Notes from Tuesday's games Print
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Tuesday, 12 June 2007 15:08
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Rockies-Red Sox
COLORADO: The only Rockies playing for the team on their only other visit to Fenway Park were Todd Helton and Brian Fuentes. ``I can remember calling my dad from the hotel room and telling him, 'I can see Fenway right now and I'm about to go play.' That's probably the biggest thing, sharing it with my dad,'' Helton said. ... Helton was the only one to have faced Tim Wakefield before Tuesday, going 0-for-1.
BOSTON: SS Julio Lugo, who signed a four-year, $36 million contract in the offseason, dropped from first to ninth in the batting order. He entered Tuesday night's game batting .213. Rookie 2B Dustin Pedroia, who's batting .316, led off. ... Red Sox prospects Daniel Bard and Ryan Phillips combined on a rain-shortened, six-inning no-hitter for Boston's Single-A affiliate in Greenville, S.C., winning 5-0 at Kannapolis in the Carolina League on Monday.
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Rangers-Pirates
TEXAS: Manager Ron Washington said that after Tuesday in Pittsburgh, OF Sammy Sosa would play only one or two more games during the six-game stretch on the road against National League teams. ``I would have to run him out there in the outfield and I don't want to wear him out,'' Washington said. Sosa had 598 career home runs heading into Tuesday's game. ... Washington said OF/INF Brad Wilkerson would be the team's regular first baseman while 1B Mark Teixeria is on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps. Wilkerson came off the DL on Saturday, the same day Teixeria was placed on it. ... 3B Travis Metcalf made the second start of his major league career Tuesday night and first since being recalled Saturday. ``I'm not looking for him to come here and carry us,'' Washington said. ``We have enough guys that can carry us. I just want him to play baseball and have fun.'' Metcalf has a chance to get regular at-bats against left-handed pitching with 3B Hank Blalock on the 60-day disabled list.
e designated hitter in Yankee Stadium over the weekend. ... Tracy said RHP Dan Kolb, the former All-Star closer whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, will be a ``sixth- or seventh-inning'' reliever and not a candidate to be the closer.
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Brewers-Tigers
DETROIT: RHP Joel Zumaya visited the team after having the cast removed from the middle finger of his pitching hand. Zumaya, who underwent surgery in May to fix a dislocated tendon, said that he hopes to be pitching again in about six weeks. ... The seagulls that disrupted Detroit's weekend series with the Mets were back in force on Tuesday, despite pregame attempts to scare them off with dogs. When Justin Verlander threw his first pitch, there were approximately 30 gulls in fair territory, mostly in left and center fields. ... The weekend series with Milwaukee marked just the second time the Tigers have hosted the Brewers at Comerica Park. The Brewers, who played in the same division as the Tigers before switching leagues, went 93-109 at Tiger Stadium.
aun got the day off with the Brewers facing RHP Justin Verlander. ``You want to give guys a day somewhere, and it makes sense to give him today when we're going against a guy as tough against righties as Verlander,'' said Milwaukee manager Ned Yost. ... SP Jeff Suppan was facing the Tigers for the first time since getting a no-decision in St. Louis' Game 4 win in last year's World Series.
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Indians-Marlins
CLEVELAND: With CF Grady Sizemore not in the lineup for the first time in 259 games, the Indians used Franklin Gutierrez in center field and in Sizemore's customary leadoff spot. It was the 43rd different lineup Cleveland used in 63 games this year. ... 3B Casey Blake singled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. ... RHP Jake Westbrook (abdominal strain) makes his third rehab start Wednesday at Single-A Lake County. Manager Eric Wedge said Westbrook would throw about 75 pitches. ... The Indians still haven't named a starter for Thursday's series finale in Florida.
bullpen session Tuesday and will return to the Marlins' rotation on Friday at Kansas City.
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Nationals-Orioles
WASHINGTON: SS Cristian Guzman, on a 24-for-48 tear over 11 games, moved into the leadoff spot for the first time this season against Baltimore. He replaced 2B Felipe Lopez, who is 2-for-35 over 18 games and was dropped to second in the batting order. ``We need to get (Lopez) going,'' manager Manny Acta said. ``This is just a change of scenery for him.'' ... RHP Luis Ayala, on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from right elbow surgery, allowed two hits and a run in an inning during a rehab outing for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday afternoon.
