|Notes from Saturday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 09 June 2007 16:00|
PITTSBURGH: 2B Freddy Sanchez went 0-for-4, ending his nine-game hitting streak. ... The Pirates had played six straight one-run games before their 9-3 loss to the Yankees. ... Pittsburgh placed reliever Salomon Torres on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and purchased the contract of RHP Masumi Kuwata from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 39-year-old Kuwata was a famous starter in Japan, but he will work out of Pittsburgh's bullpen. He missed the first two months of the season after injuring his ankle in a March 26 spring training collision with umpire Wally Bell.
which the Yankees won on Aaron Boone's 11th-inning homer. The only players in New York's starting lineup Saturday who were with the Yankees back then were SS Derek Jeter, LF Hideki Matsui and C Jorge Posada. ``To have the opportunity to get back here and see some old faces and some new faces, it was pretty nice,'' Clemens said. Jeter visited the mound for a quick chat before Clemens' first pitch. ``I introduced the infielders to him,'' Jeter said. ... RF Bobby Abreu is hitting .441 (15-for-34) in June with a homer, five doubles, six RBIs and nine walks. ... Yankees pitchers struck out a season-high 11. ... The Yankees are a major league-best 106-73 (.592) against the NL since interleague play started in 1997.
DETROIT: The Tigers announced after Saturday's win over the Mets that RHP Aquilino Lopez will be designated for assignment Sunday, and LHP Andrew Miller will be recalled from Double-A Erie. Miller, Detroit's first-round pick in the 2006 draft, will start against Tom Glavine in Sunday's series finale. Miller made eight relief appearances late last season for the Tigers, going 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA, then pitched six shutout innings against St. Louis on May 18. ... LHP Kenny Rogers, who has missed the entire season with a tired arm, is scheduled to make his first rehab start Sunday night for Triple-A Toledo against Norfolk. Tigers manager Jim Leyland is hoping that Detroit's 1:00 game will end quickly enough for him to make the short drive to Toledo for the 6:30 p.m. start. ``I'm going to go down and see him myself if we get done in time,'' Leyland said. ``He's like a little kid, he can't wait to pitch.''
was set to join the team in time for Sunday's Bay Bridge Series finale. ``I'd have to think anywhere would be better than here,'' Melhuse said before packing up his locker and saying goodbyes. ``It's weird, I've been here for five years now. I'm comfortable here but playing time is tough to come by for me. The other day I was joking with my agent, saying 'I can barely feel a pulse anymore career-wise. Pretty soon, I'm going to flat line. It's like I'm dying a slow death over here.' Hopefully this will be an opportunity to play. ... It's bittersweet.'' Melhuse batted .231 with two RBIs with only seven starts this season and also had a stint at Triple-A. ... Bobby Crosby connected for his sixth home run of the season, his third career homer against the Giants.
rlier than scheduled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno at Las Vegas, three days shy of a month after surgery on his left elbow to remove bone chips and spurs. The club also brought up Guillermo Rodriguez to be catcher Bengie Molina's backup. Both players were needed after OF Fred Lewis and C Eliezer Alfonzo, both hurt in Friday's wild game, were placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with injuries that could take significant time to heal. Lewis has a strained muscle in his right side and was headed for an MRI exam Saturday, while Alfonzo - injured in a collision at the plate with Oakland pinch-runner Donnie Murphy in the 10th inning of Oakland's 5-3 win to save a run - has a sprained ligament in his left knee that could require surgery and end his season. ... The Giants sold out for the ninth time this year (42,526).
te April. ... Chad Qualls came in and gave Brad Lidge and Dan Wheeler a much-needed day off, getting the win and stopping two rallies Saturday. ``He did a really nice job on a day when we didn't have a whole lot available down there,'' Lance Berkman said. ``We're fortunate to have three guys that could close probably for any team in the league.'' ... Jason Jennings threw 97 pitches in just his third start since coming off the DL (elbow), allowing just six hits and a run in seven-plus innings. ``I'm still trying to build up my pitch count and my arm strength,'' he said. Jennings joined the Astros during the offseason in a deal with the Rockies. It came shortly after a potential trade between Houston and Chicago involving Saturday's other starter, Jon Garland, couldn't be worked out. ... Berkman had three hits Saturday to match a season high.
