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Friday, 15 June 2007 15:36
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 INTERLEAGUE
Braves-Indians
ATLANTA: Manager Bobby Cox says RHP Tim Hudson has a ``knot behind his neck'' but doesn't expect the pitcher to miss a start. Hudson left Thursday's game in Minnesota after allowing only two hits in 7 1-3 scoreless innings. Hudson is scheduled to start Tuesday in Boston. ... Backup C Jarrod Saltalamacchia was back at first base Friday. He made his first career start there Thursday. ``I thought he was all right,'' Cox said. ``I don't want to just catch him every fifth or sixth day. He's a good hitter.'' ... After facing Minnesota LHP Johan Santana Thursday, the Braves opposed Cleveland LHP C.C. Sabathia Friday. ``You play the schedule,'' Cox said. ``You want to face those guys. You want to face the best pitchers.'' Cox likes the idea of interleague play, but doesn't like using the designated hitter. ``Even when I was in Toronto (as manager, 1982-85), I was a proponent of National League rules. That's the game I grew up with.''
CLEVELAND: Manager Eric Wedge said RHP Jake Westbrook needs at least one more rehab start in the minors. ``We want to get Jake built up to where he can go deep in games,'' Wedge said. Westbrook has been sidelined since May 3 by an abdominal strain. LHP Jason Stanford, who worked six strong innings Thursday in his first big-league outing since April 2004, will take get another start in Westbrook's absence. ... Entering Friday, RHP Rafael Betancourt had not allowed a run in his last 16 innings over 14 appearances, lowering his ERA to 1.21. ... INF Beau Mills, Cleveland's first-round draft pick last week, signed Friday and will report to short-season Mahoning Valley in the New York-Penn League next week. He's the son of Boston bench coach Brad Mills. ... OF Grady Sizemore got his 20th stolen base in the first inning Friday, two shy of his career high set in 2005 and matched in 2006.
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Giants-Red Sox
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BOSTON: DH David Ortiz was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the first inning. Ortiz complained only briefly to home plate umpire Tony Randazzo before heading back to the dugout. Randazzo tossed him shortly thereafter. It was the sixth time in his career that Ortiz has been thrown out of a game, the first since Aug. 19, 2005. ... The Red Sox observed a moment of silence in memory of former Boston Globe baseball writer Larry Whiteside, who died Friday at the age of 69.
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Mets-Yankees
grab a bat and hit again,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. Franco also took a called third strike and grounded out against Clemens. ... David Wright extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
YANKEES: DH Johnny Damon, slated to lead off in the original lineup, was scratched because of an abdominal strain. CF Melky Cabrera was moved from the No. 8 spot to the top of the batting order, and Josh Phelps became the designated hitter and batted eighth. ... The Yankees have lost only one home series against the Mets since interleague play began in 1997, dropping two of three in 2005. ... Rutgers' football and women's basketball teams were honored before the game. Football coach Greg Schiano threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... LHP Andy Pettitte turned 35.
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Tigers-Phillies
DETROIT: SS Carlos Guillen was back in the lineup after missing three games with a hamstring spasm. ... The Tigers began a stretch of nine straight games in NL ballparks. Manager Jim Leyland said it's unfair. ``I don't think an American League team should be asked to play nine straight days in National League cities. I think that's out of line,'' he said. ``We're not built for that.'' ... LHP Andrew Miller (2-0) makes his third start Saturday.
PHILADELPHIA: Manager Charlie Manuel got an endorsement from Tigers 2B Placido Polanco, who played for the Phillies for parts of four seasons from 2002-05. Many fans wanted Tigers manager Jim Leyland to replace Larry Bowa after he was fired in 2004, but then-general manager Ed Wade hired Manuel. ``When you lose, it's the manager's fault. When you win, it's the players,'' Polanco said. ... RHP Kyle Kendrick, who pitched well in his major league debut filling in for the injured Freddy Garcia, likely will make his second start at Cleveland on Tuesday night. However, the Phillies could go to a four-man rotation because of two off days in the next 10 days.
