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Monday, 02 July 2007 15:24
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 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Rangers-Red Sox
TEXAS: The Rangers activated RHP Brandon McCarthy and put 2B Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list because of a left foot stress fracture before Monday's game. ... Manager Ron Washington said he plans platoon Jerry Hairston Jr. and Ramon Vazquez with Hairston Jr. likely getting the ``majority of the starts'' in Kinsler's absence ... Washington defended the selection of shortstop Michael Young to the AL All-Star team despite some calls for not every team to be represented. ``I personally think every team should be represented. There's always someone on a bad team having a good year. Jim (Leyland) called me and asked who was my all-star. I said, `Michael Young. If you don't pick Michael Young, pick Aki (Akinori Otsuka). If not Aki, Sammy (Sosa).'''
BOSTON: SS Julio Lugo, benched the past three games in the midst of an 0-for-31 slump, started at short and batted leadoff. ... Manager Terry Francona said that CF Coco Crisp's sprained left thumb that has sidelined him since Friday was ``significantly better.'' ... The Red Sox joined with the city of Boston and town of Lenox, Mass. in donating an ambulance to David Ortiz for him hometown in the Dominican Republic before the game.
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Twins-Yankees
MINNESOTA: All-Star CF Torii Hunter struck out and grounded out his first two times up, leaving him 0-for-24 with 14 strikeouts in his career against Yankees RHP Roger Clemens. Still, manager Ron Gardenhire said he didn't consider giving Hunter a night off with Clemens on the mound. ``I tell him to swing harder, that's all,'' Gardenhire said. ... Injured OF Rondell White (strained right calf) was set to play LF for nine innings at Class-A Fort Myers, Gardenhire said. After five to seven games there without a problem, White's next step could be to rejoin the Twins. ``At-bats is all we're after,'' Gardenhire said. White has been out since April 5.
manager Brian Cashman said he won't sacrifice top prospects to try for a quick fix. ``If I chose to put Phil Hughes out on the marketplace I could have done something already. We choose not to do that, and that's the right choice to make,'' Cashman said. ``Last year's team earned the right to get a reinforcement situation. This year's team has got to still earn that right.''
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Devil Rays-Indians
TAMPA BAY: 2B B.J. Upton (pulled left quad) left Sunday night's game at Triple-A Durham after six innings when his leg tightened up and wasn't in the lineup Monday. Manager Joe Maddon hopes he can join them in Boston this week. ``We don't want to rush it and have a setback,'' Maddon said. Upton hasn't played for the Devil Rays since June 14. ... RHP Juan Salas is eligible to return Tuesday from his 50-game steroids suspension, but isn't likely to rejoin the Devil Rays immediately. He has made two appearances with Double-A Montgomery. Salas was suspended on May 7 after becoming the first player this year to flunk a drug test under Major League Baseball's testing program. ... Pitching coach Jim Hickey, who had surgery for a detached retina last week, is still not allowed to fly. It's not known if he will join the team during this road trip.
CLEVELAND: RHP Joe Borowski, who has saves in four straight games, said he was told he wouldn't be pitching Monday night. ``If you went five days in a row, you'd be begging for problems,'' he said. ``Competitively, I would give it a try, but sensibly, it would be stupid.'' Borowski was told by manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis to take the night off. ``I'm glad they took it out of my hands,'' he said. Borowski is tied for the league with 24 saves in 26 chances. ... SS Jhonny Peralta, who surpassed last season's home run total when he hit his 14th on Sunday, wasn't in the lineup Monday night. Mike Rouse started at short. ... First place in the AL Central will be at stake when the Indians open a three-game series against the Tigers Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The Indians are 5-2 against the Tigers this season. ... OF Trot Nixon, in a 7-for-46 slump, started Monday after not playing the last two games.
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Mariners-Royals
ace himself, new manager John McLaren said he would have a decision later on a new permanent first base coach. ... Raul Ibanez was back in left field after missing six games with a strained right hamstring.