14. ... With catcher A.J. Pierzynski expected to serve a one-game suspension Sunday, Guillen is hoping nothing happens in the game to backup Toby Hall. That could mean utility player Andy Gonzalez or outfielder Rob Mackowiak would be called in for emergency duty. ... Darin Erstad is still trying to regain the strength and mobility in his sprained left ankle that landed him on the DL. ``I'm not able to rotate on it the way I want,'' said Erstad. Another injured outfielder, Scott Podsednik, is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, trying to return from a muscle strain that has forced him to miss nearly the last two months. With both of those leadoff hitters sidelined and OF Jerry Owens out of the lineup after straining a hamstring Friday night, the punchless White Sox turned to Mackowiak to bat first Saturday.
ost in the AL with the White Sox and Blue Jays. ... The Devil Rays have stolen eight bases in their last two games and 11 in their last six.
FLORIDA: Alfredo Amezaga has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, all from the leadoff spot. ... Hanley Ramirez (54) and Dan Uggla (50) are first and second in the NL in runs scored. ... Florida's leadoff hitters have combined to bat .314, second in the NL and fourth in the Majors. ... Aaron Boone has been hit by pitches 11 times this year, a career-high. Boone is second in the NL in being hit by a pitch, trailing Chase Utley (14).
their legs a bit.'' ... 1B Todd Helton was hitting .189 (7-for-37) over his last 10 games through Friday. ... Entering Saturday, Colorado was 6-16 in its last 22 road interleague games dating to 2004.
BALTIMORE: The Orioles led the AL in fielding before making errors in seven straight games, including a throwing error by RHP Jeremy Guthrie in Saturday's matchup against Colorado. ... Entering Saturday's game, Orioles RHP Chad Bradford had not yielded a home run since May 14, 2006. He faced 295 batters during that span, the longest current run in the majors without yielding a homer. ... RHP Chris Ray earned his 13th save Friday night, the first when pitching more than one inning. He went 1 1-3 innings, allowing only a walk.
game was his fourth leadoff homer of the season and 11th of his career.
CINCINNATI: After missing a rehab assignment because of personal business, LHP Eddie Guardado resumed his comeback from ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow with a bullpen session on Saturday. ``Each time out, it's getting better,'' said Guardado, who's made two rehab appearances with Single-A Dayton. Guardado is scheduled to make another rehab appearance Monday. ... LF Adam Dunn didn't start Saturday, and manager Jerry Narron hopes to give RF Ken Griffey Jr. Sunday off, especially with an off day on Monday. ``I'd like to get him those two days,'' Narron said. ... RHP David Weathers' 12 saves equal his total from last season.
gton's other streaking hitter, 1B Dmitri Young, who has revived his career. ``We gave him a clean slate, and thank God we did because he's been outstanding,'' the manager said.
MINNESOTA: Joe Mauer will get a break from catching Sunday, but the possibility of him being the DH on those days has decreased in light of his recent thigh injury. ``Those days off, he needs that to recoup,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``DHing, obviously that's more wear and tear.'' ... Reliever Dennys Reyes, out for nearly three weeks with inflammation in his left shoulder, will throw a bullpen session Sunday and a simulated game Tuesday. Then the team will decide whether to send him on a rehab assignment. Carmen Cali has done well in his absence as the specialty lefty, so Reyes is not going to rush back. ``I don't think it's an emergency to have me this week,'' he said. ... The Twins will use their off day Monday to push Scott Baker's next start back to Friday. He hasn't pitched well since a stellar debut three weeks ago. Johan Santana has asked for an extra day between starts when it was available before, but he told the team he wants to stay on schedule and pitching every five days.
PHILADELPHIA: RHP Freddy Garcia, a major disappointment since signing a $10 million contract this year, was placed on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder strain. Garcia, who turns 31 on Sunday, is 1-5 with an ERA of 5.90. A replacement for his spot in the rotation will be announced on Monday, according to manager Charlie Manuel. The Phillies signed Jose Mesa, 41, who is fifth among active pitchers with 320 saves. He was released by Detroit earlier this year with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 12.46 in 16 games. He holds the Phillies' record with 111 saves.
KANSAS CITY: DH Mike Sweeney was held out off Saturday's lineup to rest a sore knee. The Royals do not expect him to go on the DL, and plan to have him back at DH on Sunday. ... The Royals will host about 50 youngsters from Greensburg, Kan., at Sunday's game. Greensburg was the little town in south-central Kansas that was destroyed on May 4 by a massive tornado. ... Thirty-seven years ago Saturday, Bob Lemon was named the Royals' second manager. He was fired at the end of the 1972 season with a 207-218 record.
n a tread mill and throwing. He is expected to return around the All-Star break.
