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Wednesday, 20 June 2007 17:43
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Marlins-White Sox
FLORIDA: RHP Anibal Sanchez will undergo exploratory arthroscopic shoulder surgery Thursday. Sanchez, who was 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 2006, made only six starts this year, going 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA, before he was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on May 4. He pitched a no-hitter last September against the Diamondbacks. ... OF Brett Carroll went 0-for-4 but redeemed himself with a two-out diving catch on an eighth-inning line drive by Juan Uribe with the bases loaded and the Marlins up by one. ``It was just pure instinct,'' Carroll said. ``I just got a good jump, saw the ball well and tried to make a catch.'' ... RHP Sergio Mitre pitched 6 1-3 innings while allowing two runs in a no-decision. It was Mitre's sixth quality start this year. Mitre is 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four day starts this season. ... Wednesday's come-from-behind 5-4 win was the Marlins' 16th of the season. ... The Marlins have three pinch-hit homers this year.
CHICAGO: C Toby Hall spent the night at a hospital Tuesday night while he received five bags of fluid intravenously. Hall was taken out after playing only four innings during a 7-5 loss to Florida earlier that day. ``I get back from the road trip and (my son has) been sick and I got it,'' Hall said. ``I rarely ever get sick and that happened to be the day I was playing. If I wasn't playing, I can hide out in the bullpen and throw up over there.'' ... DH Jim Thome missed his second straight game with back spasms. Thome said his back was improving and hopes to be ready to play in Friday's series opener against the Cubs. ... OF Darin Erstad, on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle, could be back in the lineup Friday, according to manager Ozzie Guillen. The White Sox sent OF Jerry Owens back to Triple-A Charlotte to open up a roster spot for Erstad. ... 2B Tadahito Iguchi wasn't in the starting lineup, but Guillen, who called out Iguchi after he failed to lay down a sacrifice bunt Tuesday, insisted it was a routine day off and was unrelated to the previous night.
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Reds-Athletics
p us win baseball games.'' Fans who bought tickets will get full refunds and tickets to two Reds games this season. Arroyo hasn't won since May 6, going 0-6 with a 7.83 ERA in his last eight starts.
OAKLAND: Ken Griffey Jr.'s first-inning strikeout was No. 500 of Dan Haren's career. ... The A's activated RF Milton Bradley from his third stint on the disabled list this season and he was back in the starting lineup. Oakland made roster room by optioning infielder J.J. Furmaniak to Triple-A Sacramento. ... RHP Rich Harden gave up one hit in one inning of relief for Triple-A Sacramento, clearing the way for his return from the disabled list Friday in New York against the Mets. Out since April 16 with a strained right shoulder, Harden struck out one and looked sharp in the only minor league appearance of his rehab. ``It's just more getting a feel today and throwing my changeup and throwing some off-speed pitches,'' Harden said. ``My fastball was a little bit up today but other than that I got a couple down, made some good pitches and that's what I wanted to do.''
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Devil Rays-Diamondbacks
s 10-8 loss at Arizona. It was the third time in 12 road games that they gave up a lead of six runs or more, and they lost all three.
ARIZONA: Manager Bob Melvin said the club plans to option RHP Enrique Gonzalez to Triple-A Tucson on Friday. A corresponding move will be announced before the Diamondbacks open a three-game series with Baltimore. ... LHP Randy Johnson, who has a herniated disk, will throw off flat ground on Friday. Johnson is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list June 26, but it's unlikely he'll be ready by then. When Johnson returns, the Diamondbacks might pick a starter at Triple-A Tucson to pitch on the same days as Johnson does, manager Bob Melvin said. The idea is to have a pitcher ready to be called up in an emergency if Johnson's back acts up again. ... The Diamondbacks will be one of PGA Tour rookie Jeff Quinney's sponsors during this week's Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Quinney, a Scottsdale resident who attended Arizona State, will wear Arizona's logo on his shirt.
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Phillies-Indians
sed by Detroit. ... The Phillies are expecting RHPs Tom Gordon (rotator cuff strain) and Brett Myers (shoulder strain) to return in early July. RHP Antonio Alfonseca is 5-for-6 in save chances, but Manuel doesn't think finding enough work for all of them will be a problem. ``I don't think it will be that big a challenge,'' he said. ``Closing a game actually starts in the seventh inning. You need to get big outs from the seventh to the ninth.'' ... Manuel indicated that RHP Kyle Kendrick, who got his first major league win Tuesday night, will get another start. ``He's one of the guys in our rotation,'' Manuel said. ... The Phillies played their last interleague game Wednesday night.