KANSAS CITY: DH Mike Sweeney, out since June 19 with right knee inflammation, hopes to be back by Friday. ``I'll work hard the next two days and should be ready to go,'' he said. ... 2B Mark Grudzielanek could also return to the lineup as soon as Friday, manager Buddy Bell said. Grudzielanek has been out since June 14 because of a knee injury. RHP Brian Bannister was named rookie of the month. He's also working on a new pitch, a slider. It was effective in his last start, an 8-1 victory Friday night over Chicago. ``I've been working on it all year,'' he said. ``The lefties have a higher batting average against me. I'm trying to work on some stuff to balance some stuff out.''
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Orioles-White Sox
walking on his left foot a day after he collided with Angels catcher Mike Napoli on a decisive play at home plate in a 4-3 loss. Mora said that his foot was so painful that he ``couldn't even step on the floor'' yesterday and he said the swelling prevented him from wearing a sock on Monday. ``It's just a bruise,'' Mora said, adding that X-ray results were negative. Interim manager Dave Trembley was confident a stint on the disabled list wouldn't be necessary. ... Trembley declined to announce who would start Wednesday in place of injured RHP Steve Trachsel. However, he did confirm that the two candidates are RHP Rob Bell out of the bullpen or Triple-A LHP Garrett Olson.
to sit here and feel sorry for myself because I don't have the guys.'' ... Dye, like Mark Buehrle, can be a free agent after the season, but is not bothered by trade talk. ``I don't even think about it anymore. I mean I've been through this so many times that I just try to have fun,'' he said.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Brewers-Pirates
MILWAUKEE: RHP Ben Sheets was chosen as the NL pitcher of the month for June after going 5-0 with a 2.16 ERA. ... The Brewers probably didn't welcome spending July 4 in Pittsburgh, where they are 18-37 in PNC Park. The Pirates won seven of 10 last season. The Brewers had much better success before Three Rivers Stadium was torn down, going 12-5 there ... LHP Chris Capuano, activated Sunday off the 15-day DL after being bothered by a strained left groin, will start Tuesday night in Pittsburgh - his first start since June 8. The Brewers won Capuano's first seven starts but have lost his last six. Capuano (5-5) is 0-5 with a 6.89 ERA in his last six games.
is own Friday by Alabama orthopedist James Andrews. ... The Pirates haven't had a no-hitter in nearly 10 years, or since the Francisco Cordova-Ricardo Rincon 10-inning no-hitter against Houston in 1997. But two of their minor leaguers, Wilson Ortiz (six innings) and Jesus Martinez (three innings) combined for a no-hitter Monday in the Venezuelan summer league. Ortiz struck out eight and Martinez four in the 4-0 victory over Detroit prospects.
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Cubs-Nationals
e trade with Miami and why it didn't go through.''
WASHINGTON: Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano freely admits he owes his $136 million contract to the season he had last year with Nationals, when he hit 46 homers and stole 41 bases after reluctantly converting from second base. ``Last year I played my first year in left field and did what I did,'' he said after visiting friends in Washington's clubhouse before Monday's game. ``I think it was a very good jump.'' ... RHP Jesus Colome is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday. He's on the 15-day DL with a soft-tissue infection in his buttocks. ... Rep. Tom Davis took batting practice and shagged fly balls with the Nationals before Monday's game, although his performance won't earn him a major league contract anytime soon. The Virginia Republican swung at 10 pitches and hit only one ball out of the outfield. ``I'm 58, but I hit like a 55-year-old,'' Davis said. ``I can hit a lot better than that.''
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Phillies-Astros
An MRI revealed fraying in his rotator cuff and a problem in the labrum. Garcia was 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 starts before the injury; Manuel said Garcia is now working at a slower pace than he was in spring training. ``It's going to be a while before he comes back,'' Manuel said. ... RHP Tom Gordon (right rotator cuff) is scheduled to pitch with Class-A Clearwater on Wednesday and Manuel hopes he'll be ready to rejoin the Phillies shortly after the All-Star break. Gordon has been out since May 2. ``This is going to be a big week for him because he's going to start turning the ball loose,'' Manuel said. ``He's going to start seeing where his velocity is at.'' Manuel was also hopeful that RHP Brett Myers (right shoulder strain) would also be ready soon after the break. Myers, on the DL since May 24, is also rehabbing in Florida.
