|Notes from Thursday's games|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 28 June 2007 15:27|
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CLEVELAND: RHP Roberto Hernandez was placed on waivers Thursday with the intention of giving him his unconditional release. He was designated for assignment on June 20. The 42-year-old Hernandez went 3-1 with 6.23 ERA in 28 games. ... The Indians are 27-15 against teams with a .500 or better winning percentage this season. ... Thursday's victory marked the Indians' 23rd come-from-behind win of the season ... RHP Joe Borowski has converted his last 10 save chances. ... OF Jason Michaels is batting .395 (15-for-38) in his 11-game hitting streak. ... Indians starters have gone at least five innings in 66 of their 78 games. ... 1B Beau Mills, the Indians' first-round pick in the draft, has been promoted from Class A Mahoning Valley to Class A Lake County. He batted .179 (5-for-28) in eight games at Mahoning Valley.
there is no timetable for his return. He's been on the disabled list since June 9.
DETROIT: So much for a slow start. DH Gary Sheffield, mired in the mid-100s in April, is hitting .337 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in June. He's hitting .289 for the season after Thursday's 1-for-3 outing against Texas. ... Manager Jim Leyland is honored to be the skipper of the AL All-Star team, but could do without the process of selecting the remainder of the squad. ``The heartbreak to this is someone's still going to get left off,'' he said Thursday. ``You almost have to be callous about it because you're not going to please everyone.''
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MINNESOTA: 1B Justin Morneau, out since Friday with a bruised lung, returned to the Minnesota lineup Thursday, going 0-for-3 as the team's DH. He is expected to DH during the upcoming three-game series in Detroit. ... The Twins play their next 11 games on the road. Besides Detroit, the trip also includes four games in New York and four in Chicago. ``It's a big road trip. We want to go into the All-Star break feeling good about ourselves,'' said manager Ron Gardenhire. ``We've got to go out and perform. It won't be easy.'' ... OF Rondell White, out since April 5 with a strained right calf, is expected to play one more game in the Gulf Coast League before playing four or five games with Class A Fort Myers. ... Jason Bartlett twice stole second base Thursday, and is 15-for-15 in attempts this year. ``He's got plenty of speed. But I think the biggest thing is he's very confident and aggressive,'' Gardenhire said.
Wednesday, but he's still not driving the ball well. ``Something about the home run swing, it's just not really coming this year. I can't really explain it,'' he said. Huff has five home runs this season; he hit 21 last year. ... Brandon Fahey, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, started at SS on Thursday and singled in his first at-bat.
NEW YORK: The Yankees did not take batting practice before Thursday's game, a move manager Joe Torre hoped would pay off in a win - as it did when he tried the same tactic after a five-game skid last month. Torre said he sensed a tenseness in the team during its 4-0 loss Wednesday and wanted to try the move again. Asked what he would do if it didn't pay off this time, the 66-year-old Torre joked he would take batting practice himself. ``Just to give them a laugh, maybe loosen things up, but it would have to be early batting practice, before any fans were here to watch,'' he said. ... Torre said he was ``bewildered'' by the lack of production from the three key left-handed hitters in the lineup, Bobby Abreu (.253), Johnny Damon (.247) and Hideki Matsui (.278). He said their collective struggle ``has left a big hole'' in the lineup.
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CHICAGO: OF Jermaine Dye (sprained quadriceps) missed his sixth straight game and could wind up on the disabled list this weekend. Dye has been taking batting practice, but hasn't resumed running full speed. ``I haven't run the bases seriously yet,'' Dye said. ``The issue is running.'' When asked if he thought he could play Friday, Dye said, ``No.'' Manager Ozzie Guillen said he will talk with GM Ken Williams about the situation before the White Sox open a three-game series Friday at Kansas City. ... OF Darin Erstad (sprained left ankle) had a long toss session and hit off a tee.