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White Sox-Pirates
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PITTSBURGH: 2B Freddy Sanchez was not in the lineup Friday because he had flu-like symptoms. SS Jack Wilson took his place in the lineup, with INF Jose Castillo starting at second base. Wilson, the team's regular shortstop, was not in the lineup for the previous four contests while Castillo had been starting in Wilson's place. ... Manager Jim Tracy will miss games Saturday and Sunday to attend college graduation ceremonies for his son, Brian. Brian Tracy, was pitched at UC-Santa Barbara, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 20th round last week. Bench coach Jim Lett will take over the managerial duties in Jim Tracy's absence. ... C Humberto Cota, who was designated for assignment June 4, had his 10-day window expire and Friday he was in the midst of his 24-hour window to elect whether to accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis or declare free agency.
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Diamondbacks-Orioles
zona optioned INF Alberto Callaspo to Triple-A Tucson and called up INF Augie Ojeda from Tucson. Callaspo hit .206 with four RBIs in 126 at bats. Ojeda batted .323 in 32 games at Tucson. ``He'll play any position and he's always prepared to play,'' Melvin said.
BALTIMORE: RHP Daniel Cabrera will start Saturday with one fewer day of rest than usual. He was flipped in the rotation with LHP Brian Burres, who was moved back to Sunday because of soreness in his left shoulder. ... Manager Sam Perlozzo defended his bullpen Friday, less than 24 hours after Baltimore relievers gave up the final two runs in a 3-1 loss to Washington. ``If we had a six spot on the board, nobody would be saying anything. But we had a one spot,'' Perlozzo said. ``I think the pen is fine. Everybody has been battling their tails off out there.'' Perhaps, but the bullpen allowed runs in 13 of Baltimore's last 23 games through Thursday.
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Nationals-Blue Jays
in back-to-back games for Columbus. ... LHP Shawn Hill (strained shoulder) played catch before Friday's game at Toronto for the first time since landing on the disabled list May 12. ... At least six Nationals players have 25 or more RBIs. Atlanta, with seven, is the only NL team with more 25-RBI batters.
TORONTO: LHP Gustavo Chacin (sore shoulder) said he felt good after throwing 25 pitches from 45 feet Thursday and doing the same again on Friday. ... OF Reed Johnson (herniated disk) will start playing simulated games at extended spring training in the next few days and could be ready to return after the All-Star break. ... The Blue Jays have signed 10 players selected in last week's draft, including first-round selection 3B/SS Kevin Ahrens and second-round selection C J.P. Arencibia. Toronto has signed 22 draft picks so far. ... A ``technical problem'' prevented the retractable roof at Rogers Centre from being opened before Friday's game against Washington.
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Rangers-Reds
Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka. ... SS Michael Young doubled in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to eight games. ... In the first three innings this season, the Rangers have scored 96 runs and given up 166.
CINCINNATI: CF Josh Hamilton is getting blood work to see why he feels tired and is constantly thirsty. Hamilton was sidelined earlier this month by an inflamed digestive system. ``I drink water all the time,'' he said. ``I'll get filled up and, 20 minutes later, my mouth is dry. They're doing all kinds of testing. Diabetes runs in my family, so they're looking at that.'' ... CF Ryan Freel was examined by a specialist and cleared to start working out lightly. Freel hasn't done anything since he ran into a teammate while catching a fly ball on May 28, resulting in a concussion.
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Mariners-Astros
l. I know pitchers better keep the ball down.'' Noticing the tote board keeping count of Craig Biggio's pursuit of 3,000 hits, Hargrove said, ``He's obviously a great player. You don't play in the majors that long and accomplish that much without being a great player. And he plays the game right.''
HOUSTON: Manager Phil Garner's approach to pitching against Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki is simple. ``I think you just bring the infield in and throw him fastballs,'' Garner said. ``You let him hit the ball. He's going to get his hits regardless. Just make him swing at the first two pitches and don't expend as much energy on him. Then just try to get the rest of them out.'' After losing SS Adam Everett to a broken leg Thursday night, the Astros called up Eric Bruntlett from Triple-A Round Rock. Garner says he'll play Mark Loretta at short as well as Bruntlett, who found out about his old friend Everett on the scoreboard at Round Rock during the Express game against New Orleans on Thursday night. ``It was kind of weird,'' Bruntlett said. ``The TV announcer said they would probably bring me up. But that's just TV guys. I didn't know until after the game I was coming up.'' ... Reliever Rick White, out with a pinched nerve in his neck, is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday but probably won't before next week.
