendinitis. Manager Lou Piniella said Ramirez would be limited to emergency duty as a pinch-hitter until the knee improves.
ATLANTA: 3B Chipper Jones was eligible to come off the disabled list, but instead he was happy just to have his hands and wrists free from braces for a few minutes. Jones injured both wrists in a May 11 collision with the Pirates' Jose Bautista and was finally placed on the 15-day DL on June 1, retroactive to May 24. Jones said his wrists have improved. ``It's better but still a little ways away from doing anything,'' he said. ``I'm just hoping that it doesn't take four to six weeks to completely heal.''