TAMPA BAY: 2B B.J. Upton, on the disabled list since June 9 with a strained left quadriceps, went 0-for-3 and played five innings in the field during his first rehab game with Class-A Vero Beach. He could rejoin the team early next week. ``To push him is not right,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ``We've waited this long.'' ... The Devil Rays started play Thursday hitting .251 at home, compared to .281 on the road. ``I really don't get that,'' Maddon said. ``The players like to hit here. I would have thought it was just the opposite. No good answer.''
PITTSBURGH: SS Jack Wilson is batting .333 (17-for-51) in his last 15 games. ... Fans are expected to walk out after the third inning on Saturday night at PNC Park to show their displeasure with the team's ownership and management.
FLORIDA: 3B Miguel Cabrera leads the NL batting .415 against left-handed pitchers. ... RHP Logan Kensing (elbow ligament replacement surgery) suffered a setback in his rehab after injuring his groin and had to shut down the throwing program.
CINCINNATI: 2B Brandon Phillips celebrated his 26th birthday. ... LHP Eddie Guardado's rehabilitation assignment has been shut down because of low back stiffness. He has made seven rehab appearances (6 1-3 innings, six hits, two earned runs) since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Sept. 8, 2006. ... Heading into Thursday, RF Ken Griffey Jr. had received 1,640,575 votes in All-Star game balloting, second to the New York Mets' Carlos Beltran (1,698,217) in the NL. Voting ended at 11:59 EDT Thursday night. Griffey Jr. has received more All-Star game votes than any player in history with 43,050,790. ... LHP Bill Bray (left shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to pitch again at Triple-A Louisville as a part of his rehab assignment. He allowed three runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning in his first appearance Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA: With the losses of Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber, the Phillies' starting rotation for this weekend's pivotal four-game series with the New York Mets will feature three pitchers that were in the minor leagues three weeks ago. RHP J.D. Durbin (0-0, 94.50 ERA) will start Friday's first game of a day-night doubleheader. He was 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Ottawa. He allowed seven earned runs in two-thirds of an inning in his lone major league start this season while pitching for Arizona. LHP J.A. Happ will make his major league debut on Saturday and Kyle Kendrick (2-0, 5.00 ERA) will make his fourth big league start on Sunday. ... OF Michael Bourn (leg cramps) was available for Thursday's game. He left Wednesday's game with cramps that developed from dehydration. ... LF Pat Burrell took extra batting practice before the game, but wasn't in the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game and seventh time in the last 10. Manager Charlie Manuel said Burrell might return to the lineup for Friday's day-night doubleheader. ``Pat has had some good at-bats against (Friday night starter John) Maine. We'll see.'' ... Manuel was asked to be a part of the National League All-Star coaching staff by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, but had to decline because of prior commitments.
ST. LOUIS: C Yadier Molina was activated from the DL and C Kelly Stinnett was outrighted to Triple-A Memphis. Molina missed 26 games with a fractured left wrist. ... INF Scott Spiezio was hospitalized Wednesday with an infection on his left index finger. ``It's good they caught it when they did,'' manager Tony La Russa said. ``I don't think he'll play the whole weekend.''
NEW YORK: 3B David Wright (16) and SS Jose Reyes (38) have combined for 54 stolen bases, most by any two teammates in the majors. The Mets lead the majors with 91 steals. ... RHP Orlando Hernandez will pitch in the opener of Friday's day-night doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies and RHP John Maine is scheduled to go in the second game. Hernandez was supposed to go Thursday night but the game was rained out.
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HOUSTON: Citing the recent struggles of the bullpen, the Astros released reliever Rick White and designated reliever Stephen Randolph for assignment. They recalled RHP Matt Albers and LHP Mark McLemore from Triple-A Round Rock. The Astros will use both pitchers in the bullpen immediately, but manager Phil Garner said he still wants Albers to be a starter in the future. ``It's not only these guys' fault, but these are the decisions we made to try and shore up the bullpen and give Albers a chance to throw out of the bullpen,'' Garner said. ``We're not looking at him as a bullpen guy, but this might give him a chance to get big league experience.'' ... RHP Brad Lidge, who is on the 15-day DL with a pulled oblique muscle, threw a bullpen on Thursday.