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Marlins-Royals
FLORIDA: RHP Josh Johnson rejoined the Marlins Friday after being out all year with a problem in his pitching elbow and will start Monday against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Johnson would be limited to about 90 pitches. Johnson, 11-5 as a rookie last year in 24 starts, left behind an unexpected gift for the Double-A clubhouse in Zebulon, N. C. - a 42-inch plasma TV. ``I don't even think they know about it yet,'' he said. ``They'll get a little surprise.'' ... Gonzalez said there was no serious injury to LHP Dontrelle Willis' left hand from Thursday night's game, when he appeared to jam it during a play at first base.
KANSAS CITY: 2B Mark Grudzielanek underwent successful knee surgery to repair cartilage damage on Friday and is expected back in about a month. It was the same knee that doctors performed an arthroscopic procedure on during spring training. ``It wasn't anything that we didn't expect. It was just an ordinary cartilage surgery, so that's good,'' said manager Buddy Bell. ``There's no bone damage or anything like that. We're hoping he'll be back within a month.'' Utility man Esteban German will take over at second. ... DH Mike Sweeney was back in the lineup after experiencing a back spasm while batting Wednesday night and sitting out a game.
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Brewers-Twins
MILWAUKEE: With LHP Chris Capuano on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, look for prospect Yovani Gallardo to start Monday against the Giants. Or maybe not. Gallardo was called up after Thursday's victory over Detroit, but may be used out of the bullpen this weekend if needed. If Gallardo does pitch in relief against the Twins, look for Carlos Villanueva to get the nod Monday. ... If the Brewers win on Friday, it will be their first three-game win streak since winning a season-best six games from May 4-9.
MINNESOTA: LF/DH Rondell White, on the disabled list since April 10 with a strained right calf, played in a minor league scrimmage on Friday. The oft-injured veteran was the DH and went 2-for-3. Manager Ron Gardenhire said White experienced ``mild soreness'' after the game and will DH again on Saturday. There is no timetable for his return to the Twins' lineup. ... LHP Glen Perkins will begin rehabbing in Florida once the Twins' current homestand ends. Perkins went on the DL with a left shoulder strain in May and pitched out of the bullpen before the injury. Once he returns, Gardenhire is unsure if he will rejoin the Twins or start for Triple-A Rochester. ... On the DL since May 11, OF Josh Rabe had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He is expected to be ready for spring training next season.
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Devil Rays-Rockies
TAMPA BAY: OF Elijah Dukes was not in the starting lineup Friday night. ``I gave him a day off Wednesday and decided to give him another day off tonight,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ``This was strictly a baseball decision.'' ... Maddon spent time before the game with Ryan Meisinger, a Denver resident confined to a wheelchair. ``Ryan came to one of my baseball camps,'' Maddon said. ... RHP Edwin Jackson will start Monday's game against Arizona. ``I don't want to attach an ultimatum to this start,'' Maddon said. ``He's had some nice outings.'' ... OF Rocco Baldelli (strained left hamstring) isn't expected back until June 22, when Tampa Bay opens a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
ssignment on June 5.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Padres-Cubs
SAN DIEGO: OF Brian Giles, on the DL with a right knee contusion, has been doing some running and is improving, manager Bud Black said. There is no timetable for Giles' return. ... Chase Headley got thrown right into the mix after the Padres purchased his contract from Double-A San Antonio. He played his first major league game at third base in place of Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had to leave Thursday's game against Tampa Bay after hurting his back during a swing. Headley went 0-for-3. ``He's been hitting since spring training and hasn't stopped and is playing a good third base,'' Black said. ``The organization felt he was the guy to go to.'' Paul McAnulty was sent to Triple-A to make room for Headley.
iniella said. ... 3B Aramis Ramirez, on the DL since June 7 with a sore left knee, is better and should return when his 15-day stint is up. When Ramirez is back, the Cubs will probably move Mark DeRosa around. DeRosa has been filling in for Ramirez ... RHP Kerry Wood, out all season with a sore right shoulder, was in the clubhouse on Friday. Piniella said it would be a lift for the Cubs if Wood - who has battled injuries most of his career - could return by the end of the season.
 

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