CLEVELAND: GM Mark Shapiro thinks slumping DH Travis Hafner (5-for-34, .147 in his last eight games) will break out soon. ``I look at it as a dominant hitter struggling, but working his way out of it. When he does, someone's going to pay,'' Shapiro said. ... Manager Eric Wedge said LHP Jason Stanford, after being called up from the minors and making two spot starts, will be used in long relief. ... OF Shin-Soo Choo has been sent to the Indians' complex in Winter Haven, Fla., to rehab a strained left elbow. If healthy, Choo would have been a candidate to be recalled when OF David Dellucci went on the DL with a strained left hamstring. OF Ben Francisco, hitting .329 at Triple-A Buffalo, got the call instead.
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Tigers-Nationals
DETROIT: RHP Justin Verlander, who has a friend who has a friend who is an adviser to President Bush, got to spend 20 minutes in the Oval Office with Bush on Wednesday. Bush congratulated Verlander on his recent no-hitter and posed for pictures. ``He's a big baseball fan - he pretty much knew everybody on the team,'' Verlander said. ... RHP Zach Miner, on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain, was assigned to Double-A Erie to begin a rehab assignment.
WASHINGTON: Last year, Brandon Watson didn't even last a month as the Nationals' starting center fielder out of spring training. This year, a 43-game hitting streak at Triple-A Columbus - which broke an International League record - earned him a trip back to the majors. ``You never know when something's going to happen,'' Watson said. ``When you least expect it, that's when it happens. I didn't know when or if I would ever get called back up, so it's an exciting opportunity.'' ... GM Jim Bowden was blunt about Wednesday's flurry of moves, including the decision to designate struggling relievers Winston Abreu and Levale Speigner for assignment. ``We want to use this year to find answers,'' Bowden said. ``Some are going to be positive answers and some are going to be negative answers. We're going to find out about both.''
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Dodgers-Blue Jays
LOS ANGELES: RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained shoulder) felt no pain after throwing all of his pitches off the bullpen mound Tuesday. ``He'll probably do that another time or two and we'll see how it goes from there,'' manager Grady Little said. ... Olmedo Saenz got the start at designated hitter against Roy Halladay because he was 5-for-12 with two doubles and a home run against the Toronto ace. ... OF Brady Clark, designated for assignment June 10, cleared waivers and was granted his unconditional release.
TORONTO: Seeking a fresh arm for their bullpen, the Blue Jays recalled RHP Brian Wolfe from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned RHP Lee Gronkiewicz to Triple-A. Gronkiewicz made his major league debut in Tuesday's 10-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing one run and two hits over four innings. ... Toronto released RHP John Thomson, who signed a one-year contract in January and went 2-4 with a 4.58 ERA in seven starts at Syracuse. ``We just came to the conclusion that he wasn't going to help us,'' general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. ... Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays will monitor RHP A.J. Burnett's pitch counts when he returns from the 15-day disabled list on June 28. Burnett had thrown more than 100 pitches in nine of his past 10 starts before coming up with a sore shoulder.
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Twins-Mets
MINNESOTA: Twins broadcaster and former big league pitcher Bert Blyleven was sporting a new look. While riding the team bus to the ballpark before Tuesday's game, Blyleven challenged LHP Johan Santana to throw a shutout and said he'd shave his own head if the two-time Cy Young Award winner turned the trick. Santana did, and Blyleven paid up before Wednesday night's game, sitting down for a haircut in the middle of the visitor's clubhouse at Shea Stadium. ``So what are we going to do next time,'' a smiling Santana said before he shaved Blyleven's head. Blyleven was a good sport: ``Try to get the gray out,'' he said during the cut. ... The Twins are off Thursday before closing out the first half with 18 games over 17 days in five cities. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the team might add a 12th pitcher to the roster next week because of the schedule. ... 2B Luis Castillo doubled in the first inning to end a career-worst 0-for-21 skid.
NEW YORK: LHP Tom Glavine is winless in his last five starts and stuck on 295 career wins heading into Friday night's start against Oakland. Glavine pitched well enough to win in the first three starts of the skid before getting roughed up in his last two. ``I feel great physically,'' Glavine said. ``My stuff is there.'' Glavine said his struggles in his last two starts had to do with mechanics. ... Special instructor Rickey Henderson joined the team Wednesday and is expected to stay through Sunday.
