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Monday, 25 June 2007 17:37
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Rangers-Tigers
TEXAS: RHP Eric Gagne was scheduled for a day off Monday after pitching in three of the previous four games. Manager Ron Washington, who said that Akinori Otsuka would close against Detroit on Monday, said it was the first time he had considered a healthy Gagne unavailable all season. ... With CF Kenny Lofton and DH Sammy Sosa, the Rangers are the first team in major league history to have a player with 600 homers and a player with 600 stolen bases. Lofton was playing for San Francisco when Barry Bonds hit his 600th homer, but only had 507 steals when he left the Giants. ... Lofton and Sosa entered with a combined .217 lifetime average against Detroit in 632 at-bats.
pitched two innings on a rehab assignment for Double-A Erie, allowing one run. ... RHP Jeremy Bonderman entered Monday's start with a chance to tie Bobo Newsom's club record of 18 starts without a loss. Bonderman has not lost since Sept. 10, 2006, at Minnesota.
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Athletics-Indians
OAKLAND: Manager Bob Geren said RHP Justin Duchscherer, one of nine Athletics on the disabled list, played long toss from 150 feet and reported no pain. The setup man has been out since May 15 with a strained right hip. ... OF Bobby Kielty, out since April 29 with a strained left calf, is due to start a rehab assignment on Wednesday in the minors. ... LHP Dallas Braden, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, will be used in long relief. ``We're a little short in the bullpen,'' Geren said. ``(RHP Rich) Harden is on a schedule and can't be counted as a reliever. Harden, activated Friday, is being used in relief as the A's slowly bring him back from two months on the DL with a strained right shoulder.
season after elbow surgery. He's 0-0 with a 3.21 ERA in 15 appearances. ... The Indians are finally going to unpack their bags and settle in for a while. Starting with their four-game series with Oakland, they'll play 24 of their next 34 at Jacobs Field, where they're off to a 24-11 start. ``It's something that the guys have been looking forward to, something we need and something they've earned,'' manager Eric Wedge said.
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White Sox-Devil Rays
CHICAGO: Manager Ozzie Guillen said LHP Mark Buehrle has pitched consistently this season and despite a 4-4 record (3.39 ERA) should be given consideration to represent the White Sox in the All-Star game. Closer Bobby Jenks will likely also get consideration. ... C Toby Hall, who spent parts of seven seasons with Tampa Bay, returned to Tropicana Field. He was able to spend Sunday night at his Tampa area home. ``I have nothing but good memories. This is where I grew up,'' Hall said. ``To wear this (Chicago) uniform with the tradition, it's a good feeling.'' ... The White Sox signed Miami of Ohio RHP John Ely, their third-round pick in the 2007 amateur draft. He attended Homewood Flossmoor High School in suburban Chicago.
TAMPA BAY: 2B B.J. Upton (strained left quadriceps) is set to start a rehab assignment Wednesday with Class-A Vero Beach and could be activated from the disabled list within the next week or so. ... Pitching coach Jim Hickey underwent surgery to repair a detached retina in his right eye. He is scheduled to rejoin the team July 3 in Boston. Minor league pitching coordinator Dick Bosman is serving as interim pitching coach. ... The Devil Rays signed University of Mississippi RHP William Kline, their second-round pick in this year's amateur draft. He will throw off a bullpen mound Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
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Blue Jays-Twins
TORONTO: Frank Thomas has always liked hitting in the Metrodome. He entered the four-game series with 15 home runs in his career here, tied for third-most in a ballpark that wasn't his home field, giving him a good chance to hit career homer No. 500. ``I'm tired of talking about it, I can tell you that much,'' he said before taking batting practice. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has seen all 15 of those homers in the Dome. ``If we can get through four games with him at 499, we've done an awful lot,'' Gardenhire said. ... RHP A.J. Burnett (sore shoulder) will come off the 15-day disabled list and start Thursday at Minnesota. ... Toronto was one of the few teams to have success against the Twins at the Dome last season. Minnesota had the best record in the majors at home, but the Blue Jays went 3-1 here.
MINNESOTA: Jeff Cirillo filled in for injured 1B Justin Morneau (bruised lung) again despite battling some sore legs. Gardenhire praised Cirillo's willingness to play hurt and said he has to check with him ``day by day, and sometimes inning by inning'' to make sure Cirillo can go. ``He's a professional hitter,'' Gardenhire said. ``We'll see how long he can go out there and keep playing.'' ... With Morneau out of the lineup, Joe Mauer has moved back to the No. 3 spot in the order. Gardenhire put Jason Bartlett at No. 2 and dropped Nick Punto from second to last.