BALTIMORE: C Alberto Castillo got his first start since being called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday to replace injured C Ramon Hernandez (groin). Castillo played all last season in Washington's farm system and was disappointed he didn't get called up in September, but insisted he harbored no ill feelings. ``I just got to go play my game and help the Baltimore Orioles win,'' he said. ... Eager to wake up Baltimore's slumping offense, manager Sam Perlozzo rested 1B Kevin Millar and CF Corey Patterson and started utility player Chris Gomez at 1B. Gomez, batting second for the third time this season, grounded into a DP in his first at-bat. ... Baltimore was 29-34 after 63 games for the third time in five years.
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White Sox-Phillies
CHICAGO: The White Sox hit consecutive homers for just the second time this season when Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye took Cole Hamels deep in the first inning. Dye and A.J. Pierzynski did it April 27 against Anaheim. ... Phillies CF Aaron Rowand, a member of the White Sox championship team in 2005, visited manager Ozzie Guillen before Tuesday night's game. Injured pitcher Freddy Garcia also met with his old manager. ``They're really special in this room,'' Guillen said. ``I don't let too many people into my office if you're going to play against me, and Rowand was here to say high to everybody and Freddy spent more time in my office than anybody I know. Those guys are pretty special guys because they give you every day 100 percent of what they have.''
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Padres-Devil Rays
SAN DIEGO: OF Hiram Bocachica (strep throat) was available off the bench. ... OF Brian Giles remains sidelined by a bruised right knee and is not expected to play this week. He has missed the past 20 games. ... Manager Bud Black said RHP Justin Germano (4-0, 2.75 ERA), who was hit near the left knee by a foul ball Saturday, will make his scheduled start Thursday at Tampa Bay. ... RHP Jake Peavy (7-1, 1.97 ERA), Wednesday's scheduled starter, is 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five road starts this season.
TAMPA BAY: C Dioner Navarro started for the first time since being hit in the throat by a pitched ball Saturday. ... CF Rocco Baldelli (strained left hamstring) was the DH in an extended spring training game. A decision on whether he will rejoin the team or go on a minor league rehab assignment next week will be made in the next few days. ... 2B-CF B.J. Upton (strained left quadriceps) was out of the lineup for the third straight game. He took BP and could return this weekend.
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Angels-Reds
back in the lineup after missing a game because of a sore elbow that was hit by a pitch. ... Manager Mike Scioscia dropped Reggie Willits from the leadoff spot to eighth in the order Tuesday. ``Reggie's been pressing a little bit,'' Scioscia said. Willits, who batted leadoff in his last 21 games, was in an 0-for-7 slump. ... INF Maicer Izturis, who went on the DL with a sore hamstring May 22, is expected to rejoin the team Friday. Izturis is on a rehab stint with Triple-A Salt Lake.
CINCINNATI: RHP Todd Coffey had a clean-shaven look when he rejoined the Reds on Tuesday from Triple-A Louisville, where he had to get rid of his familiar goatee. ``I look like I'm 12 years old,'' he said. ``Give me a week. I'll grow it back.'' ... LHP Bill Bray won't throw for a few days. The reliever cracked a bone in his left index finger during spring training, then developed a sore shoulder when he was pitching for Louisville on a rehab stint. Medical tests found nothing serious. ... LF Adam Dunn isn't paying attention to speculation he could be traded. ``It happens every year,'' Dunn said. ``I remember when I first heard it (in 2002), I believed it. I heard it in '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, and I'll probably hear it in '08 and '09. I'll believe it when I see it. I don't pay attention.''
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Mariners-Cubs
SEATTLE: Manager Mike Hargrove said the Mariners will take a slower rehab approach this time with RHP Chris Reitsma, who went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation for the second time this season on Monday. ``Slower in the early part of it,'' Hargrove said. ``Not as much activity early (on).'' ... Hargrove said RHP Mark Lowe, on the 60-day DL following surgery on his right elbow, will throw two more bullpen sessions and one or two simulated games before beginning a minor-league rehab stint next week. ... Monday's game was the first at Wrigley Field for the Mariners, who dropped two of three from the Cubs in 2002.
cision to move Ichiro Suzuki to center field ``a real good move,'' and offered this nugget. Asked how they communicated after Ichiro arrived from Japan, Piniella said, ``We spoke Spanish.'' ``He didn't know English well, I certainly didn't know any Japanese. I knew a lot of Spanish, he knew a little bit,'' Piniella said.
