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TEXAS: With a single to lead off the game, Kenny Lofton has hit in 12 of his last 13 games. ... Manager Ron Washington was selected by AL manager Jim Leyland for the coaching staff at next month's All-Star game. Minor-leaguers John Whittleman and German Duran will play in the futures game.
BOSTON: The Red Sox signed two of their 2007 draft choices, RHP Brock Huntzinger (fourth round) and OF Kade Keowen (ninth round). Huntzinger was assigned to the Gulf Coast League and Keowen will go to Lowell of the New York-Penn League. ... It was NASCAR night at Fenway, with the Red Sox honoring members of the Fenway Roush Racing team that will compete at the New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend. A giant checkered flag with the team's logo and numbers was draped over the Green Monster, and the Red Sox-themed No. 99 car drove out onto the field before the game.
MINNESOTA: RHP Matt Garza, recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, will start in one of the games of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox next Friday. Garza was 4-6 with a 3.62 ERA at Rochester. ... 1B Justin Morneau returned to the lineup in Thursday's 8-5 win over the Blue Jays. He had been sidelined with a bruised right lung since last Saturday when he was injured in a home plate collision at Florida. Morneau was 0-for-3 with a RBI as the DH on Thursday and manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau would be the DH in all three games of the weekend series in Detroit.
DETROIT: 3B Brandon Inge was a late scratch for Friday night's game against Minnesota because of a sore back. He was replaced in the lineup by Neifi Perez. ... The Tigers reinstated RHP Zach Miner from the disabled list. Miner, 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA in five games, had a strained right elbow flexor tendon. ... Detroit also placed LHP Tim Byrdak on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow tendinitis. He has a 3.66 ERA in 17 games and has 25 strikeouts in 19 2-3 innings.
,'' manager Bob Geren said Friday. ... OF Bobby Kielty (strained left calf) went 1-for-2 with a double in a rehab game at Sacramento on Thursday night. ... The A's have needed the disabled list 16 times already this season, equaling last year's total. Including Buck, they have 10 players on DL.
comment on,'' Cashman said.
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TAMPA BAY: Manager Joe Maddon thinks the club's pitching is improving. ``I see signs of it getting better, but in order for us to sustain something we need our starters to be more consistent,'' Maddon said. Entering Friday, Devil Rays pitchers led the AL in strikeouts (549), but had the highest ERA (5.60). No club in AL history has ever done that for a full season. ... INF B.J. Upton, out since June 14 with a strained left quad, could rejoin the team next week in Boston. Upton began a rehab assignment at Class A Vero Beach on Thursday and is expected to play five, seven, then nine innings in consecutive games at second base. ``If he's a little sore, we'll have him DH, but we want him in the field,'' Maddon said. ... The Devil Rays will play the Red Sox 18 times in the final 81 games, which represents 22.2 percent of the second half. Tampa Bay goes to Boston after its series in Cleveland. ... Pitching coach Jim Hickey, who had surgery Monday to repair a detached retina in his right eye, remained in Tampa because he isn't allowed to fly. He's expected to join the team in Boston.
CLEVELAND: OF Ben Francisco made his first major league start Friday night. He had appeared in four games and was hitless in two at-bats. ... The Indians have 23 comeback wins this season. ``There are so many different things you can't account for trend-wise,'' manager Eric Wedge said. ``I think we have found different ways to win ballgames all year long. I think that says a lot about our team.'' ... OF David Dellucci, who had surgery to remove a torn tendon from his left hamstring at Cleveland Clinic on Thursday, met with head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff at Jacobs Field on Friday. At the time of the June 19 injury, the Indians said Dellucci would miss eight weeks. ``Hopefully, it will be prior to that,'' Wedge said. ... The Indians are 31-15 in games started by LHP C.C. Sabathia and RHPs Fausto Carmona and Paul Byrd. They are 15-17 in other games. ... RHP Adam Miller, one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues, pitched two scoreless relief innings for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday night. He's being groomed for a relief role and could join Cleveland's bullpen after the All-Star break.
est the knee he banged against the wall Wednesday against KC. ``It's good for him to take another day,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
BALTIMORE: RHP Steve Trachsel lasted only 1 2-3 innings Friday, his shortest start of the season. He yielded five runs and nine hits. ... LHP John Parrish has allowed runs in five of his last 10 appearances through Thursday, raising his ERA to 6.30. ``He's aiming the ball, trying to be perfect. He's not trusting the God-given ability and talent he has,'' interim manager Dave Trembley said. ... Kevin Millar tacked 12 points onto his batting average Thursday night with his first three-hit game of the season. The .271 batting average he brought into Friday's game was his highest since April 22.
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d. ``It's hard for both sides. But I'm the manager of the ballclub. The only thing I can do is put out the lineup what I have.''
KANSAS CITY: Mark Teahen made his fourth start at first base, a position he previously had played only a few times during a college summer league. He was switched from third base to right field over the winter, but insists he's not getting tired of moving around. ``When they talked to me about moving to the outfield, they said they envisioned me as a guy who could bounce around, and I figured I'd be bouncing around a little bit,'' he said. ``Right now they need me at first, so that's what I'll do. I understand it's a team game and I'm not in a position to complain.''
NEW YORK: Closer Billy Wagner, a fan favorite when he pitched for the Phillies, heard the typical comments from the crowd when he warmed up in the bullpen. ``I hope you die,'' Wagner said was one of the not-so-creative remarks. ... Carlos Delgado calmed down an angry Jose Reyes, who was upset he was called out trying to steal second base in the seventh inning of the first game Friday. ``One battle you never win is against the umpires,'' Delgado said.