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Royals-Angels
KANSAS CITY: The Royals came to Angel Stadium with Mike Sweeney on the disabled list - again. Last June it was a bulging disk in his back, this time it's inflammation in his right knee. The Southern California native, who has a .304 lifetime average in Anaheim, hasn't played there since May 28, 2005. ``This is my second year in a row not having a chance to play here, so it's a bummer,'' said Sweeney, who was born nearby in Orange, Calif., and lives in Rancho Santa Fe during the offseason. ``I grew up close to here and was a fan of the Angels, so coming to the `Big A' is always a thrill for me. My heart always beats a couple of ticks quicker playing in Anaheim. Down deep, I'm still a Southern Californian - and even though I've played my whole career in Kansas City, I still root for the West Coast teams. I'll never forget sitting up in the stands here in 2002 with my dad and my two brothers when the Angels played the clinching games against the Twins, and Giants, cheering for the Halo.''
LOS ANGELES: 1B Casey Kotchman was back in the lineup after missing seven games with a concussion. He was injured diving back to second base when a one-hop throw by Dodgers catcher Russell Martin struck him on the helmet. ... CF Gary Matthews Jr. did not start for the second straight game because of a tight left hamstring, which occurred when he ran out an infield single on Saturday. Manager Mike Scioscia said Matthews most likely will sit out Tuesday night as well. ... Utility INF Erick Aybar, who had the game-winning hit Sunday against Pittsburgh, started in the outfield for the first time in the major leagues. He played left field while Reggie Willits shifted to center in Matthews' absence. ``Erick has played in the outfield a little bit in winter ball here and there,'' Scioscia said. ``He's got terrific skills and he looks very comfortable out there. He's got the speed to maybe make up for some inexperience, so hopefully he'll be able to make the routine plays we need.''
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Red Sox-Mariners
he said. Lugo started in the leadoff spot 56 times before his slump. J.D. Drew led off Monday, while Lugo batted ninth. ... When RHP Josh Beckett won his 11th game on Sunday in Boston's 74th game, it was the earliest date and game number than a Red Sox pitcher had won 11 since 2002. Derek Lowe won his 11th on June 16 in the 66th game. Beckett is the seventh Boston pitcher in the last 51 years to win at least 11 of his first 12 decisions.
SEATTLE: LHP Horacio Ramirez threw a 50-pitch simulated game and was pleased with the results. ``I threw everything. Felt good, felt strong,'' he said. Ramirez has been on the DL since May 25 with tendinitis in his left shoulder. He's expected to go out on a rehab assignment soon. ... RHP Mark Lowe might join Ramirez on a rehab stint. Lowe, out all season after elbow surgery, will throw simulated games on Wednesday and Sunday and then go on assignment. He said the plan is for him to start and throw an inning or two in a couple of rehab starts and then rejoin the team sometime around the All-Star break. ... RF Jose Guillen didn't start for the third straight game. Manager Mike Hargrove said Guillen is still day-to-day with a sore right arm. ... LF Raul Ibanez was out again with a strained right hamstring sustained in Saturday's win over Cincinnati. He is expected to be out at least until Wednesday.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Nationals-Braves
WASHINGTON: SS Cristian Guzman will miss the rest of the season following surgery in Washington to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Guzman sprained his left thumb in the fifth inning Sunday. Guzman, who hit .329 with 31 runs in 43 games, was operated on at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. ... CF Brandon Watson moved into the leadoff spot. Felipe Lopez moved from second base to shortstop and Ronnie Belliard moved into the lineup at second. ... The team purchased the contract of IF D'Angelo Jimenez from Triple-A Columbus to fill Guzman's roster spot. ... RHP Shawn Hill had a cortisone shot in his right elbow during a visit to Dr. James Andrews. Hill is expected to be cleared to throw in about 10 days.
ATLANTA: CF Andruw Jones moved back into the cleanup spot and former leadoff hitter Kelly Johnson moved down into the No. 7 spot as manager Bobby Cox kept LF Willie Harris, hitting .379, in the leadoff position. ``Maybe Kelly can get into some RBI situations,'' Cox said. ``He doesn't deserve to be moved, period. I couldn't ask for a better job. But we gotta do something.'' Harris has 13 multi-hit games since he was called up on April 30.
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Cardinals-Mets
ST. LOUIS: 3B Scott Rolen was out of the starting lineup, a day after he fouled a ball off his left foot and left early. He was listed as day-to-day. ... RHP Todd Wellemeyer was set to start Tuesday night. He hurt his wrist in his last outing. ... C Yadier Molina (wrist) accompanied the team to New York and hopes to come off the disabled list soon. This was the Cardinals' first visit to Shea Stadium since Molina's ninth-inning homer won Game 7 of the NLCS last October. ``That was a great game and it felt good to come to the ballpark and look around and remember what happened here,'' Molina said.
