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Saturday, 30 June 2007 15:46
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Athletics-Yankees
OAKLAND: RF Nick Swisher snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a two-run double in the seventh inning. ``I tried to swing light today. The lighter you swing, the harder you hit it,'' Swisher said. ... LF Shannon Stewart is hitting .486 (18-for-37) with four homers on the road trip. ... RHP Rich Harden threw 47 pitches over two hitless innings. He walked two and struck out two. ``Rich was throwing the ball real well. Getting him stretched out is something that was real nice,'' manager Bob Geren said. After spending nine weeks on the disabled list, Harden is working out of the bullpen as he builds up arm strength for a return to the rotation. ``I felt pretty good. I'll see how it feels tomorrow,'' he said. ``It's kind of like spring all over again. There are going to be some mechanical issues.''
NEW YORK: Manager Joe Torre downplayed any potential rift with reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who was visibly angry when Torre pulled him in the eighth inning Friday night for closer Mariano Rivera. Farnsworth threw his glove against the dugout wall and slammed his hat down after departing. ``It's sort of like, you have a fight within the family, you don't want to spread it around the neighborhood and tell everybody how you solved it,'' Torre said. ``I understand he's frustrated. He'd like a chance to do it over. But I don't think there's any issue. He's a very passionate guy. That's all I can say. It means a lot to him, and he reacts accordingly.'' ... Torre moved RF Bobby Abreu back into the No. 3 hole, citing solid at-bats Friday night. ``That's really where I want to see him,'' Torre said. ``This is where I want it to succeed. This is where I'm most comfortable with it.'' Abreu went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Saturday. ... Pitching coach Ron Guidry on the struggles of Farnsworth and fellow reliever Scott Proctor: ``I wish I had an answer. Maybe they're just dead tired.''
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Twins-Tigers
k to 11 games. He also stole his 16th base in 16 attempts this season.
DETROIT: DH Gary Sheffield served the first game of his two-game suspension on Saturday. Sheffield was ejected May 31 at Cleveland for arguing balls and strikes. Plate umpire Greg Gibson claimed Sheffield threw a piece of his broken bat at him as he walked away. Sheffield and manager Jim Leyland disputed Gibson's account. Marcus Thames replaced Sheffield in the lineup. ... 3B Brandon Inge missed his second consecutive game because of low back spasms. ... Magglio Ordonez was 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to Minnesota to snap his 15-game hit streak.
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Rangers-Red Sox
TEXAS: RHP Brandon McCarthy (blister) is scheduled to be activated from the 15-day disabled list and start Monday against the Red Sox. ... Vicente Padilla, who's on the disabled list with a right triceps injury, is expected to resume throwing when the Rangers get home next week.
Coco Crisp was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game with a sore thumb. ... Ayla, a monkey trained to assist the disabled in everyday tasks, took part in the first-pitch ceremony. Peter Rometti was helped out by the crowd when he stumbled over the lyrics to the national anthem.
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Devil Rays-Indians
TAMPA BAY: OF Carl Crawford and 1B Carlos Pena didn't start against Indians LHP C.C. Sabathia on Saturday night. ``They don't need to see him today,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ``Carlos and Carl are both pressing. I thought this was the right night to give them off.'' Maddon said both would be in the lineup Sunday against LHP Cliff Lee. ... 3B Akinori Iwamura's wife, Misaki, is expecting a child, with the due date on July 4 when the Devil Rays are playing in Boston. Iwamura will return to Tampa for the baby's birth. ``Whenever he has to go, he'll go,'' Maddon said. ... 2B B.J. Upton (strained left quad) is expected to play one more game at Class A Vero Beach after being scratched Friday. ``He didn't feel strong in the leg so we backed off,'' Maddon said. Upton will continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham or Double-A Montgomery on Sunday or Monday.
CLEVELAND: C Victor Martinez has shown significant improvement in throwing out potential base stealers. Through 79 games, he had tossed out 24 of 51 (27.5 percent). That's third-best in the AL and includes a 36 percent (6-for-17) mark in June. At the same point in 2006, Martinez had stopped only five of 56 (8.9 percent) opponents trying to steal. ... The Indians have signed INF-OF Bo Greenwell, their sixth-round pick and the son of former Boston OF Mike Greenwell. Bo batted .510 with three homers, 31 RBIs and 22 stolen bases at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, Fla., this spring. ... Cleveland had 24 comeback wins in their first 79 games. They came back to win only 27 times all of last season.
