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Friday, 22 June 2007 14:52
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 INTERLEAGUE
Twins-Marlins
MINNESOTA: The Twins paid their visit to Miami on Friday for a weekend series against the Marlins, and the game-time temperature was 90 degrees. ``We know it's going to be tough because of the weather here,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``It bakes everything. Everything sweats around here.'' ... Gardenhire's wife and daughter drove across the state from Fort Myers to attend the series.
FLORIDA: 1B Mike Jacobs, on the DL since May 17 with a broken right thumb, may rejoin the Marlins as early as Saturday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ... OF Cody Ross (hamstring), sidelined since May 6, is taking batting practice and is expected to return in 2-to-3 weeks. ... SS Hanley Ramirez and 2B Dan Uggla began the weekend first and second in the NL in runs. ... LF Josh Willingham began the weekend batting .358 when the Marlins win and .185 when they lose.
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Indians-Nationals
CLEVELAND: As with most AL teams that don't to come Washington very often, the Indians are taking full advantage of the trip. On Friday, players and other members of the organization visited the White House and Capitol. On Saturday, groups will visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. ... Top prospect Adam Miller, on the DL at Triple-A Buffalo with an injured finger, threw two innings (34 pitches) in a simulated game Thursday. He is scheduled to start for Buffalo on Monday. He'll pitch one inning, or about 20-25 pitches.
WASHINGTON: RHP Jason Bergmann's return to the starting rotation has been moved up a day. Bergmann, on the DL with elbow inflammation, will start Monday against Atlanta, with Mike Bacsik moving back a day. Bergmann's last start was May 14 against Atlanta. ... The Nationals agreed to terms with fourth-round draft pick Derek Norris, a catcher from Goddard High School in Kansas. The team has agreed to terms with 29 of its 53 selections. ... The Nationals made three moves that do not affect the 25-man roster: 1B Larry Broadway was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus, and OF Frank Diaz and LHP Mike Hinckley were outrighted to Double-A Harrisburg.
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Rockies-Blue Jays
COLORADO: Jamey Carroll started at second base Friday in place of Kazuo Matsui, who got the night off. ... Manager Clint Hurdle said he'll rotate his DHs in each of the three games in Toronto this weekend to give different players a rest. ``We'll probably use three different players,'' Hurdle said. Wily Taveras started at DH Friday, but Hurdle said 1B Todd Helton would likely start at DH either Saturday or Sunday. ... Friday's game was the first Colorado has played on artificial turf since June 13, 2004, at Tampa Bay. The Rockies had played 496 games on grass since.
TORONTO: OF Vernon Wells, who is stuck in an 0-for-17 slump, batted in the leadoff spot for the first time this season. Wells, who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract in the offseason, entered play Friday batting just .206 in June (14-for-68). C Gregg Zaun moved into the second spot and OF Alex Rios dropped to third. ... RHP A.J. Burnett (sore shoulder) threw in the bullpen before Friday's game and remains on track to pitch at Minnesota on June 28, the day he is eligible to come off the DL. ... Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays will likely move their infield in to defend against Colorado OF Wily Taveras, who leads the major leagues with 21 bunt singles. ``You have to cheat it up a little,'' Gibbons said.
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Athletics-Mets
OAKLAND: RHP Rich Harden, activated Thursday after a two-month stint on the DL because of a strained right shoulder, was in uniform Friday night and manager Bob Geren said he expected Harden would pitch in the game against the Mets. The A's will use Harden out of the bullpen as he tries to build up strength to eventually return to the rotation. Geren said Harden is an option to close while relieving, and said the All-Star break is about the time they hope he'll be back in the rotation. ... A day after the team parted ways with OF Milton Bradley, Geren was confident the team made the right move. ``I think it's just going to work out best for the team,'' he said. ``The playing time was going to be strapped.'' Geren refused to take the bait when given the opportunity to discuss Bradley's character. ``We were trying to get the right fit for us and him,'' he said. ``He's a good player.''
gue play going into Friday night's game against the A's. The team has not had a winning season against AL teams since going 10-8 in 2004.
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Dodgers-Devil Rays
LOS ANGELES: RHP Chin-hui Tsao (right shoulder strain) could be ready to start a minor league rehab assignment next week after one additional bullpen session Sunday or Monday. He threw off the mound before Friday's game at Tampa Bay. ... James Loney, who hurt his knee last Sunday, started at first base. ... 1B Nomar Garciaparra was rested. ... Manager Grady Little previously managed at Tropicana Field while with Boston. When playing the youthful Devil Rays, Little said you can expect to see a team that has ``energy.''
TAMPA BAY: 2B-CF B.J. Upton (strained left quadriceps) is taking batting practice and may start a rehab assignment with Class-A Vero Beach next week. Manager Joe Maddon said a decision hasn't been made if Upton will move to the outfield full-time now that the team optioned CF Elijah Dukes to the minors. ``I like his progress at second,'' Maddon said. ``It's a tough call.'' Delmon Young has been shifted from right to center for the time being. ... RHP Edwin Jackson (0-8) will remain in the rotation and make his next scheduled start Sunday against his former team, the Dodgers. ``It should be fun,'' Jackson said. ``Definitely a lot of motivation.''
