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Monday, 11 June 2007 16:53
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 INTERLEAGUE
White Sox-Phillies
CHICAGO: Manager Ozzie Guillen wondered why ESPN would televise a White Sox game on Monday night. ``I don't want people to find out how (bad) we are right now,'' he said. ... 3B Joe Crede had specialists take a second look at his injured back. ... Guillen said he's been concerned about the struggles former White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia is having in Philadelphia. ``They don't know Freddy,'' Guillen said. ``We know Freddy. People have to understand he's a winner.'' Garcia is 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA and is on the 15-day disabled list because of a right shoulder strain. ``When Freddy's healthy, you're going to see something really special,'' Guillen said.
s Ruiz was out with a sore left wrist. Manuel said Ruiz was hit by a bat and had some swelling. ... While Manuel said it was a ``possibility'' ace-turned-closer Brett Myers could be moved back into the rotation because of Garcia's injury, he wants to keep Myers in his current role when he comes off the DL. ... After sweeping the NL East-leading Mets, the Phillies lost two of three at Kansas City, continuing a troubling trend of inconsistency. ``We have holes and things like that,'' Manuel said. ``Until we fill them, how are we going to get better?''
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Blue Jays-Giants
he Blue Jays are in an NL park. ... C Gregg Zaun has a healthy right thumb and was activated from the DL on Friday, but manager John Gibbons plans to use him only in a pinch-hitting role during this series. ... The Blue Jays began the three-game interleague series with a 1-5 record against the Giants, including 0-3 in San Francisco. The clubs hadn't met since 2004, when Toronto got swept by the Bay.
ter - as in 25 tickets he had to secure at the last minute for family and friends. Schierholtz received word on the bus ride home late Sunday night from a road trip to Las Vegas - the only time this season Fresno took a bus. ``Exciting. I wasn't expecting it,'' he said. ``I'll be happy to get some at-bats and some opportunities to show what I can do.''
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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Mariners-Indians
e Mariners, who played in San Diego on Sunday, open a three-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. ... RHP Miguel Batista, who will start Wednesday against the Cubs, pitched an inning of relief Sunday.
CLEVELAND: The Indians have yet to announce their starting pitcher for Thursday's game against Florida. The pitcher likely will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo. ... RHP Jake Westbrook (strained left abdominal) will make his third start on a rehabilitation assignment at Class-A Lake County on Wednesday. If the Indians determine he doesn't need another rehab outing, he could rejoin the team and start against Philadelphia on June 19. ... The Indians have begun negotiations with INF Beau Mills, their No. 1 pick in the first-year player draft. Mills was the 13th overall pick. ... RHP Fausto Carmona, who has won his last seven decisions, will start Tuesday against the Marlins. ... LHP C.C. Sabathia had two hits Sunday in Cincinnati. The last Indians pitcher to have two hits in a game was Jaret Wright on June 30, 1998, against Milwaukee. ... After completing a three-game series in Florida on Thursday, the Indians play 14 of the following 17 games at Jacobs Field. ... Indians batters have been hit by a pitch 36 times, tied for second in the majors with Kansas City.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Astros-Cubs
HOUSTON: OF Hunter Pence, who had to leave Friday's game against the White Sox with a hip flexor strain, was back in the lineup. Luke Scott, who also got a hip flexor strain on Saturday, tested the injury before the game and said he was about 75 percent. ``Hopefully, he'll be all right by tomorrow,'' manager Phil Garner said. ... Garner said he's toyed with the idea of flip-flopping his two hitting stars, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee, in the batting order but decided against it. Berkman, who is still playing as he appeals a two-game suspension handed down last week for his outburst following an ejection in Colorado, has been batting third and Lee cleanup. Lee has produced 52 RBIs as the No. 4 hitter. ... Brad Lidge had pitched 11 straight scoreless innings, and Garner recently said he planned to gradually move Lidge back into the closer's role when the situation was right.
d Lilly would be available as relievers. Both had short outings in their previous starts. Marquis was knocked out of his Saturday start after 1 2-3 innings and Lilly was ejected in the first inning Sunday night after hitting Edgar Renteria with a pitch. ... Koyie Hill was behind the plate catching Carlos Zambrano. Piniella decided to rest Michael Barrett, thus delaying the reunion of Barrett and Zambrano on the field. The two fought in the dugout and later in the clubhouse June 1 with Barrett getting a black eye and needing six stitches to close a cut in his lip. Will Barrett be back behind the plate the next time Zambrano pitches? ``We'll see where we go with it,'' Piniella said.
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Mets-Dodgers
oing to shut him down for a little while and give him some treatment,'' Randolph said. ``All I know is that he's not going to be pitching in the near future, but there's no diagnosis I can give you yet.''
LOS ANGELES: 1B Nomar Garciaparra, who started 57 of the Dodgers' first 62 games, wasn't in the lineup for the second consecutive game. Manager Grady Little said he told Garciaparra he wanted to give him a little break - two games, possibly three. Garciaparra had five hits in his last 30 at-bats. ... OF Juan Pierre, dropped to eighth in the lineup for two games, was back in the No. 2 spot. ... Victoria Beckham filmed scenes for her upcoming reality show before the game, and then threw out the ceremonial first pitch. NBC has signed a deal for six episodes of a 30-minute unscripted series chronicling the former Posh Spice's relocation from Europe with her husband, David, who has signed to play with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. ... Russell Martin has taken the NL lead at catcher in All-Star balloting. He leads Mets C Paul Lo Duca by nearly 13,000 votes.
 

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