PHILADELPHIA: J.D. Durbin allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings, but still lowered his ERA by over 70 runs. The right-hander gave up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in his only other appearance with Arizona this season, and entered Friday's start with a 94.00 ERA. After losing to the Mets, his ERA went down to 21.94. ... LF Pat Burrell was back in the lineup after sitting eight of 11 games. ... Injured RHP Jon Lieber had an MRI exam on his right foot. A decision on whether he will have season-ending surgery or rehab without surgery will be made next week. ... An MRI on OF Jayson Werth's left wrist revealed no structural damage. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.
MILWAUKEE: Manager Ned Yost took a pregame jog Friday and returned unscathed. It was a pleasant contrast for Yost, who broke his collarbone while running near Wrigley Field on April 24 when he tripped on some broken up concrete. ``They put new concrete there,'' he said. ``They fixed it up. It was a wonderful day.'' ... 3B Ryan Braun made his major league debut May 25 and was batting third two days later. Yost, who was a coach in Atlanta before joining the Brewers, said that's what the Braves did with a young Chipper Jones. ``You look at Ryan and there's no way that Ryan can't hit. He's just really good. So that's his spot,'' Yost said. ``Why goof around? Throw him in there and let him go and he's going to be fine.'' ... Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a fourth-inning single. ... Kevin Mench got his second walk in 165 plate appearances. The first one April 4 was an intentional pass.
CHICAGO: Aramis Ramirez hit a game-winning homer one week after coming off the disabled list (sore left knee). Ramirez sat out Wednesday's game and the Cubs had Thursday off. That's something he will probably need to do the rest of the season. ``I feel good. Like I said, I'm not going to be 100 percent the rest of the way,'' Ramirez said. ... It was Ramirez's second career game-ending homer. He hit one while with the Pirates against San Diego on Aug. 12, 2001. ... The Cubs' bullpen surrendered just three hits in six scoreless innings after starter Rich Hill pitched only three innings. ... Mike Fontenot, who got his second start of the season at short so the Cubs could keep his hot bat in the lineup, had two more hits and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. .. It was the second time in less than a week the Cubs rallied to win in the bottom of the ninth. They got two in the final inning to beat the Rockies 10-9 Monday, right after Chicago's bullpen had let a five-run lead slip away in the top half of the ninth.
he Braves began their second of three 10-day road trips on Friday. The club will play at Florida, Los Angeles and San Diego.
FLORIDA:OF Alejandro De Aza, on the DL with a right ankle sprain since April 18th, is doing some light throwing and will jog next week. ... RHP Logan Kensing underwent hernia surgery on Friday. Kensing has been on the DL since March 23. ... RHP Ricky Nolasco is throwing five days a week in Jupiter. ... OF Cody Ross (hamstring) is doing light running exercises and taking batting practice. He is scheduled to rejoin the team in three weeks. ... INF Aaron Boone (knee) will have no baseball activity the next three days. ... SS Hanley Ramirez has 102 hits, becoming the 9th Marlins player to collect 100 hits before the All-Star break. Juan Pierre had 117 in 2003.
, out since May 5 because of right elbow pain, rejoined the club Friday after visiting four doctors in three states for multiple opinions. There are no current plans for surgery.
PIRATES: CF Chris Duffy was held out Friday because of a sprained left ankle, but tests did not reveal any other problems. He might have to go on the disabled list, though that decision may not be made for a day or two. ... Some fans plan to stage an in-game walkout Saturday to protest ownership's lack of commitment to fielding a winning team. The Pirates are stuck in a 15th consecutive losing season. ... LF Jason Bay, an NL All-Star starter last season, may have slumped his way out of another All-Star appearance. His average dropped from .314 at the start of June to .265 during a 12-for-83 slump, and he homered only once from June 8-28. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (7-4), who starts Saturday, could be the Pirates' lone All-Star choice when the teams are announced Sunday.
ho had started warming up for the Mets - pitch a day later in Cincinnati. After thinking it over, he decided to give Wainwright an extra day. Instead, Brad Thompson opened the series against Cincinnati. Wainwright will pitch on Saturday, followed by Mike Maroth. ... C Yadier Molina started Friday, his first appearance since he went on the DL after breaking a bone in his left wrist on May 29.
CINCINNATI: RHP Ricky Stone was called up from Triple-A Louisville. Stone, who lives in nearby Hamilton, Ohio, pitched for the Reds in 2005 and then retired. After spending last year setting up a drywall business, he decided to give the game another try and signed a minor league deal with Cincinnati. ... RHP Victor Santos was designated for assignment to open a roster spot. ... LHP Eddie Guardado won't throw for a few days. His comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery has been slowed by a sore back and stiffness in his forearm. A medical exam on Friday detected nothing serious.
want to talk about bizarre.'' ... Tulowitzki and Houston's Hunter Pence are both having great rookie seasons and are likely front-runners for National League rookie of the year. Hurdle has been just as impressed with Pence as he has been with his own rookie. ``We know how well our guy's playing and you match up the numbers and their guy is playing just as well offensively, if not better in some categories in less amount of reps and games,'' he said. ``Pence has been fun to watch from afar. He's one of those surprises that you just get happy about in the course of the season, just as we are with Troy.''
HOUSTON: Astros reliever Brad Lidge is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but manager Phil Garner said Friday he won't be ready. Lidge has been out since June 16 with a pulled oblique muscle. ``He's doing well though, but he won't be coming off then,'' Garner said. Garner said he is unsure of when Lidge will return. ... Craig Biggio will be honored for reaching his 3000th career hit in a pregame ceremony on Aug. 12. ... Now that the 41-year-old Biggio has joined the 3000 hit club, the question becomes whether this will be his last season. He was noncommittal on the issue Friday. ``When the time is right I'll let everyone know,'' he said. ``Who knows, maybe I'll play until almost 50 like Julio Franco.''

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