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Royals-Cardinals
KANSAS CITY: LHP Jorge de la Rosa, 0-5 in his last six starts, pitches Friday in Milwaukee. ... The bullpen totaled 8 1-3 scoreless innings the first two games of the three-game series against St. Louis, and entered with a string of 11 1-3 scoreless innings dating to Sunday against the Marlins. ... The Royals have converted nine of their last 10 save opportunities after an 11-for-19 start. ... David DeJesus was hit by a pitch twice on Wednesday, giving the Royals a major league-leading 43 on the year, two more than the Indians. ... John Buck batted cleanup Wednesday for the first time this season. He's the sixth player used in that spot.
ST. LOUIS: RHP Chris Carpenter, rehabbing from surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, threw in the bullpen for the second time on Wednesday. He's scheduled to throw again on Saturday, using all of his pitches for the first time since the operation in May. ... Slumping 2B Adam Kennedy was in the lineup for the first time in five games. One reason: he was 8-for-28 against Royals starter Gil Meche. ... Scott Spiezio, who started the first two games of the series at 2B, started in RF on Wednesday. Spiezio was 3-for-7 the first two games of the series. ... Juan Encarnacion totaled only 21 hits during an 18-game hitting streak that ended with an 0-for-4 night on Wednesday, batting .304 during the team's best run of the year.
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Cubs-Rangers
CHICAGO: LHP Scott Eyre, who is 35, is six years older than his brother, Rangers RHP Willie Eyre, so they never played on the same teams as kids growing up in California. This is the second time they've competed against each other. Last season Scott and the Cubs played the Twins when Willie was a Minnesota reliever. ``We played catch on the field before the game,'' Scott said. ``It's beyond neat. We were talking about playing whiffle ball together in the front yard and now we're in a major league park playing catch, both in the big leagues, both equal. It's a childhood dream-plus.''. ... Manager Lou Piniella considered moving 2B Mike Fontenot into the second slot in the order, but Piniella decided to bat Fontenot fifth on Wednesday night to take advantage of his hot bat. Fontenot hit safely in eight of his first nine games since his callup from Triple-A Iowa on June 9. ... Piniella said Derrek Lee will DH in Thursday's day game.
TEXAS: RHP Brandon McCarthy, on the disabled list because of a blister on his right middle finger, will throw a bullpen session Thursday. Manager Ron Washington said the next step will be determined by how that session goes. McCarthy played catch Tuesday. ... C Gerald Laird is expected to play Thursday, even though it's a day game after a night game. Saturday is another day game after a night game, and that's when Washington said Adam Melhuse likely will start instead of Laird.
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Yankees-Rockies
NEW YORK: OF-DH Johnny Damon is hoping to stay off the DL but manager Joe Torre said if his strained abdominal muscle doesn't get better soon, the team will have to put him on the shelf. ... RHP Mike Mussina refused to sample the fried rattlesnake when an entourage of Yankees had lunch at The Fort, a local wild game restaurant. ``Please,'' Mussina said. ``That's not me.'' ... 1B Andy Phillips, who was brought up from the minor leagues on Tuesday, started at first base. ... The Yankees are just 3-9 in series openers on the road. ... 3B Alex Rodriguez leads all major leaguers in All-Star votes with nearly 2 million. He has never been the leading vote-getter in his career.
COLORADO: RHP Zach McClellan will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Thursday at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in suburban Englewood. ... Manager Clint Hurdle made beating opposing team's No. 1 starter a priority. ``I had it in my daily note planner in spring training,'' Hurdle said. ``We've been doing just that.'' ... Hurdle doesn't mind the overwhelming majority of Yankees fans for the series. ``The Yankees aren't just a national team. They are an international team,'' he said. ... Hurdle said not buckling to the Yankees in a 3-1 game Tuesday was a dividend of beating Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett on successive nights in Boston.
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Astros-Angels
HOUSTON: RHP Chad Qualls was suspended for three games and fined $3,000 for throwing a baseball into the stands at Angel Stadium in frustration Monday night. He asked the players' union to appeal the penalty, meaning he cannot be disciplined until after a hearing is held and the appeal is decided. ... The Astros entered with a .358 batting average (93 of 260) in their previous seven games to raise their season batting average to .261. ``We've been putting some quality at-bats together,'' 2B Craig Biggio said. ``We had a period where it was pretty frustrating for a lot of us.'' ... Biggio entered eight hits shy of 3,000 hits in his career - a milestone reached by only 26 players. ``I'm excited about it,'' he said. ``In my house, we don't get too excited about things. My kids are a little older. The kids make fun of me all the time.'' With that, 14-year-old Conor Biggio told his father: ``You stink.'' The elder Biggio just shrugged his shoulders.