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Angels-Orioles
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BALTIMORE: The Orioles placed RHP Steve Trachsel on the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Kurt Birkins from Triple-A Norfolk. Trachsel, who allowed five runs in 1 2-3 innings Friday night, has a strained muscle below his lower back. ... OF Nick Markakis, the only Oriole to play in every game through Friday, was omitted from the starting lineup Saturday. Interim manager Dave Trembley said Markakis deserved a rest, but didn't dismiss the possibility of using him as a pinch hitter. ... RHP Scott Williamson was unavailable Saturday because his left instep was swollen and bruised. The reliever was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chone Figgins on Friday night.
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White Sox-Royals
has been out with back trouble.
KANSAS CITY: The Royals placed 1B Ryan Shealy on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain and replaced him with Ross Gload. Gload had been on a rehab assignment, out since May 14 with a right quadriceps tear. He started Saturday night at first. ... Even though John Buck leads the club with 14 home runs, he and Jason LaRue will continue to alternate at catcher, manager Buddy Bell said. LaRue has been catching two for every three times Buck plays. LaRue went into Saturday night's game hitting .174 to Buck's .249, and with only two home runs.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Brewers-Cubs
, Corey Hart is batting .373 (28-for-75) with six homers and 16 RBIs. ... INF Ryan Braun had his second four-hit game this season.
CHICAGO: What a wild month it was for the Cubs with Carlos Zambrano and former catcher Michael Barrett getting into a fight and manager Lou Piniella getting suspended after a dirt-kicking tirade against an umpire. ``It wasn't wild for me. It may have been wild for Cubland, but it wasn't wild for me,'' Piniella said. ``(Compared to) the teams that I played with the Yankees, it was very tranquil.'' ... Mike Fontenot extended his hitting streak to 12 games but made two errors. He started the game at shortstop and after he made an error on the first ball hit in the game, he was quickly moved to second base in the second inning, where he later made another miscue. Mark DeRosa was moved from second to shortstop and played there for the first time since last season. Piniella said Fontenot will play second from now on because that's a position that fits him better. That might mean DeRosa, who's also swinging the bat well, could stay at shortstop, his fifth position this season.
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Mets-Phillies
NEW YORK: Mike Pelfrey (0-5, 6.53 ERA) will start Sunday in place of Oliver Perez, who has a stiff back. The Mets will make a roster move prior to the game to make room for Pelfrey. ... Over the last nine games, Mets starters are 6-0 with a 1.82 ERA. ... OF Carlos Beltran had four hits for the 19th time in his career. He has 20 multihomer games. Gary Carter, Frank Thomas and Beltran are the only Mets ever to homer twice in consecutive games two times in their career with the team.
PHILADELPHIA: RHP Geoff Geary was sent to Triple-A Ottawa to make room for LHP J.A. Happ, who made his major league debut against the Mets on Saturday. Geary was the most consistent reliever in the bullpen last year, but struggled this season. ... Happ allowed five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings, taking the loss in New York's 8-3 victory. After the game, he was sent back to Ottawa. The Phillies called up RHP Anderson Garcia to take Happ's spot. Garcia was 0-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 18 games for Ottawa. ... Happ was the 24th pitcher used this season. The team record is 27 in 2000. ... The Phillies are 41-40 at the midpoint of the schedule. They were 37-44 at this point last year, but played well down the stretch and held a half-game lead in the wild-card race in the final week only to fall short at the end.
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Braves-Marlins
ATLANTA: The 12 runs in Friday's victory tied the Braves' previous high at Dolphin Stadium set July 3, 1994. ... RHP Tim Hudson got the start Saturday for his 265th major league appearance. Hudson has never pitched in relief.
FLORIDA: Reserve C Matt Treanor was in the starting lineup Saturday, a day ahead of his customary Sunday afternoon starts. Treanor usually replaces Miguel Olivo after Saturday night games but has become Byung-Hyun Kim's designated starting catcher. ... Manager Fredi Gonzalez anticipates LHP Taylor Tankersley will return to the major league roster later in the season. The Marlins optioned Tankersley to Triple-A Albuquerque and recalled RHP Lee Gardner. ``He's going to go down to Triple-A and pitch and get some stuff straightened out,'' Gonzalez said. ``I have all the confidence in the world that he can do that and come back.''