NEW YORK: 1B Carlos Delgado was back in the lineup on his 35th birthday. He was given a day off Sunday against Oakland. ``Got a little break,'' he said. ... RHP Aaron Sele turned 37. ... The opener of this four-game set marked the Mets' sixth straight series against a team that made the playoffs last season. Before the Cardinals came to visit, the Mets played Detroit, the Dodgers, the Yankees, Minnesota and Oakland.
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Rockies-Cubs
time Colorado play multiple night games at Wrigley was in 1993.
CHICAGO: Closer Ryan Dempster may be headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique. Dempster missed the last two games and wasn't available Tuesday night. Dempster will throw off the mound on Tuesday to see if he can avoid the disabled list. ``He felt better today, he threw off flat ground. He's better than he was. (Tuesday) probably will throw him off the mound and that will probably be a determining factor in what we do,'' Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. ... With Dempster out, the Cubs are short in the bullpen. Piniella expects the Cubs to make a move with their roster so they can bring up reliever. ``We do need a pitcher,'' said Piniella. ... OF Felix Pie, who has been struggling offensively, didn't start for the second straight day. He is 6-for-43 in his last six games, but the Cubs have no intentions of sending him back to Triple-A Iowa. ``We're not going to send him back. I'm just giving him a day or two to catch his breath a little bit,'' Piniella said. Piniella plans to start Pie in center on Tuesday.
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Astros-Brewers
if it does not put him in jeopardy of becoming the 27th player with 3,000 hits. ``Obviously I'd love for it to happen in Houston,``Biggio admitted before Monday night's game. ... Manager Phil Garner is retrieving balls from the last 10 hits Biggio has leading up to 3,000 so Biggio can have the historic mementos. Garner did the same thing for Robin Yount when he was Brewers manager in 1992. ... LHP Wandy Rodriguez (4-6) pitches Tuesday night against Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE: The Brewers Monday signed 1B/LF Matt LaPorta, their No. 1 choice in the recent amateur draft. LaPorta, the seventh selection, got a signing bonus of about $2 million. The University of Florida senior was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2005 and this season, when he hit .402 with 20 homers, 52 RBIs and 55 walks. ... RHP Claudio Vargas (6-1) pitches Tuesday night against Houston. ... The Brewers have occuped first place in the Central Division for almost the entire season. Monday night began a 10-game string of games agaisnt division foes.
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Dodgers-Diamondbacks
starting a rehab assignment. Martinez, out since June 4 with a back injury, has been swinging a bat and taking ground balls. ... RHP Chad Billingsley starts against the Diamondbacks Tuesday night in Phoenix. He's 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA against Arizona in four games, including two starts. He went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts at Chase Field last season.
ARIZONA: OF Jeff DaVanon, who has missed the entire season with a shoulder injury, took some swings against LHP Randy Johnson in a simulated game Monday. DaVanon reported no pain. He'll swing again Tuesday, and if it goes well he could begin a rehabilitation assignment by the weekend. ... The Diamondbacks opened a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. Ten of their next 16 games are against NL West rivals. ... RHP Edgar Gonzalez (3-2, 4.35 ERA) starts in Johnson's place Tuesday night. Gonzalez looked good in his first fill-in assignment, allowing one run on two hits in five innings against Baltimore June 16.
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Padres-Giants
r us or the Red Sox,'' Towers said. ... Manager Bud Black plans to use both newly acquired C Michael Barrett and Josh Bard, yet perhaps not evenly. Barrett started Monday night, Bard was set to start Tuesday and Barrett again Wednesday. ``It's not going to be 50-50,'' Black said. ``We want to get Mike out there a lot early so he gets comfortable and learns the pitchers. He is a good fit.''
SAN FRANCISCO: CF Dave Roberts was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day as he recovered from a bout of food poisoning that began early Sunday and lasted most of the day. He lost four pounds and the Giants wanted to make sure he regained his strength before he gets back on the field, probably Tuesday night. ... RHP Russ Ortiz, on the DL for the second time this year since June 7 with a strained right forearm, rested after throwing the three previous days. While he is still ``a ways away,'' according to manager Bruce Bochy, Ortiz said he is encouraged. ... A moment of silence and a tribute was held for former Giants and Padres pitcher Rod Beck, who was found dead in his home Saturday at age 38.
 

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