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Athletics-Astros
OAKLAND: RHP Rich Harden, out since April 15 with a shoulder injury, threw 25 pitches off the mound Tuesday and will pitch a simulated game in the next few days. Manager Bob Geren reiterated his plan to bring Harden out of the bullpen, instead of giving him a rehab start, before moving him into the starting rotation. ... OF Shannon Stewart was out of Tuesday's starting lineup because of a sore right foot. Stewart is hitting .277 and had missed only five games before Tuesday. ``We'll try not to use him,'' Geren said. ... Geren said C Mike Piazza would try to swing a bat on Wednesday or Thursday. Piazza has been out since May 3 with a right shoulder sprain. ... The Athletics were playing their first-ever series in Houston. They swept the Astros in a three-game series in Oakland in 2002, the only other time the teams have met.
HOUSTON: 1B Lance Berkman began serving a two-game suspension after dropping an appeal on Tuesday. Berkman was ejected from a June 5 game in Colorado, then was suspended after returning to the field during a bench-clearing confrontation later in the game. Berkman had a letter from Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, waiting at his locker on Tuesday. ``It was something we wanted to kind of go ahead and get over with,'' said Berkman, batting .251 with eight home runs. ``We checked with the commissioner's office and they seemed fairly adamant that the appeal was going to do no good.'' Mark Loretta started at 1B for Houston. ... Brad Lidge has worked his way back into the closer's role after an early-season demotion. Lidge had allowed only one run in his last 19 2-3 innings before Tuesday's game. Dan Wheeler and Chad Qualls have both blown saves this month, prompting manager Phil Garner to make the switch. ``I'll look to move him back into the role,'' Garner said. ... 2B Craig Biggio says he's not distracted by the digital display in left field that's counting down his quest for 3,000 hits. ``I don't really look at it. I know it's out there,'' said Biggio, only 20 hits away before Tuesday's game. ``I wish it would move a little quicker than it does sometimes.''
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Braves-Twins
unday while recovering from shoulder inflammation, is on track to start Friday. ``He feels fine,'' Cox said. ... SS Edgar Renteria was listed as a gametime decision, but held out of the lineup. He left the Braves' last game against the Cubs with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch.
MINNESOTA: LHP Dennys Reyes (inflamed shoulder) threw a 35-pitch simulated game Tuesday, which he said went ``really well.'' He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, but said he didn't think he'd need a rehab assignment in the minors since he's in a short relief role. Manager Ron Gardenhire said if all goes well and there is no soreness on Wednesday, Reyes could be activated. ... LHP Glen Perkins (shoulder) got his throwing program on Tuesday and will begin playing catch. ... LF Rondell White, out since the first week of the season with a torn calf, will start playing extended spring training games soon. ``That will be nice to see him start swinging the bat,'' Gardenhire said. ... LF Jason Kubel (sprained right knee) missed his second straight game, but could return in this series, Gardenhire said.
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Cardinals-Royals
ST. LOUIS: Tony La Russa declined to speculate on whether he might take Barry Bonds as a backup for the NL All-Star squad if the Giants' slugger is not voted onto the team by player or fans. But he did say he would consult with various sources while making the final three non-position picks in conjunction with the commissioner's office. Bonds needed eigth home runs to catch Hank Aaron after Monday. ``I'm not going to get into whether Barry Bonds is in. He might get voted in,'' he said. ... OF Preston Wilson had surgery on his right knee Tuesday in Vail, Colo., and is out for the year. He batted .219 in 25 games this season with one home run and five RBIs.
KANSAS CITY: Struggling rookie 3B Alex Gordon was at first base Tuesday night while Ryan Shealy rested what the Royals described as a strained foot. Manager Buddy Bell said Shealy was day-to-day. ... Pitching coach Bob McClure was back after being gone for five days fighting what Bell described as a viral infection. ... The Royals expected an attendance of about 90,000 for the three games against the state rival Cardinals. Eastern Missouri's National League franchise always has drawn well since interleague play began. To the Royals' chagrin, there are always plenty of red-clad Cardinal fans.
 

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