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Rockies-Astros
ings right now is going to help him,'' Hurdle said. ``We'll back him out of that and see if he can just get back into good form.'' ... Hurdle has liked what he's seen from RHP Taylor Buchholz, who was acquired in the Rockies-Astros trade last December. Since moving to the bullpen earlier in June, Buchholz has an 0.82 ERA in seven relief appearances. ``He's done wonderfully out of the bullpen,'' Hurdle said. ``It's been a nice match for us.'' ... Former Astro Willy Taveras was out of the starting lineup with a ``physical issue'' Hurdle wouldn't disclose. Hurdle said Taveras would be re-evaluated on Sunday and could be ready to play in the series finale.
hrew a bullpen session before Saturday's game. He's been on the DL since June 16 with a strained oblique muscle and Garner said the reliever will be re-evaluated after his session. Garner said Lidge would throw ``somewhere around 30 pitches.'' ... 1B Lance Berkman homered in five of Houston's previous seven games before Saturday - all batting left-handed - and Garner thinks the slugger is finally shaking off his slow start. ``His timing is definitely getting better,'' Garner said. ``It looks like he's staying back a little bit, firing from the back side more than pulling from the front side. When he starts hitting the ball to the center of the diamond, and left-center batting left-handed, that's usually a sign that he's seeing the ball well.'' Berkman has boosted his batting average from .237 at the end of May to .297 before Saturday's game.
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Nationals-Pirates
on since May 5, chose to undergo the therapy after visiting four specialists in three states last week.
PITTSBURGH: CF Chris Duffy went on the 15-day DL with a sprained left ankle. He was replaced on the roster by former Texas Rangers INF Matt Kata, who has a .241 career average in the majors since 2003. Kata joined Triple-A Indianapolis last month. ... LF Jason Bay, stuck in a slump that dropped his batting average 48 points in June, didn't start Saturday for the first time this season. His 400 games played since 2005 are the third most in the majors behind Juan Pierre and Carlos Lee. ... LHP Zach Duke will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against Milwaukee because of left elbow tendinitis. He hopes to miss only one start, but won't pitch again until the tightness is gone from his elbow.
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Cardinals-Reds
ST. LOUIS: INF Scott Spiezio was released from a hospital in New York on Saturday and returned to St. Louis. Spiezio had been getting antibiotics intravenously for an infection in his left index finger. ... RHP Braden Looper is expected to be activated off the DL and start on Monday against Arizona. Looper has been sidelined since June 16 with a sore pitching shoulder.
CINCINNATI: OF Ken Griffey Jr. caught a ceremonial pregame pitch from his high school baseball coach, who is retiring. ... CF Ryan Freel had three hits Friday night in a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville. Freel has been on the DL since he ran into a teammate on May 28, leaving him with a concussion. He'll return when the medical staff gives him clearance. ... LHP Mike Stanton is close to returning from a pulled hamstring. He's eligible to come off the DL for the start of a series against San Francisco on Tuesday. ``I'm not really sure if I'll be ready for Tuesday,'' he said. ``If not, it'll be just a couple days after that.'' The hamstring doesn't bother him when he throws. ``I can run, but I can't run all-out yet,'' he said. ``I've got to take it a little easy because if I happen to do it again, it'll be twice as long the next time.''
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Diamondbacks-Giants
T Park. ... The Diamondbacks are halfway through the schedule with a winning record for the first time since also starting 46-35 in 2003.
s for Triple-A Fresno in a rehab assignment as he recovered from a strained a muscle in his right side - and his numbers there were too hard to ignore. Lewis batted 13-for-34 (.382) with two home runs, 12 RBIs, a triple and a double and also scored six runs. ``He's playing great, and he was before his injury,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``He went down there and kept doing it. We wanted to get him up here. He'll get playing time. We want to work him in as much as we can to keep him sharp.''
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Padres-Dodgers
SAN DIEGO: Heading into Saturday night's game, career saves leader Trevor Hoffman had not allowed an earned run in 22 1-3 innings spanning his previous 24 appearances. ... Manager Bud Black turned 50 on Saturday. When asked for his thoughts about hitting the mid-century mark, the rookie manager said, ``Not good. You want to be 20, 30's OK, 40 I think you're still hanging in there. Fifty just sounds old, doesn't it? I made the turn.'' ... Adrian Gonzalez is the only player to start all 79 games this season for San Diego.
s allowed 17 earned runs in 10 1-3 innings over his last three starts. ... Entering Saturday night's game against San Diego, 2B Jeff Kent had 32 homers and 121 RBIs lifetime against the Padres - the identical numbers he had against the Colorado Rockies. But his .289 career average against the Padres was 46 points lower than his average against the Rockies.
 

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