s for a quick rehab stint. ``Let's see how he feels tomorrow and then see what he can do,'' Garner said. ... 1B Lance Berkman came into Monday's game with a .338 average in his last 18 games and six homers in his last nine. The switch-hitter homered batting right-handed for the first time on Sunday. He's hitting 48 percentage points higher left-handed than right-handed, but Garner still wants Berkman to bat both ways. ``Even if he struggles from the right side, you don't know when that at-bat's going to happen,'' Garner said. ``If a guy's on and we need it, he's liable to hit one just like he did yesterday.'' ... IF Mark Loretta was out of the starting lineup for the first time in eight games. Loretta has a .158 lifetime average against Phillies starter Jamie Moyer.
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Diamondbacks-Cardinals
lvin said. ``Byrnesy's definitely one of those guys.'' ... LHP Randy Johnson, who struggled in his first start coming off the DL from muscle tightness in his buttocks and a sore back, will have a 90-95 pitch limit on Tuesday, or about 25 more than his first start back.
ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals had anticipated activating SS David Eckstein, on the DL with a lower back injury since June 14, on Monday. But Eckstein had considerable soreness Sunday after a strenuous workout the previous day, so now there's a chance they may wait until after the All-Star break. ... RHP Chris Carpenter's first rehab start coming off elbow surgery in May will be delayed a day with Class A Palm Beach rained out on Monday night. Carpenter has been out since opening day. ... CF Jim Edmonds (lower back) is not expected back until after the All-Star break. He has not had much physical activity since being disabled on June 16. ``He hasn't done enough to be ready sometime this week,'' La Russa said. ``David has, he's been working out.'' ... OF Scott Spiezio, hospitalized for three days with an infected left index finger last week, said he felt much better. But La Russa said he'd try to avoid using him Monday. ``It's still painful, but nothing like it was,'' Spiezio said. ``In an emergency I can play.''
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Mets-Rockies
NEW YORK: LHP Oliver Perez was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 27. ``He has some soreness in his lower back, but nothing wrong with his arm'' manager Willie Randolph said. ``It's a precautionary measure.'' ... The Mets recalled LHP Jason Vargas from Triple A New Orleans. ... OF Moises Alou (strained left thigh) will begin working out next Monday. Randolph didn't expect Alou back for possibly two weeks. ... OF Carlos Beltran said he would seek out Barry Bonds during the All-Star festivities. ``I want to pick his brain about hitting,'' Beltran said. ``I've never said more than `Hi' to him.''
COLORADO: RHP Brian Fuentes finds himself in the odd position of being named to the All-Star team while not even serving as his team's closer. Fuentes was temporarily moved out of the role this week after blowing four straight saves during the Rockies' eight-game skid. Fuentes said although he's had a bad week he's had 10 very good weeks. ... The Rockies' 1-9 trip through Toronto, Chicago and Houston marked their worst ever on a trip of at least 10 games. ... Since mid-May the Rockies are 4-0-1 in series at home.
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Braves-Dodgers
ATLANTA: Manager Bobby Cox hasn't been ejected at Dodger Stadium since Aug. 3, 1996. On that occasion, the club was playing the next-to-last game of a 17-game road trip they were on because of the Atlanta Olympics. Cox and Chipper Jones were chased by umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a called third strike in the 13th inning. The Braves won 5-3 in 18. ... Cox, whose 131 career ejections ties him for the major league record with John McGraw, doesn't remember his first ejection. But Cox does remember the angriest he ever got leading up to one. It was in 1980, when SS Rafael Ramirez was ruled to have come off the bag too soon before taking the throw on an apparent inning-ending double play with the Dodgers' Dusty Baker sliding into 2B. ``Everybody ran off the field - and the umpire called him for missing the bag,'' Cox recalled. ``He (Ramirez) was a rookie, and the umpire was going to teach him a lesson. But he did touch the bag. I got suspended for that.''
layers they want to develop for next year. You want then to run their best players out there against those other clubs to try and win the game.'' ... The club announced that Bill Mueller, who replaced Eddie Murray as hitting coach on June 14, will remain in that role the rest of the season. The team has made only modest gains since then, increasing their collective batting average from .261 to .266 and their runs per game from 4.4 to 4.6.
 

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