1B Casey Kotchman will be able to return to the lineup Friday or Saturday against Pittsburgh. Kotchman hasn't played since suffering a concussion when hit in the batting helmet last Saturday on an attempted pickoff at second base by Dodgers C Russell Martin. ... The Angels have led the AL West for 57 straight days and 70 of 80 this season.
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Red Sox-Braves
BOSTON: 3B Mike Lowell sat out his second straight game because of an ailing thumb, which he hurt during a June 3 game against the Yankees. ``I think there's been times where it's affected his swing,'' manager Terry Francona said. ``He'll play every day. But I'd like to give him a chance to be OK.'' ... Francona considered starting Alex Cora at shortstop for the second night in a row, but decided to return to slumping starter Julio Lugo. ``If I said I didn't think about it, I'd probably be lying,'' Francona said. ``But I think that would be making a mistake. I think it's so easy to look at the little picture. Sometimes it's harder to look at the big picture, but I think I have a responsibility to do that.'' ... Boston will have plenty of support at its weekend series in San Diego. The Red Sox offered all full-time employees a chance to make the trip, and 90 took up them up on the offer.
ATLANTA: Manager Bobby Cox was sprawled on his sofa before the game, resting a sore back. The 66-year-old Cox was stricken by spasms that kept him from holding his usual pregame session with the media or coming out to the dugout to watch batting practice. He was on the bench for the game, but didn't follow his normal routine of coming to the mound to make pitching changes. When starter Buddy Carlyle was yanked in the fourth after Boston jumped to a 7-0 lead, pitching coach Roger McDowell handled the duties. ... RHP Joey Devine was recalled from Double-A Mississippi after the Braves traded LHP Macay McBride to Detroit for LHP Wilfredo Ledezma, who won't join the team until Friday. Devine could stay if the Braves decide to move Oscar Villareal into a starting role. Journeyman starter Buddy Carlyle gave up seven runs in 3 2-3 innings, endangering his tenuous spot in the rotation.
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Orioles-Padres
BALTIMORE: Andy MacPhail was hired Wednesday as president of baseball operations, two days after the last-place Orioles fired manager Sam Perlozzo. MacPhail will oversee all baseball operations for the struggling club, which has not had a winning season since 1997. He said he believes owner Peter Angelos will allow him the independence he needs to run the team.
nd Giles to Single-A Lake Elsinore or another club, Black said. ... 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff missed his sixth straight start due to a strained lower back but was getting closer to returning, Black said.
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Pirates-Mariners
PITTSBURGH: CF Chris Duffy was out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive day and was available only for pinch-hitting duty on Wednesday, after he tested his sore hamstring by running before the game. ``He's at about 85 percent,'' manager Jim Tracy said. ``We're obviously not going to push it.'' Nate McLouth made his sixth start of the season in CF. ... Unsolicited, Tracy praised Shawn Chacon, who got his first save since 2004 on Tuesday night with closer Matt Capps suspended until Friday, for his versatility this season. Chacon started four games earlier this season. ``I can't say enough good things about what Shawn Chacon has done for this club,'' Tracy said, acknowledging he's talked a few times with Chacon about the veteran's preference for starting.
Wednesday with the highest batting average in interleague play this season, .491. He was on pace for 247 hits, which would be his seventh consecutive season with 200 hits. ... Even though starter Horacio Ramirez began throwing bullpen sessions this week for the first time since going on the DL May 25 with left shoulder tendinitis, Hargrove keeps saying Ramirez is a long way off from returning.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Giants-Brewers
SAN FRANCISCO: The Giants starting pitching has failed during the team's seven-game losing streak. Starters have a 10.43 ERA in the last seven games, giving up 39 earned runs in 33 2-3 innings. Only Matt Cain has gone at least six innings during the stretch, giving up one run in seven innings at Boston on Saturday. ``We're giving up big numbers in the first inning,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ... LHP Barry Zito has lost three consecutive starts, giving up 15 earned runs in 13 1-3 innings. ... The Giants have lost 21 of their last 29 on the road.
MILWAUKEE: Bill Hall's grand slam in the first inning Wednesday was the team's fourth this season. Last year, the Brewers were the only team in the majors without a grand slam. ... Hall has only eight homers this year after hitting 35 a year ago. ... SS J.J. Hardy left Wednesday's game with tightness in his lower back. Manager Ned Yost said he pulled him as a precaution, and Hardy is expected to play in the team's next game Friday. ... After Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Giants, the Brewers are 11-2 in games started by RHP Claudio Vargas.
 

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