ST. LOUIS: Manager Tony La Russa said the signing of reliever Troy Percival does not signal a major shift in how he'll use the bullpen. ``What it does is deepen our bullpen,'' La Russa said. ``If he's anything close to himself, he'll be a real weapon there.'' The Cardinals signed the 37-year-old Percival on Friday to a minor league contract. He will report to Triple-A Memphis and should be there for about two weeks before he's in playing shape. Percival hasn't pitched in the majors since July 2005. ``He's not going to come back and go through all of this to embarrass himself,'' La Russa said. ``There's a realistic chance he's going to pitch for us and pitch well.''
MILWAUKEE: RHP Dave Bush, Sunday night's starter, has been victimized by three blown saves in his 12 starts and the Brewers have lost his last five starts. Nevertheless, manager Ned Yost is happy with Bush's recent performance. ``He's been pretty good since early May,'' Yost said. The Brewers are 3-9 when Bush has started. ... Yost isn't discouraged despite his team's recent slump. ``I'm very pleased about the way that they're going about their business - the way that they're playing, for the most part,'' Yost said.
TEXAS: RHP Vicente Padilla will make his scheduled start Sunday night against Milwaukee after reporting that the right triceps irritation that knocked him out of his last start has improved. ... 2B Ian Kinsler is off to a shaky start on defense, committing 12 errors in his first 58 games in addition to numerous mental blunders. ``It's poor decision-making, that's all,'' said manager Ron Washington, a former big-league infielder who's been working individually with Kinsler. ``He's still learning. He's only been up here two years. He's such a talent that people forget how young and inexperienced he is.''
BOSTON: SS Julio Lugo's leadoff home run Friday night was his second of the season and ninth of his career. ... 1B David Ortiz entered Saturday's game with a season-best nine-game hitting streak. ... RF J.D. Drew's last three multihomer games have been at Chase Field, twice against the Los Angeles and again Friday for the Red Sox. ... Lugo unofficially became the 18th Boston player and first in 16 years to use the so-called hidden-ball trick to record an out, tagging out Alberto Callaspo at second base in the third. ... Boston has played regular-season games at all but three current major-league parks - Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, Houston's Minute Maid Park and Petco Park in San Diego.
ARIZONA: LF Eric Byrnes has reached base in 31 straight games, tied with Matt Williams for fourth on the club's all-time list. Jay Bell holds the franchise record with a 40-game streak in 1998, and Orlando Hudson reached safely in 33 games to start the season. ... C Miguel Montero, who started Saturday night, has three home runs in nine at-bats as a pinch-hitter this season. David Dellucci and Erubiel Durazo hold the single-season club mark with five pinch-hit homers. ... The Diamondbacks have lost two straight for the first time since May 22-23 at home against Colorado.
TORONTO: Jeremy Accardo, who absorbed his first loss of the season Thursday and his second blown save on Friday, has given up nine earned runs in his last five innings after starting the season with a career-high scoreless streak of 21 2-3 innings. But a couple other Blue Jays relievers continue to excel. Brian Talley has allowed one run over his last 18 2-3 innings, and Casey Janssen two earned runs in his last 22 1-3 innings.
be better more times than I'm bad.'' ... The Dodgers held their annual ``Hollywood Stars Night,'' softball game, which was the first for veteran actor Joe Mantegna, who starred in the 1992 flick ``Comrades of Summer'' portraying the manager of a Russian baseball team. ``It's one of the perks of my business. It's like a childhood dream to be on a major league field. For those of us in show business, athletes are our heroes - and vice versa. I think it's because we're so different.''
CHICAGO: 2B Mike Fontenot, called up from Triple-A Iowa, started and hit seventh. Fontenot fills the roster spot of OF Cliff Floyd, who was placed on the bereavement list Friday as he returned to Chicago to be with his ill father. ... 3B Aramis Ramirez continued to be held out with tendinitis in his right knee. Ramirez called the possibility of going on the disabled list ``a long shot.'' Ramirez said he hasn't tried to run on the knee.
ATLANTA: 3B Chipper Jones was upbeat after taking grounders and making some soft throws across the infield in batting practice. On the disabled list with sore wrists, Jones said he hopes to start swinging a bat ``in a matter of days.'' ... RHP John Smoltz will not make his scheduled start on Sunday. Instead, his next start now is set for Friday in Cleveland. The team placed another starting pitcher, Lance Cormier, on the disabled list and recalled Buddy Carlyle to start Sunday.