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Tigers-Braves
DETROIT: LHP Macay McBride strolled past the Braves clubhouse - and kept right on walking to the visiting locker room. The former Atlanta reliever joined his new team, donning a Detroit uniform for the first time since being dealt by the Braves in an exchange of lefties. Wil Ledezma came to Atlanta from the Tigers. ``It's still baseball. It's still pants and a jersey,'' said McBride, sizing up his new uniform in the Tigers clubhouse. ... McBride could have a short stint with the Tigers. LHP Nate Robertson is expected to come off the DL Tuesday, and Detroit dealt Ledezma largely because he was out of minor league options. McBride can be sent to the minors without risk of being lost on waivers. ``I'm just worrying about my next pitch, whether it's here or in Toledo,'' he said. ``I've got an open mind about whatever they want to do. Basically, I'm just pitching today for a job tomorrow.''
ink about than whether it's neat to be pitching against the Braves,'' Miller said. ``I've got to make my pitches. Maybe later I will look back on all that other stuff.'' ... Braves OF Willie Harris celebrated his 29th birthday. ... RHP John Smoltz was facing his original team for the second time. The first outing didn't go so well - Smoltz surrendered eight earned runs in 3 1-3 against the Tigers in a 1997 interleague game. The Michigan native began his career in the Detroit organization but was dealt to Atlanta while still in the minors.
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Royals-Brewers
KANSAS CITY: RHP Scott Elarton was placed on the DL before the game with a right foot sprain. Taking Elarton's roster spot is RHP John Thompson, who was signed Friday after passing a physical in Kansas City . His availability has yet to be determined. ... Luke Hochevar, the Royals' first pick in the 2006 draft will represent the United States in the All Star Futures Game next month in San Francisco. ... Starter Jorge De La Rosa was facing his former team Friday night. He was dealt by the Brewers to Kansas City on July 25, 2006, for IF Tony Graffinino.
MILWAUKEE: The coaching staff at Triple-A Nashville will serve on the United States team at the All Star Futures Game. Manager Frank Kremblas and pitching coach Stan Kyles will be joined by Don Money, who manages the Brewers' Double-A affiliate in the game next month in San Francisco. RHP Dave Bush will start Saturday. Bush will try to win consecutive outings for the first time this season. ... The Brewers have hit four grand slams this season. They were the only team in baseball not to hit a home run with the bases loaded in 2006.
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Astros-Rangers
HOUSTON: A homemade sign in center field Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington read ``Welcome Home Hunter'' for Astros rookie center fielder Hunter Pence, who played at Arlington High and UT-Arlington. ``It's hard to really describe it,'' Pence said before playing his first big league game in his hometown. ``It's a goal I've had my whole life.'' ... With RHP Brad Lidge (pulled oblique muscle) on the DL, manager Phil Garner will use Dan Wheeler as the closer again. Lidge had regained the job before getting hurt, but Wheeler went into Friday night's game with 11 saves in 14 chances.
the medical staff.'' ... OF Frank Catalanotto has been swinging better even though he was still hitting only .202 going into Friday night's game, a day after driving in the winning run with a pinch-hit single. ``I see a different look in Cat right now,'' Washington said. ``It's a look that says he's feeling pretty good about himself. We know he can hit. He has a track record.''
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Phillies-Cardinals
PHILADELPHIA: Greg Dobbs started in LF ahead of Pat Burrell, who has not been in the lineup two of the first four games of the Phillies' trip. Burrell was batting .208 with eight homers and 31 RBIs. ``It's not like he's not trying,'' manager Charlie Manuel said. ``You go through periods when you're just not hitting the ball.'' Manuel added, ``Dobbs has earned the right to play and competition never hurt nobody.'' Dobbs is batting .319 in his last 33 games with 21 RBIs. ... Manuel said closer Brett Myers, on the DL since May 24 with a right shoulder strain, isn't close to a rehab stint yet. ... RHP Jon Lieber, who left in the sixth inning of Wednesday's start with an ankle injury, is not expected to miss a turn in the rotation.
ST. LOUIS: Newcomer Mike Maroth, acquired from the Tigers on Friday, takes Brad Thompson's spot in the rotation on Monday at New York against the Mets. Thompson was available in the bullpen over the weekend after throwing seven strong innings on Tuesday against the Royals. Manager Tony La Russa said he told Thompson the move is not necessarily permanent. Kip Wells, 3-11 with a 6.75 ERA, would seem to be in the greatest danger, especially if he struggles on Sunday against the Phillies. ... LHP Mark Mulder, rehabbing from rotator cuff surgery last September, threw to rehabbing C Yadier Molina (broken wrist) in the bullpen before the game but is not close to a rehab assignment. ``Compared to where we were when the team left for the season, it's a thousand times better,'' Mulder said. ``But there's still a ways to go.''
 

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